Product Review: BOCO Gear Run Hat & 360° Visor®

Disclaimer: I received my BOCO Gear Run Hat and 360° Visor® 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!

As fall half marathon training season comes to an end it’s time to talk about two pieces of gear I used quite a bit- the BOCO Gear Run Hat and 360° Visor®.

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I love BOCO Gear! One of my favorite hats of all time is their Technical Trucker so when the opportunity came up to test the Run Hat and 360 Visor I jumped at the chance.

BOCO Gear 360° Visor®

I do use a visor while running but mainly in usually in warm weather. I tend to overheat in anything over 55 degrees. The 360° Visor® was not a fit for me. I really like the design of it but it was not comfortable for me to run in. The sides of my head started to hurt because it was a bit to snug for me. I have a very large head and a lot of hair which makes finding headgear hard.

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Other features of the 360° Visor® are:

  • Lightweight wicking woven or dry tech polyester outside
  • Wicking internal sweatband to move sweat from your forehead
  • Soft brushed elastic back for comfort and fit
  • Relaxed fit front panel for a better performance and comfort
  • Black underside of the bill to reduce glare
  • Curved Bill
  • Machine Washable

I do love the fact that the 360° Visor® can be customized! BOCO Gear and BibRave did a wonderful job at customizing the visor and I really appreciate the printed BibRave logo on the back of the visor. The bill of this visor is also shorter and the front is lined with really nice wicking material which is a nice touch!

Overall, I highly recommend the 360° Visor® to anyone with an average sized head.

BOCO Gear Run Hat

This is quickly becoming my favorite running hat. It has a short bill, is super lightweight and it dries quickly, which is a necessity for Fall running in Seattle. I did find it a bit warm during a 60 degree run but it kept the sweat out of my eyes with the moisture wicking front panel.

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Other great features of the BOCO Run Hat are:

  • Lightweight wicking woven polyester material provides a layer of protection from mother nature on the front and top panels
  • Dry Tech polyester mesh side panels keep your head cool for the length of your workout
  • Soft curved bill that is packable
  • Machine washable
  • Soft polyester mesh wicking sweatband on the inside to help move sweat away from your head keeping you focused on the trail or road.
  • Can be upgraded with sublimated designs
  • Can come with a black underside of the bill to reduce glare

The packable feature of this hat made it easy to stash in my hydration pack and even in the back of my running tights. It is also durable enough to be squashed in my gym bag for the majority of the day before a workout.

I know most companies claim their hats are machine washable but all BOCO Gear products really are! I took my run hat out on a super muddy and rainy run, popped it in the wash and it looked brand new.

I highly recommend buying a BOCO Gear Run Hat if you need a versatile and easy to wash hat.


Product Review: Eagle Creek Hauler Duffel

Disclamer: I received an Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel 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!

What a week! Just got back from runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon and an amazing visit to Disney World. I will post more about the race and trip in a later post. Not only was it a great trip and amazing weather but it gave me a chance to test out the Eagle Cargo Creek Hauler Duffel 60L.

The Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel is a lightweight, water resistant, and packable duffel bag. It comes in a variety of colors and has multiple hand holds and straps to help you haul your gear around. The packable aspect of the duffel sparked my interest. Living in 600 sq ft with another person and small dog means gear storage is minimal and anything package is a huge plus especially if it’s luggage.

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Other great features of the bag include:

  • Lightweight – the 60 liter bag weighs 1lbs 12oz
  • Made of water-repellent Bi-Tech Armor Lite fabric
  • Three compartments to help organize gear
  • #10 lockable zippers with a storm flap to shield the zippers from the elements
  • Foam padding on the bottom to protect contents against impact
  • Removable backpack straps

Not only did I take this bag on vacation I also used it to commute to work and to running practice. Since the bag is 60 liters I probably overpacked a bit but I was able to shelp everything I needed for the day, clothes, shoes food etc. on the bus to work and on the train to practice. I did get caught in a downpour on my way to practice and even though the Cargo Hauler is made of water repellent fabric, the colored ends of the bag did get soaked. But once I got home the bag dried out quickly.

