REVIEW: The Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud HydraQuiver Vest Pack 1 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 time for my first review of the year!!  I love getting the opportunity to try new running related products! At the beginning of December I received an Orange Mud HydraQuiver vest pack to test out.  If you have been following along, you’ll know that I have been using one of Sean’s Ultimate Direction packs because we have a few of them here but I’ve seen the Orange Mud vests all over Instagram and Facebook so I was super excited to try it out.

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Some of the features of the HydraQuiver Vest Pack (from their website):

  • 2 shoulder accessory pockets to hold up to 6 gels per or a phone.
  • Front chest pockets for access to nutrition on the fly.
  • 25oz BPA free bottle for easy fill, easy clean-up.
  • Glove like design for a comfy fit.
  • Weight 8.7oz/230grams, with bottle 10.7oz/300 grams.
  • Fit for minimum chest circumference is 27″. Max is 52″. This is measured at or just below your armpits depending on body type.

The difference between this and the HydraQuiver is that the vest has a bunch of pockets on the front.  Both styles sell in single or double barrel styles.

I wore the vest probably 1/2 a dozen times or so during December.  I wore it in 2 races, with a tank top, a t-shirt and long sleeve shirt and with my puffer vest on so I could see how it fit in different clothing.

The first time I wore the vest (with a long sleeve lululemon shirt) was for the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay and it was super easy to get the bottle out of the back of the vest. My only complaint was that  I did feel a bit of chafing under my right arm pit and it sounded pretty noisy.  I spoke with my friend @runningwithSD who has the double barrel and she said that I might need to wash it to get the best fit.

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The next time I wore it was for a short run around Mission Bay with Sean in a Lululemon T-shirt and again I felt a bit of chafing under my right arm pit.  I didn’t notice any noisiness from the pack during this run though.

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Test #3 was out on Mission Trails, I started out with a long sleeve shirt on but quickly warmed up and ended up in a tank top.   First off, the front side pockets are big enough that I was able to fit my lululemon run swiftly long sleeve in the pocket and not have any issues with it feeling weird.  Secondly, I don’t recall having any chafing issues, which I was really concerned about wearing a tank, so I guess the pack had settled in and I had gotten the sizing right.

The nice thing about this pack is that it is adjustable to be able to fit on a lot of different body types.  They recommend using the side straps to adjust but I did have to adjust the front too, I’m definitely on the smaller side, since it ranges from 27 – 52 inches.  I am estimating that I am in the low/mid 30s so there was a lot of extra strap that would swing around a bit.  I tried tucking it in and that was very uncomfortable.

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On Christmas day, I wore it out on the trails in Noble Canyon with my North Face puffer vest and again no chafing (YEA!!) and the fit was great.

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I changed the fit on the pack with both the adjustable side straps and the front strap as well to get a good fit.  I did notice that after I drank from the bottle and it got lighter that the pack would start to rise up on the front so I would just tighten the straps a little.  Another note about the bottle, I typically wear my hair up in a pony tail and it’s not super long, but I did notice that on occasion, my hair did get stuck in the bottle top.  I had to move my head to the side to get the bottle out every once in a while.

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Now the bottle, at first I thought it was good, nothing special but then as I started using it more, I was noticing that a lot of water was pooling around the cap. I thought that I didn’t have it tightened enough, but it was.  I’m not sure what the issue is but that would probably be my only complaint.

Now, I didn’t wear the vest for any longer than 13.1 miles and that was in a race situation so there was additional hydration available.  I’m not sure even with the double-barrel that I would take this out on a really long run, especially if it was hot out.  I drink a lot when it’s warmer and when I got longer (and we run in a lot of places were there aren’t a lot of water sources) so I definitely would want the ability to hold additional bottles.  I did read on their website that they are in the process of creating a new Ultra pack so I would be interested to see if that would allow for more bottles.

Although, I didn’t try it, the pockets in the front are probably big enough to fit an additional bottle, especially if you used soft bottles or smaller ones.

