In October 2015 we found ourselves in Colorado visiting friends as a stopover on our way across the country for the holidays. Around that same time some big things happened. We decided to throw caution to the wind and purchase our Syncro, I got some big illustration commissions, projects were flowing in, and Qalo (pronounced “kay-lo”) contacted us about some potential collaborations with them as they were preparing to launch a new campaign for their active lifestyle silicone wedding bands. Between work commitments, making our way across the country, and Syncro stress we weren’t able to move forward with a project for Qalo at that time. We did, however, get to check out Qalo’s wedding bands for ourselves.
Coming up on 14 years of marriage at that time, we’d never heard of Qalo or really the idea of silicone wedding bands at all. I’d been sporting my wedding band and engagement ring all that time and Jorge hadn’t worn his ring since leaving for Iraq back in 2003. Jorge hated wearing a ring from the get go and simply went without after his tour in Iraq where he couldn’t wear one anyways. I wore mine 24/7 but it was always a pain and slipping around, especially during activities like yoga, sports, or gardening. After having been married for so many years our commitment to one another was as strong as ever, but the need for adorning ourselves with precious stones and metals to make sure everyone knew it just wasn’t a priority anymore.
I love the low profile and simplicity of the bands. Customization is great as they come in a variety of color and styles, even more so now than when we were first introduced to them. Early on I opted for a simple black band and have ended up sticking with it ever since, though I have a whole set of colors I can switch to should the desire arise. They come in a handy little zippered pouch where you can store your wedding ring if it’s something you want to switch back and forth between at the gym or yoga studio. The rings are comfortable and stay in place no matter what activities you get in to. The transition from a standard wedding ring set was seamless for me. I just had to get used to not being able to fidget with the stone like I used to.
Jorge found a good fit and tried these out for a while, but old habits die hard and he still wasn’t totally into wearing a ring and eventually fell out of the habit of wearing his Qalo ring too, though he said it was comfortable and less annoying than a standard metal wedding band.
Ultimately the decision on what kind of wedding band you want to sport is a very personal one. While I still love my original wedding band and engagement ring set, it doesn’t carry a huge sentimental value that compels me to wear it all the time. Since trading out for my black Qalo band I haven’t worn it since. The comfortable and simple design of the Qalo silicone band is perfect for me. With all the stuff we get into on the road from unexpected trail repairs on the van to hopping into random road-side bodies of water, my wedding band just isn’t something I have to be concerned about. The Qalo Ring stays put and cleans up no matter what I put it through. You can find out more at their website or purchase their rings via Amazon.