Eagle Creek Hauler Duffel straps

The other huge plus of the Cargo Hauler Duffel is the backpack straps, which makes it much easier to carry a heavy load. I will note, the backpack straps are nice for heavy loads but carrying over 20lbs on my back during a commute was not the most comfortable. When I checked the duffel in Florida I had to take the straps off of the bag and it took me a bit due to how the straps attached to one side of the bag. Putting them back on the bag was also a bit of a pain too. The nice part is the clips were not damaged in transit. I also found that the straps has a lot of extra length to them, they got caught when I was using the bag and it drove me nuts. Due to these frustrations, this is definitely a road trip or car bag for me, not a commuting bag.

Strap attachment on Eagle Creek Hauler Duffel

I will say for a 60 liter bag, the Cargo Hauler seems much larger than my other 50 to 60 liter bags. This is not carry-on size for most major airlines. If that is important, this is not the bag for you. We ended up checking it on the way home from Florida because it was too long.

Even though the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler is lightweight, it is sturdy. On our way to Florida we threw it in another bag and opened it when we got to our hotel. Since we were there for almost a week we used the compartments to organize our dirty clothes. When it was time to pack up, everything fit in nicely and because of the backpack straps and the sturdy end handles it was easy to get it into the car and to the check in counter. We even checked it and there were no flaws on the bag when we picked it off of the baggage carousel.

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Overall, I recommend the Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel for people who need a good sturdy duffle bag for an extended trip. This is definitely a great gift for someone in your life that goes on extended trips or drives long distances for races.

Product Review: OOFOS Pink Project Clogs

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS Pint Project Clogs 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!

Training for my upcoming half has been busy! I realized I haven’t posted in a while because of the craziness between my new job and running.


OOFOS Pink Project


But today I have something awesome to tell you about- OOFOS Pink Project Clogs! These are the best recovery shoes out there. And to makes these even better, they give back to charity.


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As part of the OOFOS Pink Project collection, for every pair sold OOFOS donates $10 to breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Their goal is to donate $100,000 from the Pink Project line and they are about halfway there! One of the reasons why OOFOS created the Pink Project line is their employee Duncan, who in 2014 was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is one of the many reasons why I love OOFOS. They care not only about making a quality product, but about their employees too.

Some of the benefits of OOFOS foam technology are:

  • OOFOAM absorbs 37% more shock than traditional footwear
  • Helps reduce stress on your feet, back, and knees
  • OOFOAM holds is cushion and shape during its entire lifespan
  • Moisture resistant and closed cell foam so you can easily clean and pair of OOFOS

My current training cycle has been crazy, some week I can get all my training runs in and some weeks I can’t. Having OOFOS Pink Project Clogs have been a life saver! When I run a full week of my training plan my feet are so sore and OOFOS helps them recover. I wore them to baseball games, walking to dinner, and even at work. I don’t commute in them, just bring them with me to work. Since they are super light, carrying them in my bag to and from work is super easy.

Also, after a particularly wet long run, walking to the bus in my clogs my feet felt so much better. And not only did my feet feel great I was able to wash the clogs off since they got muddy and gross on my walk to home.

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Overall, I highly recommend OOFOS Pink Project to anyone who needs a pair of recovery shoes. There are eight styles for both men and women and all have the small and fun Pink OOFOS logo for both men and women. These are also affordable; the prices range from $44.95 to $64.95. You can find a style that fits your needs and donate to a good cause.

Product Review: 5k Crate

Product Review: 5k Crate

Disclaimer: I received a free 5k Crate 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 got the chance to try out the lasts 5K Crate! 5k Crate is a quarterly subscription box that offers an assortment of gear for the season.

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The best part is they offer gender specific boxes to ensure size of the items. My 5k Crate included the following products:

Misson Vapor Active Short Sleeve T-Shirt – $25 retail

Mission HydroActive Towel– $19.99 retail

Spigen Essential Bluetooth Headphone R12E – $49.99 retail

Zensah Peek Running Socks – $13.99 retail

2 Epic Wipes – $24.99 for 10 pack retail

3 La Fresh Sunblock Wipe – $24.99 for 50 pack retail

This edition of 5k Crate featured a lot of items I was excited to try. My two favorite items were Epic Wipes and the Spigen Bluetooth Headphones. The Epic Wipes are super easy to use and they smell great. I will purchase these in the future for after long runs and hiking. The Spigen Headphones are great! I took them running once and realized I prefer to use them on my commute or walking. They were easy to pair to my phone and the charged lasts for a very long time.

