Product Review: Shady Rays Sunglasses

Disclaimer: I received a free pair of Shady Rays Signature Sunglasses 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!

 

Summer has come to Seattle and what better way to celebrate than a new pair of sunglasses?

I got the chance to review Shady Rays Signature Series over the last month. I tested these not only while running but while on vacation in California. Shady Rays come in multiple styles and are polarized with 100% UV protection.

Shady Rays are super lightweight which is a huge plus for travel. Not only did they hold up at the beach, they even survived the constant use and storage at Disneyland! I definitely dropped them a few times and there are no scratches on the lenses or the frames.

Other fun facts about Shady Rays:

  • Each order feeds 11 meals to fight hunger with Feeding America
  • Lifetime craftsmanship warranty
  • Free lost or broken replacements

I will say I did enjoy Shady Rays. I brought them on my camping trip and the light weight was huge especially when I was packing up my pack. When I got back home all I did to cleanse them was use a bit of cleaner and the microfiber bag and they looked good as new!

For me my one downside of Shady Rays was the nose bridge. I have a flat nose and when I was running I constantly had to push them back up on my nose. But for everyday where I did not have any issues!

I highly recommend Shady Rays if you need a good multipurpose pair of sunglasses!

 

 

 

Product Review: COROS Pace Multisport Watch

Disclaimer: I received a COROS Pace 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 life has been crazy over the past month – I was taken out by a nasty virus after Big Sur and then work got super super busy, so running has been a challenge.

The one thing getting me to run is the new COROS Pace Multisport Watch! This brand new watch from COROS is for runners, swimmers and triathletes alike. With the longest battery life in its class, 25 hours in GPS mode (!!), this watch is a game changer.

The COROS Pace has an optical heart rate sensor that is crazy good. I took it for both a run and a walk and the watch got my heart rate perfectly. The COROS Global app, that uses COROS UltraSync Technology, makes it easy to check out my heart rate, running pace, and stats for every workout. Right after a workout I just opened the app and within a minute all of my stats and route appeared. It even syncs to Strava so I can keep track of my training. The other nice part about the COROS Pace is the odometer and the exercise goals. Even if I don’t have a run, bike or swim it will still track my goal and tell me when I reached it!

My favorite part of this watch is the lightweight design and bright 1.2” screen. Even in super bright sun I can read the screen while I run and I don’t have re-adjust during activity. I was surprised that I had no issues with the huge screen on my tiny wrist. I’ve had issues with larger GPS watches before, but the COROS Pace did not give me any grief. The altimeter is also crazy accurate. I took it up Hurricane Ridge and it was reporting the exact height. So cool!

I even took it for a few bike rides. The crazy accurate GPS was able to track all of the swerves while on the bike path. I wasn’t able to test it a power meter, that capability is out now. I was very impressed with the biking activity stats without the meter connection.

Overall, I highly recommend the COROS Pace for any multisport athlete. At the affordable price of $299.99, this is a great multi-sport watch

Product Review: Orange Mud Gear Vest

Disclaimer: I received a free Orange Mud Gear Vest 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.

Over the last few weeks I had the pleasure of testing out the new Orange Mud 2L Gear Vest!

Version 2.0 of the Orange Mud Gear Vest offers a 1L hydration bladder and 1L of gear space with plenty of pockets. The Gear Vest comes in two colors, white and black. It’s machine washable in delicate and dries quickly. The fabric is also breathable which is a huge bonus for hot long runs.

One of the best features of the vest is the upper front pockets. They are perfect for gels and other fuel and have a handy Velcro flap that is super easy to access while you run. I also found that the contents of the upper pockets didn’t bounce which was great.

Want an Orange Mud Gear Vest for yourself? Use code “BRGV15” for 15% off on the Orange Mud website.

My other favorite part of the vest is the front strapping system. The elastic straps are super lightweight and adjustable. I barely felt them while I ran. This minimized bounce and made for a comfortable run.

 

The small reservoir is easy to adjust on your back. I didn’t have too many issues with the weight higher up in my back. The extra liter of storage is great for a lightweight jacket.

