SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt Review & Giveaway

A while back the folks at SLS3 reached out to me about reviewing their new Dual Pocket Run Belt. I gladly accepted as this kind of belt wasn’t something I was already using. I wasn’t sure how often I would actually use it since I already have a couple of different belts with bottles built in, but I figured it was worth a shot. To my surprise I used it on almost every run I did (up until I fractured my foot a few weeks ago).IMG_20160225_094406

 

Here’s what I liked the most:

I liked that both pockets have a water resistant lining to them. In the past I’ve had my phone or money get all soaked with sweat when they’ve been tucked into arm bands or other storage devices. This time none of that happened, it was nice to hand the woman at the coffee shop a dry five dollar bill for a change instead of one saturated in filth. The second thing I liked about the Dual Pocket Run Belt was that the pockets were very stretchy. They easily fit my Droid Turbo cell phone with a case on it, I could stuff a ton of gels, snacks, money, ID, keys, etc. inside without worrying about anything falling out since they zip shut. The other thing I liked about it was how well it stayed put. The waistband is one size fits all and is easily adjusted, and the strap is also elastic so it moves when you move. I wore it front facing and rear facing, and both ways it worked with minimal bounce. I was even able to tuck it under my shirt so no one even knew I was carrying my phone or keys with me. I also liked the fact that instead of one big pocket it was two divided pockets. This meant that I could keep the stuff I didn’t need access to while running like keys, money, ID, and phone separate from my gels and food. I wasn’t worried about losing that stuff on the move because it was totally sealed off from the stuff I was going to be grabbing on the run. I only used this item for road running, but I can see myself using it for trail running a lot as well. When I have my AK 2.0 Vest on I like the bottles upfront, but that makes it harder to store food in an easily accessible place. With the Dual Pocket Run Belt I can see myself storing my food in the belt so that I can carry water in the vest or in a hand held bottle more easily.

Plenty of fuel, and the essentials

Plenty of fuel, and the essentials

Fits it all with room to spare

Fits it all with room to spare

 

Here’s what I think could be improved:

There was honestly nothing I could find to criticize about this run belt. It served it’s purpose quite well and I know I’ll be using it a lot more once I’m back on my feet.

 

GIVEAWAY!

Now if you want your own SLS3 Dual Pocket Run Belt the folks at SLS3 were kind enough to offer one up for raffle to one lucky reader. Just enter through the Rafflecopter Link below. If you don’t win but still want to get your hands on one of these belts SLS3 is having a promotion through Amazon right now. The belt usually retails for $29.90, but they’re taking off 57% so it’ll only cost you $12.90. Good luck everyone, hope you enjoy the Dual Pocket Run Belt as much as I did! Also 

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(this product was provided for review purposes, however all opinions are my own)

 

PS don’t forget about the link-up with Erica over at Erica Finds! You can enter a whole bunch of great giveaways each week.weds-giveaway-roundup-2016

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Coffee Bar Review & Giveaway

One morning you snap awake and suddenly that sinking feeling hits you. You’ve slept through your alarm! You break into a cold sweat rushing around the house trying to make it to work or class on time. No time for a shower, no time for breakfast, and worst of all no time for coffee! When this happens don’t fret because New Grounds Food has you covered with their Coffee Bars!coffee bar package

I first saw these from another blogger’s site and was immediately interested in trying them. I often have to rush out of the house early in the morning (like 4am early) for work, or class. Sometimes when I get up that early I don’t feel like eating much and guzzling a mug of coffee can upset my stomach. The idea that I could munch on a snack bar that would also provide my morning caffeine sounded awesome. I sent New Grounds Food a message and they were kind enough to offer me a sample, and a whole box of Mocha Latte Coffee Bars for one lucky reader! So what did I think of them…newgrounds coffee bar

Overall I thought they were good. They definitely had a coffee flavor, were sweet, and kept me satisfied and energized. One morning I ate one on my 4am drive into work and it kept me full and energized until my 10am break where I usually refuel. I like that they’re made with things I usually eat in the morning like dates, chia, almonds, (and yes sometimes chocolate) so they didn’t upset my stomach at all. The only thing I didn’t love was the texture. They had a bit of a coffee grind quality to them. It makes sense since they’re made with espresso, but it was just something I wish was less noticeable. It wasn’t enough to deter me from eating them, but they could take some getting used to. The fact that they’re tasty, portable, and have as much caffeine as your morning coffee makes them a great on the go snack. So check out New Grounds Food’s Mocha Latte Coffee Bars if you’re looking for an alternative to your morning coffee and bagel! Once again the folks at New Grounds were nice enough to offer one reader a box of their very own Mocha Latte Bars!! Just enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Favorite Things Part 4: Chia Bars from Health Warrior

Health_Warrior_Logo-0Recently I’ve become addicted to Chia Bars from Health Warrior.  I think I first heard about them from Jonathan Levitt on twitter, but never pulled the trigger. Then they had a great deal from Abe’s Market to try two for a buck each so I figured it was worth a try. A few days later two Acai Chia Bars showed up and I was hooked.

