OM – PFV

Orange Mud – P.F.V. Gear Review

“Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud PFV 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!”

“Innovation from frustration” I think this tagline is what I appreciate about Orange Mud the most. Orange Mud makes a lot of products and each appears to be it’s own invention. The Phone. Flask. Vest. is one of their newest and I was ready to give it the test!

First, I want to describe this vest to you, so take a minute and examine the photos.

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Are you thinking, how does this work for someone with a chest? Well, let me tell you the vest comes in 2 sizes, I have the small / medium. I am being honest, I have a larger chest and I ordered the smallest size. I have no issue with the size on a large chest.

Then you may notice the pockets. There are so many! There is the pocket the 15 oz / 450 ml (included with purchase) flask goes in, then there is a pocket for your phone.  Those pockets have elastic cinch closures. There is a small pocket on the left side that has a clip ring to house your key. Then there is a pocket on the right shoulder, good for lip balm or a snack. Then there is a pocket on the back, maybe for a credit card or trail pass. Note there is no closure for that pocket.

Ok, next do you notice the straps? There are 2 adjustable straps that go under the arms. Then there is a bungee strapping system that goes across the back for grasping a light jacket.

How do you put this on, well the easiest way to describe it is, put it on like a shirt, over your head. There is a clip on the left side that allows for more room to maneuver in and out of it. Once you have it in place, it’s easy to reach under the arms to tighten the straps. *I am used to the OM vests, so this is easy for me.

 


Phew… this small pack has a ton of features.  I say small because it only allows you to carry 15 oz of water.


Now how does it work while running?

The inaugural run was “interesting.” While the size of this pack fit me, I wasn’t sure how it was supposed to fit while running… ahem bouncing…. or if it did fit while running.


I had the hardest time trying to get it in the right position, was I supposed to wear it more like a bra? Was I supposed to wear it lower in the back? I wanted to try it out, so that first run, I didn’t fill the flask with liquid. The pack seemed to move without the weight of liquid.

I was still uncertain about the proper fit of the pack, so on my second run I went on a run with a friend to get a donut…and wouldn’t you know, a long john fits perfectly in the flask pocket! All kidding aside, it still felt a little strange to wear.


I wasn’t ready to give up on this, I really like OM products. I finally filled the flask with water. I wanted to get the general feel of the pack before I tried the flask, and yes I don’t usually carry water on short runs… just me. However, when I carried the water and my phone, and made sure the cinch closures were tight, the pack fit me well.  I also thought it was a little weird to drink from the flask in its position, it seems like the straw is high up on my shoulder.


Now, that I know the fit is better with the flask with liquid, I ran with it just for the fit, however it’s also when I noticed some random chaffing on my chest. *Me and chaffing is a whole other story…..


I also let my husband give the pack a try, here are his thoughts:

Hi everyone, Josh here. At first, I was skeptical about the water causing the pack to slosh around as I ran. As it turned out, I didn’t have it cinched properly, so once I did that, everything really fit well. I’ve worn the pack on about 4-5 runs of up to 10 miles, and it’s really been beneficial to have hydration on short-medium runs, especially with this brutal stretch of Iowa summer. It’s also nice keeping my phone away from my body as I run, and I haven’t had any issues with liquid hitting the phone. All in all, success!

Thanks Josh!

I keep running with this pack, trying to figure out what the best way to wear is, and how it fits me the best. The one thing I can conclude for sure, the more I wear it, the better it fits me. I think the fabric relaxes and I get a better feel for it each time.


I also will run with this and carry my phone only. Why? Well it is sooo easy to access my phone. Yes, it’s less cumbersome to maybe wear a running belt, but the ability to grab my phone and do an IG story or take a photo is soooo easy! If you don’t take a picture and post it on social media, did your run happen?


Will I continue to run with this product? YES! While I initially struggled with the perfect fit, I didn’t give up. The only other downside is, you can’t squirt sweat out of your eyes from a flask, lol. If you haven’t caught on, I love OM products and how innovative they are. I am not just giving you a load of crap. The Phone. Flask. Vest. is perfect for shorter runs and allows you to go hands free. ( I dislike hand helds.)

