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What's Xylitol? Well, xylitol is actually a sugar alcohol that is used to sweeten many sugar-free items. There is also research indicating xylitol can help keep cavities away. This is why Xylitol is added to sugar-free gum: it improves dental health, sweetens the gum and provides that cooling sensation as you chew. Now that technology has been added to fabrics. When the fabric is gets wet, either through water or sweat, it has a long-lasting cooling property. Since I have a lot of hot running and racing ahead of me this summer and fall, I picked up Running Skirts neck gaitors treated with Xylitol with the hopes of staying cooler out on the run. Here are my 5 reasons you should give them a try!
1. Cooling properties aside, they're super cute. Right now, they have a white and pink gaitor and a turquoise gaitor. The little hearts on the gaitor are treated with Xylitol. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I picked up both of them.
2. Sweating activates the Xylitol but dunking it in water is better. Last weekend, I wore the turquoise gaitor out on a long run that took us from the coast inland on the San Elijo Lagoon trail and back. It was hot and humid and there was plenty of sweating going on to activate the cooling hearts. But I dunked it in water as well, which really activated the Xylitol and helped to keep the gaitor cooler longer.
3. It's awesome around your neck. I kept the gaitor around my neck for the entire long run and I could definitely feel the difference throughout the run. It stayed cool for the whole 18 miles. I would turn it around every so often from the front to back and it would still be cool. Kind of like when you turn your pillow over every so often to get the "cool side." It was really nice to get a little coolness on the back of my neck.
5. Running Skirts also has tanks and arm sleeves treated with Xylitol. And every so often they offer free shipping on the Keep It Chill line, so be sure to check out the website and sign up for the newsletter to take advantage of the deal.
I usually run with gaitors (or buffs) on my wrist, around my neck, over my ears, etc. when I'm running for long periods of time. That's why this was an easy decision for me to try this product. I really like it. Aside from the cooling capabilities, it's soft and feels nice against your skin. I will definitely take it with me on all my long runs this summer, as well as my 100K in the fall.
Have you tried any products treated with Xylitol? What are your thoughts?
*I bought these gaitors myself and all options are my own. Running Skirts did not provide these products.