The first thing I liked about them was the taste. They were sweet, but not overly sugary, chewy, and a had a little crunch from the chia seeds themselves. When I first pulled them out of the package though they looked a little small and I thought they weren’t worth the cost. Here’s where I was wrong. Don’t let their size fool you they will keep you pleasantly satisfied. Since chia seeds are hydrophilic they absorb 10x their weight in water. I usually eat them with some water and they tend to satisfy any mid-day runger sneaking up on me. I also like that they don’t sit like a rock in your stomach. I’ve found them easy to digest, and don’t give me any GI issues when I’m running. I also like that they’re compact so I can tuck them into my shorts or UD waist pack for longer runs. I’ve found them to be an excellent source of on the go energy. They’re also really good for you! All the nutritional details are laid out on their website but here’s the highlights for me:  100 calories, 5g sugar, 4g fiber, 3g protein, 1060mg Omega-3, and are gluten/soy/GMO free, and are 100% Vegan. Many people call chia seeds a “superfood” and I would have to agree. They offer big benefits in a small package.chia bars

Health Warrior not only sells Chia Bars, but also sells bags of chia seeds in bulk. They even have a recipe section of their site to offer some suggestions on what else you can do with chia seeds. One of my favorite things is to make “chia pudding” using a little almond or coconut milk and some oats. It’s an easy breakfast that I can prep the night before if I know I’ll be out the door early the next day. This year I know I’ll be a regular chia bar eater and plan on using them more during long runs in place of some gels. I hope you’re all as pumped up on chia as I am because Health Warrior has been kind enough to offer some samples to one lucky reader! Just enter via the Rafflecopter below and a sample pack of chia bars could coming your way!

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Favorite Things Part 3: Janji Running Apparel

This week I’m switching things up a bit and highlighting one of the running apparel companies that I love. Not only do I think they have some pretty cool products, but more importantly I really love what the company stands for. Of course I’m talking about Janji! This Boston based company makes great running apparel while simultaneously finding a way to give back to the world by providing access to clean water in a bunch of different countries.

I first heard about Janji from the folks over at Believe In The Run. They posted a great review and also spotlighted Janji’s philanthropic mission. I was immediately interested because I’ve lived in Boston, ran in Boston, and like to shop local when I can. I headed over to the Janji website and started reading about all the great stuff they do and gawking at their cool clothes. I didn’t jump right in and buy anything though because I knew they would be at the Vermont City Marathon Expo that I was going to be at in a few weeks.

At the Expo I actually met one of the founders Dave who was super friendly and really down to earth. I chatted him up for a few minutes and walked away with one of their Tanzania Breeze running t-shirts (since at the time my girlfriend KB was volunteering in Tanzania herself).Tanzania Breeze Shirt The shirt was made in the colors of the Tanzanian flag, and said “Run for Tanzania” on it. I did my shakeout run that day in the shirt and loved it. Its a tech shirt so it wicked sweat away, kept me cool, and since it was brightly colored kept me visible. I’ve since worn the shirt on tons of runs, to the gym, and even hiking. It has held up well and it’s my go-to running tee.

When people see the “Run for Tanzania” logo sometimes they ask me what it’s all about. I love being able to explain how I was able to help provide access to clean drinking water for people in Tanzania just by buying this shirt. All of the Janji products help their partner organizations provide water for people in Tanzania, Haiti, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda, and the United States. If you want more info how they help they have a great section on their website here. It just feels good to support a smaller company like Janji, especially because you can help someone else just by purchasing apparel you would probably purchase anyways. I’d rather support a company who has values of their own rather than just corporate greed (hippie rant). It’s great how the running community is very involved in contributing to charities, but I like how I can also raise awareness just by wearing their products. So if you’re looking for some great running clothes, but also want to do something good for someone else, I suggest looking into Janji for your next purchase. I personally really like their printed 1/4 zip, and their men’s running pants.  Dave over at Janji was kind enough to offer up one lucky reader a seasonably appropriate Janji Running HatJanji Running Hat to keep you warm during this time of year. Just enter through the Rafflecopter link below!

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