Shock Absorber Sports Bras Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer: Shock Absorber USA sent me 2 sports bras in exchange for this review.  As per usual all opinions are my own.

When Shock Absorber reached out, I was intrigued because I have been needing some new sports bras.  I’m pretty picky about them and have been wearing a few different styles from Lululemon & Oiselle and while I liked them, I sometimes notice they either feel too tight or sometimes I have to mess with them during a run so I was interested to try them.

They sent me 2 different bras, the Ultimate Run Bra & the Active Zipped Plunge. Both of which are more coverage than the bras I normally wear so I wasn’t sure how they were going to fit.

What makes Shock Absorber unique? From their website:

They are fast drying, durable, breathable and moisture wicking.

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So how does all that play out in reality? Well I’ll be honest when I first tried on the Ultimate Run Bra, I was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to fit properly.  I could barely get it closed and am already at the last set of clasps.  However, once I had it on, I actually forgot it was on, I didn’t have any issues with it being too tight or moving around at all.  I even wore it while running stairs when I was definitely breathing hard and on the 19 miles I ran at Gorge & had no issues whatsoever.

I’ll even go as far to say that even though it was soaked after my 19 miles, yes, I sweat a lot, it didn’t feel quite as wet as my other bras do so I’ll attest to their quick dry assertion.

For reference, I am wearing a 34B.  They have a huge range of sizes, everything from 30A to 40DD with E, F & G cup sizes.  They do follow the UK sizing, but I’d say that it was pretty accurate to US sizing as I wear a 32C/34B in normal bras when I’m not wearing a sports bra, which is practically never these days :).

When I got opened the Active Zip Plunge, I was a bit concerned that this was going to be some racy bra that’s showcasing the cleavage.  On me it wasn’t, it was definitely full coverage, but it was a slightly bigger size, 36B so it wasn’t quite as snug as I probably needed.

I liked the style and it was pretty comfortable, my biggest issue, outside of the wrong size, was that the bra I received had a piece of fabric at the bottom of the zipper that pushed into the bottom of my ribs, it made it very uncomfortable and didn’t look quite right.  I’m not sure if I received an older version of the bra because the photos on the site & Instagram don’t show that extra piece of fabric.

This bra, while cute on, wasn’t as good of a fit for me as the Ultimate Run Bra, which ultimately is the better choice for me, as an avid runner.

Shock Absorber also has a few other bras like the Active Multi Sport Bra that has sizes from 32B to 40HH.  The Active Shaped Push-Up Bra, which I thought was really cute, that comes in more standard sizes from 32A to 38D. And then there are 2 more Active Classic Bras to choose from as well.

Prices range from $59.99 for the Classics to $79.99 for the Ultimate Run Bra.   That’s a lot for a bra, but if it can truly help the bounce and you don’t notice that it’s on, it might be worth the price tag to find a good one.

Are you in Boston for the Boston Marathon?  You can find Shock Absorber at the Expo at Booth 2042.  They’ll have some awesome discounts for you there.

Not in Boston? Me either.  So here’s the part where you can win an Ultimate Run Bra.
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#Spring4Prana: Spring 2017 Review & A Discount

I’ve been really fortunate to work with prAna and FitApproach for the last few spring & fall seasons to try out some of their new line and share with you some different looks from my normal running gear ;).

In the past I’ve reviewed the Meme Pant, the Prism Yoga pant and last fall the London Jean (which I wear all the time they are so comfortable) and the Devan Henley.

I was super excited to receive my new prAna gear last Monday, right before I was heading to Miami for work.  I choose to try the Mantra Pant & the Liana Sweater.  These pieces seemed the most me & were a few pieces that I fit my fitness aesthetic, especially the sweater.

I immediately had to try everything on, over the clothes I was wearing lol.  And it all fit perfectly. I got a size small in both pieces.

I really like the Mantra pant, it’s casual, but yet still nice enough I can wear them for work.  I wore them for a nice dinner and felt super comfortable.  I’ll definitely be adding them to my rotation for work trips.

The Mantra Pant comes in 5 colors, I picked Oatmeal and Smitha picked the Black Herringbone, which is also very nice and something you could wear in a biz casual environment as well.

From the prAna website the Mantra Pant is Soft hemp is blended with stretch fabric and trimmed with organic cotton, creating a naturally versatile pant. A relaxed fit, mid-rise, and straight leg are classically styled.

