Happy Taste Buds, Meet Healthy Body – Health Warrior Chia Bars Review

Disclosure: I received complimentary samples of Health Warrior’s Chia Bars 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! All opinions are my own.

Quick read for you guys this evening – I’m sharing my thoughts about the Health Warrior Chia Bars, which I’ve been tasting and testing for the past month! Health Warrior sent me 15 of the Vanilla Almond and 15 of the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavored chia bars to test, as well as a fun marathon training coloring book. 

As you may recall, I’m not super picky about the specs of the food I’m eating – I don’t have any allergies or specific restrictions on my diet, and I mainly just try to avoid eating too much junk and processed foods. Given that Health Warrior products are so “clean,” and because sometimes things that are so clean taste gross, I was pleasantly surprised I liked them. A mid-afternoon Chocolate Peanut Butter binge has successfully replaced my routine raid of the candy drawer at my office. This makes me feel better about my life choices, and makes my actual body feel better. I also had Chris, my husband who’s less of a health nut than I am, try them. He actually enjoyed the Vanilla Almond flavor as well (dude amazingly doesn’t like peanut butter).

Of course, Health Warrior’s Chia Bars are largely comprised of chia seeds, which are rich in nutrients like fiber, anti-oxidants, protein, calcium, omega-3’s and healthier carbs. The goal is for the chia seeds to expand in your stomach and also make you feel fuller, without all of the extra calories and processed junk that makes other bars, well, bar-like. 

It’s also reassuring that I understand everything that’s in each of these bars. Everything is pronounceable, not that it’s a bad thing if there’s something that’s difficult to pronounce, as long as I know what it is.

In terms of when I eat them, I’ve tried a couple for breakfast, as a snack, and as a pre-workout fuel, and they’ve worked pretty well for all three. Because they are so high in fiber, I worried that they would not make a good source of pre-long-run fuel. However, they gave me a little extra burst of carbs without making me feel weighed down (and I didn’t have any GI issues, which I’m sure is the real question you all have). That says a lot – there are a ton of foods that I just can’t eat before a long run. Anything with any amount of dairy (aka most breakfast food), pop tarts, apples and oatmeal are all foods that work for other runners but are disastrous for me. These work for my running routine and that’s what’s most important. 

My one complaint is that I wish they had a bit more protein, as there are 110 calories in each and only 3-4 grams of protein (at least in the flavors I tried). For this reason, while they filled me up temporarily (thanks, chia seeds), and they filled me up more than chips or other junk I reach for when I’m unprepared, they didn’t keep me full for longer than similar protein-rich snacks. You can guarantee I’ll be trying out their Protein Bars when I finish the samples they gave me.

The other great thing about this company is that they understand how much of being healthy is mental. The branding of warrior is just something I like, but I really did find the coloring book to be therapeutic. It helps to visualize yourself as a warrior, cheesy as it sounds. 🙂 I’ve been goal setting and considering what will be a success at the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll race in San Antonio, and taking the time to color has been a big part of it.

#goals: to hit 2:20 this season, which may require a unicorn cloud of magic to accomplish.

You can try out samples of the different bars by visiting the Health Warrior website, and you only have to pay shipping and handling. Be sure to try the coloring book with this unique link: http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr They also sell them at Target, Whole Foods, Wegmans and Sprouts. To give you an idea of price, their sampler pack has gone for 16 bars for $19.99, though it’s currently sold out. That’s quite reasonable!

What’s your favorite pre-run food?

Cheers to finding something that makes my taste buds happy and keeps me healthy!

Guest Blog: Daisy the Dog – Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar Review

Disclosure: I received Stunt Puppy's Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar™ 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! All opinions are my own.

Daisy is the star of today’s blog post! She’s been testing the Go Dog Glo™ Dry Collar™ from our new friends at Stunt Puppy. They’re an active pet gear brand with products made in the USA, so we were really excited to see what everyone’s been barking about.

I wanted to try this collar because it’s waterproof, stinkproof and has a highly-reflective strip down the center. It’s also made of a material called “BioThane” which reminds me of a flexible plastic or nylon. It functions like fabric, but it looks fresh all the time!

Without further ado, I’ll let Daisy share her thoughts on this collar.

Hey guys! Daisy here – sometimes, my pawrents call me “Daisy Doodle Dandy.” Whateva that means.

Anywho, Mawm says I can be a wittle ruff around the edges. I think that’s because I follow my nose wherever it takes me. She worries a wittle when I do that, so I think it makes her relax knowing I’m wearin’ reflective collar in case I wander off. Mawm and Paw also work a lot, meaning it’s dusk when we go walking sometimes. I feel confident knowing the reflection can help protect my mawm when we’re together.

