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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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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Luvo Meals – Order Anywhere, Anytime

Luvo – Order Anywhere, Anytime

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

If Luvo sounds familiar to you, you are remembering when I tried the meals earlier this year. While I enjoyed the steam pouches and bowls, it was tough to find them locally. Why try them again? This time I could order online!!! Plus, it makes my life so much easier, not having to worry about cooking when I am busy.

I sat down at my laptop, typed in www.luvoinc.com and began the ordering process. It was easy, I clicked on the “store” page and could see all the options available to me. Next to each meal is a small description, but underneath is a button to see the complete nutritional value information, and a button to add the meal to your cart.

I started clicking on my favorites to fill my cart with first. A pop up menu appears on the left of the screen, and gives you an option to return to shipping or checkout. There is also an option to change the quantity. I continued with this process until I was done. Easy and simple to walk through or edit.

When it’s time to checkout you do so by clicking the appropriate button. This is where I had a little difficulty. I wanted to use paypal, as it is one of the options. However, I wasn’t sure when or where to enter a discount code (BIBCHAT will get you 10% off.) I wasn’t sure if I logged into my paypal if I would be charged before my discount.

I eventually figured it all out, by being “logged” into paypal, I could enter my codes and I just proceeded to pay that way. It was a lot of back and forth, but I figured it out.

I received an email that my order was received. I kept receiving emails to notify where my meals were in the shipping process, along with tracking information. Then in 3 days, there was a styrofoam box filled with my meals, complete with dry ice, on my doorstep.

As I mentioned, these meals arrived at a busy time for me, it makes meal planning sooooo much easier. I do not care for having to prepare my lunch to take to work, I can just grab a meal, throw it in the microwave at work, and it’s done.

The meals themself are full of nutrients and maybe things I wouldn’t normally eat. They are also light in calories too, so depending on your needs you might need to add some eggs or eat 2 of them at once.

Another perk, the Luvo bowls line is already in a serving dish, no need to plate them. I found myself taking one on the go, in my car!

I thought the ordering process was comparable to any online ordering system, the paypal problem could have just been because I wasn’t logged in correctly. The meals arrive quick and are easy to prepare.

You can save 10% with code BIBCHAT  – simplify your holidays, let Luvo do the work – check out their store today! You can also find Luvo on TwitterFacebook – or Instagram. They have many informative articles about healthy eating too.

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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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Health Warrior Chia Bars – review

Review of the Health Warrior Chia Bars

“Disclaimer: I received 2 boxes of Health Warrior Chia Bars 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 can’t resist a good bar, with that being said I have also had my fair share of disgusting bars. With so many options out there, I was happy to try out the Health Warrior Chia Bars.

I ripped open the brown cardboard box, when it arrived, to find 2 boxes of Health Warrior Chia bars inside. I received the chocolate peanut butter and vanilla almond. In addition to the bars, there was a cool surprise – The Coloring Book, Marathon Training.

What the heck is chia, and why should you eat it? Well it is that plant seed that grows into a pet, but it’s also a superfood – the most nutrient dense food on the planet!

chia boasts more omega-3s than salmon, more protein than an egg, more calcium than milk, and more fiber than flax

This superfood is combined with other ingredients to make a gluten free, soy free, dairy free and vegan bar, yet only 4-5 grams of sugar. These are near 100 calories and help you feel full as they contain protein, fiber, fat and omega-3.

How do they taste? This is where I am always skeptical. I love all the benefits these provide, but I am not going to eat them if I don’t like them. I am here to say, these are good!!!! They taste like a granola bar…the flavors I received, taste just as described. You get a whiff of vanilla before you bite into the vanilla almond and you just can’t go wrong with peanut butter.

I think my favorite thing about these are you can see the ingredients that are listed on the label. They are not a mushed up, dried out, chalky square.

I found myself taking these with me to work. They are the perfect snack to hold me to lunch time.

I also snuck them into Camp Randall, Kinnick Stadium and Carver Hawkeye Arena. Who wants to pay concession stand prices for bad for you food?

I have my eyes on the new sea salt caramel flavor and I would like to try their line of pumpkin seed bars too. Ok, who am I kidding, I would like to try them all as all my boxes are empty!

I think the only bad thing about these bars is when the chia seeds get stuck in your teeth.

I mentioned a coloring book – that’s right!!! If you place an order through this link – http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr you will be sent the Marathon Training coloring book. It’s funny and filled with the truth about marathon training.

I was able to stay in the lines!

I know the other pros were sent other flavors so make sure to check out their thoughts: CaseyBrendaJessicaPaulaStephanie MattAmyJanelleLindsey Emily Samantha 

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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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