Brooks – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received the Brooks Ghost 11 and LSD jacket to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!”

I received a bag full of items at The Running Event, I will do my best to give each item their proper review.

The Brooks Ghost – this is MY SHOE!! I was a happy camper to see this shoe as part of my swag from The Running Event. I also received the LSD jacket from Brooks.

I received the Brooks Ghost 11 in white/gray and teal colors. The outer fabric is a cloth type material. This is a neutral shoe and retails for around $120 https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/brooks-running-shoes-ghost-11-womens/120277.html

I don’t know where to begin…except the beginning. The Brooks Ghost has been my go to shoe since model 3. I agree with this information from the website, ” Enjoy the just-right balance of DNA LOFT softness and BioMoGo DNA responsiveness. Not too soft or too firm, if Goldilocks ran, this would be her shoe.” This shoe has been just right for me for years! It also has a 12 mm drop.

I was skeptical for this model. With every shoe upgrade they tweak something here or there and as a supporter of this shoe for so long, I can feel the differences. They boast “DNA LOFT heel crash pad for softer landings” I tried this new model on at my local running store. While the toe box felt roomy and stretchy, the arch area felt a little more narrow than usual. I also was set in the old model and didn’t need new shoes at the time.

After many runs, walks and a few trips on the treadmill; the Ghost 11 is a part of my shoe rotation. I am a Ghostie for life! I would run a marathon in these out of the box. These are the shoe that has always worked for me, and I am happy that the new model will continue to be my go to shoe.

*I will add this note about shoes, please find the shoe that works for you. Everyone’s foot and mechanics are soo different.

The exhibitors at The Running Event had a lot to say about the various models Brooks offers. They didn’t say too much about their apparel.

The Brooks LSD jacket I received is black with a silvery reflective pattern. It zips up and does not have a hood. It is similar to the feeling of a rain coat and very lightweight. It also packs up inside itself. It retails for $105 https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/womens-lsd-jacket/221135.html

I have never been one to wear a jacket on the run. I just layer up in a pullover, as I have a lot of them. I was willing to give this jacket a try.

I first ran in the jacket at night for it’s reflective properties. I was nervous as it’s all black and I was running at night, but you put some flash to it and you are lit up!!

Not only is this flashy, it does it’s job as a jacket. It’s a great top layer to cut the wind. I had to take the jacket off many times because I was too hot, like the old suit wrestlers would wear to cut weight. However, it was super simple to pack up and wear it on my wrist when I needed to take it off.

I really like Brooks products, mostly because I always have worn their shoes. I like companies that stick to one focus. Brooks makes running shoes and running gear. I can’t wait to see how may miles I get in my new gear.



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Shady Rays Review

Shady Rays – Sunglasses Review

“Disclaimer: I received Shady Rays Signature Series Sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Before you all roll your eyes at another sunglasses review… let me tell you why I was interested in checking these out – “Our mission to fight hunger in America has led to over 1 million meals provided to date.”  That’s right, they are more than just looking good.

I was able to choose the colors I would like from the Signature Series. I went with the Purple Sunset Ice Polarized. (Which appear to be out of stock.) I wanted something fun! These are a clear plastic frame with a purple hued lens.

Here are the specs:

  • Durable gloss clear frame with metal hinges
  • Premium Polarized mirror lenses: 100% UV protection / shatter-resistant / salt water proof
  • Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty & Free Replacements if Lost or Broken – just pay S+H fee for lost/broken replacements.
  • Every order provides 11 meals to fight hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America

Size Specs: Front Height: 50 mm (2 in.), Front Width: 140 mm (5.5 in.), Bridge Width: 18 mm (.7 in.), Temple Arm Length: 146 mm (5.75 in.)

*Did you see they will replace a lost or broken pair?!?!?

Ok, so how does these measure up? You know I have tested and worn many pairs of sunglasses over the years, so I have some thoughts.

First I just wore them around, to work, out to eat, to the auction, kayaking – low key type activity. I will say I really like them as a fashion shade. They compare to other glasses on the market in that regards, you look good while protecting your eyes.

Then I put them to the running test. I am on a run streak, so I started with a mile. I also wear a hat and headphones. I will say they fit with all the things on my head. However, what I noticed while running. They do not have adjustable nose pads, which will allow you to set lower on your nose to allow ventilation to minimize foggy up. Also they just sit so close on your face. I did notice they will bounce if they are not in the perfect place on my face. *I also note these things as I have a few pairs of sunglasses specifically designed for running.

I also noticed that while the shades are fun mirrored purple color, they are not that dark. This does not take away from their polarization. They are also great on cloudier days or on trails.

That’s right, just because they are not my favorite pair for running, I find myself grabbing them to run a quick mile or because I am already wearing them when I go to run. For example, I ran a 5k in them as it was in the evening, and the glasses were on my head.