I’ve heard Mawm talking ’bout all the pups in my hometown of Houston who’ve been separated from their pawrents. I bet they’re real scared, being away from their hoomans, and since I was picked up as a stray, I can understand how they feel. These things called cars go so fast, and you never know if they’re headed straight for ya. Plus, if you’re all wet and anxious, your reaction time might not be as quick. Now, cars can see me if I ever get lost, or if my ma is out searching for me, the reflection on my collar will be SO bright if she shines a flashlight on me. And the reflection won’t go away if I’m all wet.

But on to more pawsitive territory. This collar has two hooks on it, one for my identifications, the other for a leash. They’re both strong and can hold onto me if I run after a squirrel; I sure do love my walks, but those squirrels are annoying. 

I’m not a vain pup, but I still love the way this looks on me. Hoomans also think I look like a boy dog, and while I don’t believe in conforming to stereotypical gender norms (I am perty pawgressive, you guys), I just want to dress a wittle bit feminine sometimes. That bright pink just barks “girl power!” I am a bit fluffy, too, but other hoomans are able to see it perty easily, which is real nice. In a real effort to defy gender stereotypes, i love getting dirty and rolling around in the wet grass, but this collar can take it no matter what the activity.

I’m a dog, so I see the best in everything. I really don’t have any thing that I don’t love about this collar. I do recommend double checking the sizing; I’m normally a medium, but these collars are sized differently than standard collars, and every mutt is different.

Well, that’s all for now guys. Time for me to go beg my mom to take me to the dog park. Thanks, Stunt Puppy – you’re one of my new best fwiends!

Man, I pretty much feel like a failure now, since she said all of that and doesn’t even have opposable thumbs. 😉

I’d recommend this collar to any pet owner for its unbeatable safety features that give me peace of mind. It’s $26 and can be purchased at StuntPuppy.com.

What’s your favorite activity to take your pooch to do?

Cheers to smart products to protect our not-so-smart-sometimes puppers!

Time to Toss Those Earbuds: AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Review

Disclosure: I received AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones 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! All opinions are my own.

Question: how often do you actually take the time to clean your earbuds?

My answer is: maybe once a year.

I understand if you think I’m gross for this, because I honestly feel gross when I think about it.

BUT I also happen to think most of you probably have a grimy set of earbuds that you’re similarly embarrassed about.

Luckily, I don’t really need to worry about the grossness as much these days. This summer, I’ve been testing the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones, and they’re definitely a workout game-changer.

What’s so special about these headphones?

They don’t actually need to go inside your ear canal to work. Crazy, right? They use a proprietary bone conducting technology that delivers the sound through a combination of the bone on the exterior of your ear and the ear canal.

The technology benefits both runners and active people. Namely, it leaves the ear open to hearing other sounds outside. Not only is this important for safety purposes/being aware of surroundings, but you can actually hear and respond when someone says something to you.

The other benefit, is, of course, no grimy earbuds. Seriously though, I’m sure traditional earbuds harbor bacteria that you do not want inside your ear. My Trekz Titanium may get sweaty, but are a lot easier to clean and only touch areas of your body that are also easy to clean. The clean freak inside of me rejoices.

I also enjoyed:

  • The freedom from having nothing in my ear – it just feels comfortable.
  • No crazy adjusting like I’ve had to do with other bluetooth earbuds to get them just right.
  • They stay put – the in-ear bluetooth headphones I’ve tried tend to fall out (obviously, I didn’t have that issue here).
  • Fun colors – I got black so my husband could borrow them if he wanted, but the pink, lime green, and blue options are all pretty!
  • Easy to pair – I’ve never had any issues with the headphones syncing up to my iPhone when I turn them on.
  • Battery life – the battery charges quickly and lasts for a long time. It also lets you know well before that the battery is getting low, so there’s time to finish your workout and then find a charger.

Other considerations:

  • The regular size fit a little loosely for my taste. Luckily they offer a Mini-sized option for those like myself with petite heads.
  • I didn’t like that a single jerk of the head in the wrong direction messes up the sound, but it’s to be expected. They’re really good for running and lifting weights, but I don’t know how they would fare with cross fit or another really dynamic workout.
  • My husband, who is a musician/audio engineer, noted he wasn’t a huge fan of the sound quality compared to traditional earbuds. I found the sound quality difference was there, but minimal; I was actually pleasantly surprised/a little shocked by how much I could hear.