I liked being able to put my phone and fuel in one of the side pockets.  It kept it dry so that I didn’t have to use my pouch & put it in the waistband of my shorts, like I normally do, oops.

There were 2 additional pockets on the shoulder, that opened down, I would put my car key in there but I didn’t really use them because I was a little afraid that the items would fall out while I was running.  I like to eat Jolly Ranchers while running and they are too small for the pocket.  I also didn’t want it to be too full because of where it sits on my shoulder.  I felt like it could be a little awkward so I didn’t really use them.

I have to say it was nice to have the vest to wear on my shorter runs vs holding my water bottle and/or phone.  I think it may have actually helped my form a bit too.

All in all, I liked the vest and I’ll definitely be using it on my upcoming shorter runs/races.

Want to hear what others have to say?  Check out some of the other BibRavePro reviews:

How do you carry your hydration?

Stocking Stuffer Guide presented by the BibRavePros & 2XU

Looking for some awesome runner approved stocking stuffers?  Well you’ve come to the right place then.

Last week BibRave and 4 of my fellow BibRavePros participated in a stocking stuffer guide that was sponsored by 2XU.

Day 1: 2XU

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2XU has a ton of different options, I’ve been lucky enough to test out the MCS Elite tight. See my review here.  But they don’t just have tights, they have shorts, tops, socks, hats, tri suits, & wet suits just to name a few.  And options for lots of different sports, including running, cycling, triathlon, skiing and sailing.

Here @Sweetblondesfitlife is showing off their Performance Run compression socks.

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There is still time to save 20% on all your favorite 2XU gear by using code BIBRAVE20 until Dec 31, 2015.

Day 2: Buff USA

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As you probably can tell from my Instagram photos I love my UV Half Buffs.  I wear them all the time.  While I prefer the half buff, there are so many options that are all sized to fit into your stocking.  They have the full Buffs, Insect Sheild Buffs, Merino Wool, Hats, Gloves and even Dog Buffs!

Jeremy, @runner_blogger_az shows off his Buff and his pup’s matching one.

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Day 3: MeStrength

I’ve never tried this but here is a synopsis from their website.
5 key electrolytes for optimum hydration
Just enough creatine to support lean muscles
Pre-workout for maximum performance
Post-workout for rapid recovery
Five all-natural flavors
Zero Calories – Zero Carbs – Zero Sugars
Highly portable, single serving stick packs that mix with 20 oz of water

@SeeJessRun711 shows us what MeStrength looks like.

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If you’d like to know more about Mestrength, check out Heather’s great review here.

Day 4: Orange Mud

Yours truly was featured featured for Day 4 with my awesome Transition Wrap which I reviewed here.  Sean & I seriously use my wrap pretty much every day.  In fact yesterday he asked me for it after our run and I had to tell him it was in the wash.

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Orange Mud has a lot of different products, from water bottles to hydration packs to gym bags to hats.  There is something for everyone and you can save 15% by using code BIBRAVE on your fav products.

Day 5: Addaday

I haven’t had the opportunity to try any Addaday products yet, but they make all sorts of massage rollers in a variety of sizes and shapes.  Check out Jess’s review here.

And @erintweeting shows us how to use her Addaday Pro Massage Roller.

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So there you have it, 5 awesome brands with products for the athletes in your life.

Which of these products would you like to see in your stocking?

REVIEW: The Orange Mud #OMWrap (Transition & Seat Wrap) & Discount Code

Disclaimer: I received a The Orange Mud Transition & Seat Wrap 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!

I was super excited to test The Orange Mud Transition Wrap because I sweat, a lot, and it’s a bit more humid in San Diego than in Phoenix.  I’m always forgetting to bring a towel and the driver’s seat is not as clean as it should be.  But that all changed with the addition of the Transition Wrap to my running arsenal.