Now you might be asking, how do you care for this? Orange Mud has some general guidelines available – “How to wash a pack.” Really it’s easy, hand wash in luke warm water with unscented detergent and air dry.  The OM way is the BEST way to insure a long life to your pack. * Even though it may take a few uses before I get around to removing the salt crust off my pack, I find it easy to hand wash the pack, but sometimes I might toss it in the dryer to get some of the excess water out of it…shhhh, it’s our secret. Also the flasks can be hard to clean, I will stick them in the dishwasher, or if I am just drinking water – a quick hand rinse and I will store in the freezer between uses.


Sure it might seem a little pricey, but you can save 10% with code BRPPFV www.orangemud.com (This code actually works on any Orange Mud purchase)

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As always if you didn’t find the information you were looking for in my review, check out what my fellow BibRave Pros had to say – Casey –JamesHaleyBradley – Heather – MaiFallon

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Smell Well Giveaway!!!

SMELL WELL

“Disclaimer: I received Smell Well pouches 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!”


What is a Smell Well pouch? “A solution to all your gear refreshment needs!” Each package comes with 2 fabric pouches that freshen, remove odor, prevent bacteria and absorb moisture. These are perfect for stinky, sweaty running shoes as well as running gear. They are also a convenient size & weight.


As you know, being a BibRave Pro allows me the opportunity to test things like this, and while I don’t necessarily have super stinky shoes, I may take a little longer to get to cleaning my gear, so I had to give these a go.

When I first opened my package, I noticed the fresh scent. It is not “perfumey,” but just a pleasant fresh smelling aroma. I have a pile of shoes, so I just stuck them in one of the pairs of shoes to check back the next morning.


I checked back in, and as much as I didn’t want to stick my nose in my shoes, I did and they were super fresh, I really was skeptical at first, but my shoes smelled pleasant.


They also ended up in my husband’s shoes after Grandma’s marathon… and they did their trick.


Next up, I wanted to test the absorption powers. My running belt gets gross, and this is one of those items that takes me a little too much time to get around to clean. Heck, it can go into the washing machine… Anyway, I stuck both pouches into my belt, as it was super sweaty. VIOLA!!! Seriously, the belt was dry and smelled wonderful. These little pouches can work their magic. The pouches aren’t wet or “water logged” when you remove them either.


Another item I run with, which again takes me a while to clean, as I hand wash them, are my running skirts. The waist band gets sweaty…enter Smell Well… I can just throw this all in a bag, and the entire skirt comes out smelling wonderful.


I also stuck these in the pocket of a hydration vest. The surprising thing about doing this, in addition to making the vest smell great, is that while on the run, I would get a whiff of the fresh scent.


Ok, how about traveling…. these are perfect! Since they are such a convenient size & weight, they don’t take up any room in a bag or suitcase, but they come in handy for your dirty laundry… Especially if you take runcations.


Honestly, I really wasn’t too sure about these pouches. I am glad I tried them, I really like how they work, and how easy they are to use and bring along. If you would like to get some pouches for yourself head on over to Amazon and use code “BIBPRO10”  for a Buy 2 get 3 http://amzn.to/2rKVRq7


GIVEAWAY CLOSED Congrats Darren!! 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!! You could win a package of Smell Well Pouches from me!! I have the multi-colored flowers pattern (as pictured above) to give to one lucky person. Just use the rafflecopter link below to enter multiple ways.

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  1. Open to residents in the USA only
  2. Smell well and BibRave paid employees are ineligible.
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  4. Contest runs 7/7/17 12 am CT through 7/11/17 12 am CT
  5. Winner will be chosen at random.
  6. Winner will be announced Tuesday July 11th at noon CT, and contacted via email.

Check out what the other pros have to say about Smell Well: HeatherJeannineVanessa  – MaiLindsey  – Mary Jo

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XX2i Bahamas1

XX2i Bahamas1 Review

“Disclaimer: I received the XX2i Optics, Bahamas1 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!”

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Sunglasses!!! I can’t get enough of XX2i and their products, I was happy to try out another pair from their casual line, this time the Bahamas.

I had a choice in frame color, out of the 4 choices, I decided on the matte white/black with polar gray lenses. (Since I had another casual pair, the Bermuda in brown – hey a girl needs options!)


Features of this model include:

  • light weight, durable frame – they weigh 1.1 oz (thanks postal scale)
  • Polarized lenses with 8K optical technology
  • 100% UVA and UVB Protection
  • Glare cutting polarized lens technology
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 365 day return policy – seriously, they give you a year!