AfterShokz Trekz Titanium will run you $129.95 (which is pretty realistic for bluetooth headphones). They can be purchased through the company’s website, www.aftershokz.com, though I’ve seen them go on sale on Amazon from time to time.

Today’s question: what do you enjoy listening to on your runs? Podcasts? Classical music?

Cheers to modern technology! 🙂

Get on Your Feet with OOFOS – OOmg Low Shoe Review

Disclosure: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg low shoes 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! All opinions are my own.

For quite some time I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a good casual pair of athletic shoes to wear on the weekends when I want the comfort of a full shoe, without increasing the mileage on my Brooks. When I saw that OOFOS, a company specializing in recovery footwear, was coming out with the OOmg, I thought the shoe might fit the bill.

What’s so special?

For runners especially, pounding the pavement all the time can cause a lot of wear and tear on your muscles/joints, especially if you’re not being smart about it. Sure, having the right running shoe helps, but what you do when you finish running – be it foam rolling, eating protein, whatever – can also help prevent long-term damage by helping you recover.

That’s what makes OOFOS different from other footwear. OOFOS are designed to help you recover faster, with a proprietary foam technology that is lightweight, while absorbing the shock of walking around and staying active after a long run or race. From OOFOS’ research, their OOfoam absorbs up to 37% more impact than regular foam. They also have arch support, while remaining squishy and soft, which is excellent for those tired, swollen feet and helps keep you walking smoothly.

These shoes, in particular, are designed as a “lifestyle shoe” – meaning you can wear them anywhere and they go with clothes other than running gear.

Why I’m a fan

Both trendy and comfy, I have found myself wearing these even more often than I thought possible. I love that they are so breathable that I don’t even have to worry about wearing socks with them. They can also be worn in wet conditions because the foam doesn’t soak up moisture, which keeps them from getting stinky.

They have officially become my new dog-walking shoes, which helps me get a head start on getting rid of the lactic acid build-up. I’ve been experiencing less soreness lately, and I think that’s a large part of the reason why. It’s also nice that I have some shoes I can throw on when I’m running errands after the gym – no more putting excess miles on my running shoes.

They are even washable. Simply regular ‘ole detergent and cold water. Leave the bleach, fabric softener, and use of the dryer for other stuff – no need to use them here.

However…

…with all of the awesome things about these shoes, there are some trade offs. One thing I’m not keen on is the price point ($120). I get that they are priced highly because it’s a unique technology, but I still think they are a little high because they aren’t meant to be worn working out. Competitors in that price category the casual footwear market are comfortable and still make good cross training shoes. I also wasn’t crazy about the white soles. They seemed to pick up dirt far more easily than other white-soled shoes I’ve owned; however, OOFOS does offer the OOmg in other colors (grey and lime green) with dark soles.

Curious to try for yourself? Head on over to the OOFOS website, oofos.com, to purchase your very own pair. Gents, if you’re under a size 10, they also have some available for you, too!

Today’s question: how do you recover from an intense workout?

Cheers to staying active and on your feet.

For the Runner on the Road: Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Review

Disclosure: I received an 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! All opinions are my own.

I often find myself squeezing a workout into the most random places, whether it’s an early morning, Saturday afternoon, or Friday evening before hanging out with friends. Usually, I’m going somewhere before or afterward, and sometimes, I’ll remember a plastic bag to put my wet clothes into when I change. However, I have to admit, I’ve totally forgotten about them before, which results in stinky, smelly clothes. When I heard about the Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport products, I was so excited because I knew they could remedy some of the issues I have with stinky clothes. Whether or not it helps with forgetfulness is to be determined. 😉


At first glance, I thought the Active Set that Eagle Creek sent me had a backpack with an insert to put your clothes into. Once I realized that this was actually a Foot Locker and Wet Dry Fitness Locker for your workout clothes, the wheels started turning. The set so versatile! 

The Foot Locker is simple – just put your shoes inside and go. For those of you with big feet, there is a larger size available. The Wet Dry Fitness Locker has a pocket in the front that is lined to avoid having your wet clothes touch your dry ones. It’s pretty breathable, and there is also a dry pocket on the back side where you can slide in an extra set of clean clothes. 

I knew I could use this for so many more occasions than just back and forth to the gym – I could also use it when traveling! Especially after seeing pictures from the London Marathon this weekend, I’m thinking a runcation is in my future.

