Father's Day Gift Guide
Perhaps you've heard the tale about Van Halen and the brown M&Ms. I was thinking about that when trying to find a way to describe Scape sunblock. Back in the early 1980s, during the first marriage of guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen and frontman extraordinaire Diamond David Lee Roth, the band would include in its standard concert contract a request for a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed. While rock star excess seems to know no bounds, and Eddie, Dave, Alex, and Michael were second to a few in that department during their hotel-trashing heyday, this particular request actually had a legitmate purpose. It served as a quick check whether the local promoter had read the contract closely or merely leafed through it. If they found brown M&Ms, the band knew they had to double check everything else.
How does this apply to sunblock. Well, let's imagine you're reapplying between races. Getting the sunblock out of the bottle is a familiar routine for many sailors. Close the top, shake vigorously to pack the sunblock near the cap, open, then squeeze. But what if the bottle is so poorly designed that while shaking it slips out of your hand and either splatters sun lube all over the cockpit, or bounces overboard. Well you wouldn't be criticised for wondering if the product inside the bottle was as poorly conceived as the bottle itself. No such worries with Scape. The bottle is designed to be held fast by slippery fingers. And the sunblock inside is first-race. Scape will talk about how it allows your body to breath properly. I like that it won't run into my eyes even when I sweat. Trying to trim the jib with sunscreen on my contact lenses isn't an easy task. Scape SPF 50+ Athlete Sunblock isn't cheap, running just under $15 for a 4-oz. bottle. But this is your dad we're talking about. How many times has he protected you from the world at large? High time to repay the favor.
Learn more about Scape, and its creator, Dr. Nic Martens, here. If you're curious about Van Halen and the M&Ms, well the full story is here. —Stuart Streuli