Well besides wearing them everyday since I got them, I put them through the test by wearing them at an auction


Wearing them to mow the lawn and do yard work


Wearing them to drive


Wearing them so my husband wouldn’t wear them, until he bought his own pair

 

 

 

 


I wore them to sell goods at the farmers market


Eating Fro-yo or ice cream


Drinking beer/ coffee


I always have them with me, forgetting they were on my head, and then I reached for another of my xx2i sunglasses.


You get the jest of it… these sunglasses are good for any activity. They protect your eyes in a way you don’t understand, until you forget your sunglasses and end up squinting all day. Seriously, I don’t leave home without a pair of XX2i.

The only “con” which really isn’t a bad thing, these fit tighter than the other casual shades I own, so they are great for smaller framed heads/faces. I also love my running specific xx2i shades, so I have not run in these, they do not have an adjustable nose pad to keep them in place on a sweaty nose. However, I do know many others have ran in these – as I have run in my other casual shades too, it’s hard not to run in sunglasses even on a cloudy day…. ok I am rambling here…

Bottom line, get yourself a pair of XX2i sunglasses, your eyes will thank you – BONUS – use code “xx2irocks” for 50% off your purchase. https://www.xx2i.com/


Need more reviews? Check out what these Bibrave Pros had to say: Tedrick – Heather – Nicole – VanessaMeridith

As always you can find XX2i on TwitterFacebookInstagram or the Web

Adidas Ultra Boost X

Adidas Ultra Boost X – Shoe Review

“Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X 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 have a go to running shoe, but I am always searching for another one. When the opportunity came up to test this shoe, I jumped on it. This shoe is different and I was curious.

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Note: I am not a shoe expert, or novice runner – however I have logged a few miles over the years. I always tell new runners to get properly fitted for a shoe that works for you. I hope this review doesn’t confuse that tip, but it tells you about the many styles of shoes available to you, when you go to your local Dick’s Sporting Goods to try them out.

First Impressions: The shoes arrived in a yellow box with the Adidas stripping. I opened it up to find my gray/white shoes inside. To me, at fist glance they looked like a sock attached to a foam pad.

After further inspection, I noticed the arch. It was not attached to the sole. I could stick my hand in the void. I also noticed the lacing system, it was this hard plastic piece on the outside of the sock, with 4 holes. The bottom was also stamped “Continental” like the tire company.

For all the technical specs, I add this from the website:

  • Runner type: neutral
  • adidas Primeknit upper wraps the foot in adaptive support and ultralight comfort
  • boost™ is our most responsive cushioning ever: The more energy you give, the more you get
  • STRETCHWEB rubber outsole flexes underfoot for an energized ride
  • Dynamic arch for adaptive fit; TORSION® SYSTEM between the heel and forefoot for a stable ride
  • Continental™ Rubber outsole for extraordinary grip in wet and dry conditions
  • Weight: 8.3 ounces (size 7)
  • Midsole drop: 10 mm (heel: 29 mm / forefoot: 19 mm)
  • Imported

*The floating arch is designed to respond to the way your foot moves, and the shoes are specifically designed for a woman.

Information on the boost technology – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6icItMrGasY

Background on me. I do best with a neutral shoe. I have collapsing arches, which was a concern, will this be a shoe that works with that or the opposite?

According to Strava, which means the times I remembered to log my runs wearing these shoes, I have logged 48.1 miles. Those miles include the following runs:

May 11, first run, 3 miles on the rail trail. When I put them on for the first time, I noticed the fit around my arch. The first mile, my arch was irritated. I really felt I was running on a foam board. The part that goes around my ankle is like a sock and wont rub my ankle bone. I was wearing tall compression socks.

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I joined the running club’s Couch to 5k program later that evening, and put these shoes back on. I think it was a total of near 2 miles on my feet. The slower pace and the added walking did not aggravate my arch, and I had no issues.

May 12. 7 miles on the crushed limestone trail. Ok, I should be breaking these in, with smaller runs…but there was a part of me that was like, the more I wear shoes, the better they feel. I had the arch irritation within the first mile, but it went away. Around mile 3, I had a strange “hot spot” feeling in my left foot. It is the part just under the big toe, where my foot lands. There was no blister developing, it was uncomfortable. By the time I was almost done, I had to stop and take a break and rub my foot. I was wearing low socks.

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May 16. 4 miles on the trail. I was wearing just some regular low socks. I didn’t have any arch irritation. After a mile, my feet both had what I will continue to call “hot spots.” The soles were just irritated. This is when I stopped and removed my socks – relief! This is the time I realized that I can’t wear thick socks with these shoes, and I can’t tie them tight. I ran the rest of my run with no socks, I could feel the seam in the back rubbing my ankle, and was worried I would get a blister, but thankfully nothing. I did like the feel with no socks. However around mile 3.5 I had the “hot spot” on my left foot again.


The lacing system, with only 4 holes is why I had them tight, I am used to a higher hole on shoes, that allows me to lock my heel into the shoe, so there is no slipping, this shoe the highest hole is still across the top of my foot, tying it too tight just irritates my foot. Letting the laces out for a looser fit made my feet feel better, but my heel slips and the shoe feels like it will fall off. Getting the right lacing tightness is key.


May 19. 3 miles on crushed limestone. I made sure to wear thin socks and tie them loosely. My feet felt good, but my heel slipped, and the socks kept sliding down into the shoe. I split my mileage up for the day, so I wore the shoes until my next run later, the shoes feel fine, light weight and comfy for walking around. My socks though kept slipping into the shoe.


-Second run of the day, ran my first 3 miles on the pavement. They felt good, no issues.


May 22. 3 miles, crushed limestone trail. Can’t have shoes tied too tight or my feet hurt, can’t have too loose and my shoe slips on the heel.


May 23. 6 miles, crushed limestone trail. Irritation on left foot again, but at the end of my run. I wore my tall compression socks and didn’t tie them too tight.


Somewhere in this journey, my PF has been bothering me in my right foot. Now this is where I would tell everyone to stop running in these shoes, but since it wasn’t super painful. I kept going.

May 27. Run Madtown Twilight 10k. First race in the shoe. This was a gamble, I knew I would be able to finish the race, but I wasn’t sure about racing in the shoes. I wore my tall compression socks as I knew there wouldn’t be issues with those. I tied them loosely and in double knots.


I got over the feeling that they were too loose, and they were going to fall off. I was having a good time, pushing my pace. I could feel the responsiveness. Then about halfway, one shoe came untied. Having to stop and tie my shoe took away my mojo. Around the 5 mile mark, I had the pain in my left foot. After I was done running, the pain went away.

May 30. 3.5 miles, crushed limestone trail. No issues until I was ending the run, and that pain in the left foot was there.


June 5. 5 miles. Slight PF pain, arch hurts. However I notice how springy the shoe is.

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June 9. pavement. No pain issues until around the 3rd mile and that spot on my left foot hurts. I had to stop and take a phone call, when I started again there was no pain.


As you can see, I have mixed feelings with these shoes. I really like how the sock like structure fits, and allows my toes room to splay a little, but I don’t think it works for my foot.

  • I am used to wearing any sock I want and never having issues with bulkiness or blisters. I have to make sure to wear a thinner sock that wont slip.
  • As far as the arch fit, I am guessing my collapsing arch needs space to collapse? I was guessing the tight fit would offer more support like the inserts I had custom made for my work shoes.
  • I also am wondering what the heck the pain is in my left foot, and why is it only that foot?
  • I liked racing in them, I really felt for those first few miles I was getting back what I was putting into them.
  • I never logged anything longer than 7 miles, for me these are best on shorter runs.
  • I can’t get them to be as tight as I like, the lacing system only has 4 holes.

Conclusion: These shoes look different and cool, they are light weight and stretchy. However, they are not a running shoe that works for me. I will continue to wear them here and there for a short run, and to walk in.

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If you still need more information, I encourage you to read the reviews written by these ladies: JeannineHeather WAmy WJennaLindsey  – GIna

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You can find them at Dick’s Sporting Goods, where you can get your hands on them, try them on, and see if they fit for you. They are also available for sale on the web.

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OOFOS OOmg Low Shoe

OOFOS OOmg Low Shoe


“Disclaimer: I received the OOFOS OOmg low shoe 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!”

What is this shoe? Well many runners may be familiar with OOFOS and their recovery flip flops, or you remember my review of them. Well this is the same OOfoam technology in a closed shoe.

“The first fully closed shoe to feature OOfoam technology! We combined the OOFOS patented footbed design you know and love with a 4-way stretch mesh upper to create an unbelievably comfortable shoe that enhances the recovery process. Take the stress off your tired soles, joints and give your feet the freedom of natural movement in a shoe you can wear all day, every day.” – www.oofos.com

What is this OOfoam technology? Well it’s the sole of the shoe that absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foam materials to reduce the stress on your feet and joints. With this and the construction of the shoe, it’s the perfect recovery tool, and you can wear it anywhere – hiding your runner’s feet!

Ok -I have to admit, hiding my feet is the best part! Ok, well that and I can put them on right after I take my running shoes off. My flip flops have a toe separator which makes wearing socks difficult. These just slip on, easy peasy.

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Ok, so you are saying to yourself, these aren’t the prettiest shoes…. and honestly, I thought that too, however after wearing them to walk the dog, around town, to bake, and everywhere….. I really don’t think they are that unattractive…. they are similar to other loafer type shoes on the market. There are also other color options available.

The price tag may be a surprise, however let me remind you:

  • These are an investment in your recovery
  • OOfoam Technology
  • These are a shoe you can wear everyday, all day for six months or more.
  • The bottom will wear out before the foam breaks down.
  • These are a lifestyle shoe.
  • These shoes are machine washable. Or you can spot wipe them, the colors wont bleed.
  • “Your Feet Earned This.”

My favorite thing about these shoes is I feel like I am wearing a slipper in public, and they look like an actual shoe. I also don’t have to show the world my feet. (OK my feet aren’t that bad, but I am too lazy for a pedicure.) They also work with or without socks. They are very squishy feeling to walk around in too or relax in your favorite recliner with a beer.

If you are ready to make an investment in your recovery. Head on over to www.oofos.com and get yourself a pair.

Are you jealous of my orange carpet?

Not sure yet? Check out what the others are saying – TedrickLindseyJeannineNora


As always you can find OOFOS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Peace of Mind

Road ID Wrist ID Elite – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received a Road ID Wrist ID Elite 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 jumped on the chance to try this model of Road ID, not only because I needed to upgrade my current name badge, but mostly because I am very passionate about runner safety.

 
What is Road ID?

Simple – an ID you can carry on you for safety reasons. There are various models depending on where you want to wear the ID. Each model has a name badge, that is customized online. Suggested information are people to call, allergies or blood type. However you can put what you like on your ID. This ID is great for all outdoor activities, your pets, your children, anywhere! It’s easy to wear.

They also provide interactive IDs, which will provide more information online, such as medical history. There is also an app you can use on your phone to notify friends where you are running.

My Road ID story:

I came across Road ID years ago when I purchased the Shoe ID. At the time I thought I would never forget or lose it as it would always be on my shoe. However, that all changed when I met a guy at the post race of the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon. He said he was hit by a car once, and his shoe flew off… they never found that shoe.

Lucky for me, many name badges are interchangeable with the bands, so I bought the Wrist ID sport. At the time, the only option was the cloth with velcro strap. This ID was good, but it wasn’t my favorite as the cloth didn’t stand up to the sweat, and it didn’t smell pretty.

Road ID then came out with the Wrist ID Slim. A silicone banded ID. I had to have this!!! I upgraded to this model. The old cloth ID was demoted to luggage tag. The new silicone band has been my everyday ID until the wrist ID elite came along. I never took it off. It held up to the sweat. I always had it on me. I even bought a lot of badges for it.

Then came the Wrist ID Elite. I really needed to upgrade my name badge on my slim. I had a silver badge and because I wore it everyday for probably 3 years, it was scratching off and getting hard to read. I also had my eyes on the new black name badge, and I would be able to get that with the Wrist ID Elite


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First, you choose the faceplate and clasp color, then you select the band color – all done online. I then easily filled out the prompts online to customize my new name badge. I have my name, year of birth, my home city, 3 contacts, and made sure to note I have no known allergies. I also added a “Go Hawks.”  I also added a badge, which is like a charm to my order.


I received many emails letting me know the status of my order and when it shipped. The emails were just as witty as the printing on the envelope it arrived in. They are number one in the customer service department.


I opened the envelope to find my ID in a nice little tin. There were also some coupons inside and the badge I ordered.

The thing to note with this particular model of ID is that you need to cut the bracelet to fit your wrist. This process is simple, well after a little help from an online tutorial, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut it to short and I didn’t want the bracelet too tight.


I clasped this on my right wrist at first. I wear a lot of bracelets on this wrist. Hmmm, it just didn’t fit on that one…. so I switched it to my left wrist with my watch.


This is where I wore my Wrist ID Slim…well and to be honest, I still am wearing the old silicone band with all my badges… because I want to wear all my badges, and they don’t fit on the Wrist ID Elite.


