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 BibRave.com 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 BibRave.com 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.

Product Review: Under Armour Horizon RTT Shoes

Disclaimer: I received a pair of UA Horizon RTT 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!

What a week it’s been! Seawheeze was last weekend and I am still trying to contain my excitement from it. I am excited to gear up for fall training and trails have been just what I was looking for!

I had the pleasure to test UA Horizon RTT shoe over the past few weeks. They are Under Armour’s best selling trail shoe. They come in FIVE different colors in both mens and womens sizing. Personally, I have my go to trail shoes and trying these was a huge difference.

First, the tread on these are massive. They are much taller than what I am used to and I was afraid of getting rocks caught in them. Thankfully, that did not happen and I was able to get great traction. Second, they are a pretty reinforced in the heel and toes which makes them a bit stiff. Third, they are pretty affordable, you can go here and get a pair for $109.99. That’s not bad for trail shoes!

There were a few things I did not like about them. They do not have a rock plate. My preference is for having a rock plate because you never know when you need extra support while on the trails. The UA Horizon RTT is not the most comfortable, I found it quite narrow and I even sized up a whole size. The other downside is the style, maybe it’s the style of Under Armour shoes in general but these are pretty not appealing to me. They are very masculine and look a lot like basketball shoes.

Overall, if you are looking for a reasonably priced pair of trail shoes and are not running super technical trail I would get these. They are less than $120 and have some great tread for most types of terrain.

Product Review: Knuckle Lights Colors

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Knuckle Lights Colors 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!

When I first heard about Knuckle Lights I always questioned why someone would use them. I’ve always run with a headlamp and made sure I had plenty of reflective gear on when running in the dark but Knuckle Lights Colors- Game Changer!

The new Knuckle Lights Colors are small handheld lights, that come in three different colors- bright blue, bright pink and black. I tested the bright blue and they are hard to lose since they are so darn bright! They are compact enough that you carry them in one hand if you do not need them right away on your run and pack a huge punch of light- 120 lumens to be exact.

Unlike a headlamp, you can point them anywhere you need light while you run. For me this helps a lot. Seattle has a lot of uneven pavement so shining a light a bit farther ahead of me helps me keep my balance.

Other great features of the Knuckle Lights Colors include:

  • Waterproof- they can be used all year round in any weather conditions!
  • Batteries are included with each set and each light takes 1 AA battery.
  • They are magnetic so they can be stored together.

Want a pair of your own? Visit Knuckle Lights and use code BRKL2017 for 15% off your own pair. http://ow.ly/w6cC30dKZxk

I am super excited to add Knuckle Lights Colors to my Fall Running Essentials. I know they will come in handy during my weekday runs while training for both the Seattle Craft Classic Half Marathon and Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

 

Product Review – Adidas Ultra Boost X

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes 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! 

I’m not going to lie, I was super excited to test the Adidas Ultra Boost X! I usually like a low to zero drop (the difference between the heel and forefoot heights in the shoes) shoe but the Ultra Boost X were so different and might have helped me with my speed work.

First, these are unlike anything I’ve ever felt on my feet. These shoes are very light, a size 7 weighs just 8.3 ounces! The arch of the shoe is not attached to the sole, so the shoe fits more like a sock. This was a little off putting a first- my feet did fall asleep the first few times I took them for a run. But after I got used to them my feet felt great and I did not have any shin or knee pain.

I primarily wore the Ultra Boost X for my weekly speed workouts and for short runs. I prefer very cushioned shoes for more than 5 miles. The great part about the the Ultra Boost X was that I felt great running sprints because of the Boost sole that is super responsive. I will definitely wear these for 5ks.

A few more things I love about the Adidas Ultra Boost X are:

  • The sock-like feel of the supper and arch, it made me feel like I was running in a support shoe not a neutral shoe.
  • The colors- the orange and black are fun and fashionable.
  • The Continental Tire tread- they don’t squeak on plastic floors when they get wet and I had no trouble at all running on different surfaces with them.
  • The toebox- when I first got them I thought they would seem super narrow but because of the knit upper my toes have plenty of room.

 

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I did have a few dislikes:

  • The shoelaces- they are too long, no matter which way I laced them they would still untie or flop around.
  • The price- I want to get another pair of them once these ones wear our but they are listed for $180, much more than my other shoes.

Overall, I really love the Adidas Ultra Boost X! They are great for speedwork and for my future 5k races. If you want to give them a try yourself- can buy them here, through Dick’s Sporting Goods.