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 

Link to Rafflecopter

(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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Tiux Compression Sock Review

I’ve been wearing compression socks for a few years now ever since my mom bought me some as a Christmas present when I started getting serious about running. I didn’t really know much about compression socks until I did some research, and I found that many people believe them to help with performance, as well as recovery. Although there is debate as to whether or not these claims are scientifically true I do believe that they have helped me both during hard runs, and afterwards for better recovery. I even use them some days at work since I often spend all day on my feet running around the hospital. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be offered a sample of Tiux Compression Socks to try (disclaimer: this sample was provided to me for free from the folks at Tiux to review, but all opinions are mine alone). The socks arrived super fast and I insert bad pun here hit the ground running.Tiux Logo

Who is Tiux

Tiux is a start up still taking pre-orders for their compression socks to be released near the end of April. They’re able to sell their compression socks for just $35 (shipping included)!! How can they sell their socks for such a great price? Well Tiux is planning on selling strictly online cutting out all the “middlemen”, which allows them to sell their socks for about half of what many of their competitors sell for. This is a great idea and poor nursing students like myself should really appreciate this. Another great thing about Tiux is their partnership with Mines Advisory Group (MAG).  Tiux donates 1% of revenue to MAG to help save lives in communities dealing with unexploded landmines and other ordinances. As you know I love companies that also have a social conscience (like Janji) so this was a big reason I was excited to try out Tiux’s compression socks. It’s always nice when your purchase goes towards something more than just getting yourself some new gear.tiux-infographic

 

What about the socks?

Tiux featuresMy first impression was that the socks looked great. I liked the dark color, and the yellow highlight gave them a needed pop. I also noticed that they felt a lot softer than some other compression socks I’ve tried. One pair I don’t use anymore seemed kind of rough and actually gave me some pretty bad blisters. The Tiux socks were the opposite. They’re super soft, and I’ve already put a lot of miles on them with zero blisters or hot spots. I thought that after washing them they wouldn’t be so soft, but I’ve worn them a bunch and washed them each time (air dried them) and they are still super soft.  I thought the level of compression they provided was spot on as well. They weren’t suffocating and didn’t leave a big ring around my calf afterwards, but still provided that snuggly tight feeling. I wore them for a variety of runs, hiking and even to work one day. Under all conditions they felt great!

 

Would I get them again?

IMG_20150322_111520_016Definitely. I will be buying a few pairs of these since they come at a great price, are wicked comfortable, and perform great for me.  Right now I’m just starting to ramp up my miles again after coming back from an injury so focusing on recovery is huge right now. I know that Tiux Compression Socks will be part of my new routine.

If you’re interested in buying your own you can find all the deets on the Tiux site HERE!

PS they have this cool little message inside the collar

PS they have this cool little message inside the collar

 

Ohyo Collapsible Water Bottle Review and Giveaway

The past few weeks I’ve been testing out the Ohyo collapsible water bottle. The folks at Ohyo were nice enough to send me a sample of both their 1000ml bottle and their smaller 500ml bottle. Ohyo is based in the UK and was started by environmental scientist Guy Jeremiah. Part of the companies goal is to get people to stop using single use plastic bottles, and to start utilizing perfectly safe tap water that most people have access to already. The bottles are BPA free, carbon neutral after two refills, and top rack dishwasher safe. Here’s a little video from Ohyo that sums things up pretty well:

Here’s what I thought:

What I liked

Portable! I really liked how compact the bottles were when collapsed. Most days I’m carrying a lot of stuff when I leave the house because I bring everything I need for school, lunch, work, the gym, etc. My messenger bag runs out of space pretty quickly and trying to carry a large water bottle can be a challenge sometimes. Being able to collapse the bottle for transport was a big win, and I found that clipping it to the side of my bag was nice and it didn’t swing around too much. I brought the bottle with me on my trip to North Carolina last week as well. It came in pretty handy when my flight got delayed and I spent an extra few hours at the airport. Luckily I didn’t need to spend money on buying a drink since I had my Ohyo stashed away in my carry on.

saving me at the airport

saving me at the airport

collapsed

collapsed

It fits

It fits

What I didn’t like

The only thing I didn’t like was the feel of the bottle. Since it’s collapsible the material is kind of soft. I just worry that one day I’ll snag it on something sharp, or it will get impaled by a pen or something in my bag. It hasn’t happened yet but it’s my only real concern with the Ohyo bottle. According to Ohyo they’ve tested it by doing 10,000 open/closes and it still worked like new.

Will I continue to use it or recommend it

I will definitely continue to use the Ohyo bottle. I loved how convenient it was, and it saved me from dehydration at the airport last week. I would recommend it to anyone who travels a lot or people who often run out of space in their bag for their water bottle. If you’re interested in getting one they’re only available on Amazon for US customers, BUT two lucky readers could win their own. Ohyo has been generous enough to offer up one of their 1000ml bottles and one of their 500ml bottles for a giveaway! (first place gets the 1000ml and second place gets the 500ml) JUST CLICK ON THE RAFFLECOPTER LINK BELOW

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Ciele Athletics GoCap Review

10625095_434219366717025_4377320850153320498_nI had never been much for running with hats, but this summer as I started running through the heat and sun I realized how great they are. At first I thought running with a hat on would make me over heat. Instead I found the protection from the brightness of the sun, UV rays, and the ability to keep some buckets of sweat out of my eyes were all bonuses. Now I love running with hats, no matter what time of year.

I first heard of Ciele Athletics from the team over at Believe In The Run a few months ago, they posted a review and had a rafflecopter for a few GoCaps for some lucky readers. I was one of those lucky readers and couldn’t wait to receive my GoCap!

IMG_20150102_145619_810A few weeks later a GoCap in the Indigo colorway arrived on my doorstep. As soon as I pulled it out of the box I was in love. This thing just looks cool. I’ve worn it not only on runs but even around town. Ciele just makes a great looking cap.

The material is moisture wicking, light, breathable, but still feels very sturdy. I’m not sure what material the brim is made out of but it’s very pliable, bendable, and won’t stay crushed even if you bend it in half. I’m sure that if I threw this thing through the wash it would survive no problem, which is a big bonus as it’s already seen a lot of sweaty miles. This also means I don’t have to worry about ruining the brim when it gets shoved into my weekend bag for travel. The GoCap also has a few reflective patches on it, which is a nice touch, and UPF+40 on the brim/front panel. The GoCap is more expensive than other athletic caps, but I think it’s worth it. You can tell it’s gonna to go the distance, and if it doesn’t they offer a “million miles guarantee”.

There’s not much else to say other than I really love this hat!