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From The Orange Mud website:

A seat cover and changing towel in one. The Transition & Seat Wrap is the answer to parking lot and trail head gear changes as well as keeping that clean seat of yours…well, clean! We designed the wrap with the simple goal of not having your towel fall off while changing from regular clothes to run/bike/surf/etc gear. It stays around your waist securely via a built in belt clip. The second feature of the towel is the zip on hoodie, which you slip over your seat back in your car so when you sit down, the wrap does not slide off your seat.

So I haven’t technically used the towel in one of the ways that it was designed, i.e. the transition (changing) part.  But I have used it in a variety of other ways.

First up: As a towel, it is a very absorbent towel almost like a microfiber, I never felt like it got super wet/damp even after super sweaty runs.

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As a seat cover, it has a little zipper to make a hoodie which allows it to cover the head rest and not fall down like a traditional towel.  It fit my seat perfectly and I never felt any wetness on my seat after using this like I normally do after driving when sweaty.

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As a wrap, the towel is 30″x60″ and I’m relatively small, so I did need to almost wrap the towel around myself twice so it didn’t fall down, but what great about this wrap is that instead of just tucking it in like a normal towel, there is a cool belt clip that stays put so that the wrap won’t fall off when changing.

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As a blanket, while driving when it gets a little too cold in the car, the transition wrap becomes a great blanket.  It’s both long enough and wide enough to work perfectly.

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And best of all, I used it to become a super hero! RunnyLegs to the rescue 😉

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LOL, well not really, but it sounded good and it was before Halloween when I got the wrap.

The Orange Mud Transition Wrap comes in 14 different colors and if you are part of a group and order a minimum of 25 wraps, they can put your logo on it too.

Want to try the Orange Mud Transition Wrap for yourself?  You can save 15% by using code BIBRAVE at

Check out the other BibravePro reviews below:

Tom –

Katherine –

Laura M. –


Laura B. –



John –

REVIEW: 2XU Women’s Elite MCS Compression Tights & Sweet Discount

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) & Apply until November 10, and check out to review find and write race reviews!

As a runner, I’ve found compression items to be a big help to me when running & recovering from long runs/races, etc.  I typically wear just compression socks/sleeves, but when I was given the opportunity to try the 2XU Elite Compression Tights, I was like sure, let’s see what they can do.

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From the 2XU website:  Product Details

The Elite MCS Compression tight offers unparalled power and protection against muscle trauma during intense activity. Graduated engineering also offers impressive recovery benefits post exercise.The next generation in 2XU Compression technology – MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) for targeted compression. MCS is a revolutionary fabric support system traced over key muscle, tendon and fascia groups to focus greater compression power to wrap precise areas and reduce muscle oscillation and damage. Front panels are engineered with powerful PWX FLEX (70D) fabric combined with MCS focused to the quads. Rear panels are engineered with powerful PWX WEIGHT (105D) fabric for support to the hamstrings and MCS focused to the calf.

Specific features to these tights:

  • PWX Flex (70D) offers powerful compression to abductors, quads and shins. MCS is targeted to quads for ultimate muscle protection. Anatomical mapping ensures maximum containment and support.
  • PWX Weight (105D) fabric rear panels deliver powerful compression to protect the glut, hamstring and calf muscles. MCS is targeted to the calf for ultimate muscle protection.
  • Drawstring waistband for secure fit and internal pocket for storage.
  • Flatlock seams to reduce chafe for greater comfort.
  • Powerful Invista LYCRA® for exceptional fit, support and recovery.
  • Antibacterial and UPF50+ sun protection.
  • High filament yarns for dryness wicks sweat from the skin to the fabric exterior.
  • Graduated compression increases blood circulation for improved recovery and reduced muscle stiffness post exercise.

Now that we’ve got all the specifics out of the way, what you really want to know is did they work and how did they feel on.

Compression is a tricky thing, so you have to make sure you have the right size, I went to the website and checked out their size chart.  I’m 5’8 and fluctuate between 130-135lbs which is right on the cusp of the small/medium size.  While the website says that if you are on the cusp to go down, I opted to go up mostly because I’m typically closer to 135lbs and I’ve been having some issues with things fitting too tightly around the waist.

