Gold Bond Friction Defense
$4.99 to $6.99 at major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and CVS
Reviewing running gear isn’t just endless piles of cute skirts and cool shoes. Sometimes you have to dig deep into the heart of the matter—and it isn’t always pretty. Yep, I’m talking about chafing.
The latest player on the anti-chafe scene is Gold Bond Friction Defense, a stain-free, unscented (yay!), nongreasy, sweat- and water-resistant stick of moisturizing, anti-chafing goodness. Did you notice the price? You get more product for less cash than that other anti-chafe stick that’s popular with runners. But is Gold Bond Friction Defense as effective? I put it to the test during this week’s brutal, sweaty heat wave.
Where Do You Chafe?
Every runner has her own specific chafing challenge. Maybe your shorts rub your thighs the wrong way or, men, maybe your shirt rubs your chest parts till they’re a bit too raw for a decent finish line photo (you know what I’m saying). My chafing challenges are the front neckline of my sports bra and… the tips of my toes. I thought the toe chafing was a just-me thing until I saw the handy chafe chart (see left) included in the Friction Defense PR kit. Feet! (And, uh, groin. That sounds terrible!)
Sounds totally no-duh, but I only recently realized that it’s not a too-small toebox in my shoe, but my socks that are chafing the bejeezus out of the tips of my square Fred Flintstone-like toes. They sting by the end of long runs and then become calloused and, frankly, utterly unsightly.
How Does Friction Defense Perform?
All this week I’ve been rubbing this Friction Defense stuff on my toes and around the edge of my sports bra before running. Magically, no chafing! Even better, Friction Defense is actually leaving my toes in better overall condition. Huh.
I’m guessing this extra moisturizing quality comes from Friction Defense’s inclusion of aloe, bisabolol (basically the main component of essential oil of chamomile), ginger root extract, and vitamin E. Maybe those things are what makes Friction Defense go on as smoothly and easily as it does.
Will Friction Defense Stain My Stuff?
Today I salty-sweated through a blazing-hot 8-miler bedecked in my brand-new INKnBURN Vintage camisole—with an ample amount of Friction Defense rubbed around the straps and inside the front neckline. Pretty daring, right? A big oily stain on a supercute top would be a total bummer. But nope, Friction Defense left no marks at all and washed out easily.
Is Friction Defense Hard to Wash Off?
Again, nope. Friction Defense comes off easily in the shower with your cleansing method of choice.
Can I Use Friction Defense on My Sensitive Skin?
If your skin is anything like my pale, fussy, fragrance-sensitive skin, then you shouldn’t have any trouble with this stuff. No scent, plus aloe and ginger root to soothe seem to be just the thing for us delicate flowers.
To sum up, I’m adding Gold Bond Friction Defense to my gotta-have-it list of running gear. And no, I won’t lend you mine, but you can try to win your own…
Win a stick of Gold Bond Friction Defense
and a pair of Gold Bond socks!
*** Contest has ended: Congratulations to Melanie Stella Wright! ***
1. Confess your chafing challenge in the comments of this post.
2. Like the Virtual 12athon Challenge Facebook page and leave a comment saying why you want to win your own Gold Bond Friction Defense and socks.
Our chicken Lunch will pick one lucky winner at
5 p.m. EST on July 5!
Two More Chances to Win!
Participate in the July 12athon. The two lucky swag bag winners will receive
Gold Bond Friction Defense and a pair of socks in their swag bag!
Watch our chicken Lunch pick the winner: