Thanks to Michael Carr for the great review, and a heads up on this cool product!!
I was skeptical at first when I saw a friend’s post about a rubber wedding ring. For 25 years, I have always taken my wedding ring off when I do *anything* with my hands, especially OCR races and workouts. Why?
1) I don’t want to damage my wedding ring
2) I don’t want to get it caught on an obstacle and rip my finger off, or get blood blisters from bar work
3) I hate the feeling of anything pressing on it — it really affects my grip.
But for $6.99, I figured why not try it. I had very low expectations. My ring arrived by US Mail literally as I was about to leave my driveway to drive to VT for the Shale Hill Tri-Obstaclon. I was thrilled to be able to take it with me for a trial run.
As far as looks go, it passes the 8′ test. That is, up close, no one is going to mistake this for the real thing. But at 8′, you would never know I’m wearing a rubber ring. I put it on, and of course, it felt just like a squishy version of my wedding ring — I thought it was going to annoy me the whole time and distract me, and I’d eventually take it off and throw it in the woods. I can honestly say, I wore it for the entire 7 hours, biking, swimming, and performing 80+ obstacles, most requiring tremendous grip strength. And I didn’t think about the ring once.
Ok, that’s not true, I thought about it when another racer ran up to me and showed me the same ring on her finger, in black. Surprisingly, it didn’t impede my grip at all, didn’t hurt whatsoever when I was gripping ropes and bars, and was over all just a non-issue. And it held up great. Rinsed it off at the end and it looked like I just took it out of the package.
Since then, I have worn it in the gym three times without a single problem, including one very intense dead-lift and pull-up workout, one hour long boot-camp, and one kettlebell-centric workout that included a set of 300 one-arm Russian swings. I did get tear-out in my palm on that set, but no issues with my ring finger.
I am so happy to be able to show the world I am taken as I enjoy the activities that bring me so much enjoyment!
I especially like that a portion of the sale goes towards sending free rings to our service men and women.
SafeRingz has extended an offer of BOGO, so head over to http://www.saferingz.com/ enter in “New England Spahtens” on checkout and pick one up for yourself and your partner!!