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I received my tights and even though it was 90 degrees out, I immediately put them on.  First impressions?  The waistband was soooo tight and uncomfortable but other than that, they fit and felt great.

I wore them on a road trip up to Newport Beach the day after a long run/hike and they made my legs feel really refreshed.


Wearing them up in the 40 degree weather while in the snow, while hike/running the Dolomites wasn’t an issue either, my legs never really felt cold so that was nice because the material is quite thin.  I will say though that day we hiked/ran over 13 miles with over 3,000 ft of elevation change and my legs did hurt so these tights while awesome are not going to eliminate soreness from long or hard workouts.  But I did notice that my recovery time was faster from wearing them.

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Final Thoughts:  The MCS Compression Tights are a new favorite and I have to thank BibRave & 2XU for allowing me to try them and get out of my Lululemon comfort zone.  These are expensive tights, they sell for $149 so they aren’t something I’m going to just buy to try.

I love the way my legs feel while wearing them and afterwards the quicker recovery time is awesome.

There are a few things I would change, first the waistband, it’s very uncomfortable and as with other things compression, gives you a bit of a muffin top, I feel like it would be better with a wider waistband.  Also, and I don’t know if this is because I had the wrong size or what, I felt like I was pulling them up around the crotch area a lot.  That’s why I have a lulu obsession because I’ve found pairs of tights that fit perfectly and I don’t have pull on them to get them to fit properly.

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All in all though, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I would definitely recommend these tights to anyone.

Which brings us to the discount portion of my review.  If you too would like to try 2XU products, any product(s) you can get 20% off (as many orders as you would like) by using the code BIBRAVE20.  Check them out and let me know what you think.

Review: Grokker Online


Have you ever wanted to work-out in peace and quite in your own home?  To try new workouts without being embarrassed for not knowing the routines completely? Or maybe that’s just me :).

Grokker and Fitapproach gave me an opportunity to try GrokkerPremium free for 3 months.  What is Grokker?  It’s a online community and resources for people like me, who are super busy but want to still lead a healthy lifestyle, or anyone who just wants to workout at home or pretty much anywhere.

I’ve been visiting Grokker while on the road for the last month or so and it’s great.  There are so many videos of all levels, time frames and sports.

Grokker allows you to customize your wellness program because we all have different interests and fitness levels.

The videos are broken up into 3 main categories, Yoga, Fitness & Cooking.

There are tons of videos under each category and lots of sub categories so there is definitely something for everyone.

I am loving this Grokker Premium workout HIIT Workout from Sarah Kusch.

From the Grokker website: Designed to improve strength & cardiovascular fitness and burn a ton of calories, this high intensity workout is appropriate for fitness enthusiasts of all skill levels. Don’t have hand weights? Don’t worry. This workout is still plenty tough without them! If you like this video, be sure to check out Sarah Kusch’s Get Tight in 28, a workout program designed to help you lose weight and build total body strength.

This workout is just over 33 minutes and what I like most is that it doesn’t have any jumping in it.  I love some of the other workouts, but I hurt my low back years ago and so jumping isn’t the best thing for me.

Wanna try Grokker for yourself?

There are 2 ways to get started and access Grokker’s workouts.

#1 Basic which includes 2 Free Grokker Premium videos per week, 4 bonus Grokker Premium videos just for joining and full access to non-premium videos. Grokker Basic is always free and no credit card is required

#2 Premium includes Unlimited Grokker Premium videos, full access to non-premium videos, you can enjoy Group Classes online, you can watch on mobile, tablet, web & TV and you can ask Grokker Experts questions. Premium is as low as $9.99 a month for a yearly plan vs $14.99 per month for a month to month plan.

What is the difference between Premium and Non-Premium videos?

Grokker Premium videos are videos that are filmed and produced in house by our talented production team with our hand selected Experts. These videos pass the highest Video Quality standards, and can be identified with a Premium badge.
Non-premium videos are videos that we curate from all over the web and make available to you on Grokker.  You can easily identify Premium videos by their Premium badge.

