Bibrave Product Review: Eagle Creek Pack it Sport Active Set

Disclaimer: I received an Eagle Creek Pack it Sport Active Set 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!
Another fun month of testing some good work our products!  We had the opportunity to try out the Eagle Creek Pack It Sport Active Set, and I quite frankly was excited to try it. Plenty of times I go from a spin class to the gym or am driving somewhere for a race and want to change out of clothes before driving home if I’m far enough away and things end up stinking up the car or I’m dragging along a huge gym bag full of stuff.
Enter this dual set of Pack It products

You get a Wet Dry Fitness Locker and Shoe Locker that’s incredibly versatile. Though they’re marketed as products to keep your sweaty and clean clothes separate, don’t think they’re limited to just that!

The weeks I’m off from work, I sometimes will go spinning prior to the gym. The shoe locker is great for carrying the extra pair of shoes around and keeping them in the car if I’m not using them. Since it’s just getting nice out, the windows haven’t been open all that much. Needless to say, my car still doesn’t smell like sweaty feet, and this includes leaving post work out shoes in the shoe locker. With my size 7 feet, I can fit at least a pair of spin shoes or running shoes and a pair of flip flops easily in the bag. I even have extra space for a HR monitor/car keys and phone!

The Wet/Dry Fitness locker is the second piece to this set and double sided, which is even better. You can keep clean stuff on one side and sweaty clothes on the zipper side. On a recent trip to spin class, I had my water bottle hanging out in one of the pockets.

 

You can also fit a good amount of clothes in the zipper side. I’ve been able to fit in a full change of clothes and then some into the wet/dry locker pack. If you’re worried about your car smelling, don’t be! I’ve left dirty work out clothes in the car for a few hours and came back to a non sweaty smelling car.

What’s even better is that you can wash these puppies and they tolerate it well. I haven’t had the chance to throw mine in the washer yet, however, just let them air dry out!

I have quite a few races coming up and I can’t wait to take this along with me. They’re definitely travel size and easily packable for races anywhere or if you’re going out of town!

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Bibrave Product Review: OOFOS

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos Project Pink Sandals 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!

Oofos. An interesting name but a brand that does recovery shoes. Lord knows with all the running I’ve been doing, I need some recovery for my feet. Bibrave teamed up with Oofos to test out their Project Pink line. What’s up with the Project Pink? It means $10 of every purchase from the Pink Line goes to cancer research. Recover your feet and support a good cause at the same time!

I first heard about Oofos through Bibrave a few months ago and saw them when I met up with fellow Bibrave Pro and Aussie, Erin T. while in Honolulu for the Marathon. She was raving about them there. Locally, our Fleet Feet carries them and I happened to see them while in looking at some sale running tights. Enter the chance to try them out for Bibrave and I was all over it.

The Pink Line has a few options, all in men’s and women’s

I was worried about the sizing, just because I run weird on shoe sizes. I can be anywhere between a 6 and a 7 depending on the brand. My Oofos were a size 7, but my regular flip flops are a 6. Then again, I have others that are 7s. Oh well

The perks of these nice pieces of footwear involve getting more shock absorption to the feet. They also give more cushion and cradle your feet more. This is huge after races when you’re walking more around town. It’s made out of a moisture resistant closed cell foam that can be machine washed. I haven’t gone as far as machine washing, but I’ve definitely wiped mine down a few times to clean them off.

I’ve been wearing mine a lot around the house because they’re that comfortable and when you’re on your feet 12 hours a day at work and then go running, your feet hate you at the end of the day. I’ve also worn them pre and post spin classes and after my most recent Half Marathon in San Antonio.

I love my Oofos! They really are that comfortable to wear and keep your feet happy. I wish I had a pair of the clogs on top of the sandals so I could get away with wearing them to work as well. You feel like you’re walking on something soft and your feet will love you for it. My only gripe about them is they’re a bit bulky, so packing them means they take up a little more space than I’d like (I don’t check bags 95% of the time I travel). Overall, though, a good investment for any runner or athlete who’s looking to give their feet a break after a race or event

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Check out what other Pros are saying about Oofos: Jeremy    John      Jenna      Mary Jo

Bibrave Product Review: UV Reflective Half Buff

Disclaimer: I received a UV Reflective Half Buff race 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!

Buff! I love me some Buffs. Over the course of my time as a pro, I’ve tried quite a few of their products (Full Buffs, Merino Buffs, Half BuffsOriginal Buffs, Hoodies) and have loved them. When I forget one of them for a race, it’s a sad day.

When the Reflective Buff came out, I was excited to try it!  What I love about the half buffs in general, is that they’re perfect for small headed people like me. While the full buffs are good for winters and head coverage, the half buffs are just enough fabric to do the job of catching sweat, keeping your neck warm or keeping the hair back.

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What’s so great about this? You get the thermal aspect of the buff, 95% UV protection, Reflective Strips so you’re seen in dim/dark circumstances, moisture wicking and odor control. My first few times wearing the reflective buff, I wore it to spin class. Did wonders for keeping the sweat off and controlled and glows in the dark if you have white light! I also wore it for the Hot Chocolate 15K in Seattle over the weekend. It kept the sweat in control and the hair off my face at the same time. Needed a little adjustment here and there, but such is life. By the end of the race, it was soaked through! Need some suggestions how to wear it? Take a look below!