For the top, I chose the Liana sweater because it’s a nice, light weight knit top that I feel like I can wear over a yoga or run tank before or after a workout to kind of dress things up.

The Liana sweater comes in 3 colors, I picked Bora Bora because it was a nice springy color.

From the website, the Liana sweater is naturally beautiful. A wide neck, angled stripes, and asymmetrical hem create a casual feminine silhouette. A lightweight blend of soft hemp and organic cotton is conscious, comfortable, and moisture-wicking.

I do like this sweater and it looks cute on, but I do have to mention that I have already gotten a few pulls in the knit from my ring and there is no way I can wear this around the kitties or I’ll have so many pulls.  I think the asymmetrical hem is a little odd, but overall it’s cute.

Have you tried prAna?  What are your favorite pieces?

They have a lot of cute things out this spring, including some running shorts and yoga gear.  You can use code S.4P17RLB to save 15% on www.prana.com until Mar 28, 2017.

Review + Instagram Giveaway: Rabbit Sleevie Wonder

If you’ve been following Sean @ultrarunnersd on Instagram or have seen any of our running photos together for the last 6-9 months, you’ve probably seen him running in Rabbit shorts.  He loves their Daisy Dukes ;).

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So when the nice folks at Rabbit contacted me to test out and review some of their new fall line and do a giveaway I was super excited for a few reasons.

#1 – Sean loves the brand and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, lol

#2 – It’s California company, based out of Santa Barbara, I even saw one of the founders, Monica, out on a run when I was crewing for Sean at the SB100 in July. And not only that, the clothes are made in Los Angeles, which allows them to keep a close eye on the production of their products.

#3 – Their clothes are really cute, I mean come on, that little rabbit logo is too cute.

They sent me 2 pieces from their new fall line.  I’m going to review the Sleevie Wonder today and I’ll be reviewing the other piece in a few weeks.

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What is the Sleevie Wonder?  Well it’s a long sleeve shirt that comes in 2 different material options.  1) All “rabbit mesh” or 2) a combo “rabbit mesh” & heather.   It’s got a thumb hole and it’s lightweight, so so soft and it’s a slightly looser fit.

I got a size medium, I’m a 6/8 in other brands depending on the fit, but I have long arms and hate tight necklines so I typically go up slightly to accommodate.  The medium fits me perfectly, the arms are just a tad short with the thumb hole used but not bad.  And the neckline is slightly lower than a normal crew-neck which suits me perfectly!

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I found it to work well in the upper 40/low 50 degree temps that we’ve had here recently in San Diego.  It’s not too heavy but it’s not super light either.  Kind of like Goldilocks, it was just right :).

I picked the combo Rabbit Mesh & Heather sleevie and OMG, the heathered portion of the shirt is so so soft.  It feels amazing on, I seriously just want to wear it all the time.  The rabbit mesh arm is so cute with lots of little rabbits all over the arm.  I found the mesh arm to be a little thinner than the heather arm which was a nice contrast.  It allowed a little more airflow which kept me cool when I heated up.

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There are 4 different colors for the sleevie wonder, 2 each for the different styles.  I picked the deep blue heather color, it’s kind of a dark purple and since purple is one of my fav colors, I figured this would be a better fit for me than the black heather.  There are also 2 different colors in the all rabbit mesh, a hot pink called cabaret & navy blue called dress blues.

It’s not super cold here in San Diego yet, but last week we had a little cool spell and I couldn’t wait to try my new Rabbit gear out.  The sleevie felt great on, like I said before it is super soft and it wicked sweat nicely. One of the nice things about Rabbit is that their gear dries really quickly.  I wish they would come out with a fast drying sports bra, because post run, wet sports bras are the worst!

I didn’t have any issues with my sleevie riding up or moving around, in fact I barely felt like it was on.  I did wear a tank under it the first time I wore it and I also tried it a second time with only a sports bra underneath and it fit great either way. I foresee this being a great addition to my cool SD weather arsenal.