Want to try Grokker for yourself? I’m giving away a 3 month premium membership or you can try Grokker Premium for 99 cents for the first month ($9.99 per month there after) by using code 99CENTS.

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Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Recipe & Giveaway

Have you ever seen those memes that say something to the effect of if you don’t like peanut butter then we can’t be friends? Well I love peanut butter and I kinda feel that way.  Which is why Fitapproach and Mighty Nut gave me the opportunity to test out the new powdered peanut butter, come up with a recipe and then give away a jar, I was the one jumping up and down in my living room.

I did receive 2 containers of powdered peanut butter and a cool scoop in exchange for my review, recipe and giveaway – as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

So what is powdered peanut butter and how is it different from the regular stuff?

At Mighty Nut (from the bottle) they’ve taken quality USA grown peanuts, roasted them and pressed them to remove most of the fat.  What remains is protein, fiber and delicious peanut buttery taste.

There are 4 flavors of Mighty Nut, Original, Vanilla, Chocolate and Flax & Chia.  None of them have more than 1.5g of fat, which is 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter.  The original and vanilla both have 6g of Protein while the chocolate and flax & chia both have 5g of Protein.  The powder can be rehydrated by adding water and can be used for shakes, as spreads or for baking.

I’m pretty picky about my peanut butter, and I’ve tried powdered peanut butter before and wasn’t super impressed.  I have to say though, that Mighty Nut is really tasty.  I’m not sure what they’ve done to make it different but it’s really good.

If you know me IRL, you would know that I know how to cook, but I don’t do it very often. I do however love to bake.  I used to make cookie cakes for holidays and for my high school graduation I made them for my own party and for a bunch of my friends as well.  But here’s the caveat or the burnt toast moment, I am not very good at baking without a recipe, I’ve made my share mistakes, like the 2 tier cake that never rose, not sure what happened there so I like to have a recipe and more specifically a photo so I know if what I’ve made is right lol.

In honor of our honeymoon in Italy and my love of sweets, I decided to make a Peanut Butter & Nutella muffin.  I found a peanut butter muffin recipe on the Real Simple website which was by Richard B. Stolley, adapted from Stella Stolley’s Recipe Box and then adapted to become my own.

Unfortunately, the muffins were a bit dry and I didn’t put enough peanut butter powder so they weren’t perfect.  So I went back to the drawing board and decided to just make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  I got a bag of Nestle chocolate chips and added about 3/4 cup of the Mighty Night Peanut Butter powder.  The batter tasted soooo peanut buttery and yummy.  But when I baked the cookies, you couldn’t taste the peanut butter.

So third times the charm right?  I decided to keep it super simple and just made Peanut Butter & Apple Overnight Oats.  Which was awesome and super peanut buttery.

Here is my recipe.

1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c milk (normally I would use Silk soymilk but I was out and didn’t want to buy a big container since I was leaving in 2 days :))
1/2 small Honeycrisp apple chopped
2 scoops Mighty Nut Peanut Butter Powder

I layered everything in a mason jar and then mixed it up and put it in the fridge overnight.

The next day, I had a super yummy and super peanut buttery treat.  

Now, for the fun part…Time for a giveaway!  One winner (if you have already won another sweatpink ambassador’s giveaway, you aren’t eligible unfortunately) will win 1 container of Mighty Nut Peanut Butter powder in your choice of flavor and a logoed scoop.

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The Food Dare Book Review

The Food Dare. One thing you can do everyday to eat healthier.

The Food Dare. One thing you can do everyday to eat healthier.

























I had the opportunity to get an advance copy of The Food Dare by Lindsey Banks through my association with Fitfluential to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are alike me, you want to eat healthy all the time but with all the travel and being so busy, it’s a lot easier to eat out or just grab something fast.  And when you are like me and love french fries and sweets, that’s not quite as healthy as it should be.

The Food Dare is written on the basis that if we we can make one small change a day it will help us be healthier. It is not a diet, but a way to slowly make lifestyle changes. Lindsey tells us that this is not a dare that is to be taken lightly, you have to be ready to commit and be determined to finish.  With all my travel in the last month and this coming month, I’m not ready to commit yet (I’m going to Italy and I’m going to eat what I want on my honeymoon :)), but I plan to when we get back.

The Food Dare is a 30 day program is broken down into 3 phases, Water, Color & Clean.

Phase 1 (Days 1 – 10) is Water.  As water takes up over 60% of our bodies, this phases teaches us to increase our consumption, through drinking more water and getting it from whole foods, specifically fruits and veggies.

Phase 2 (Days 11 – 20) is Color.  Color stands for fruit & vegetables and this phase teaches us ways to eat more of them.  By incorporating them into every meal and substituting fruits & veggies for unhealthier options.

Phase 3 (Days 21 – 30) is Clean.  Clean means eating more whole unprocessed foods.   This sections is devoted to teaching us about what types of grains, proteins & fats that are the best choices.

The Food Dare is meant to teach us healthy habits that we will incorporate into our daily lives.   I am really looking committing to the Dare when I get back from Italy.

As we enter into the Holiday Season and have so many temptations around us, this is a great way to get a head start on making healthy choices.  If you would like to try The Food Dare for yourself Lindsey is offering a 20% off coupon to  The Food Dare Essential and Premium Teams. Coupon code is “idareyou” and will expire on Nov. 30th. You can find more information about the teams here:

Review: Full Buff from BuffUSA

Disclaimer: I received a Full Buff from BuffUSA  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!

I received and purchased my own UV Half Buffs which I reviewed a while back, you can see my review here.  I loved my half buff and wore them all the time so I was really excited to try the full buff.  Since the BibRave color is Orange, all of the Pros who tried the Full Buff received a very bright orange buff to test.

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So what is the difference between a full buff and a half buff?

From the BuffUSA website: Simple, effective and infinitely adaptable, Original BUFF® headwear is the product that started the multifunctional headwear revolution. At its core is a moisture-managing microfiber fabric that is wind resistant and able to control odor. Original BUFF® headwear can be worn more than 12 different ways, from a cap to a balaclava to a hair tie, for a personalized style and perfect fit.
  • Soft, breathable 100% microfiber polyester
  • 100% seamless
  • 12+ ways to wear
  • Polygiene® Active Odor Control
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Thermal protection from cold & wind
  • Quick-drying
  • 2-way lateral stretch
  • One size fits all adults
  • 20.8″ h x 9.75″ w
  • 2.9 oz.

Really it’s not that much different, the main difference is the size, the full buff is significantly longer than the half buff so that you can use it as a face mask, balaclava or even as a hood.

I used it while on hike/run around my neck, which worked for a while until I felt like it was a little too snug around my neck (my issue – I have a hard time with tight things around my neck sometimes) and then under my hat.

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Having loved my half buff, I wanted to love the full one too, but in all honesty, I prefer the half buff.  Why?  Because the full was a slightly different thickness and I felt like it was a bit more snug around my neck.  In general I felt like it was a bit tighter and that was mostly because it was a lot longer than the half buff so I had to double/triple/quadruple it in order to get the right fit for a headband, hair tie, etc.

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This isn’t how they mean for it to be used, I’m sure, but I used my full buff when I was sleeping in the car while following Sean around at the Tahoe 200.  I put it on my head, used it to keep my ears warm and block out light from the car or street lights.  It worked great :).  So you can always find a way to use a buff in a new and inventive way.

I still love my Buffs, I just think I’ll stick with the half buff, which fits me better.

As we are getting into autumn and winter, those of you in the colder areas of the country might be more interested in the full buff.

Check out the reviews from some of the other BibRavePros:

Rachel –


Laura B. –


Kim –

Laura M. –

Angie –


Haley –

REVIEW: Bulu Box

Disclosure: I received a Bulu Box for free through my association with Fitapproach (SweatPink). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love subscription boxes.  I have tried tons of them, mostly beauty related and I have been getting both Birchbox & Glossybox monthly for the past few years.  I love the idea of getting to try new things every month so when I had the opportunity to try Bulu Box I jumped on it.