 

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I still love the buffs, but one minor critique is I feel like my head is touch small for it sometimes- it seems looser than my other buffs and I’m adjusting it maybe a little bit more, but that isn’t a reason to hold up getting it. I haven’t had the chance to run at night with it yet, just because the weather is being temperamental here in the PNW (apparently we still need snow here in March).

Item Specifics:

  • 100% microfiber polyester
  • Polygiene Odor Control
  • Coolmax Extreme!
  • 95% UV protection
  • Reflex

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Bibrave Product Review: The Runner Box

Disclaimer: I received A Runner Box 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!

First product of the year for bibrave before a string of races!!! I had the opportunity to test Runner Box, an online service that caters to runners, cyclists and triathletes. I’ve tried monthly/quartly box services before for other things and even had an athlete related monthly box sent me as a gift in the past, but this is my first Runner Box.


It arrived on my snowy front door step (thanks Spokane. I’m feeling like i brought some of Cleveland with me) and I couldn’t wait to see what was in it. You get a whole lot of stuff for such a small Box! 


For particular box, I got a set of Louvo gloves, mac and cheese, some protein drink supplements, a super food bar and some other fun goodies. I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but here are my thoughts. Love the Louvo gloves. I still get use of my fingers (your fingers are exposed and the hands are covered,). I’m in Vancouver for the weekend and left them at brunch by mistake. I went back to find them for a reason! The REDD super food bar was a good grab and go thing for work. I also tried the Runa energy drink, but it was flat 😕. I think it had been left in the cold too long and had a tiny hole in it which defeated its purpose.

Here’s how Runner Box works:

  1. Pick your Box. It can be for you, a friend, family member, whomever
  2. Make a decision on how many boxes you want sent. Standard, 6 months or a year
  3. Remember that it’s a BIMONTHLY subscription (read it gets delivered every 2 months)
  4. Order and sit back. Runner Box does the rest!

Cost: from $20/Box

What you get: researched products based off what you of Box you ordered

The pros:

  • Good amount of stuff per Box (I’m still working though mine!)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Good subscription options
  • Can do a Tri or Cycling Box!

Here’s where I waver a little bit and something to think about. I get weird when it comes to food/supplements/beverages and running. When boxes include it (I’ve had other boxes that also give gels, etc), I never know what to think because I’m so picky as it is. I also know people with dietary restrictions where they couldn’t have what was sent anyway. I also am picky and set in my ways with what I do for runs. I’d rather have something that was , more stuff than food, etc but that’s just me.

Overall though, a good product that does its research. If you’re looking for a gift for your athlete, this is something to look into. If you need a Valentines Day gift, they’re doing a limited time Valentine’s themed box! 

Bibrave Product Review: Earth’s Care Pain Relieving Ointment

Disclaimer: I received Earth’s Care Triple Action Pain Relieving Ointment 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!”

This couldn’t come at a better time! I’m fresh off of running the Honolulu Marathon last week, so something to help with muscle soreness after some serious miles. Unfortunately, mine didn’t come prior to me leaving for Hawaii. However, fellow Bibrave Pro Chris had his already and happened to bring it to the Honolulu Marathon.

Anyone else smell mint with their @earths_care? #bibchat

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Earth’s Care Triple Action Pain Relieving Ointment is perfect for aches and pains of everyday life, grueling training or for post race soreness. It’s 3 active ingredients are:

  • Camphor (4%)
  • Menthol (10%)
  • Methyl Salicylate (Wintergreen Oil) 15%

It’s main ingredients are geared to penetrating the sore/painful spots and to provide natural pain relief without preservatives.

The Pain Relieving Ointment works quickly and is great for local use. Apply it where you need it and that’s that. It lasts and has a decent smell to it, so you don’t feel like you’re putting on something that means you’re running the bathroom. The smell of mint is on the stronger side, so a little will go a long way.

Should have opened this before work today! #bibchat @earths_care

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What’s the Pain Relieving Ointment good for?

  • simple aches/pains
  • arthritis
  • strains/sprains
  • bruising
  • post marathon soreness

Some behind the scenes good stuff:

  • Allergy tested
  • No artificial colors/fragments
  • No animal testing involved
  • Non Irritating.

It definitely helped the calf soreness the day before the Honolulu Marathon. I can thank loads of walking and the Merrie Mile for that! It was something I wish I had prior to my redeye flight from Honolulu to Spokane.

Overall, definitely get your self some of this! It comes in a in a 2.5 oz container, is $12.99 and will last a long amount of time. Any runner/non runner with everyday or sport related aches and pains need to look at this!

Join us for #bibchat on 12/20/16 at 9 pm EST/6 pm PST with Earthcare!

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Bibrave Product Review: Legend Compression Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Legend Compression Socks 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

Compression is every runner’s friend. Whether it be after a long run, after a race (I’m looking at everyone running this weekend!), traveling after a marathon (I apologize to everyone traveling east to west from NYC this weekend), we learn to love something to treat the body.