When I run, I don’t notice my wrist ID Elite is there, however in my everyday life I notice this model. I am not sure it’s an ID I can continue to where 24/7. When doing some yard work – raking to be exact, the name badge would push the start button on my watch. Also if I have the clasp to close to my watch clasp, it will pinch my skin. So, maybe I need to wear on the other wrist. This is just my own personal preference.


I do love that it has 6 lines to add text, and I love the black badges. I think I personally prefer the smaller band with no extra clasps. I was thinking I would get a new name badge for my old smaller band….but then, Road ID came out with some news…

They have been making name badge for watches or fitness trackers for a while now, and finally they are making one for my watch model. This is what I am going to get. I can wear my watch and my old band with the badges I have.

My personal soapbox:

I run all over – trails, sidewalks, streets, gravel. I am tired of hearing all the excuses as to why you do not run with ID, and don’t get me started about not running with a phone. You never know when a car will miss a stop sign, you might fall on the trail, a dog attacks, an undetected health problem happens, you get lost, you’re dehydrated…on and on and on. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, so why not be proactive?


Bottom line… GET ONE! This is the simplest thing to wear on a run, and it’s super affordable. While the wrist ID Elite may not be the model for me or you, they have a huge selection to chose from depending on your preference to wear it.

This link will provide a $5 gift-card to use towards your purchase:  bit.ly/2ocFWMl   The $5 gift-card is valid for 2 weeks after sign-up (copy of the gift-card will be emailed.)

Make sure to check out Road ID on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They are always coming up with new colors, badges and models. (um rose gold anyone?)

Looking for more information, check out these reviews: Heather – MaiMeredithMatt JeannineVanessaJames 

XX2i France 2 Sunglasses

xx2i France 2 Sunglasses – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received the xx2i Optics France2 Sunglasses 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!”

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Wahoo… more sunglasses… What can I say… I am a believer in protecting my eyes when I run, so when I saw the chance to test this model from xx2i, I jumped on board.

I was given the Hyper Orange with Orange Flash Lens with white tips.  They come in a “tank protector case” with a microfiber soft carrying case, that doubles as a cleaning cloth. This pair also comes with additional tips and temples.


Initially I was shocked by the color, it was very bright orange, and the lenses were flashy as stated in the description. I know that XX2i makes great products so I was going to put the colors behind me and give them a proper test, plus the lens color was different than I already own. I also noticed how light weight they were.


I took them on their maiden voyage. A local 5k. It was unseasonably warm and sunny that day. I could see how they held up with sweat and slipping on my face. I was also curious to see if they fit with a hat.


I always end up running with Monty, lol!! I am happy to report – I really didn’t know I was wearing these glasses. They fit wonderfully, no slipping and just where I needed them under the bill of my hat.

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I have been running in them ever since.

I wore them at another race, the Mardi Gras Chaser 10k. It was cold, and it wasn’t even sunny. However, I needed to protect my eyes in the wind. These did just that, and at no time did I think they would blow off my face.

I have only noticed some fogging of the lenses if I stop running on a cold day and my face is sweaty. If I start running again, the fogging goes away. I can easily squeeze the nose pads to raise them higher off my face if needed.

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As you saw above they come with interchangeable nose pads and temples. I don’t think red or blue goes with neon orange, so I don’t plan on changing them out. However, I would like to note, XX2i builds their glasses so you can get what you want as far as changing colors and parts.


You can also change the lenses. As mentioned these have the orange flash lens, and to me this lens mutes out red colors, and kind of makes colors less vibrant, to reduce squinting. I have been fortunate to test other XX2i sunglasses and they have had the blue flash lens (which are my favorite, I don’t see different colors through this one), and the polar brown lenses (these brighten things for me when I look through them.) They all reduce glare.

While I was shocked by bright color, I am happy to add them to my flashy wardrobe. These fit great, you don’t even know they are on your face. XX2i makes quality products.


If you would like to get your own pair you can do that for $59.99 right here on their website – http://www.xx2i.com/collections/france2

Did I mention they have a lifetime warranty? “All XX2i sunglasses come with a no questions asked Lifetime Warranty! No matter if your dog chewed on them (which we hear a lot!) or if you drove over them in your SUV, we’ll replace them for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $19.95″

BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE – code “marchbibrave” will get you 50% off until March 28 at http://www.xx2i.com/

Ok, so I haven’t convinced you to get a pair? Check out what my fellow pros have to say: VanessaJessica – Mai – Amy – Tedrick – MattHeather

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