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Bulu Box gives you the chance to try 4 – 5 supplements, healthy snacks and/or weight loss products each month.  And there are 2 different types of Bulu Boxes – Original and Weight Loss.

From the website:

Bulu Box Original: This box provides a well-rounded sampling of all things health and nutrition. Each box contains 4 to 5 premium samples such as sports nutrition, sleep, and healthy snacks. Plus lifestyle extras like gym gift cards or DVDs to cover all aspects of health!

Bulu Box Weight Loss: Designed specifically to help with the varying factors of weight loss, this box contains 4 to 5 premium weight loss items such as energy aids, healthy snacks, sleep aids and fat-burners. Plus bonus weight loss items like fitness gear and kitchen tools.

I didn’t have a choice of boxes and received the Weight Loss box.  The 5 products I got to test were as follows: (descriptions from the info sheet provided by Bulu Box)

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RUNA Tea: Powered by Guayusa, a native Amazonian tree leaf.  Runa Teas provide as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and tice the antioxidants of green tea.  Replace your calorie filled energy drinks with this tasty natural option.

Runa Tea is USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified as well as Kosher

Simple Being Simple Diet: Simple Diet features an effective 4-part blend of ingredients such as Green Coffee Bean, African Mango, Acai and Resveratrol to promote fat burning, appetite suppression and boost metabolism.

Movit Energy Gummies: Movit Energy Gummies use power-boosting ingredients like guarana, CoQ10 and folic acid to combat fatigue and help you perform your best!  Movit Energy Gummies contain just 60 calories per serving.

I received the Citrus Flavor.

Fusion Jerky: Fusion Jerky offers a unique, high protein flavor experience made using real chicken and nothing artificial.  This delicious jerky option is gluten-free, minimally processed and 99% fat free.  It also comes in beef, pork & turkey.

Made in the USA.  I received the Lemon Pepper flavor.

Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream: Relieve pain and itching associated with skin irritations such as poison ivy, sunburn & minor cuts and scrapes.  Earth’s Care Anti-Itch cream contains no artificial colors or fragrances and is petroleum free.

It includes Natural Camphor & Menthol.

It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get the Original box, for several reasons: 1) because I am not trying to lose weight and 2) I have a sensitivity to caffeine and other than coffee, tea and the occasional Coke I don’t use products with added caffeine.

So that being said, I wasn’t able to test 3 out of the 5 products I received because they included ingredients like Guayusa, guarna & other fat burning ingredients.

I did try the Fusion Jerky which was pretty yummy.  I tend to be really picky and I don’t eat jerky normally so I wasn’t expecting to like this.

I also tried the anti-itch cream, immediately I could smell the menthol.  It reminded me of a Bio Freeze/Icy Hot type of product.  I had a little bit of itching around my knee from the scabs I got when falling during a few runs and it seemed to work to stop the itch.

Since I didn’t try the other products I can’t speak on them.  However it is nice to see that there are more organic and natural products out there though versus diet products full of chemicals.

As with the other subscription boxes I’ve received there are months when I like more products than others, but it is still a great and inexpensive way to try new things.  My suggestion would be just to try the box type that is more applicable to your life style.  I would have preferred an original box.

The box sells for $10 a month and you can get a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.  T

Want to try Bulu Box for yourself?

You can save 50% off a 3 month subscription by using code SWEATPINK.

REVIEW: SLS3 Butterfly Compression Socks & Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a pair of SLS3 Butterfly Compression Socks to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

At the beginning of August I was asked to try a pair of SLS3 compression socks or sleeves and write a review of them.

I immediately went to the website because I wasn’t familiar with this brand, and they not only make compression socks & sleeves but triathlon gear.  Tri race suits, shorts, tops & accessories for both men & women.

