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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BUFF® ThermoNet™

BUFF® ThermoNet™ – Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received entry into the BUFF® ThermoNet™  multifunctional head wrap and hat 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 welcomed another BUFF® multifunctional head wrap into my home! I have quite the collection, and with the cooler temps approaching I was ready to give this new ThermoNet a go!


What is ThermoNet? It’s the technology that manages the moisture from sweat, it prevents freezing.  This also features Primaloft® which makes the fabric 4 times warmer without the bulk. All this fancy wording means that this BUFF® collection holds the heat and not the moisture, while containing the seamless design that allows the comfort you’re used to.

I received a hat and multifunctional head wrap to test, in the crash-berry color. At first I noticed how different the material felt to my hands, it didn’t feel any thicker, but felt more “rugged” and a little rougher.

Even though we were going through a heat wave, I did have to try it on. I slipped it over my head and noticed it fit a little tighter than the normal BUFF® multifunctional headwrap, and the ends were folded over, instead of the usual raw cut.


I waited out the weather and was finally able to wear it on a run. It was a run I started before the sun came up, so It was quickly around my neck as the day warmed up. I would say I enjoyed the fit, but not sure I was able to properly test it on that run.


The next run was a gloomy day, so I ditched my usual visor and wrapped it around my head like a head band. I really didn’t feel too hot with it, but I also didn’t notice that it felt too heavy with sweat.


The first few runs I was just wearing it to get more of the feel of it, but recently the weather has decided to skip fall and we have had temps near 30 degrees including some strong winds, PERFECT for giving it a real test.

I wore the multifunctional wrap to a football game, this included the standing around to tailgate. The wind whipped around all afternoon in that parking lot. Wearing it around my face kept me so warm and the wind out. It also kept me warm as the Hawkeyes went on to win the game.


I then tossed on the hat under my visor as it was sunny. I run in a standard stocking hat a lot, but adding a visor makes it quite cumbersome. So 1) The hat fit great with the visor, not as bulky. And 2) I think this was the first time I really felt the moisture management at work, yet still keeping me warm. The hat was wet when I took it off, but I never felt cold because it was wet.


One last method I have tried this out on was at an auction. The multifunctional wraps are great for just everyday. You know that part of your coat that just doesn’t zip close enough to your chin? You know the reason people wear a scarf? Well they can just get in the way… throw on this and you keep all cozy in your coat, and you can pull it up over your face. It was doing a great job of keeping the wind at bay.

Overall: I like this new material, can’t wait for it to get even colder!!! Layers are important in winter running and this is a good one as a base to keep the moisture out and the heat in, without the bulk.


This is also easy to care for, you can hand or machine wash, just don’t stick this in the dryer and keep it away from fabric softeners.


Do you have your eye on a new BUFF® ThermoNet™  multifunctional head wrap and hat? Well good news – you can save 20% off your entire order at www.buffusa.com when you purchase at least one product from the ThermoNet™ collection. Includes ThermoNet™ Multifunctional Headwear, Hats or Balaclavas. Enter code: *BIBRAVETHERMONET20* at checkout. Expires: 11/21/2017

Wanting to learn more about this new line, check out these reviews: AmyMattMeridith Jessica

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Recovery Gives Back

OOFOS Project Pink

“Disclaimer: I received entry a pair of OOFOS OOahh Sport Project Pink Sandal 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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I am back with another OOFOS review, seriously great shoes, I couldn’t resist when BibRave gave me the opportunity to try a different pair that benefits breast cancer research.

That’s right the Project Pink line of OOFOS donates $10 from every pair. Check out the collection, there is a shoe for everyone. I went with the OOahh Sport Project Pink Sandal.

I have the OOriginal Sport Sandal and the OOmg Low shoe, which are both great. However, I decided to go with the slide on version of the shoe as I wanted something that I could slide on with socks after a race. Yes, I can do that with the Low Shoe, but honestly it looks silly.

A little refresher about OOFOS:

  • absorbs 37% more shock with every step than traditional footwear foam.
  • reduces stress on your back, knees and feet
  • the patented footbed cradles your arch
  • you can throw them in the washing machine to clean them
  • they flex with the foot and the ground
  • allows your feet to breathe

Now, why do I continue to wear OOFOS? Have you ever had Plantar Fasciitis? Well, I have and I would like to prevent it from coming back. They are also my go to shoe for wearing around inside my house on the hardwood and tile floor.

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They are also great as an every day shoe from getting coffee to going to football games.

