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.

Product Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set

Disclaimer: I received these Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set 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!

About a month ago a mysteriously large box arrived at my place. It happened to be the new Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set! I was so excited I immediately used them.

The Pack-It Sport Active Set comes with 2 bags, one for shoes that fit up to a large men’s shoe and another bag for clothes that’s double sided. They fit perfectly into another work or gym bag and even have their own carry handles for easy transport. I took mine with me to Blooms to Brews and was able to keep the stink of my racing clothes away keep from the rest of my clothes in my suitcase.

Another nice part of using Pack-It Sport Active Set is that it fits nicely with the rest of Eagle Creek’s packing system. I love my Eagle Creek packing cubes and the fact that I could fit all of my race day clothing plus the rest of my clothes and necessities nicely in my suitcase is a huge plus. I’ve never been more organized traveling to a race before.

I will say I use the clothing bag much more than the shoe, my Hoka One One Bondi 5s don’t fit very well in the shoe bag. But my other running shoes fit just fine.

Some pros about the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set are:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Easy to wash
  • Ultra-light
  • Water repellent
  • Lifetime Warranty

The set comes in four different colorways and costs $40. Thanks to BibRave you can use code ‘SPORT15’ for 15% off any order!  Make sure you check out the Eagle Creek website for more organizational sets and other great luggage.

What do you like to use for organization? Let me know in the comments.

Product Review: Road ID Elite

Disclaimer: I received a Road ID Elite 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!

Many of you know I’m training for another half marathon PR in June. This has been a rough training cycle due to some hip pain and stomach/abdominal issues. I have had to stop running a few times and thankfully I’ve always been conscious and have had my cell phone on me to get a ride back home. But if for some reason in case of emergency, my Road ID is there with all of my essential personal information is on my wrist.

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For those of you who don’t know Road ID is a Kentucky based company that makes customizable ids for all types of sport. Road ID is perfect for anyone who is active and either has a current medical condition or wants some peace of mind. When I first found out about my allergies, I purchased both a Slim ID and a Shoe ID. I use both on a regular basis just in case something happens.

Recently, I was able to get the new Road ID Elite Black Edition. This newest finish of the Road ID Elite is perfect for me.  It’s stylish, or as stylish as it can be, and the new Black Edition plate is easy to read. I love how it can even wear it to work and it matches what I’m wearing. The Black Edition badges are a nice touch too. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing it on my wrist when I’m running or walking.

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Besides the functional reasons, Road ID Elite gives me peace of mind with an extra line of text so I can have three emergency contacts instead of two. If there were an emergency one of my loved ones would be notified and the person who sees my Road ID would know about my allergies.

Thanks to Bib Rave you can sign up here for $5 off your next Road ID purchase. Just make sure you use the code within 2 weeks.