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So now that you’ve heard all about how much I love my Sleevie Wonder, I know you’re thinking about that giveaway I spoke about earlier…

One person is going to win a the top of your choice and all you have to do is:

  • Follow @runinrabbit & me @runnylegs on Instagram
  • Post a photo of yourself telling us what your strategy is to keep running consistently during the holiday season. Mine? I started the #RWRunstreak a few days early and am determined to see it through so I run at least a mile everyday.
  • Tag @runinrabbit & @runnylegs so we can see your photo.  Public profiles required so we can see your photo.

The contest will run from Monday, Dec 12 – Friday, Dec 16 at 11:59p Pacific.  The folks at Rabbit will chose the winner.  Winner must reside in the US or have a US address to ship to.  Void where prohibited.

Don’t want to wait to get your own Sleevie Wonder or other awesome Rabbit gear?  Use code runnylegs at checkout and save 20% on all rabbit products

Review: Project Repat Running Shirt Quilt

If you are like me, you’ve run a lot of races over the years and you have a lot of race shirts just hanging around.

Race shirts have evolved over the years, going from unisex crew neck cotton shirts to tech shirts, to women & men’s specific tech and some super soft cotton.  But the majority have one thing in common.  What’s that?  They are sitting in a drawer or are in a Rubbermaid container in my garage.

So when the nice people at Project Repat contacted me, I was intrigued.  I could take my old race shirts that I never wear and make them into a quilt?  How cool is that?

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So how does Project Repat work?

It’s so easy, first you go online, choose your panel size, quilt size and the color of fleece you want on the back.

Once you’ve placed your order, Project Repat will send you and email with instructions on how to send your shirts, you ship them and then in a few weeks you receive a beautiful quilt!

I selected the standard 12×12 panel size, 24 panel twin size quilt with a light blue fleece backing.

Then came the hard part, deciding which of my many race shirts to use.

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I immediately headed to the garage and started going through the shirts that have been in containers since I moved last year (or longer for some).  At first I was worried I wouldn’t have enough shirts to even make a small quilt, but I soon found out I had more than enough.

There is a bit of additional work that you need to do prior to sending off your shirts.  If your shirts have graphics on both sides you need to pick which side you want them to use by cutting the shirt.

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I think I ended up cutting 95% of the shirts I sent because the majority of them have sponsors, etc. on the back.  Although there were a few shirts that the back looked nicer than the front.

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Once I had them all cut up, I recounted to make sure I had 24 panels and then they sat for a few days, ok, a few weeks, while we traveled around the world, and I was able to print out the paperwork to send with my package.

Once I was ready, I took all my shirts, packed them in a medium flat rate priority mail box from USPS and headed to the post office.  Since you pay for shipping your shirts, I found a flat rate box worked perfectly for me.  Especially since I was shipping my shirts to the east coast.

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Project Repat was great about keeping me in the loop, I received a bunch of emails keeping me up to date on the status.  First when they received my shirts, then when my quilt was shipped, another when it was out for delivery and a final one once it was delivered.

The final product is so much nicer than I could have imagined.  At first I didn’t want to use it because it was so nice, but then once day I was sitting on the couch freezing and it was next to me so I wrapped myself up.  It’s surprisingly warm.  And shocker here 😉 the kitties love it too!

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Sean was super impressed as well, we might even need to get another one with his race shirts!

Want one for yourself or the runner in your life?  There is still time to get one for the holidays.  Head over to www.projectrepat.com to save 15% and order yours today!

 

*I received a twin size 24 panel quilt from Project Repat in exchange for this review, of which all opinions are my own. There are referral links in this post.*

Review: Prana London Jeans & Devan Henley

I am on a roll this week and am knocking out blog posts left & right, LOL. I’m back with another review, this time I partnered with my friends at prAna and FitApproach to review an outfit from prAna’s fall line.

It was a 103 here in San Diego on Monday and we’ve had temps in the 90s ever since fall officially began but it’s much cooler in other parts of the country.

While we don’t have the fall temps here, there were fall temps when we were in Tahoe for Tahoe 200 earlier this month and I got a lot of use out of both of my new pieces from prAna.

prAna has 5 different styles of jeans for women.  The London, which I picked, are prAna’s most fitted jean.  They are a mid-rise, with traditional 4 pocket styling and come in different inseam lengths. Ignore Mr. Purrums head-butting me ;).

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The London jean is made out of organic cotton, with Sorona® polyester which adds natural stretch, durability, and allows the jeans to retain shape.