The Zensah socks and Mission shirt were very nice. The socks are not my cup of tea, I prefer taller or no show socks but I am still happy I got to try them out. The fit of my shirt was not my favorite but I will still put it to use during my warmer fall training runs. The La Fresh sunscreen wipes were a lifesaver before my half marathon a few weeks ago and the Mission towel is great after sweaty workout sessions.

One of the other great part of 5k Crate is you get ALOT of for your $59.99 a quarter. The total value of the box I received is about $115, which is an AMAZING deal for running gear. If you want to pre-pay for a year’s worth of boxes you can save a bit too.


I highly recommend 5k Crate for anyone who is looking for high quality running gear or wants to give a runner in their life a great gift.

Race Recap: Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received a free entry to Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon 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!

 This past weekend I ran the Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon. Overall, I had an enjoyable time and the race day weather held up.

I got my bib on Friday at Road Runner Sports Seattle in the Green Lake Neighborhood. There was no real expo just a few tables set up for packet pickup and an Adidas sales rep who was showing off the new Boost shoes. Road Runner Sports did give out a 25% off coupon for VIPs to use right there in the store. I didn’t end up buying anything but it was a nice they gave those out. The swag was great- there were mens and womens specific shirts, and a Red Hook pint glass. The bib was pretty cool minus for the large typo on the date, but I do like how the bib was customized for Woodinville.

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 Race Day

Getting to the race was pretty was easy. My boyfriend drove me to Redmond. There was a lot of free parking and once we found the start line there plenty of port-a-potties. I ended up getting a coffee at a café across the street in an attempt to stay warm. The weather was a bit chilly before the start. I walked over 15 minutes before and was surprised by how few people were racing. There was also a 5k that started and ended at the old Red Hook Brewery.

I found the 2:15 pacers before the start and figured I would ty to stay with them and make this race my long run. We started right on time and headed out onto the Sammamish River Trail. As we started running I realized the pacer was running fast for the first couple miles of the race. At mile 3 I looked at my watch and realized I needed to tone it back to stay with in a 2:15 to 2:20 half marathon pace.

The weather did not get too hot as the miles went on which was great! I love running in early fall in Washington. You can still wear shorts and a tank and not overheat. At mile 8 I started to feel a little off and I think it was from starting off fast the first few miles. The volunteers at the water stops were FABULOUS! They made sure everyone in the race got water and cheered as we passed. At mile 10 I was not happy and was ready for the race to be over, I was very happy to see the last water stop which mean there was less than a half mile to the finish.

The course is an open public running and cycling path. It is a super highway on Sunday mornings. I was anticipating some traffic but at times I did feel very uncomfortable, having a few close calls with cyclists. I feel like there should have been signs up warning the public that the event was happening so that everyone was aware of what was going on. The race did do a good job of putting out signs for the participants warning them to stay right before narrow parts of the course. The last 100 yards or so of course were shared with runners and spectators headed back to their cars. It was narrow and honestly frustrating for me because I was ready for my race to be done and did not want to doge people on the path.

I will say the free beer and socks at the end did help me feel a bit better after not having the best run ever.

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Race Communication

There were many small oversights when it came to this race but I am happy Craft Classic and Orca Running emailed participants when it major events occurred. The first was the bib typo- they did email late Friday afternoon to apologize for the typo which was very gracious of them. The second was the finisher medal. There were no finisher medals given out at the end of the races. They received the wrong shipment of medals the Friday before the race. They said at the race and in an email that all finishers would receive a medal within 10 business days. When I get my medal, I will update this post!

**UPDATE 9/23/17**
I did receive my medal in the mail in within the 10 business day time frame. Thank you Craft Classic!

Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon was pretty good. If you want to run a fast and flat half marathon and don’t mind a shared course I would run this race for your next PR attempt.