 

There is one downside for me, I have a very large chest. Due to the front strap placement, I can’t wear a tank top or shirt sleeve shirt because of the chaffing on my arms and sports bra. To make sure it was my chest size causing the chaffing, my boyfriend tried it on for a run and he had no chaffing issues.

I highly recommend the OrangeMud Gear Vest for any runner who’s looking for hydration vest for mid to long runs and doesn’t need to haul too much gear. The quality of this vest makes it worst the investment. Want an Orange Mud Gear Vest for yourself? Use code “BRGV15” for 15% off on the Orange Mud website.

Product Review: KT Tape

Disclaimer: I received a free KT Tape Cotton, Pro, Extreme, Wide, and Gentle 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 Big Sur 21 Miler training is in full swing and right now recovery is super important. Since I started running, plantar fasciitis has flared up from time to time. Because of it and a few other nagging injuries, I have used KT Tape on multiple occasions and was super excited to try out more KT Tape products.

KT Tape Pro, Extreme, Gentle, Wide

What is KT Tape? KT Tape is a specific type of kinesio tape the when applied correctly, helps relieve pressure of sore muscles. One great part about KT Tape is not only are there paper instructions in every package but they have an online library of how to tape videos on their website. All of the videos are easy to follow and cover almost every body part. Each roll of KT Tape comes with 10-20 pre-cut strips and most of the rolls come with their own case too.

KT Tape Pro
KT Tape Pro might be the most popular product. I used the standard plantar fasciitis application except I did not add the third strip of tape. I’ve unfortunately developed a blister on the side of my arch and did not want the third strip of tape to aggravate it. I made sure to clean my skin with rubbing alcohol and shaved my legs so there was a smooth clean surface for the tape to adhere to. 

KT Tape Pro plantar facriitis application

My first application of KT Tape Pro stayed on for about a day. I felt the tops of the tape flap around while I was running the Mercer Island Half. I am a pretty sweaty runner and I think that had a lot to do with why it did not stick to well.

KT Tape Pro Extreme
I tried KT Tape Pro Extreme twice, both times with the plantar fasciitis application. Again, the first application was not successful, it fell off my arch while I was running. I was wearing my normal running shoes and winter running socks. The second application without the third strip stay put for my 18 mile long run and is still going strong. During my run my foot felt supported and I did not have issues walking in and out of the shower or around my apartment. I highly recommend KT Tape Extreme if you are a heavy sweater like myself. I made sure to thoroughly clean my skin before I applied the tape.

KT Tape Cotton
The original version of KT Tape, KT Tape Cotton is not as breathable as the other products. It works great for applications that do not need to stay for more than four days and I find it to be the most comfortable on my feet when I am not exercising. Funny enough my pink KT Tape cotton matched my favorite pair of pink sneakers. I did not work out while I was wearing the plantar fasciitis application but I did not have any issues.

KT Tape Wide it-band application

KT Tape Wide
After the hilly Mercer Island Half my it-band was giving me grief. My commute to work is up and down a huge unavoidable hill so sore knees and it-bands are not helpful. I used KT Tape Wide on my it-band and over the course of a few days I slowly started to feel better. The tape stayed on for 5 days before I needed to take it off. I plan on re-applying it when my it-band flares up again. I highly recommend using this for large muscles like quads and calves too.

KT Tape Gentle
For people who have sensitive skin KT Tape Gentle is a great alternative. As I mentioned before, I sweat quite a bit when I work out, and I found KT Tape Gentle to not stick to my skin. But that being said, if you have very dry skin and/or allergic to latex, Gentle is the way to go. I will stay for up to 3 days and is very easy to remove.

Overall, I would say KT Tape Pro Extreme was the best for my plantar fasciitis applications. I was very surprised how long my second application lasted and that it was so easy to apply with the instructional video.

Want to give KT Tape a try? Use code BIBRAVE30 for 30% off your order on KTTape.com.

Let me know in the comments what you use KT Tape for. I love learning more about other applications!

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 BibRave.com 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.