January 26, 2015

RaceDots or safety pins, you choose

Disclaimer: I was provided a set of RaceDots to review.  As always, the opinions stated here are my own.

Have you ever heard of RaceDots?  During the Marine Corps Marathon expo, I spotted their booth selling these funny little magnets that you could use in place of safety pins to keep your bib attached to your race outfit.  After passing by the booth quickly, and with my husband in toe, there was no chance to go back and really see what this product had to offer.

Like many of you, I have a safety pin collection from all my races.  There are some in my car, my purses, and of course this box inside my desk.  But being totally honest, I hate pinning bibs on my tech fabric shirts.  The obvious snag could easily happen and unfortunately, my pinning skills are lacking.  There are always at least several tries to get my bib on straight!  If I had to put my bib on my shirt on race morning, it would be a disaster, because having it straight is critical to my being.  Yep, I am that kinda crazy!

This runners safety pin collection!
If you are after an alternative to safety pins, look no further.  Race Dots are a magnetic dot, that you use to attach your bib to your shirt , skirt, shorts or running costume.  These clever little magnets are small, but with a very powerful magnet that will easily hold your bib in place.  One of the fun features is the color options they offer to match your bib or outfit.  It is always nice to look good for race photos.  



If you are wondering how they work and if they are easy to use the answer is a resounding yes.  Each package comes with 5 dots and and detailed instructions on how to easily attach your bib with them.  I pulled an old bib and shirt from my closet to try them out.  



The only warning for you is these magnets are strong.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the back of the package.  These will definitely hold my bibs in place for future races and would be a great accessory for any runner.  Don't forget Valentines' Day next month!

23 comments:

  1. I've started safety pinning my bibs to my fuel belt or pack (my belt is the older one w/o the bib holders). The magnets do look interesting though, I saw them at my local running store. I wouldn't mind trying them next time I go, or at an expo.

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    1. I was definitely curious when I heard about them and they're a great alternative to safety pins.

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  2. Oh my goodness, Jason and I bought some of these before marathon weekend and we SERIOUSLY struggled using them! In all honestly I got totally frustrated with not being able to get my bib on straight because the magnets were so strong that I tossed them all in a ziplock race morning, pulled out my trusty safety pins and haven't looked at them since! I'd love any tip you have for getting these darn things on!

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    1. I'll let Mom get back to you once she's home from vaca!

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  3. I have been wondering about these since I first saw them! I think I'll get a pair to check out.

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    1. Yea they're definitely a cool product and worth giving them a try.

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  4. I saw these on another blog not too long ago! They sound amazing!!!

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    1. Yes, we were glad to hear about them - a pretty neat innovative idea.

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  5. Are there any concerns that they will deactivate the timing chip on the back of the bib? I remember Princess a couple years ago when they put a magnet in our swag bag and it messed with a bunch of people's. I love the concept! I want them to be awesome!

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  6. I hope you have better luck than a few members of my running club. It look 3 people to help get this one woman's shirt on because the magnets kept getting stuck to each other before she could get it all the way on. I believe they abandoned them and went back to pins. The magnets are a bit too strong to be useful. Good concept, it just needs some tweaking.

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    1. I had the same problem, they were SO frustrating!

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  7. Very cool. I had been seeing these online but hadnt been able to try them anywhere, so was wondering how well they worked. They definitely seemed like a great concept though.

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  8. Would definitely give these a try. Anything to save my beloved NY Jets shirt from impending doom.

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    1. HAHA oh yea, we all have those beloved tech shirts :)

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  9. Very cool! We don't like safety pins either. Jeff runs with a tri belt to avoid them, but I hate anything around my waist. I will have to give these a try. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I don't like a bib on a fuel belt because it always flopped around so this was another good alternative.

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    1. Exactly! You got us started on these :)

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  11. I think the idea is awesome and I've seen other use them. However, I've also seen bibs fold up because the magnets on one side want to attach to the magnets on the other side. Did you have this problem?

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    1. Hmm, we'll have to test these out more to see if this happens.

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  12. Love the idea of rundots, wouldn't mind trying them out. They sound interesting.

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  13. I saw these on another blog and have been dying to try them! I, too, HAVE to have my bib as straight as humanly possibly...and, unfortunately, I've snagged/ruined more than one shirt in the past due to my lackluster safety pin skills. Will have to give 'em a shot!

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