REVIEW: XX2i Australia1 Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i Australia1 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!”

My collection of XX2i sunglasses continues to grow with the addition of the Australia1 that came out in mid July.  I have previously reviewed the USA1, the Hawaii1 and the casual Bermuda1.

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With all those other glasses, what makes the Australia1 different?

From the XX2i website:  Equipped with the tools for a variety of adventures, the Australia1 is XX2i’s only performance sunglass featuring an interchangeable temple arm / strap system for intense activities. The Australia1 also incorporates a removable padded insert for extra protection against the elements, and a sturdy frame with a unique wraparound style for enhanced peripheral vision. This model comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost lens clarity and frame durability.

The Australia1 comes in 3 different colors, Matte Black, Matte Black & White & Matte Turquoise.  I choose the turquoise because I really liked the Brown lenses on the Bermuda1 vs the grey lenses on my USA1 and Hawaii1 and wanted to try something different.

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When I first opened the glasses, I was a little concerned because unlike the USA1 & the Hawaii1, they don’t have an adjustable nose piece.  It looked similar to the Bermuda1, but I was pleasantly surprised that it fit much better than the Bermuda1 and the temple pieces are adjustable.

The padded insert and action strap that are included with the Australia1 are super easy to use.  The padded insert clicks right into an open area above the nose piece and then you just fit it with the glasses.  The arms pop out easily to put on the strap.  This is so much easier than changing the USA1’s interchangeable arms.

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While I don’t participate in activities that require these additions, it is nice to know that if we ever decide to run in a windy desert or participate in water sports, these glasses will help to protect our eyes.

I don’t have any major complaints about these glasses.  The fit is decent, although I do feel like they can be a little tight if I put them on top of my head.  I like the color of the lenses and that the arms are easy to remove.

Want a pair for yourself?  Join us at #bibchat on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to win a pair or use code XX2iROCKS for 50% off the Australia1 or other styles.

Review: XX2i Hawaii1 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!

The Hawaii1 are my 3rd pair of XX2i sunglasses and they are my new favorites.

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I’ve been wearing the USA1 glasses since December and I really like them, they are lightweight, comfortable and polarized.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen me wearing them for the last few months.  And you can read my review of them here.

I’ve also got a pair of the new casual Bermuda1 glasses, which have the best lenses, but aren’t quite as comfortable as the USA1 & Hawaii1.

What is special about the Hawaii1?

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From the XX2i website: Carbon fiber and Polarized 8k optics combine in XX2i’s new Hawaii1 performance sunglasses.  Extremely lightweigh & easily adjustable the Hawaii1 instantly adapts for any face shape or activity.  Together with a completely bendable nose piece and rubber temple arms, these shades won’t budge or slide when you need to keep your focus.

They come in 3 different colors, white, which I have, black & tortoise.  The white & black have polar grey lenses while the tortoise have the awesome polar brown, which I have on the Bermuda1.

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What I like about these glasses, they are super lightweight.  I didn’t have to make any adjustments at all to make them fit perfectly.

Another nice thing about these is that the bottom of the lens doesn’t have a frame around it so I can look down and see my phone without having to take off my glasses (in light other than direct sunlight).

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The only complaint I have about these is the little rubber pieces on the arms.  They get stuck in my hair especially when it’s wet and sweaty.  I’ve figured out a way to take them off without pulling out my hair now, but that was a bit of a problem for me at first.

Even with the hair pulling issue, I feel like I would reach for the Hawaii1 9x out of 10 over any other pair of glasses.

The Hawaii1 retails for $124.99 but you can save 50% by using the code XX2iRocks.

And if you join #BibChat tomorrow at 6pm Pacific, you might have a change to win a pair for yourself.  I promise you will love them.

Want to see what my fellow BibRavePros have to say about the Hawaii1? Check them out below.

Angie    Gina     Erin    Sarah M     Christine    Frank

Review: Full UV Buff

Disclaimer: I received a Full UV Buff 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!

Last summer I got my first buff, a UV Half Buff.  I’ve also had the change to try the Original Full Buff and now the Full UV Buff.

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What is the difference between the original and the UV version?

From the Buff USA website: UV BUFF® headwear keeps the sun fun while blocking 95% of harmful UV rays*. Hour after hour, COOLMAX® Extreme fabric wicks away sweat to keep you cool and Polygiene® Active Odor Control neautralizes odor.

The biggest differences are that the UV Buff is made with the COOLMAX® Extreme fabric and blocks UV rays. I found that the UV Buff was a lighter fabric that the Original which feels a lot softer and better on the skin than the Original as well.

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There are a lot of ways to wear the UV Buff but my favorite ways are around the neck and on my wrist.  It’s been really hot here in San Diego so my Buff has been coming in very handy.

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The UV Buff comes in a lot of different colors and patterns, there’s something for everyone.  I picked the Mosaic pattern which has a lot of different colors in it so I can always be #runmatchy™ :).

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Don’t forget that you can have a chance to win $215 of Buff gear in the Buff in the Wild Instagram & Twitter contest.

And come to #BibChat on Tuesday, May 17 for a chance to win one of your own.

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Disclaimer: BibRave and BUFF have partnered up for a BUFF prizepack giveaway, and as part of being a BibRave Pro, I am giving you a chance to win! Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Ever since I was introduced to Buff last summer I have been a huge fan of their products.  I’ve been able to try and test out the Original Buff, the UV Half Buff (my current favorite) and I’m currently trying the UV Full Buff. After trying the UV Half Buff with BibRave, I was so excited I bought a special one at TRT 100 last summer.

