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

Make sure to keep up with UA Running on Twitter, Instagram and the web.

 

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

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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Contest Rules:

  1. Open to residents in the USA only
  2. Smell well and BibRave paid employees are ineligible.
  3. No purchase necessary
  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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