GymBag Subscription Box Review – February 2016
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: GymBag
The Cost: $62.99 a month ($55.49 plus shipping and handling), with discounts for longer subscriptions.
The Products: 6-8 snacks, supplements, fitness accessories, and related items.
Ships to: US and Canada (and there is a long list of countries in a drop-down list on the checkout screen, so contact them if you have questions about shipping to another country)
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There wasn’t a traditional information card listing the items, but there was some literature included. One card had a fitness quote and a list of training tracks for the month. Presumably you have to download these for yourself because there was not (that I could tell) a code for getting them. Unless it is in your account and I just don’t see it because I’m not a regular subscriber?
Quest Protein Chips in Salt and Vinegar (32 g) – Value $2.09
One bag of these has 21 grams of protein. It’s whey protein, again. I think these are not my favorite protein chips (my favorites are still the Ips ones), there’s just something about the base flavor that’s not quite right for me. The salt and vinegar flavor was not bad, though. It does amaze me how these high protein foods never have any fiber in them…
Whey Clean Bottle Cleaner (2 packets) – Value $1.50
At first I thought these were some kind of protein powder, but they’re actually little packets of detergent for cleaning your shaker bottle. This is a cool idea since a lot of shaker bottles are not safe to run through the dishwasher on heated dry (or maybe you want to wash it more often than you run the dishwasher).
The Protein Cookie Co. Dark Cocoa Chocolate Chip (2.5 oz) – Value $3.50
The Protein Cookie Co. Classic Chocolate Chip (2.5 oz) – Value $3.50
These cookies have 18 grams of protein apiece. They taste good for protein cookies and are not too high in sugar, but wow, do they ever stick to your teeth. The protein is from whey and these also contain egg, so definitely not for vegans.
Gym Bag Rubber Bracelet – Promotional Sample
It’s hard to see here, but this has a logo on it. Free advertising, I guess.
Ape Athletics Baseball Cap – Value $27.99
Well, if you are going to have apparel in a box like this, it’s tricky because people are different sizes. A baseball cap is generic enough that most people will be able to use it. I actually did own one baseball cap before (it came free when I ordered P90X3 a few years back) and I use it to take Nyx out in the rain but keep the water off my glasses. That one is not looking so good, so I will replace it with this one.
Custom Ape Athletics Poster – Value $10 (?)
I have to admit, this poster didn’t sit right with me. It has all these buff guys and then two women in bikinis who are practically making out with each other. The message I’m getting from it is that only men lift weights and women exist primarily as eye candy for the men. This is so not true I don’t even know where to begin. Also, for what it’s worth, this was just kind of rolled up in the box and it got smashed by the other items in transit.
UPDATE: GymBag has let us know that the following item was missing from this box:
LMNITRIX Veinz Vasodilator Sports Nutritional Booster, 120 Count, Retail Value $31.55 (on Amazon)
With this item added, the total retail value of the box is $80
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $49 for February’s GymBag. That does not really come close to the $80+ promised value in each box and it’s also somewhat lower than the subscription + shipping price. I’m also not sure how I feel about the major item in terms of cost being a baseball cap – if it’s not for you, then the value of the box is considerably lower. Also, the value of the poster was a total guess. I’d like to see a few more items in the box, I think. Perhaps if there were download codes for the playlist and/or a discount offer to the Ape Athletics site, the value could be improved.
On another note, this box seems really geared towards men. I don’t know if this was just an unusual month or if the box is like this every month. But the poster was sexist and Ape Athletics doesn’t actually offer any clothing items for women.
What did you think of the February GymBag box? Do you get any fitness subscriptions?