Here we are in the advanced stages of summer, but August promises to continue sizzling, so... a great time for a cool giveaway!
What we're giving away are some sweet new supply carry bags from two creative small diabetes businesses: Sugar Medical Supply and FRIO. Thanks to both for offering up prizes to a number of lucky readers here at the 'Mine.
All you need to do to put your name into the running for one of these bags is post a comment below (or send us an email) by the end of this week.
Here's a look at these great products you'll no doubt want...
Hot New D-Bags from Sugar Medical
We love Sugar Medical Supply, the small PWD-run New Hampshire-based business that makes a great line of stylish diabetes bags for guys and gals. Per our first profile of them way back in October 2011, you may remember that company founder Carolyn Jager was diagnosed with T1D at age 13, following her younger sister Susan's diagnosis about five years earlier. That pair of diagnoses is what led to Sugar Medical's formation in 2009 and launching of their first product line in November 2010.
They've been continually coming out with new styles over the years and have just recently introduced a whole new crop, including a rugged canvas mini-bag with leather accents, a cross-body backpack, several cases designed specifically for the OmniPod, and a new cool 2-in-1 combo bag that can be worn as a crossbody or a wristlet -- all seriously worth checking out!
The Ryan Mini Supply bag in canvas looks extremely guy friendly, and features a roomy mesh interior pocket for alcohol swabs, lancets, etc. and elastic loops to hold test strips and lancing device in place. Like many of their bags, it fits all glucose meters on the market by with a 3M Velcro grip. It's nice and compact at 6" x 3 1/2" and even has a belt loop on back side for the guy who likes to go hands-free. This one retails for $29.99.
The mini 2-in-1 combo bag is a new form factor that we haven't yet seen from any other bag supplier. Inside, it's similar to the Ryan bag but also offers 3 credit card slots in a zippered pocket, so that if you're going out on the town, this bag can double as your wallet/small purse. It comes with both a wrist strap and long strap designed for your choice of use as a wristlet or crossbody bag. It measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" and comes in black with red and white accents or bright blue. Retail price is $34.99.
I was lucky enough to get samples of the new OmniPod case and backpack, which I am very much enjoying. Here's the deal on those:
The insulated sling backpack is sporty and small (15 in. tall x 9 in. wide x 3 in. deep) and extremely lightweight. Like their other designs, nothing about it really screams "diabetes" at all. In fact, when I took it out of the box with any other similar single-shoulder sports backpack, so I had to go to the Sugar Medical website to look up how they envisioned packing D-supplies specifically. What I learned is that the back wall of the bag has an insulated slip pocket designed for an ice pack, to cool your insulin. The large open area inside is envisioned for glucose testing case, glucagon kit, and snacks, while the front exterior pocket is where you'd stash your personal items like cell phone and keys, or glucose tabs, if you need them really handy. I've use the backpack on a few long walks so far, and found it extremely comfortable. My only beef would be that the mesh pocket on the side only holds a very small store-bought water bottle, and not a bike or larger sports water bottle that most active folks would prefer. This one comes in green and grey (the Storm version) and grey with colorful strips (Peak version). Retail price is $38.99.
The new case designed specifically for an OmniPod PDM comes in a variety of fun colors and designs. To hold the PDM in place, it has a Velcro strip about 2.5 inches long, one side of which you adhere to the back of the PDM. My only beef with that, having used their similar Universal case for over a year now, is that it does end up overlapping the little battery door door on the back of the PDM, so that can be a bit of a hassle when battery change is required. At first I was torn on this one because this new case is a good inch-plus wider, making it noticeably more bulky to carry around. But then I realized they did this to accommodate a spare Pod in the mesh pocket as shown, and I found I could fit a vial of insulin in there as well, so I can now do away with the additional little zipper case I usually carry around with both of those items. So that's a win!
The other thing that makes Sugar Medical Supply meter cases a hands-down winner to me is the little disposal slot they've built in for used test strips. You pop the strips in from inside the case, and you can easily dispose of them by opening the Velcro flap on the outside. See the below illustration I created a while back. Genius!
The OmniPod cases aren't cheap at $36.99, compared to under $30 for most of their standard cases -- but a good investment if you use the tubeless pump and want to consolidate your stuff, IMHO.
It's a 2-sided "packing cube":
- one side featuring a breathable mesh top, perfect for any sized Frio case (not included); these are supposed to "breath" so they don't get moldy
- the other side is water resistant with ample open space for other supplies
They come in black, blue, and red and the whole cube measures 10" x 7" x 3.5".
Retail price is only $19.95, which seems like a pretty good deal. We haven't tried this case yet, so are anxious to hear feedback from some lucky winners...
A DMProducts Giveaway
Here's how to enter:
Just leave a comment below, and be sure to include the codeword "Summer-Dbags" somewhere in your comment so we know you're in it to win it. Feel free to also mention your preference for either a Sugar Medical or the Frio bag, if that matters to you.
Since our comment system requires log-in, you may also email us your entry directly at [email protected], using the subject line "Summer-Dbags".
You have until Friday, July 28, 2017, at 9pm PST to enter.
The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and announced via Facebook and Twitter on Monday, July 31, so make sure you're following us. Please be sure to monitor your Facebook messages or email, as that's how we contact our winners.
Good Luck, D-Friends!
This contest is now closed. Congrats to the winners, who were chosen through Random.org: JAR Associates, Audrey Anderson, Ruth Clevenger, Carrie Carlson, and Verna Nienhouse Holcomb.