I reviewed the Meme Pant last fall and I got a size 6 which is my normal size, but they were a bit big in the waist so I decided to go with a size 4 with the London Jean so they weren’t too big.

The verdict?  I think they fit like a glove, but the waist is a bit tight when I sit down sometimes, haha.  But other than that, they fit just like a pair of yoga pants, they are sooo comfortable.

I rarely wear jeans, I spend the majority of my time, in running or yoga clothes, but I was really impressed with fit and comfort level of these.

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I picked the dark indigo color, and the London Jean also comes in Antique Blue (a lighter blue color).  When I got the jeans it came with a notice that I should wash the jeans alone a few times to avoid color transfer, which I did.

The London Jean comes in 3 different inseam lengths, short is 29in, regular 31in and tall 33in.  I’m 5’8″ and wouldn’t call myself short, but for some reason prAna sent me the short length.  I was expecting to have to send them back to get the regular length, but surprisingly they fit well.  I took a few photos and asked Smitha @runningwithsd what she thought and we were in agreement that they fit fine.

Now for the top, I originally wanted to try the Yarrah dress because it looked like it would be perfect for work.  As we’ve established, it doesn’t get very cold here in SD so I didn’t know which of the fall sweaters I would even be able to use.  I finally decided that the Devan Henley would be a good option.  It’s a cute hoodie and seemed a bit lighter weight then some of the other sweaters.

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Made of a mix of organic cotton and polyester, the Devan Henley is made to be layered.  It comes in 4 different colors, mineral green, vintage cobalt, winter & black and sizes XS to XL.

I got the mineral green color in a size small.  I’m not of huge fan of green, but it looked really nice on, if I had it to do over again, I would choose the vintage cobalt since I’m more of a blue girl ;).

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The Devan Henley fit pretty well, it was roomy and allowed me to wear a long sleeve jacket and a short sleeve shirt under it.  I probably would have gone with an XS if I wanted it to be more fitted.  It’s supposed to be a relaxed fit so I’m ok with a little looser fit.

Are you looking for some new casual clothes for fall?  Head over to prAna and check out their new fall line, it doesn’t disappoint.

And use code PFS16LEGS to save 15% until Oct 31.

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 & GIVEAWAY: SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop Sports Bra

Disclosure: I received a SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop from SKINS through my partnership with FitApproach.

I am always on the hunt for a good sports bra and when I had the opportunity to try the SKINS DNAmic Women’s Speed Crop, I was super excited.

What makes the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop different?

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From the website…with medium impact support and smooth elastic straps that won’t dig into your shoulders, the SKINS DNAmic Crop Top is built to take the discomfort and distraction out of your workout.

The fabrics are warp knitted to give superior performance and mixed with spandex to for a controlled compression.  The fabrics also have a UV protection of 50+ and keep you dry through advance wicking properties.

Probably the biggest difference between the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop and a normal sports bra is their muscle focus.  Uniquely wrapping and supporting your key muscle groups to reduce movement and focus direction for less vibration in your muscles, less soft tissue damage and less soreness after exercise.

And the fact that in order to get the full benefits of the compression element you have to get the proper sizing use a BMI algorithm.  Which means what exactly?  Well basically you have to take your measurements to make sure you get the proper size.

They have both a size guide and a calculator on their site which makes it really easy to determine your size.  I do recommend measuring yourself around the largest part of the chest because most women wear the wrong size sports bra and if I had ordered my bra size I would have had the wrong size and the Speed Crop would have been way too small.

SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop Review & Giveaway

So now that we’ve gotten through all the technical stuff, how does it feel on?

First off, I got the size medium and it was a perfect fit.  I don’t feel like it’s too tight or too loose and when running I didn’t really feel like I had it on.

The elastic straps really don’t dig into the shoulders and I felt supported but not suffocated like I have in some compression sports bras.

The Speed Crop comes with removable cups for modesty.

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How does it perform?

I ran in the Speed Crop a few times and I wore it while traveling.  I didn’t have any issues, it kept me supported and felt great on.

My only complaint would be that the straps are super wide so it doesn’t fit well under my tanks and tees.  If the straps could just be a little more narrow, I would say it’s perfect.  I’m sure it would be fine if I was a sports bra only girl.