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Funny enough, after seeing me with my buffs on Instagram, my dad got Buffs & Buff Hats for Sean and my uncle for Christmas last year.

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So what is Buff in the Wild?  BibRave & Buff have partnered up to give one lucky winner $215 worth of Buff Gear!!

Here’s the rules & what you need to do to enter:
1. Take a #BUFFIE with a BibRave Pro and post it on Twitter or Instagram.
2. Tag @BibRave & @BUFF_USA (same handles on both Twitter and Instagram).
3. Use hastags #BUFFIE AND #BibChat.
4. Contest runs May 1–31, 2016.
5. For US residents only.
6. Photo must be taken at a race (so not the expo or a training run)
7. Participants can enter the #BUFFIE contest at multiple events
8. One #BUFFIE entry per race
9. Twitter and Instagram entries only*

Where will I be this month?

Whoo’s in El Moro 50k, Crystal Cove, CA- May 7
PCT 50 (crewing for Sean), Cleveland National Forest, CA – May 14
Nanny Goat 24 hour, Riverside, CA – May 28/29

I don’t have my outfits picked out yet, but follow me on Instagram to see my Flat Jenny pics the day before each race.  But I think, I’m pretty easy to spot with my Hot Pink Running4ThoseWhoCan’t hat on ;).

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Get your camera ready & I hope to see you out there!

If you aren’t in Southern California, there are BibRavePros racing all over the country so you have plenty of opportunities to get your #Buffie!

Angie      Mark       Karen      Brenda      Heather      Katherine

Lisa         Samantha      Elizabeth       Gina

REVIEW: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Wireless Headphones

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz Trekz Titanium wireless headphones 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!

My friends at BibRave gave me the opportunity to test out the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones the last 6 weeks.  Now with all the wireless headphone options out there, what makes the Trekz Titanium unique?

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From their website:

  • Bone conduction technology delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds
  • Titanium wraparound headband is lightweight and flexible for durability and portability
  • OpenFit™ design ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear
  • PremiumPitch+™ guarantees a premium audio experience, including wide dynamic range and rich bass
  • Wireless Bluetooth® 4.1 connectivity and convenient multipoint pairing
  • LeakSlayer™ technology significantly reduces natural sound leakage
  • IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture, from workouts to wicked weather
  • Enjoy six hours of continuous music + calls on a single charge
  • EQ presets boost bass and reduce vibration on the go
  • Dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech
  • Audrey Says™ voice prompts guide users through power, pair, play and talk
  • Hassle-free 2-year warranty

So what does that all mean to me? The most important thing to me is that it means that you can wear wireless headphones without having to worry about not hearing cars, animals, other runners, etc. If you read my review on the Plantronics Back Beat Fit headphones from last year, that was my biggest complaint with them because I really want to be able to hear if a car is coming for safety reasons.

When you open the box, there is a nice case, the headphones and then a packet with the instructions, a USB charging cable, little rubber things and a set of ear plugs.

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I immediately took them out of the box and put them on only to get a not so nice surprise when I put them on and the top of my ears hurt immediately.  The hard plastic was hitting that part of my ear and I was like uh oh. But I opened the instructions and saw that the 2 little rubber pieces were there to help keep the headphones off the ears.

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Once I put the rubber pieces on then they felt a lot better on.  Basically the rubber pieces stick to your hair/hat etc. to keep the headphones up and off your ears.

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So how is the sound quality since they aren’t in your ears?  It was surprisingly good.  The headphones sit on the bone in front of the ear.  They use bone conduction technology to deliver the music.

I wore them for the Hot Chocolate 15k back in March and I have to say that I was impressed at how good the sound quality was.  I will say though that if you are in an area with a lot of noise they don’t work well.

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That being said, in keeping with my honesty policy, there are a few things that I don’t like about the Trekz Titanium.

1) I think that the headband is not very flexible, it’s not easy to fit into a pack for long runs/races.  I think these would be perfect with a more flexible headband for storage because really, I can’t fit the headphones in the case in my Orange Mud Pack and would I take the case with me on a run? No, and I don’t always want to wear them the whole time so a more flexible band would be nice.

2) I had a hard time with them fitting well when I was wearing a hat and sunglasses.  They fit perfectly with neither of those and with just a hat but with both, I couldn’t get them to hit my cheekbones.

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All in all I think that these unique headphones are great and for those of us who want to be able to hear cars, people and anything around us but also listen to music with a wireless headphone the Trekz Titanium are amazing!

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In addition to having awesome headphones that are safe, this spring AfterShokz is partnering with United Relay of America.

From the United Relay website:

United Relay of America is the first non-stop running relay setting off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles and meeting in New York City!

Three routes (Red, White & Blue) from the West to the East coast of America, over 9,000 runners and one aim: inspire, empower and connect people across America – to not just be part of running history, but to be united for a better world!

There are a lot of opportunities to be a part of the United Relay and if you are interested in running a leg, click here for more info.

LINK UP!I’m linking up with my friend Running with SD Mom for Try Out Thursdays.  Want to check out what others are trying out?  Head over to her page click here 🙂 and check out what others are trying out this Thursday!