However, travel, especially when packing light, means you have to limit the number of bags you take/stuff it all into one bag. I personally dislike having to put my shoes in the same bag as my clothes. They always have dirt, grass or any number of germs on them, and it simply makes me nervous. Now, I don’t have to be.

The other challenge when traveling (especially between multiple cities, like European travel) is either:

a.) not enough space to hang dry clothes right away, or
b.) not being somewhere long enough to let the clothes dry.

Again, theWet Dry Fitness Locker can be utilized to keep the dirty, wet clothes away from the others, until you get somewhere you can dry them. I used this when I was at my parent’s over the Easter holiday weekend; after a hot, humid run, it was super convenient to tuck away my sweat-soaked clothes and unpack them when I got home. 

Only con is that the Wet Dry Fitness Locker doesn’t hold that much. I was able to fit a jacket, tank top, sports bra, socks and capris, but if you have multiple outfits, you may want to consider purchasing an extra pack. 


Have a run-cation planned soon?

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Sport Active Set is $40 normally. If you would like to purchase this set, or different items, they’ve offered us the code SPORT15, which you can use for 15% off any of the Pack-It Sport products. You can view all these products here: http://shop.eaglecreek.com/pack-it-sport/l/1505

Cheers to traveling the world as seamlessly as possible!

Where will you go for your next runcation?

On the Road with Road ID – Wrist ID Elite Review

Disclosure: I received a Road ID Wrist 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! All opinions are my own.

As someone who spends hours outside and away from my loved ones to pursue this wonderful thing called running, making it back home is incredibly important to me. Because we never know what the road holds for us, we have to be conscious of safety. Even before I started running, I’d helped out with races and had heard all about how Road ID helps athletes (or just active people) stay safe.

Naturally, when the opportunity came to try out the Wrist ID Elite, I accepted without hesitation.

The concept is quite simple: if you run into trouble out on the road/trail/track, Road ID ensures whoever finds you can access your emergency contacts and know of any health issues. Frankly, I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without one. There are plenty of testimonials of how this life-saving information has, well, saved lives. If the time comes where information is needed, every second counts; if I were being rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, I’d want my power of attorney to be notified ASAP, to be able to share any medical records they needed. I’d also just want my family to be there. 

Ordering online was quite simple.

I loved having the ability to choose customization options to suit my needs. I picked out the black edition faceplate with a black collection band. Sometimes, I end up forgetting to take my jewelry off, and if I ever find myself going from a run to a big meeting, I won’t look unprofessional. Plus, the peek of purple is just fun! There are also unique little badges, but I personally wanted the black edition more than the badges. I opted to save a line to write my own message (that I have asthma and my blog moniker). With 6 lines, there was plenty of space to write my name, location, all emergency contacts, leaving one more line for a message of my choosing.

Because of the customization aspect, shipping took a little over a week, which actually isn’t bad at all (though I grew impatient because I was pretty excited). My Road ID arrived in a lovely black box, and was packaged well!

Once unboxed, I loved that the Road ID Wrist ID Elite was simple to fit perfectly to my wrist size. My wrists are tiny, so it’s difficult to find bracelets, watches, etc. that fit. I had a little bit of trouble figuring out how to open the clasp to adjust the band, but once I watched this handy video, it was smooth sailing.

As far as wearing it goes, the Road ID is lightweight and I barely notice it. I don’t find it gets sweaty or feels heavy on my wrist. The attention to detail with a double clasp is also nice, in case I hit one of the buttons on the side during my run, the extra protection keeps it from coming off.

The only aspects I wasn’t crazy about was that the Road ID is another thing to wear on my wrist, adding a little bulk, and that the black edition hasn’t been super durable so far. To solve this problem, Road ID does offer options for wearable devices (which I’m fully planning on purchasing when I receive some birthday money)! I haven’t been wearing it constantly, but I do wear other bracelets that I think have rubbed and made minor scratches on the material. Just be mindful of this – with a $10 up-charge, I would hope there would be a little more durability (since they have a rugged option that costs less).

The Road ID Wrist ID Elite starts at $29.99, and you can get $5 off by using the link here: bit.ly/2ocFWMl

Question: what customization options are most important to you in an accessory?

Cheers to staying safe out there!

Nutrition Made Simpler: Beachbody Performance Review

Disclosure: I received Beachbody Performance’s Advanced Performance Stack 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! All opinions are my own.

​​I’ve long been curious about performance supplements, especially because I feel like it’s not as common to use them in the running community. Maybe that’s an incorrect perception, but I just don’t feel like I hear about it as much from other runners as I do from weight lifters, cross fitters, etc. However, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t been paying as much attention to my nutrition, and when I got the opportunity to test Beachbody Performance products, it seemed like kismet.