I personally like my Lululemon tops for their cooling properties, see I sweat a lot and for me, when my CRBs and Run Swiftlys get wet, they actually keep me cooler than skin alone.  I have tested it out and this is what works for me.  If you are a sports bra only girl, more power to you!

Now that I’m off my soap box, lol, let’s get back on track.  As far as colors – the Speed Crop comes in currently comes in 6 colors: Black, Black/Limoncello (what I have), *Living Lines, *Midnight/Sage (both of which are on sale), Junkyard Geo, Lampone & Cerulean.  The last 3 are new & very pretty shades of pink and blue.

So now that I’ve told you all about the SKINS DNAmic Speed Crop and how it worked for me who wants to win one for themselves?
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Rules: Contest runs from July 22 – 25, 2016 at 11:59pm.

1 Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter – One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from SKINS through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.

Winner can be from USA, Europe or Australia.  Once the winner is chosen they will be emailed and will have 24 hours to claim their prize or an alternate winner will be selected.   Product will be shipped by SKINS and may take longer than normal due to shipment from Australia.

Review: Bull & Cleaver Biltong & Chili Bites

The nice people at Bull & Cleaver gave me the opportunity to try out two of their products, Bitlong & Chili Bites in exchange for this review.

When I first heard them say Biltong I didn’t know what that was, I’ve heard of and eaten different types of jerky, but I haven’t heard of Biltong before. But being a foodie, I googled briefly, found something that looked tasty, read a little about it and then was like uh Yum!

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So then what is Biltong?  From the Bull & Cleaver website:

Biltong is a form of seasoned dried meat similar to jerky made exclusively from fine cuts of all beef steak. Even though biltong and jerky are both dried meats, there are a few differences that give biltong a fuller and more flavorful taste preferred by carnivores and omnivores all over the world. It really all comes down to how these two dried meats are prepared.

Biltong originates in South Africa and involves a specific recipe and process, whereas jerky has its origins in North America and has had a mixed reputation over the last couple years. Jerky is a dehydrated meat usually cut into small pieces dried in a dehydrator or oven and flavoured with sugar based sauces and marinades. Biltong on the other hand is air dried for a minimum of 7 days and always starts with a full cut of steak which encourages an aging process that gives the meat its unique flavor. The process of making biltong also includes seasoning the meat in vinegar and rubbing it spices such as pepper and coriander to bring out all of the delectable flavors of the meat. 

One of the benefits of air drying and the simple use of spices is that biltong retains more protein, contains less salt and uses no preservatives.

The Biltong has a very meaty yet mild taste, it’s lightly seasoned with vinegar, salt, coriander & black pepper and is incredibly high in protein.  One 4 oz bag has only 320 calories, 60g protein, 10g fat & no carbohydrates.  It reminds me of a beef proscuitto.

Let me tell you, I’m a little sad I only have one bag, I seriously could have eaten it all in one sitting but I’ve been good & only eating a little bit here and there to save it.

I also got a bag of Chili Bites, which also taste amazing with a little spicy bite, but I did feel like they were a bit tougher to eat.

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The Chili Bites are made from beef, salt, coriander, black pepper, red pepper, chili powder, garlic, paprika, onion, tumeric.

For a quick, tasty and protein filled snack, Biltong is definitely something that I’ll be reaching for.

Want to try Bull & Cleaver’s products for yourself?  Head over to their website and you can get 15% off using code RUNNER.  And let me know what you think.

Have you ever tried Biltong?

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: Garden of Flavor Juices

I’m linking up with Running with SD Mom for Try Out Thursdays today.

As you’ve probably seen in some of my race reports lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of juice in the day or so before a long race to help hydrate better.  I believe that a lot of my stomach issues stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t hydrating well in the days before a race, which really doesn’t do me any favors on race day.

That being said, the nice folks at Garden of Flavor sent me an awesome package of juices to try out.  I received a package with 7 different juices, 1 bottle of Vegan nut mylk and then their 4 new Cold Pressed Energy drinks in exchange for this review.

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They overnighted me a package and all the juices were still super cold when I opened the box.

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I tried the following juices: (my thoughts are in italic)
Green Harmony: A mix of dark leafy greens & more active probiotics than yogurt.

Ingredients (all organic): Cucumber, Apples, Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Celery, Lemon, Spinach, Parsley & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures.

