BibRave Product Review: xx2i Hawaii Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2I Hawaii 1 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!

Hello from Burlington, Vermont! This weekend, I’m taking a stab at the Vermont City Marathon (another discussion for after Memorial Day) and I’ll be doing it with some specs from a BibRave favorite partner, XX2i. Awhile back, I got to test out (and immediately loved), the XX2i USA1, so I was excited to try some Hawaii 1s with the Honolulu Marathon now on my race list for December!

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USA1 Sunglasses on the left, Hawaii1 sunglasses on the right

The Hawaii1 sunglasses are a lighter weight than the USA1s and have thinner frames. Easy to adjust to your face and you sometimes forget that you’re wearing them. One of the things I’m still working on is that they slip some on my face.

Since the weather’s been nice out and it’s been staying lighter longer, I’ve been able to get in some runs outside after work.

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The Hawaii1s stayed in place fairly well during my runs. I’m working to figure how to adjust them just a touch, as they tended to slide some down my nose. They come with 3 different colored frames, but one colored lenses (no big deal!). I wore them out with some wireless headphones that also go over your ears to stay in place. Stayed in place, no problem! Also, I always wear my hair in a ponytail. I have no issues with hair and fly aways getting caught in the temple arms

Specifics about these fine little sunglasses:

  • lightweight
  • made out of carbon fiber!
  • bendable nose piece
  • rubber temple piece
  • lifetime warranty
  • 365 day return policy [but honestly, why would you want to?!]

The nitty gritty and where to find them:

  • Cost: $124.99
  • Website: http://www.xx2i.com/collections/hawaii1/products/
  • Free shipping in the United States

If the fact that I have 2 pairs of XX1i sunglasses isn’t enough to sway you, would 50% off with XX2iROCKS hopefully will.  Join us on Tuesday 5/31 for Bibchat at 9/8 EST/CST with XX2i!

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Race Review: Glass City Half Marathon

So I’m a tad (ok, really) late with my Glass City Race Review, but better late than never! I signed up for Glass City back in November and it was $60 (decent for early registration for sure!). Part of my goal was to hit the major half marathons in Ohio before moving out west and I almost hit it, missing only the Flying Pig in Cincinnati.

I happened to be on inpatient medicine the month of the race and ended up driving to Toledo the night before the race after getting off work. It’s about a 2 hour drive from the east side of Cleveland. Traffic was non existent, which was a plus! I stayed about 2 miles from the start at a Holiday Inn (because let’s face it, you’re smarter if you stay at one right?).

The race starts on University of Toledo’s Campus and race morning, I was up bright and early. I quickly got changed, got a quick bite from the complementary breakfast and drove to the start. Roads were already closed off, but I was able to park behind Alumni Hall. The nice think about Glass City is there’s race day packet pick up. The downside is that if you’re unfamiliar with campus, you have to figure out real quick where to go. I found the stadium and ran inside, got my bib no problem. I even made it back to my car to throw my shirt, etc in it. I made my way to the start and waited to sneak into a corral.

The start I wasn’t a fan of. Too many people and the announcer kept hushing people to make announcements that should have been made prior to 7 AM. We ended up starting late and there were too many people trying to get into the corrals last minute. Can we say staggered start next year?

The first part of the course was around campus. It looked nice from what I could see and remember on it. There were hills and such nestled into flatness. I did the half marathon, but there was also the full marathon and a relay. At the first relay split, the flag for the split was behind the split and did no good in directing people. You didn’t really know when it was coming. We kept on chugging along and the course became more residential. There were families and some people out supporting runners, but I was expecting more from it. Around mile 9 was splitsville per say. The half marathoners made a left and the full marathoners made a right. What I didn’t like was the cones on the ground leading up to the split. I felt like I had to look down to see them and there was no ‘big’ signage until you got close to the split. We kept on going through more residential areas and back roads, before getting back to campus for the last mile or so of the course. The last 1/2 mile went through campus and to the football stadium. The downside was that it took you through sidewalks and on campus bridges and parking lots. There were finishers and spectators coming the opposite way who were going back to their cars and it was hard to see what was actually the course. The finish was in front of the football stadium and as you finished you got your medals and finisher mugs.

Post race was decent. Plenty of food, drinks and things to do. I had about a 1/3 mile back to my car and an easy way back to the hotel. However, other people got blocked into their parking areas until 1 pm because the lots were on the race course. Who does that?  I headed back to the hotel and showered before heading out for Tim Horton’s and heading back to Cleveland.

I’m kind of on the fence about Glass City- I felt like I’d heard better than what it was. Maybe it was just an off race day?

Bibrave Product Review: SPIBelt H20 Venture Series SPIBelt

Disclaimer: I received a SPIBelt H2O Venture series to reviewas 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’m one who’s all over the place in terms of carrying hydration of some sort on me. Most of the time I deal with whatever’s on course, however, I have a few races coming up where the water stops are spread out and the races involve me running 26.2 miles. Sometimes I like vest type things, other times not so much. I was excited to try out the SPIBelt H2O series because I lost my old spibelt and I wanted to give the smaller hydration carriers a try again.

A few weeks back, I ran the Toledo Glass City Half Marathon and ran home after work for a few things before driving 2 hours to Toledo. I got lucky in that my SPIBelt had shown up in the mail, so perfect timing!!

 

For the Glass City Half Marathon, I just did the SPIBelt, no hydration clips this time around, just out of preference (it’s been awhile since I’d used them and didn’t want to start on a 13.1 mile race with them). The belt it self is wonderful. It stays in place well, doesn’t move around and is very secure. Since it’s also made to hold hydration clips, the belt size is bigger than the standard SPIBelt, which is nice to have. It also comes with bungees to attach your bib to your belt if you’re not a safety pin person.

Other Perks of the belt:

  • 2 loops for gels if you’re a gel person. I plan on trying to see if a payday bar will fit in one
  • Reflective
  • Decent Size pocket on the belt

Don’t believe me on the belt size?! It’s large enough for at least an iPhone 6 and ID cards (ignore the iTunes gift card, using it for demonstration purposes!)

 

The water bottles I used on a handful of runs. I unfortunately didn’t get to use them more because I got knocked down with acute bronchitis, ended up on a 5 day course of antibiotics and wasn’t feeling up to running. I’m still getting use to them. I didn’t have any issues with leaking and the clips stayed on well when the water bottles were full. I felt like they were on the looser side the less water that was in them though. They are big enough for ice to be put in the opening and you can run them through the [top shelf] of the dishwasher when you’re done!

The overall fit of the belt is great and adjustable and the water bottles fit well to your body

 

I think the big thing for me will be figuring out the best way for me personally to carry the water bottles around and where they fit best.

Interested in trying out SPIBelt’s H20 Venture series?? Try 10% off with christine10! Join us on 5/24 at 9/8 et/ct for #bibchat with Spibelt if you’re available!

  • Cost: $44.95
  • Website: https://spibelt.com/shop/spibelt/the-spi-h2o-venture-series/
  • Twitter: @SPIBelt
  • IG: @SPIBelt
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPIbelt/

 

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