Beachbody generously sent me four of their performance products: Energize, Hydrate, Recover and Recharge. Each of these products serves a different purpose:

  • Energize: a pre-workout drink made with green tea extract to give you an extra energy and hydration boost.
  • Hydrate: a during workout beverage to replenish your electrolytes so you don’t become dehydrated.
  • Recover: a post-workout shake to quickly give you protein and nutrients to speed along the recovery process.
  • Recharge: a before-bed shake that is supposed to reduce soreness and offer additional muscle recovery support.

What I liked

I truly enjoyed that these products were simple and effective to use. With my busy schedule lately, it’s been important to me to make sure I’ve been properly fueling, and I like that I don’t have to think too much about this routine. All there is to do is mix one scoop with 8 oz. of water. The amount of water per scoop is the same across the board, so that also makes it easy!

Taste is also very important to me. While many fitness enthusiasts sacrifice a little in this department, I just don’t think it’s worth it to work so hard to eat something that tastes nasty! The good thing about the taste of the Beachbody Performance products, though, is that they taste pretty darn good, and have minimal ingredients.

One would thing that there would either be a ton of sugar or strong stevia flavor to give these products a good taste, but that was not the case. None of these has more than nine grams of sugar per serving; actually, everything but the Hydrate formula had six grams or less. I also liked that they don’t include creatine right off the bat (it’s an added supplement, if you are into that); creatine just doesn’t agree with me!

 

Most importantly, I did feel like following the diligent regimen helped my performance on runs. Especially by using Energize, I had a lot of energy towards the end of tough days. I also felt less sore after using the Recover (post-workout) and Recharge (nighttime) drink mixes.

What I wasn’t crazy about

There wasn’t much I didn’t like, other than the price and consistency of some of the mixes. This set of products contains about 20 total servings, meaning if you work out 3 times a week and follow the routine to a T, this will last you 6-7 weeks. At $200, that’s a pretty steep investment, so I’d recommend finding which of the products work for you. I see myself using the Energize and Recharge mixes most often, because I like the flavor and found they seemed to consistently work the best, without some ingredients that I don’t like.

The consistency can also be a little grainy, so if you’re a texture person, you might find this bothersome.

Another important note is the Energize mix does contain green tea extract, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine, it might not be a good idea to consume this during an evening workout.


At $199.95, you can purchase this full set here, or items can be purchased a la carte for the following prices:

Have you ever tried exercise supplements before? What was your experience?

Cheers to good health (and clinking plastic shaker bottles)!

SmellWell Product Review: Scent-sational Stink Protection

Disclosure: I received SmellWell products 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! All opinions are my own.

Growing up, my mom would give us these floral sachets to put in our closets to soak up the odors from our shoes. Since running, I haven’t had quite as many issues with my running shoes, though I have noticed it more lately. I do have issues though with my gym clothes. I’ve tried several products that attempt to remove the stink from my shoes, clothes, etc., to varying degrees of success. When I heard about SmellWell, it sounded different from remedies I’ve tried recently, but similar to something I knew worked in the past.

These tiny packets arrived by mail and the second I opened them, I knew I liked them. They have a nice, floral scent that is not too overpowering. And the design is really fun!

Using them is even better! I’ve noticed a difference in the odor of the clothes, shoes, etc. since I’ve been using them. By keeping them in my gym bag and in my laundry basket, the stench of running has been drastically reduced. I also enjoy using it with my flat shoes because get stinky so quickly (you can’t always wear socks with them).


I also appreciated how versatile the pouches were. You can use them pretty much anywhere there are sweaty odors, since they work by absorbing the moisture that causes them. That opens them up to being useful for gym lockers, your car, shoe racks, etc.

By their very nature, they’re not messy at all! I liked that I didn’t have to worry about them discoloring my stuff, waiting for them to dry out, etc. 


Most of all, they really do work. You’ll have to replace them every couple of months, but so far, I’ve had mine for about 6 weeks and they’re still going strong.

My one wish is that they were offered in more colors (I’m not a camo or animal print kinda girl). That’s very minor, though. Who cares what they look like, really?

Sold on SmellWell?

You can purchase some for yourself at www.bluechip-usa.com for $10! And if you buy three sets (moms, I see you), you’ll get an additional set for free.

How do you keep your running clothes smelling flower-fresh?

Cheers to not having your whole house smell like sweat!

