We all love to get our bling on. It is one of the perks of running the races we run. And what’s the point of getting said bling if we can’t show it off to people when they come to visit our house. I mean, really, that is the reason they are coming over, right?! Recently, a company reached out to me online and asked if I would be interested in giving one of their medal hangers a test run and letting them, and you, know what I think. Considering my non displayed medals are starting to pile up again, I eagerly accepted.
The product I have the privilege of reviewing today is a medal display hanger from Running on the Wall (www.runningonthewall.com). They are a small husband and wife company based in Sedona, Arizona. Both are avid runners who felt they had a great idea to fill a creative niche. Taking a look over their website shows that they have a wide variety of medal display options. They also have displays for bibs and bib/medal combinations. I found the bib/medal combos to be quite appealing to the eye. They also have other things offered on their site such as bracelets, arm warmers, shirts, water bottles, etc.
Here are the specifications for my medal hanger taken directly from their website:
Running Medals Display Features:
- 7 Inches Tall By 15 Inches Wide
- MDF Wood
- Vinyl Lettering
- Protective Satin Varnish
- All Hardware Included
- Accommodates Up To 27 Medals
Here is what I received:
Now, I have to admit, when I first opened the box, I was a little taken aback. All I knew was that I was receiving a medal hanger. I had not even checked them out online before receiving the package. A wooden board with a baggy of hardware. Not exactly what I envisioned I would be getting.
For the most part it is pretty simple to put together. You just take the hooks and screw them into the predrilled holes. That being said, there are going to be people out there who are going to be clueless when they get this. Some people do lead lives that are THAT sheltered. I’ve met those people. They scare me. And as simple as it is to put together, ease is another issue. I will be the first to admit I am a wimp and have sensitive skin. There are nine hooks to screw in. By number three I was done with wanting to put them in. By number five my hands started hurting. By the time I got done I was cursing. Given the box that this was shipped in, I find it hard to believe that this could not have been done prior to shipping. File this under customer service. I hate paying for things I have to assemble myself.
Now that I have it all together it is time to hang it. So I grabbed the…what the…two small nails. I get that we are not hanging large pieces of art here, but two small nails? Seems a little on the wimpy side to me. The display is intended to hold up to 27 medals (you know people will hang more). Assuming each one weighs a mere four ounces, you are easily creeping up on eight pounds of weight when you take into account the display. But other than that, it is pretty easy to hang. Measure, make sure it is level, hammer nails, and hang display. I hate hanging stuff on my walls…I suck at it. But this was a piece of cake (mmm…cake…).
Overall, this is a decent piece. It does exactly what it is intended to do…display your medals. The company, from the information on their website, tries to use recycled material whenever possible; a big plus in today’s world. The display is nice looking. They give you a wide variety of options when it comes to colors and what you would like your display to say. I find it hard to believe that you would not be able to find a match for your current décor in your home. Whereas a metal display might come across as cold and impersonal, these pieces are subtle yet make a nice statement.
One the negative side, this seems like a very doable DIY project. A piece of medium density fiberboard (MDF), some paint, some stickers, a drill, some hardware and little time on the weekend and you can knock this out on your own. I joke that I work so I have money to pay for things I don’t want to do (cook) or can’t do (change the oil in my car). Having taken a look at this kind of makes me want to give it a shot on my own. I did not care for having to assemble it on my own. Again, if I’m paying for it, I want it done when I get it.
I always like to include cost in my reviews. Everything comes down to value. The display I received retails for $28.99. Based on the calculator from their website, shipping would be an additional $9.50 for USPS Priority Mail. That was the only option offered. Total cost being $38.49.
Value is going to be relative to the person so I will go based on my perceived value. Essentially, would I order one based on this information. It would be a definite maybe. Like I said, it’s a nice looking piece. I do like the options they have available on their website. It gives you the freedom to personalize your piece in many different ways. The negative hang ups I have about the piece are pretty minor and can be classified as my quirky issues. I do think the price is a bit steep for these. If you have any kind of knack for handy work, I think this is something you can do yourself for about $10 with items from your local hardware store. Plus you would have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.
All that being said, I will be proudly displaying this hanger in my home office!
Give Running on the Wall a look for your next medal display. You can find them on the web at www.runningonthewall.com. They are also on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. Tell them Team Neon Running sent you.