Green Harmony had a strong celery flavor which overpowered most everything else for me.  I was excited about this one because I thought it would taste sweet because of the apple, but that was not the case.  Green Harmony is definitely a veggie juice.

Mean Greens: Alkalizing greens including lots of kale and chlorophyll

Ingredients (all organic): Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Romaine & Lemon

This was one of my favorites, it was definitely a veggie drink with no fruit outside of the lemon, but it was super smooth with no aftertaste.  I didn’t get the strong celery taste I did with Green Harmony.

Appleade: A digestive supporting lemonade that fortifies the immune system

Ingredients (all organic): Apple, Lemon, Ginger Root & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

Appleade had a super smooth flavor and tasted a bit like cold apple cider with a kick of ginger.  I really liked this one too and would use this as a substitute for a spicy lemonade.

Twisted Roots: Ingredients (all organic): Carrot, Beet & Lemon

I really wasn’t expecting to like this one as I am not a fan of beets but I was pleasantly surprised.  Twisted Roots was really a lot sweeter than I was expecting.  I haven’t had a lot of luck with beet juices because they are too strong but this one I would definitely recommend.

Tumeric Tonic: A crisp lemonade infused with 3 ancient spices, cayenne, ginger & tumeric root.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Lemon, Blue Agave, Tumeric Root, Ginger Root, Mint, Cayenne Pepper & over 1 billion deliverable probiotic cultures

This was probably my least favorite of the juices, it had a strong ginger flavor, but I think it was the tumeric I don’t really like.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Juice

Goji Pineapple: Garden of Flavor’s “super drink” including the super food, Goji berry which is packed with protein, amino acids & 3x the antioxidants of blueberries.

Ingredients (all organic): Pineapple, Goji Berries, Apple, Ginger, Mint & Lemon

A lighter tasting, sweeter juice with a slight kick of ginger.  The first time I tried this one, I wasn’t sure about it, but the second time I tried it, I thought it was pretty good.

The Grasshopper: A mix of dark leafy greens, pineapple & mint with a shot of wheatgrass to provide 10 grams of plant-based protein.

Ingredients (all organic): Wheatgrass, Pineapple, Apple, Mint Tea, Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Mint & Lemon

Another of my favorites, I was really skeptical of this one at first because of the tea & I’ve never really had Wheatgrass before.  Made of 12% tea, 88% juice, this is the only juice that is not 100% juice.  Super smooth, sweet and just overall yum!  This was definitely the sweetest of their juices.

White Knight: Garden of Flavor’s version of Cashew Milk.  This dessert in a bottle is a creamy semi-sweet milk with a touch of cinnamon.

Ingredients (all organic): Purified Water, Cashew Nuts, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon

Cashew milk has always one of my favorites, and the White Knight doesn’t disappoint.  It was different than the other cashew milks I’ve tried in that it was incredible smooth. Most cashew milks have a bit of substance to them and this one didn’t so I was waiting for the thickness and it never came.  The flavor was right on though and I enjoyed this one.

On the Cold Pressed Energy side they sent me a bottle of each of the four flavors: Guayusa & Aronia berries, Guayusa & Tumeric, Guayusa & Wheatgrass & Guayusa & Pear.

Garden of Flavor, Cold Pressed Energy

Guayasa delivers 100mg of natural plant based caffeine providing sustainable energy without the jitters or crashing.

Of the four drinks, I only tried the Guayusa & Pear, I’m not really an energy drink kind of person and outside of coffee & the occasional soda I don’t drink any drinks with added caffeine.  I liked the flavor of this one, it was kind of like a pear tea drink.

Sean tried the other 3 cold pressed energy drinks and liked the Wheatgrass & Aronia Berries.  He didn’t really like the flavor of the Tumeric & Ginger one.  I guess neither of us are fans of Tumeric lol.  Which is unfortunate because I’ve heard a lot about it being good for runners.

Based in Cleveland, Garden of Flavor juices aren’t available in California yet, but they are all over the Midwest, mid Atlantic and Northeast.  If you are in those areas of the country you can find Garden of Flavor here.

All in all I was impressed by the flavors and the variety of juice that Garden of Flavor offers and if it was available in San Diego, I would definitely be using some of these juices as part of my pre-race juicing routine.

Do you drink cold-pressed juice? And if so what is your favorite kind?