I had the chance to try out Legend Compression Socks and these are some nice little friends to have around. I have other compression sleeves around the house, which can be good if you’re looking for something tighter. Legend Compression Socks are different

Compression socks or Halloween costume ?? @legendcompressionwear #bibchat

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Legend compression isn’t as tight as the compression products everyone is use too. The compression is graduated over 15-20 mmHg leading to enough, but not too much compression. It leads to increased oxygen circulation, decreased lactic acid build up and promotes circulation. Sizes run from Small to XL and you get a choice of a variety of colors (bonus!). I went with more visibility and chose yellow.

My socks were waiting for me when I got home from a weekend in Huntington Beach, California, where I ran the Surf City 10 miler. I got home later at night and ended up sleeping in my socks. The calves felt good the next day for sure (if only there was something for the thighs!). There were other times where I wore them around the house, just because they felt good. I’ve also started working with a trainer out here in Spokane. When she has you do thinks with muscles you forgot you had, compression is a fun thing to wear after the fact. If only the stair master was everyone’s friend.

I haven’t had a chance to wear them during a run, so I can’t speak to that aspect of it. It seems as if other pros love them during their runs. I would say I’d wear them during Honolulu, however, I got to soak up some sun while I can!

Rapid Fire Thoughts:

  • Good solid colors
  • Compression is there, but not so tight you can’t feel your legs
  • Easy to put on/off
  • Wear them for or after runs and work outs
  • I feel like they work!

Room for improvement

  • I’m short: I’d love a petite size! I usually end up having to fold down the top of the sock
  • I’m finicky when it comes to socks and fit because my feet are small. I’d love an XS sock to see how it would compare

Interesting in learning more? Join us for Bibchat on Nov 8 to learn more about Legend Compression! In the mean time, use Bibsave15 for 15% off some compression!

 

 

Bibrave Product Review: Ekiden Coaching

Disclaimer: I received a trial of Ekiden Coaching as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out www.bibrave.com to review, find and write race reviews.

Running Coaches. I’ve never had one in the however many years I’ve been running. When we were offered the chance to try out Ekiden Coaching, I was interested in trying it out. With just coming off of studying for my Internal Medicine Boards where my running was bare minimum and with working every other week, minimum 80 hrs, it seemed like something that would help me get ready for Honolulu in December.

Ekiden was started by Peter Duyan who was at a whole number of active sites before starting Ekiden. He’s joined by Mario Fraioli, the Head Coach, who was at Competitor Magazine prior to Ekiden and has worked with a number of high profile coaches and athletes. The idea? Help athletes reach their goals. Since not everyone can physically meet up with a running coach, they brought it online.

How It Works

  1. When signing up, choose how long of a program you’re looking for depending on what race you’re looking at training for
  2. Fill out their multi question questionnaire. Everything from training, to what you’re looking to improve and what your goals are
  3. Look out for an email about what’s coming next
  4. You’ll get a call from your coach, then your plan is adjusted for you!
  5. Weekly training updates on line and daily texts coming your way!

My Experience

Pre Coach Jenny

The first few weeks were a little rocky, not going to lie. Ekiden is still new, Just started over the summer, so there were some kinks that needed worked out. I filled out all the online info and signed up like I was suppose to and then I didn’t hear anything. There were behind the scenes stuff that in turn, led to some of us not hearing anything. After a little frustration and things being reworked, I finally got assigned to Jenny M.

My first week however, she was out of town on vacay. I can’t fault anyone for taking vacations, so Mario ended uploading a schedule for me. In a sense, it was nice just because it gave me something to go off of and to figure out if it was something that I liked and wanted to continue. What I learned (more of confirmed what I already knew), is I like something mile based and not timed based. No two people are the same and some people love the time thing. I’m not one of them.

Post Coach Jenny Conversation

After I was finally able to connect with Jenny, things were finally going in the right direction. With my job, I work at least a week straight and (mostly) get a week off. In the weeks I work, long runs don’t happen. If you’re at a hospital 14 hours a day, getting up 3 hrs before you work for a long run isn’t going to happen. What we were able to work out is more of a macro plan for me, with the goal being for me to adjust around work as needed. If it means long runs get pushed to during my off week, that’s what ended up happening and I would send a message to Jenny. How you might ask? Either through the online message function or the text messaging capabilities of Ekiden. The other bonus is that she adjusted things based off prescheduled races (read Surf City 10 Miler a few weekends ago). Right now I’m in the mist of training for the Honolulu Marathon so I think we’re going in the right direction.

Thoughts

I’m still on the fence about running coaching in general (and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with Ekiden). I’m trying to figure out if it’s right for me, but I think seeing things through to Honolulu will definitely help things. I think Ekiden is definitely going in the right direction and spot on for a lot of people. The communication part of things when it comes to getting coaches assigned needs a bit of tweeking just so people aren’t left in the dark (some of us had 2 weeks of coaching before others even had a coach). Love the idea and can’t wait to see how this grows!

Want to try Ekiden: get a free month when you sign up for 3 months with Bibrave 16

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