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Recovery Rub FrontAll Terrain
Recovery Rub
Temporary relief from aching muscles, joints, and arthritis pain.
Andrew Buskov
Initial Report: October 7, 2009
Long Term Report: January 18, 2010

Tester Biographical Information

Name: Andrew Buskov
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 223 lbs (101 kg)
Email: Rescue(at)Corridor9(dot)net
City, State Zip Madisonville, Kentucky  USA

Backpacking Background:

I’ve been backpacking for years now, and have slowly started developing my ideal style. I’ve gotten my pack weight down to roughly 25 – 30 lbs (11.3 - 13.6 kg) before water, and am whittling it down every hike. Day hiking is nice, but getting out over multiple nights is really what I enjoy. I like to take my time and enjoy the scenery as opposed to hiking hard. I also like being comfortable and insist on an air mattress. I usually tent or hammock, but stay in shelters when needed.

Product Information:

Item: Recovery Rub
Manufacturer: All Terrain
Year of Manufacture: 2009
MSRP: $9.99
Listed Weight: 3.0 fl oz (90 ml)

Box BackProduct Overview:

(From Label & Website)
The All Terrain Recovery Rub is designed to give temporary relief  from sore muscle and joint pain. It quickly provides cool penetrating relief, using all natural ingredients. Some additional uses include pain associated with: bruises, sprains, strains, arthritis, and the simple backache.

Some of the warnings include not to apply this product to open wounds or damaged skin, near the eyes or mucous membranes, and not to use it with heating pads. Additional warnings include consulting a doctor if your condition worsens, a rash develops, or if symptoms worsen over a period of 7 days.

Active Ingredients include: Menthol 5%
Inactive ingredients include: Arnica (Arnica Cordifolia) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Kava Kava (Piper Methysticum) Extract, Olive (Olea Europaea) Oil, Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil, Sweet Clover (Melilotus Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Shea (Butyrospermum Parkil) Butter, Steareth-2, Water, 1,2 Hexanediol.

Initial Impression:

This product came in a retail paper box which included various facts about the use of this product, the warnings, and the directions for use. Inside the box was 3 oz (90 ml) of white cream in a plastic squeeze tube. The top was a flip style cap that was easy to open, and the tube was quite full as the product started gushing out as soon as I opened the cap.

The cream has smells a bit like the vapor rub that my mother used to put on my chest when I was a child and had problems breathing. It comes out of the tube relatively easy, but didn't continue to flow out after I stopped squeezing. My first use came after a relatively short dayhike in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had a catch in my calf that just wasn't working itself out so I decided to give the Recovery Rub a try.

I squeezed about a palm size amount of the Recovery Rub into my hand and rubbed it generously  against my lower calf. In the beginning I didn't notice too any change in my calf; no heating, cooling, or relief was noted for quite a while. It wasn't until after roughly 15 minutes that I actually started feeling a bit of heat on my calf. It was nice not to have an overabundance of heat as I would receive with some of the sports medicine rubs available on the market. However, I would have liked to feel that it was working sooner than 15 minutes after application.

In the end, it did seem to help my calf loosen up a bit. The smell wasn't overly noxious, nor was the residue left on my hands greasy feeling. The relief was noticeable, and the rub did seem to work over a period of time. I was glad to have this with me during my dayhike, but am curious about the weight to relief ratio when taking this on backpacking trips. I'll definitely be testing this over the next few months.

I'd like to thank and All Terrain for allowing me to participate in this test.

Long Term Report: January 18, 2010

Field Information:

During the past number of months, I have been able to use most of the All Terrain Recovery Rub. In total, I've probably used it about 15 times for various reasons. A number of those were for after hike rubs on my legs and ankles. I found that my legs got a bit more tired out after some of my hikes this season than they did last season. I'm hoping this is not a trend, but as I age I'm finding that things are hurting more now than before. Definitely not a good sign, but something I have to live with. I was also able to use this rub on my back and shoulders a couple of times after I was injured at work. Nothing serious, but after a few good house fires, there's bound to be some tired muscles.

Final Impressions:

I have to say that I am impressed with the All Terrain Recovery Rub. The packaging states clearly that it relieves "sore muscles, joints, and arthritis pain", and while I don't have arthritis I can say that it does indeed live up to the claims made. As with before, each time I applied the Recovery Rub, I didn't notice too much change right off the bat. Even after knowing that it would take a while, I was still surprised when the cooling started to take effect. Then the feeling of heat began to take effect and my muscles started relaxing and feeling better as the rub worked for a number of minutes.

One thing that did seem a bit strange though was the sensation of cooling and heating. I didn't notice anything the first few times that I used it because I really didn't know what to expect. However, after a few times I noticed that I received different sensations during different times. For example, when I was hot after the house fire I received a sensation of cooling first. However, when I was rubbing down my ankle after a day hike I felt a heating sensation first. I am not sitting here saying that the effect changes depending on the body part the rub is applied to, but am more saying that maybe body heat and perspiration would have a different effect on how the cream works. Quite honestly though, this is just a guess as I'm not really sure what conditions are needed for the different sensations to occur.

As with before, the smell wasn't out of the ordinary, and I actually grew to like it over the course of the testing period. I did find that it helped to clear my nose a bit after one of the hikes I took in cold and damp weather. A nice bit of relief after having to mouth breathe the whole way home. I did find out that I was left with a bit of a greasy feeling if I didn't completely distribute the rub during application. Not something I usually do, but I was forced to hurry one day and really noticed it when I got in the Jeep to head out. It was fairly easy to alleviate the problem with a few swipes on my pants, but definitely something I made sure didn't happen again.

I found that I tended not to carry the Recovery Rub with me on trail much though. While I did pack it a few times and use it, the relief I received wasn't immediate enough for me to justify the weight. This was especially true when I was day hiking with a smaller pack. It was just easier for me to apply the rub prior to my return trip home.

In closing, while this product did work as expected I found that it wasn't quick enough for my tastes. I prefer something that has a quicker heating & cooling effect. I will continue to use this product as long as I own it, but will have to think seriously about purchasing another bottle after I run out.

I'd like to thank and All Terrain for allowing me to participate in testing the Recovery Rub.

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