One of the first companies that reached out to us when we launched FitEgg.com was 2Toms. Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, 2Toms was founded by a research scientist with a Ph.D. in surface chemistry and a marketing professional with an entrepreneurial bent. Their first product was BlisterShield, a product designed to prevent blisters, control excess heat, and reduce pressure irritation. We reviewed BlisterShield and found that it worked well. Since the review, we’ve purchased BlisterShield for our personal use. 2Toms later released SportShield, a lubricant designed to prevent body chafing. We also had the opportunity to review SportShield and again 2Toms delivered. We currently don’t use SportShield only because we’re testing a few other body lubricants and haven’t had to purchase any additional lubricant.
2Toms recently released a third product, StinkFree. StinkFree is designed to combat the unavoidable odors that triathletes and other athletes deal with on a daily basis. According to 2Toms, the human foot can product up to 1 cup of moisture every day. If you’re not lucky enough to have a job that allows you to wear sandals or go barefoot, you know that odor isn’t just a problem with your running shoes. You can find StinkFree at a local store or pick it up from 2Toms for $9.
About StinkFree from 2Toms:
StinkFree is designed to kill the bacteria that forms in your shoes after exercise. These bacteria thrive in the damp and dark confines of your shoes. The theory goes that if you kill the bacteria, you’ll kill the smell. We’ve tested other products meant to battle shoe odor that approached the problem from a different angle. If you check out our Stuffitts review, you’ll see that Stuffitts accomplish this by drying your shoes quickly and using cedar to battle the odor. 2Toms claims that StinkFree will destroy any existing odor in your shoes and prevent odor from reoccurring, or prevent the initial occurrence if used from the beginning of your shoes.
StinkFree comes in a pump spray bottle. 2Toms claims that it doesn’t leave any odor, but StinkFree does have a slightly chemical smell when you first apply it. It smells a little like a very watered down version of Formula 409 cleaner.
Testing StinkFree from 2Toms:
Since we use our Stuffitts in our normal running shoes, we decided to use the StinkFree product in a really tough environment: our cycling shoes. As we’ve mentioned before, we use SuperFeet Green insoles in all our shoes, including our cycling shoes. Since we only use the Stuffitts in our running shoes, our cycling shoes and therefore our cycling insoles are pretty ripe. If we were to rate the odor on a scale of 1 to 10, these insoles are about a 9. We followed the directions for StinkFree, applying the solution a few times at first and then a few times a week afterwards. We generally sprayed our cycling shoes before or after each use.
We also decided to use StinkFree on our cycling gloves. Our standard gloves are a pair of inexpensive Nashbar gloves made of mesh and leather. Man, do they stink. We’ve been putting in more than 9 hours of cycling each week and sometimes we forget to wash the gloves after each use. If we were to rate these on the same scale, we’re talking about a 10 of 10 in stinkiness.
Initial Thoughts on StinkFree:
We’ve been using StinkFree for a few weeks now and have been impressed with it’s general performance. When we first applied StinkFree to our insoles and shoes, it immediately knocked out the odor. However, after applying the spray and using our shoes, the odor came back, though not as strong. It took a few applications to really get the smell under control. If our shoes started as a 9 of 10, each application reduced the stink level by one point, resulting in a nearly odor free shoe after two weeks of use.
The performance with our gloves was actually a bit better. We think that this might might be due to the design of the gloves: they breathe better and have less area than our shoes. Either way, after applying the StinkFree only once, we noticed a serious reduction in the stink factor. We estimate the gloves went from a 10 to a 6 immediately. Back to a 7 after a use, and then down to almost a 3 after another application. After using StinkFree for a few weeks on our gloves, the odors are all but gone. We continue to wash the gloves after a few uses, but we not longer stress out if they miss the laundry after every use.
Our training schedule is ramping up and we’re confident that the 90+ degree weather will challenge StinkFree and our noses. We should have a final review of StinkFree by the end of September. Stay tuned until then.