Recently Ian Wilkey attempted the Arizona Trail Race – a self-supported bikepacking event that challenges even the most gritty and technically skilled riders. No entry fee, no prizes, absolutely no support. That’s its motto.
Riders spend months, if not years, preparing for this event and meticulously plan every detail, including what they will carry with them. Four Action Wipes products earned a coveted place in Ian’s frame bag. Here’s what they were and why he deemed them worth the weight.
Action Wipes (Single Packages):
Ian’s thoughts: Being preventative with hygiene helps more than one would imagine mentally and physically. It is rather convenient that you can cover your whole body with one 9”x5” sheet.
Healing Honey stick:
Ian’s thoughts: I found out quickly that the Healing Honey Stick is your best friend during bikepacking races or long training days in the saddle. Chafing can put a halt on forward progress rather quickly and causes unpleasant conditions. In addition to being a great chamois and anti-chafing balm, this product has the ability to be used on rashes, wounds, and stings, which are certainly possibilities on a multi-day adventure. All of these benefits packed into a tube of natural ingredients make it a great option for a multi-use healing remedy.
Ache & Pain Relief Honey Stick:
Ian’s thoughts: The Ache & Pain Relief stick proved to be my favorite of the three sticks produced by life elements. It includes many of the same ingredients as the Healing stick plus some magic that soothes your skin while treating achy muscles in the process. I was very skeptical about a product like this but tried it out on different muscles as they began to ache. Immediately the pain went away, and I felt great again! It's also nice to keep around the house and rub on sore muscles after a hard day on the bike. I will defiantly carry this on every adventure from here on out.
SPF 30 Sunscreen:
Ian’s thoughts: Living in Arizona and spending long days in the saddle means sunscreen needs to be applied generously and frequently. Feeling sticky and having to reapply throughout a ride are two of my least favorite parts of these adventures, although I have learned sunburns are far more painful. I was rather impressed with the ability this sunscreen had to stick. Over the 26 hours, I was out on the trail, it didn't wash away or collect a ton of dirt and leave me feeling sticky like I generally experience. You'll find this 30 SPF sunscreen in a tube slightly larger than a chapstick, which packs conveniently into a backpack or frame bag.
Ian’s parting words ...
As I've tried to push my personal boundaries on the adventure front, one of the major things I have learned is you are only as good as your gear allows you to be. These items will help you feel good during and after your adventures. That goes a long way in my book!
You can read Ian’s full review of these Action Wipes products over at his blog.
Get his kit here: