Bibrave Review: 2XU Hyoptik 3/4 Length Thermal Tights

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Hyoptik Thermal 3/4 Length Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

It’s currently winter in Cleveland and who would have thunk that we would have had 50-60* weather in December and less snow in January than what the East Coast got hit with this weekend. I had the chance to try some 2XU thermal tights which I utterly love! I tried a pair of 2XU  MCS compression tights not so long ago and was excited to try them again.

We were given the option of 3/4 length or Full Length. I opted for the 3/4th length because I often get overly hot in full tights and full tights often don’t fit me right in the ankles.

If drivers weren't being stupid I'd run these outside! Very warm though 🏁 @2xu_usa #runhyoptik #bibchat

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First of all, these nice little things are warm! I know there were some pros that thought they didn’t cut it on the warmness front, but I felt like I could wear them in 20* weather without any problem. I got to wear them in Spokane, WA for a short little run when it was on the chilly side and I felt like they did the job just fine. I was also a fan of the waist band on this pair of capris. I felt like it fit better than the MCS tights I tried out a few months ago.

In general, here’s the good stuff about these tights

  • Thermal (read warm)
  • 3.5 cm flat waist band
  • pocket in the waist band
  • Compression
  • Hyoptik reflection logos for better visibility

Another way to use the Hyoptik tights is to use them as a base layer with an additional layer over them for added warmth. This could be for those who get cold easily or for those in negative degree areas (holla Alaska!).

Get to wear my @2xu_usa in Spokane today! #hyoptik #bibchat #2xu

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Downside to 2XU?

  • A tad high maintenance in the washing department. I always have to be on the look out since they can’t go through the drier
  • Mine seemed a tad small and I got a size up (a medium). They did the job, but I felt like I was pulling at them a little bit more than necessary.
  • A tad pricey. Anywhere between $99-$130 depending on what length you got

As far as I’m concerned, good compression is a must. I’ll continue going back for some 2XU. Please join us for #Bibchat on 1/26 with 2XU at 9EST/8 CST pm!

Bibrave Product Review: Buff Hoodie

Disclaimer: I received a Buff Hoodie to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Buff. How I hadn’t heard about them prior to becoming a Bibrave Pro is beyond me. I’ve tried and fallen in love with their half and full buffs and when the opportunity came up to try their thermal hoodie, I jumped at the chance. Forgot about the buffs? Head over to read what I thought about their half and full buffs!

The Buff Hoodie is just that, it’s a hoodie you put on and take off as you choose (and hey, maybe look a tad homeless when leaving work depending on how warm you need to be). The way the hoodie is designed makes it warm. The hood itself is thermal and it also has a buff sown in to provide neck and face coverage

Buff + hood= hooded buff!!! Or just a removable hoodie 🌨💨🌬 @buff_usa #bibchat #buff

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The material itself is Polartec® Thermal Pro® material. Read, it’s warm and wind resistant. With the buff worked into, you get neck/face/ear coverage. It also means mom isn’t yelling at me to cover my ears when I go out! How warm is it? Warm enough that even at 0* Fahrenheit, while getting off of work, I don’t have to worry about freezing when I’m warming up my car to go home!!

It’s also wonderful for running outside during the winter (should you have time to do that in daylight hours, which is currently not me. It does stay in place when you run (and yes, I did test that out on a treadmill just for fun!!). It stays in place well and if you get too warm, it’s easy enough to bring the hood down until you need it, but still get some head and neck buff coverage.

Can't be yelled at that I don't keep warm over the winter! #cleveland @buff_usa #bibchat

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Like outdoorsie type things (I don’t know, skiing, snow boarding, etc?)? Perfect for people who hang outside over the winter. Perfect for the skier/snowboarder or for someone who does the snow removal type thing. A perk to it is that since it’s a piece of its own, if you go inside, you can take it off and let it dry out while you recuperate.

I honestly am a huge fan and really don’t have any complaints about it. I haven’t washed mine yet, but plan on using it on some more runs once I can get outside to do that!

The Details

Where to find it: Buff Hoodie

Cost: $50 (free shipping since it’s over $40)

Hoodie Specifics

  • 100% natural merino wool
  • Polartec® Thermal Pro® hood
  • Thermal protection from cold & wind
  • Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
  • Quick drying
  • One size fits all adults

Other Pro Reviews: Angie Katherine Amy Sarah M.

Join us Tuesday at 9/8 EST for #bibchat with Buff USA!

BibRave Product Review: Orange Mud Hydraquiver

Disclaimer: I received Orange Mud HydraQuiver as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check to review find and write race reviews!

Happy New Year’s to all! Here’s to an awesome 2016 and preparing to move to the west coast! I had the opportunity to try out Orange Mud’s HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1. I’ve tried out some Orange Mud stuff before (their Transition Wrap) in the past and was excited to try out some hydration products. I’ve always had issues finding one that I like since I hate running with a lot of stuff on me. So when I had a fun little package show up in the mail, I was excited:

I was lucky enough to run outside a few times with it. In Cleveland, we’ve gotten snow early the past few years, so to be able to run outside in short sleeves was a plus. There’s a few models, but the single barrel was perfect for me and actually fit pretty well for my size. It’s also adjustable with plenty of pockets

Look what gets to come running outside for a bit today: #elnino2015 #bibchat #hydraquiver #60incle

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You have plenty of room to put anything you need: keys, water, gels, phone/ipods, fill in the blank (just not another thing of water). I was able to use it pretty well and adjust it as I needed too. I wore it with short sleeved shirts and had no issues with chaffing or anything. The water bottle stayed in place and was easy to reach on runs too (and this from someone with short arms!!). Shorter arms than me? You can adjust the bottle height to fix the problem. Bonus! I know as a women, I have more up top, but that didn’t hinder fastening things up. No leaking issues for me in terms of the water bottle either!

I’m in love with this thing. I can’t wait to use it for some longer runs as I get into some more marathon training. My only concern is that I can’t carry more water on it. However, it’s light, not obstructive and not something I feel while I’m running. Check out Orange Mud as they have a few different models, something that’s a plus. This is something that’s a must look into, especially if you’re over running with hydration belts!

Join us Tuesday for #bibchat at 9/8 CST as we chat more with Orange Mud!

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