Falling in Love All Over Again: UV Reflective Half BUFF® Review

Disclosure: I received a UV Reflective Half BUFF® 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! All opinions are my own.

I’ve written about the UV Half BUFF® before, and was so excited when I found out BUFF® would be sending me a new one – this time with reflective material!

Here’s why I’m in love with the BUFF® all over again.

What makes the UV Reflective Half BUFF® stand out from other BUFF® headwear is that it is half the length of the original BUFF®. This is the perfect weight for summer, and it’s even better for summer mornings and evenings when trying to beat the heat. It’s so important to make sure you are wearing some sort of reflective equipment in low light conditions. No one wants to get run over!

You can also enjoy the same key benefits that are synonymous with BUFF® brand products, including superior odor control. For something that ends up soaking up all your sweat, I can’t stress how important this is. I don’t have a single piece of clothing that’s done as well as BUFF® products have.
I love the versatile, fun, solid colors available. I received the citron color, which is nice and bright. Also love that they are unisex, which is nice if you’re buying as A gift.

As I’ve stated, the UV Half BUFF® was a little stretchier and seemed a little more slippery, but I didn’t have that issue here. 

The versatility of BUFF® Products is another benefit. The UV Reflective Half BUFF in particular offers a method to guard your face from dust and wind, as well as a headband or hair tie. My favorite way to wear is as a headband. It soaks up the sweat and keeps hair off my face during workouts, and it keeps the hair off my neck if I’m wearing it down. Pro tip: during the blistering summer heat, you can freeze your UV Reflective Half BUFF for about a 10 minute cool blast.

You can check out past reviews of the UV Half BUFF®UV BUFF®, Merino Wool BUFF® and BUFF® Hoodie.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – I never met a BUFF® product that I didn’t like.

You can purchase one for yourself at www.buffusa.com for $14.99! It’s comparable in price to so many other headbands I’ve used, but is so much more versatile. 

What’s your favorite BUFF® product?

Cheers to another great BUFF product! 

Currently Wearing: XX2i Brazil1 (Plus a SPECIAL Discount)

Disclosure: I received a pair of XX2i Brazil1 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! All opinions are my own.

Does XX2i sound familiar to you? That’s because I reviewed the XX2i USA1 awhile back. XX2i recently came out with a new line of causal sunglasses, the Brazil1, so I wanted to give them a shot.

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To refresh your memory, I loved that the USA1 was fairly comfortable and that the quality seemed great for the cost of the glasses. The Brazil1 sunglasses are different because they’re meant to be worn as casual sunglasses. That is, they are not for running specifically like the USA1.

What I noticed right out of the box is that the Brazil1 comes with many of the accessories that accompany the regular running sunglasses. This includes a nice case, a soft, microfiber pouch, croakies and a set of stickers.

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Another benefit is in the lenses themselves. These are nice lenses, and they are also polarized. That’s awesome for those who spend a lot of time outdoors (it reduces glare), like myself. Prescription sunglasses are also available from XX2i. For people like my husband who hate contacts, but are blind without glasses, that’s also wonderful!

Other things I liked about the XX2i Brazil1:

  • The classic silhouette. It’s still on-trend, but a simple style that will be stylish for years to come.
  • There are also a variety of colors available (
  • Unisex design means that, were he wearing contacts, my husband could wear these, too.
  • Lightweight design means they don’t weight my purse down.
  • 365 day return policy: I love that XX2i stands by their products, especially because sunglasses are such a personal purchase.
  • Another example of their commitment to their products is their outstanding warranty. If you break or scratch them, send them back for a replacement. No questions asked (there is a small shipping/handling fee).

img_0169Despite all the positives, there were a few aspects that I was less than enthused about. While on their website, these are listed under women’s specific glasses, these are not made specifically for women. They’re also listed as a men’s style. Like the XX2i glasses before these, the glasses were very large on me because they are unisex and I am a small woman. They fit my husband, but don’t fit me half as well. I would totally recommend them for guys, but the style is very large on me, personally. The frame material also felt inexpensive, and I don’t know if I would pay full price because of that. However, it could be that matte black color has an odd texture/feel.

img_0162Overall, these glasses would make a good gift for a special guy in your life that is constantly outdoors. Today, XX2i has given us a great discount code, bringing the cost for these to $39.99 when you buy them at xx2i.com. The code is BRAZIL1, and it will get you 60% off through midnight Tuesday, November 22. I do think that you get a solid pair of glasses for that cost. The value is definitely there for $40. Who says all the best deals come after Thanksgiving?

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