My Kinder Box gift subscription continues this month with another with another interesting box. This one was a little random, but it did include a few different items that would be useful in different situations.
First up was this Bearded Brothers "Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla" energy bar ($3.49). Bearded Brothers, based out of Austin, prides themselves on producing wholesome foods. I'm not really into the non-GMO, raw, vegan, gluten, and soy free foods, but the energy was okay. I tasted the dates and the blueberry but not so much vanilla. For the 241 calories and 12 grams of fat, you're also consuming 8 grams or protein and 21 grams of sugar. Extra points for the compostable wrapper, though. I think I still prefer Quest bars and Whitney's Think Thin protein bars.
Next is the Dr. Squatch natural soap ($6.00). I haven't tried this one yet, but, again, I'm not totally into the handcrafted all natural soaps. It's nice, but I would never pay $6 for one bar of soap and doubt I could tell the difference. For what it's worth, the soap has a strong pine smell.
I am intrigued by the Injinji performance 2.0 lightweight running socks ($12.00). These socks say they have natural toe splay (translation: five separate toes), blister prevention, and moisture management. Considering we live in the tropics and I got some bad blisters on our last hash run, these socks are seeming like a good addition to the box.
Kinder Box sent me another knife this month. This Combat Ready Knifes knife ($7.99) comes with a disclaimer that it's meant to be used by military, law enforcement, and security professionals. So it's less of a tool and more of a defense weapon. I don't know what to think of that. I'm not going to start carrying a knife for defense and recent boxes have included multipurpose tools with smaller blades. The price also makes me feel like it might end up being a little cheap. Still, I suppose this is the type of item I would expect from a man's box.
Finally, some more camping equipment. The Instafire Fire Starter (3-pack for $4.49; average cost of $1.50 each) lights up to four fires and can burn up to 1000 degrees. The packaging also says that you can use it for a campfire, fireplace, cooking, or charcoal. We've been talking about going camping for a long time so hopefully this motivates us to actually pull out the tents and see how LJ likes sleeping outside. I can also use it on windier days in the fire pit or if we want to make s'mores after it rains.
I give this KinderBox (out of 10) an 6.5 on quality, 7 on cost (I'm calculating $30.98 for the box), 6 on appropriate for me, and 6 on fun. If nothing else, Kinder Box is hitting the mark on forcing me to try new products.
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