Recently, I have been enjoying them for travel. They are easy and light weight to pack. Which makes them easy to slide on post race. Recovery has never been easier.

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I might have my eye on the OOmg High Shoe next.

The Project Pink collection starts with models priced at $44.95.

If you need to hear more check out what the other BibRave Pros have to say: StephanieMaiPaulaMeridithJenna Vanessa – LauraEmily

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Trekz Air

Aftershokz Trekz Air – Bluetooth, Bone Conduction, Wireless Headphones

Guys…. Aftershokz has a great new product on the market!!!

Oh, maybe I should start from the beginning. Hi, my name is Angie, I run a lot of miles, and it’s gets boring out there, so I listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks; on my phone, since I have it with me for safety. The best thing I ever did was go cordless… the next best thing is with Aftershokz.

I have been running with the Aftershokz, bluetooth, wireless, bone conduction headphones ever since I was introduced on the United Relay – May 2016. I then had a chance to try the pink Trekz Titanium in October of 2016.


That brings us to today – I am a Shokz Star, or Aftershokz Ambassador. While this means I can share a savings of 20% with you (currently not available on the Trekz Air,) it also means I have some demo headsets available for anyone to try, and I get to tell you about the ALL NEW TREKZ AIR.


Ok, so starting with the basics. While Aftershokz has a variety of wired and wireless products, they all work with bone conduction technology.  Please read this from the web:

Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process—sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. We’ve taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents. The result: headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.

HOW THEY WORK

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them.

Still confused? Well these headphones do not go into your ear (ew,) but they go over the top of your ear, and the part where the sound comes out, sets on the outside of your ear, near your cheekbone. This is where it picks up the vibrations and allows you to hear your audio.


Now, the best part…. because they do not go inside your ear… you can still hear your surroundings. I wear these on every outside run. I can hear semis/cars approaching, I can hear bikes, other runners, people crushing rocks on the trails, dogs, woodpeckers… all my surroundings. When running races with announcements, I can hear them over my music, or you pass a band or DJ during a race… you do not have to stop your music, it gets drowned out.


IMO opinion… runners listen to their music way too loud, they have zoned out and all the sudden are crossing roads in front of cars… seriously people, have we not talked about safety enough?


There can be times when you do not want to hear your surroundings, like traveling on a plane or mowing the lawn. There are ear plugs that come with them, and magically you can hear the audio when you plug your ears. I know this as I mow the lawn all the time in my Aftershokz.

Alright, I will get to the new Trekz Air already…

  • 6 hours of continuous play, 20 hours standby
  • 20% lighter weighing in at 1.06 oz
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • 2 year warranty
  • Wireless range: 33 ft (10m)

Make sure to check out this page for ALL the information on them – https://aftershokz.com/collections/wireless/products/trekz-air

As a regular user of the Trekz Titanium, I noticed how light weight the new Trekz Air were immediately – you can check out my unboxing video here.

I took them on their first run, and besides hearing the sound coming from them, I really didn’t know they were there. I also run with a hat/visor and sunglasses… they fit nicely with those too.


I have 3 personal pairs of the Trekz… ok so the hubs stole one of them…. and really, he can wear those as I am loving my new Trekz Air.


If that wasn’t enough to get you excited. You can control your music and the volume all with the buttons on the headset. Need to advance a song, place a call, turn up the tunes… simple as a touch of a button, no need to dig out your phone. Bluetooth is great!

I think the downside of these headphones might be they don’t come in the mini size. However, I would be interested to have someone with a smaller head try these on. Oh, and I know the music snobs don’t care for these headphones as they are all about noise cancelling blah blah blah….. well those wouldn’t be something to wear while being active outdoors, when safety is number one.

You can pre-order the new Trekz Air – https://aftershokz.com/collections/wireless/products/trekz-air


Do you have more questions? Just ask or check out Aftershokz.com or find them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

5kCrate – Product Review

A review of the 5kCrate

“Disclaimer: I received a 5kCrate 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!”


Sure, you have seen many of my reviews on running subscription boxes… you know the kind you sign up for a monthly subscription to receive a box full of running related product samples? Well the 5kCrate is a runner’s subscription box, but different – it’s a quarterly subscription and it contains no food, rather premium running gear.

Also to note, since this box sends gear, when you sign up you submit your shirt size as well as your shoe size.

Check out my unboxing video -​

​Alright, you saw what was inside, let me give you more information about these products, and my thoughts after using them.

I know the review is about the box itself, but I feel describing the types of products you would receive is beneficial to knowing if this is the subscription box for you.

Zensah Peek Running Socks – These are ankle height running socks. Made with moisture wicking and anti-odor fabric. Lightweight with a seamless toe and targeted arch support. The are sized S, M, L based on shoe size. *To be fair, I own a lot of Zensah socks, as they are a great durable product, I was excited to see these in the box. While they fit great, they feel great. These are about $14.


Epic Wipe – The Original Massive Wet Wipe: There were 2 of these in the box. They individually packaged. They are HUGE!!! They have a pine scent, due to the eucalyptus oils, but that scent goes away. I used them after a runch and after a race, they do their job quite well. The claim the GIANT size is so you don’t have to use multiple wipes, but I think half the size would be plenty. I need to add these to my travel bag, they came in handy. A 10 pack is about $25

LA Fresh travel-lite Sunscreen Wipe – Included in the 5k crate were 2 wipes. The package is small, and the wipe opens up to about 5″x 6″ in size. It contains SPF 30. *I will admit, I suck at applying sunscreen… plus it’s just an added pain. However this little wipe is very convenient, it easily fits in a pocket. I brought it to a football game, so it’s easier than bringing in a bottle, gets past security, and your hands don’t feel all gooey when you are done. I wish the box included more of these. 50 wipes are $25

SpiGen R12E bluetooth wireless headphones: These come with a USB charging cord, and a bag of adjusters for your ear. I don’t know where to start with these… I do not have a good history with ear bud type headphones, they do not stay in my ear, I’ve tried the rubbery pieces that go on these that are supposed to keep them in your ear, they just do not work in my ear. I did try wearing these around my house, as I do love bluetooth, wireless headphones…and these almost sell for the cost of this box, around $49. However, these would not stay in my ears and I was just walking around my kitchen. All that said, this is a great addition to the box, the fit thing is just something that is MY problem. They did sound good, and you can control the music and songs from a touch of your finger on the outside of the ear bud. They are also easy to pair with a phone and simple to charge.

 

Mission Cooling Towel: When I received this box to test, it wasn’t super hot outside, so I still need to give this a few tries as the weather has heated back up. However, it’s a nice soft towel, with a simple concept… wet it, snap it, put on you to keep cool. The water doesn’t drip from the towel either. Looks like these cost about $20


Mission Vapor Active Alpha Tee: This is not your ordinary tech tee. First it’s sized for a woman, so it fits me nice. Next it dries up to 5 times faster, keeping you cool and dry. I wore this a couple times, I guess maybe I didn’t notice the 5 times faster thing, but I also didn’t feel like I was wearing a super soaked shirt. I will be honest, I do not need another shirt in my life, but this is a nice one. This sells for $25
My Overall thoughts: At first I was skeptical, I was wanting another gadget or something, or a few more wipes. However, I do think this box is a great idea – and you are definitely getting your money’s worth. It contains no food samples, just quality running gear. I agree with my friend, Mark – it’s a great box for a newer runner, someone who might not already have all the gear. At this time in my life, I do not have the extra income to continue with a subscription.


That being said….this would be a perfect gift for that hard to buy runner in your life.

The 5k crate is $59 per quarter and they are currently taking pre-orders for their fall box, which will start shipping in early October – https://5kcrate.com/

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Please read what the other BibRave Pros had to say: Tedrick Vanessa – JennaMai

Under Armour Horizon RTT Shoes Review

Under Armour Horizon RTT Shoes Review


“Disclaimer: I received the Under Armour Horizon RTT Trail 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!”


SHOES!!! When there is an opportunity to test shoes through Bibrave, I will always throw my hat in the ring. Yes, I have a go to shoe, but you never know if there is a better one out there, especially on the trails.


How about I start with a first impression (I received the Marlon Blue/Neptune color):

  • They are bulky looking
  • They are stiff, would they be comfortable?
  • The tread means business – lots of “lugs”
  • They look like they can “handle” tough terrain
  • The material is kind of plasticy

Here is what the website has to say:

  • These were made for the runner who makes the trail their second home. With superior cushioning & incredible durability, they‘re are ready to put in some serious miles.

    Product DNA

    • Durable PU & textile upper for breathability & reliable protection
    • Reinforced welded synthetic material in critical areas for increased durability
    • Mesh heel with dual protective welds
    • Molded collar foam package for added comfort
    • Charged Cushioning® foam puck placed under the heel for responsive comfort
    • Lightweight, full-length EVA midsole for optimal cushioning
    • High traction rubber lug outsole for dependable traction on a variety of conditions
    • Offset: 7mm
    • Weight: 9.2 oz.
    • Imported

I’ve logged about 43  miles in these shoes, testing all kinds of terrain – single track, dirt, rocks, crushed limestone and even pavement. Here are some highlights from those runs.

July 25, 2017 – First run. I do not run in a trail shoe, so my first run is comparing to my regular go to shoe. 5 miles, crushed limestone. Ok, soooo 5 miles in a new pair of shoes is risky, but I gave this a go. They were stiff & clunky, but seemed to “relax” as I ran. My right foot arch, PF was bothered. I didn’t feel they were very cushiony.


July 27, 2017 – 4 miles, crushed limestone. I had no foot pain, they felt good, it was a run as usual.


July 30, 2017 – 3 miles, various trail surfaces – single track, grass, dirt. I put them to the test. I always felt I had good footing. No foot pain.


August 2, 2017 – 2 miles, pavement run. Say what???  Yep, I ran to the farmers’ market, it was all on paved surface. I was glad I did, I had to run through some mud on the way. I choose to test them on pavement as sometimes when you run trails you have to cross roads or take access roads to get to the trail. I didn’t have any problems, but I don’t think they have enough cushion to run any further than this on pavement.


August 7, 2017 – 3 miles, crushed limestone. No issues. I took a lot of pictures wearing the shoes, so I will keep on with each testing run.


August 8, 2017 – Ran 4 miles at Squire Point, which is a combination of sand, rocks, packed dirt. Felt confident on these trails. I need to go back to this area when it’s wet to test out the tread.


August 10, 2017 – Ran 3 miles on the Hoover Nature Trail, crushed limestone. No problems… the more I wear these the better they feel for me.


August 11, 2017 – 6 miles on crushed limestone. Longest run in them, continue to have no problems


August 14, 2017 – 3 miles on the crushed limestone, no issues.


August 21, 2017 – Solar Eclipse Day! I took a week off from the shoes, but I had a beer run with a friend and a weekend of back to back races. I ran a nice 3 miles on the crushed limestone. It’s one of my favorite places to run, and easy on the joints. The shoes are just like any of my other go to shoes at this point.

August 24, 2017 – 5 x 800 on the crushed limestone trail, total of 5 miles. Who needs a track? Yes, I did speed work in the shoes I initially thought were clunky. No issues, maybe even felt speedy!


Conclusion: These shoes at first were stiff and clunky, but after breaking them in, they are now part of my current shoe rotation. The stiffness is due to their durability on the trail, they can take some abuse. I can also appreciate how they perform on the trail, while I wasn’t running in slippery mud, the lugs made for a great grip on loose crushed limestone.  At $109 for a pair of trail shoes, they are a great deal!! I can’t wait to hit the trails.


If you aren’t convinced these are the shoes for you, read what my fellow BibRave Pros are saying: TedrickLindseyJessicaFallonCasey – FrankVanessa

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BUFF® Pack Run Cap

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

“Disclaimer: I received the BUFF® Pack Run Cap 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 like hats! I wear a hat or visor on most every run. More sun coverage on my face the better. Enter the BUFF® Pack Run Cap – yep they make hats!


The BUFF® Pack Run Cap has many great features:

  • It only weighs 1 oz
  • It’s packable – you can scrunch it up and it pops back to form
  • Upper panel provides UPF 50 protection
  • adjustable – the elastic cord in the back allows any size head to fit
  • Reflective logo
  • fastwick fabric -that wicks away moisture & allows breathability


I put the cap to the test many times. I ran it to race in, I ran a long run, and I ran out on the trail. For me it’s just another part of my running day attire, since I always wear a hat.


This hat functions great. The brim comes super low to protect my eyes from the sun. I think it actually absorbs sweat, when I remove it, it’s soaking wet. Having it adjustable allows me to wear it tightly, sometimes getting the right fit is tough.

This cap is easy to care for too. You can machine wash and let it air dry (don’t put in the dryer.)

My only complaint, that really is not a complaint, I think I look silly while wearing it. Due to the construction of the hat and it’s flexibility the brim looks all wonky… and I don’t think I am cool enough to wear it flipped up…plus I like the brim to shade my eyes.


If you need more information about the The BUFF® Pack Run Cap check out http://buffusa.com/shop-buff/caps-category/tech-cap-family/pack-run-cap-collection.html or check out their social channels – Twitter FacebookInstagram

The other Bibrave Pros have their thoughts too, check em out Heather – Lindsey – JanelleMeridith