I went right to the compression page and immediately knew which style I was going to choose.  But socks or sleeves? Decisions, Decisions…

First, who is SLS3?  From their website, SLS3 started when in 2004 two German pro triathletes that met, fell in love and with a passion & very little money started a brand.  They started out only making the 4 essentials needed to complete a triathlon, suit, shorts, top and one kind of compression sock.  Those 4 items though were made with great care, attention to detail, German precision and a hefty dose of passion for the sport.

As they grew, they started to add more pieces, styles, etc. in response to customer requests.  Based in California, the majority of their products are made in the USA, which allows them to have a very small carbon footprint, create & sustain jobs and partner with other small businesses.

Now, let’s talk about what can compression do for you?

From the SLS3 website…

Compression garments like compression socks, compression sleeves and compression shorts help your body perform and recover better. Whether in training or racing, compression clothing helps delay and reduce the onset of muscle fatigue, prevents post-exercise soreness and evacuates metabolic waste products such as lactic acid by increasing the flow rate of the blood in the venous system. Improved blood circulation back to the heart results in faster new oxygen supply in your muscles.

SLS3 has 3 different styles of compression socks & sleeves.

The FXC Running Compression Sock, which features:

20-30 mmHG of true graduated compression for increased blood circulation, muscle oxygenation and stability
Mid sole air cooling channels for perfect moisture control
Left and right foot specific shape plus separate knitting zones for optimal fit
Seamless TekWeb technology to prevent blisters
Padding in pressure areas: Ball, heel, achilles, top of arch for shock absorption and protection
Antimicrobial fibers for odor control
Cooling effect and UV protection

The FXC Butterfly Compression Sock, which features:

20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
Seamless TekWeb technology
Muscle Stability
Increased Bloodflow
Web knit for more support of arch
Cooling effect and UV protection

And, how cute are they?

SLS3, Butterfly, Compression Socks, Teal

And the Allrounder Compression Sock, which is more of the basic sock and features:

20-30 mmHG of true graduated compression for increased blood circulation, muscle oxygenation and stability
Seamless TekWeb technology to prevent blisters
Antimicrobial fibers for odor control
Cooling effect and UV protection

So which socks did I pick?  Of course the Butterfly ones.  They were super cute and had great girly colors.

They come in Teal, Purple, Pink & Light Blue and I choose the Teal.

Compression socks are interesting, as they don’t run the same size for all brands, every brand is slightly different in their sizing.  I wear a size 8.5 in normal shoes/a 10 in running shoes and I measured my calf to be 14.5in at the time so I thought that we thought that the S/M would work perfect.  I have been having some issues with retaining water, which must be why my super pretty butterfly socks are just a bit too tight for me to wear for longer than about 5 minutes.  I should have gone up a size.

SLS3, Butterfly, Compression Socks, Teal

They are so cute, I really wanted to wear them as part of my outfit for the #teamnakamura 5k but I put them on the day before and I unfortunately could only keep them on for a few minutes before I had to take them off because they were too tight around my foot.  For recovery it would be fine, but I wouldn’t be able to run in them.

Flat Jenny, #teamnakamura, 5k

I think that the socks themselves feel great on and I was definitely able to feel the cooling effect and would definitely help me with recovery in the correct size.  The butterfly pattern is unique and super cute for you female runners out there.  They also have more masculine colors in the Allrounder Sock and the FXC Sock is in the basic black & white.

SLS3, Butterfly, Compression Socks, Teal


The newest item in the SLS3 line is a very cool HIPZIPP. It is a 5 inch wide belt with 2 large zippered pockets, large enough to fit even the iPhone 6+ and a small hidden pocket for a credit card or cash.  It’s made with compression fabric to keep it secure no matter that you are doing or where you place it.  They are doing a kickstarter campaign, where, depending on how soon you get in, you can get a HIPZIPP for up to half off the normal $29.95 price.  I got mine last week.  And you can check it out here for yourself:

Want to try SLS3 for yourself?

One lucky person will win a pair of compression socks or sleeves from SLS3 and for those of you who don’t win, you can save 40% by using code RUNNYLEGS40.
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