Overall thoughts: With the mission of feeding America and the warranty, these are worth the $45 price tag. However, as a running pair of glasses, I think I would reach for something else. For me these are more for looking fashionable…and I think I do!

If you would like to purchase a pair you can use code  “BIBRAVE” good for 50% off 2+ pairs: https://bit.ly/2rk7Hor 

If you would like more input, check out what the BibRave Pros have to say: VanessaKaty BenLissaJenn

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Coros PACE Multisport Watch Review

Gear Review – Coros PACE Multisport Watch

“Disclaimer: I received a Coros Pace Multisport watch to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”


The Coros Pace Multisport watch is brand new to the market and as a BibRave Pro, I get to try it out!

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First Impression:
The watch arrived in a cube shaped box, everything was compactly packaged. It already had a charge, but I plugged it in anyway. There was a USB charging cord in the box.

I received the red watch, which meant the face has red accents and the band is red. In addition to the charging cord, there were some materials to get it set up and a tool to change the band.

The watch face is round and similar in size to many other GPS watches. The band is flexible. The whole device is light weight. There is a built in hear rate monitor on the underside on the main face.

I added my Road ID to the watch band and followed the steps to get it set up. It was basically ready to use, but I wanted it hooked up to my phone for “all the stats” and so it would sync to Strava. *I use this app to help keep track of my overall mileage.

To get it set up with my phone, there is a QR code that appears on the watch face, which you scan with the photo app on your phone, this is how you get the app. There was no app store process. Then just like that it was connected to my phone.

Next I needed to calibrate it, first with the GPS and second with the elevation. With some touches of the buttons that was done. I like how this is easy and simple to find, and can be done at any time.

I then finished the set up by adding my personal information – height and weight and setting my daily fitness goal. This will make the heart rate more accurate and help you achieve medals in the app.

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Time to use it

There are 4 buttons around the watch face. One is red, this is what starts and stops your activity or selects the prompts on the screen. There is a button to go back, and then there are 2 buttons to scroll up and down.

I am a runner. The activity settings on the watch are as follows: indoor run, outdoor run, outdoor cycle, pool swim, open water swim and triathlon.

I set out for my first run, I just needed to get the feel of using it. It really isn’t different from my other watches, except the buttons are in different spots.

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I put it on auto pause, I was not getting used to the buttons being in a different place from my other watch. Auto pause is awesome, you don’t have to ever stop or start your watch if you are waiting on a train, or to cross the road. The only thing is that there is a few seconds delay.

I ran with the watch at a prison 5k. This meant I needed to turn off GPS or any outside communication, so I put it on indoor run mode. The watch did not sync to Strava, which really isn’t that huge, as I can manually enter my data.

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I ran with it at the track a couple of times, I liked using it here for the data. We did an 800 work out and I was able to push the lap button to keep track of my splits. I like how the watch says the track has a tiny elevation gain.

I raced with it at a couple or races and didn’t have any issues. Pushed the buttons and it connects to a satellite quickly, and even if it hasn’t connected you can still push start.

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I think my favorite feature, besides the heart rate on your wrist is the elevation stats. I like to know what the elevation is at the bottom of a hill and what it is at the top. Then I realize what I thought was a huge climb, was only 50 feet.

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What sets this apart from the competition?:

1.) The battery life, I had this last 2 weeks with no charging. I wore it every day and ran a total of 50 running miles. I am a slacker… I did run about 38 miles this weekend and the watch still has half of it’s battery life.

2.) This has a combination of GPS, GLONASS and BDS which allows for increased performance in challenging areas or rural environments to connect to the satellites.

3.) The Barometric Altimeter is built in, allowing the most accurate elevation readings.

4.) Price. This watch costs $299. – https://coros.com/pace.php

Looking forward to what’s next:

The watch is very new, so many things are still getting updates. It will be able to sync to more training apps, and the ability to have the indoor workouts sync properly.

I am hoping they add more activities like walk, trail run, or hike. If it’s a multisport watch, it should include multi amounts of sports.

I do like that this is simple and no frills, there are no watch faces to change. It’s a watch for the stats and has a battery life that lasts.

If my review hasn’t convinced you to consider a Coros Pace Multisport Watch, check out what the other pros had to say: CoreyLindseyMaiMichael – KimRyanKevin

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Rudy – Rydon – Product Review

Rudy Project, Rydon Performance Sunglasses – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Project Rydon Shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”


Yay, sunglasses!! Years ago I never ran with glasses, however since I have been introduced to glasses that help protect my eyes (especially as a contact lens wearer,) I can’t resist another pair.

For this opportunity with BibRave we were given the Rudy Project Rydon frames. There is quite a selection – seriously I think there are 14 choices on this page. I decided to go with the Frozen Ash frame with the Photochromic lens. The color I received is Lime with the Impactx-2 clear to laser brown lens.

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Also included is a hard plastic case and a soft case that doubles to keep the lens clean.

These glasses are featured in the film GODSPEED – The Race Across America. I had the chance to review it! The movie is about a team that cycles across the country. These glasses are put to the test in some wet and rainy conditions.

I run in all conditions, rain or shine. These lenses would be great for those dark cloudy days, yet protect my eyes from drying out, and if the sun came out, I would be prepared too.

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These glasses are great for gray, cloudy days. They are also great for hitting the trails where the shade from the trees is too much for your average dark lens. Also, if you have a night race, these are perfect!

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However for me, I would have to say this specific lens does not work for me in the sun. It just isn’t dark enough. This is easy to change, the lenses just pop out and you can put in a different choice.

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I should also note that in addition to the adjustable nose piece, the side arms or pieces that go over above your ears are adjustable too. You can make them fit your head.

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Check out the following reviews for more insight: – AndreaJenn – LindseyBarb Amy

If the above reviews have convinced you to give Rudy a try you can use code GODSPEED for 30% off – https://www.rudyprojectna.com/collections/performance-sunglasses/products/rydon?variant=47379967628

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Amphipod®️ PureRun™️ Minimalist Hydration Vest

Amphipod®️ PureRun™️ Minimalist Hydration Vest – Gear Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Amphipod®️ PureRun™️Minimalist Hydration Vest to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I have run many miles, and many of them with some sort of pack. I am familiar with bladders, bottles and flasks. What intrigued me most about getting a chance to try this vest was the versatility to adapt to bottles, flasks or bladders.

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The vest arrived with two, 12 oz Hydraform™️ bottles, one for each front drawstring pocket. There are 3 front buckles with adjustable straps. There are two front zipper pockets. The back is like a back pack with two separate zipper compartments, one large enough to house a bladder. The front even has a clip for the hose. There are also cords to carry a light weight coat or something on top of the pack. I also received a fun light up smiley face too.

When I received this vest, I was in the midst of training for my 25th marathon. However, I wanted to make sure before I took it on a long run, I would have no problems. The maiden voyage was just across town and back. I stuck my phone in the front zipper pocket and it fit! I have an iPhoneX. I also just carried the bottles with me, so I could get the feel.

Everything fit fine and was easy to adjust. I should note the vest does come in two sizes, so check your measurements before ordering. The only thing that is strange, as a woman, the placement of the bottles just looks “strange.”

I  ran next with the vest to a race day volunteer job. I was going to be directing runners at a corner. It was also very cold that day. The vest fit over many layers of clothes and when it warmed up, I was able to easily stash the extra clothes in the pockets.

I take gear testing seriously! I brought the pack along for a group training run. I was going to run at least 13 miles, and the route was along the highway. The one thing I appreciate about this is the bottles that come with it. It’s easy to bring water and an electrolyte on your run. I did find out that if you don’t tighten the drawstring on the bottle pocket, it will bounce and/or fall out! The vest was also great to hold the treasures I found along the way.

Then it was time for my last 20 mile long run before the marathon. I didn’t hesitate and grabbed the vest, filled it with all my snacks and drinks.

I also packed it full of warmer clothes, and an empty flask and deodorant on my way to the Iowa spring football practice. I didn’t even get checked in the security line and I was able to be fresh when I got there.

Up until this point all the runs in the vest were in cooler weather, meaning I was wearing multiple layers or a long sleeve top.

On race day, the Run Crandic marathon, I choose to wear this vest. The race course had many aid stations, but it wasn’t my first race and I wanted to have my snacks and at the least water when I wanted it. Race day temps would end up near 70 degrees, so I ran in a tank top with the vest. While it was nice to have everything I needed, I was happy to see Vaseline at an aid station as the chafe around my neck and arms was not pleasant. Maybe it was the necklace, sports bra and fresh hair cut…no clue, it just wasn’t pleasant. I am also of the school where basically all gear chafes, or all glasses fog up. I am sure if I gave my vest some adjustments, it would have fit better and I wouldn’t have any chafe. (at mile 17.5, I had no time for that) I will also note, I didn’t feel extra hot or extra sweaty due to wearing the pack.

If you are looking to finally get away from a hydration belt, I would recommend this vest. It’s not complicated, and easy to use and adjust.  The material breathes and you can carry just about anything with you because of it’s versatility. It is available online for $100 – http://www.amphipod.com/products/hydration/purerun-vests/purerun-minimalist-24

Check out what other BibRave Pros had to say: Andrea – AlastairMeridithRenee 

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Flippin Over Pants

FlipBelt Crops – Product Review

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“Disclaimer: I received a pair of FlipBelt Crops to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Way back when…… I tested and reviewed the FlipBelt. It’s a belt to be worn around your middle section to carry all the things you need on the run. I did not care for the fit of the belt with my higher natural waist or larger hips. I am woman! LOL!

I was intrigued by the FlipBelt Crops, the belt is attached (sewn) to the pants. It appeared that there would be no slipping of the belt to my natural waist or falling off my hips. By being the actual waistband of the pants, the location looked like a perfect fit for my body.

The crops are also 76% polyester 24% spandex, moisture wicking and anti microbial fabric.

I broke one of the unspoken rules of running “nothing new on race day” and wore the crops straight from the package at a double race day. The first thing I noticed was how soft they felt and how comfortable they fit. All the seams were protected and nothing appeared to be a problem against the skin.

I lined up for the 5k and since I like to keep my phone on the small of my back, I put my phone in the zippered back pocket of the crops. I ran the 5k. I have a newer smart phone, so it’s bigger and I felt I had to keep yanking my pants up from the bouncing of my phone.

Well this was enough for me, so an hour later when I toed the line for the 10k, I placed my phone in the front. There are 2 openings on each side to slide it in. I didn’t even notice it was there. This is where I will be placing bulkier heavier items.

I next ran in then as part of a training run, putting my phone in the front pocket again. I was testing how easy it was to access my phone on the run. It seemed quite simple, and since it was in the front, no zipper to contend with.

I then wore them as I volunteered at a race. The weather was crap, and I wanted to be able to wear layers to stay warm. My clothes that allow for this do not have pockets, so I was happy to have the pants to keep my phone and keys. Yep, the right side pocket has a key clip. The pants allowed me to move around especially as I removed timing chips. I really wished they were full length on this day.

The downside of these crops, they are not full length pants and they are not shorts. If it’s cold where you live or hot where you live, these may not work. Also since the belt is attached to clothing, if your crops are in the laundry, you do not have access to your belt. So do you wash them everyday?

Speaking of care, they are machine washable!

I know I will wear these a lot. As I predicted, the belt attached to the pants allows the belt to stay in the perfect place for my body. I can even see myself wearing these to sporting events and other non running related activities.

Want to get your own pair? Use code “BIBRAVE” for 25% off  – https://flipbelt.com/running-pants-crops

Check out what other BibRave Pros had to say about the FlipBelt Crops: JennReneeLissaMaiKateVanessaKarenJanelleLisaGina  AmyLindseyBarb

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A Visor For All Conditions

Product Review – BOCO Gear 360° Visor®

“Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Gear 360° Visor® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming aBibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Whether it’s to keep my hair under control, the sun off my face or my head warm; I can easily be spotted running with something on my head.

In fact you might have seen me in a BOCO trucker hat or a Boco stocking hat. BOCO (as some of you Coloradians might know) is short for Boulder, CO – where the company was “born.”

All this rambling brings me to the newest addition to my BOCO Gear collection, the  BOCO Gear 360° Visor®!

What makes this visor so special? Well I will tell you:

  • Terry cloth liner across the forehead to reduce sweat from dripping on your face
  • elastic band on the back, no readjusting
  • machine washable
  • black under the brim to reduce glare
  • the bill is curved and fits like a normal hat – no crazy flat brimmed nonsense
  • dry tech polyester

Now – how did I make the most of this visor?

While I have been wearing it from time to time on my runs, to shield my face from the sun (which is important all year round.) I put this to it’s first test as I wore it during the Detroit Marathon, in wind gusts close to 40 mph. The visor never budged, I never worried about losing this as I ran the last few miles in a head wind.  It’s a pain if you have to worry about keeping your hat on, and uncomfortable to run with your hand on the top of your head, to keep your hat on.

Second… I have been enjoying this as an addition to cold runs. I need my head and more importantly my ears covered when it’s cold outside (insert dramatic story of my ears being frostbit as a kid.)I prefer to wear a stocking hat or multifunctional head wrap. However, those items do not block my face from the sun. It’s sooooo easy to just throw the visor on, on top of the hat – BAM, sun protection.

I think if there were a downside to this visor, it would be the sizing. For my head size, it’s fine. I like that there is no extra adjustable strap to deal with. For others it could be too big or too small.

My favorite thing about this – it’s machine washable. I don’t have time to hand wash stuff, and the running gear that requires that treatment gets neglected. This just makes taking care of my visor so much easier.

The pros may have additional thoughts on BOCO Gear, so check em out: Amy WMeridithJeannineLindseyVanessaFrankKolbeStephanieMattCaseyJessica FallonGinaSamantha

BOCO makes a lot of products – check out their website, or maybe get your own custom order.

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