Sep 1, 2018

Rock Around with Knockaround: Sunglasses Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Knockaround Premium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

There's no doubt in the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun. It's easy to remember right now in the summer time, but UV protection is important all year round. With my recent move to Florida, I feel like I get a reminder every day, which I'm alright with (it's part of why I'm here). My latest test into eye wear comes with in the form of Knockaround Premium sunglasses.

Who is Knockaround?

Knockaround was founded in 2005 by Adam "Ace" Moyer. The goal was to create sunglasses that were practical and stylish. He wanted to offer quality sunglasses that won't break the bank. I love the story of the name Knockaround. Here's how founder Ace describes it:
Growing up, my dad had a pair of sneakers in the garage that he’d wear when he mowed the lawn. He called them his ‘knockaround’ sneakers—you could count on them, they were dependable, and you didn’t care if they got beaten up.

So, I just applied that idea to sunglasses. I wanted them to be affordable, if you lost them or broke them, no big deal. The Knockaround name seemed like a natural fit—like, I’m just going to knock around this pair of sunglasses.

How are the glasses?

The premium glasses are a great little pair of glasses. The Premium glasses are a unisex frame that is a "fan favorite". They offer UV400 protection with FDA approved, impact-resistant lenses. The frames themselves have a quality feel to them. When I first tried them on, I have to be honest they felt a little snug on my head. I have a large noggin. I was a little worried how they would feel with longer term wear. That's where I was pleasantly surprised. I put these glasses through many full days in the parks at Walt Disney World. During none of those days did they ever feel tight, give me any sort of headache or leave me uncomfortable. In fact, they were great all day every day. I loved the way they felt and the way they looked. That's not to mention the large number of options you can get them in to match your personal style, or your mood of the day. Oh, did I mention of a pair of polaraized glasses, they cost just $20? Well, they do.

The Takeaway

These sunglasses live up to every goal set by their company. They're high quality glasses and feel good and protect your eyes. At just $20 (or less) they definitely won't break the bank, or leave you worried about losing them. Not to mention, you can also save 20% with the code BibRaveKnocks20. These glasses are definitely ones that will stay in my rotation. I also may even grab some other pairs because who doesn't like to match their gear for the day?



Jun 30, 2018

Not Quite Bendy | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As you've read, I've been testing some BUFF® gear. Last time I talked about the UV multifunctional headbands (still working great, if you were wondering). I'd like to talk a little bit about the Pro Run Cap. This cap provides sweat wicking to keep the perspiration back, ventilation, and UV protection. In addition, they offer the hand feature of spots your sunglasses can fit into to stay secure upon your head. I actually discovered this accidentally, trying to put my sunglasses on top of my cap only to have them go into the hat. I guess that's why you should always read all the packaging. I've taken the cap out in Florida sun, for a day in the theme park. Sweat stayed back, head stayed as cool as it can in the Florida heat, and no burn came to my head. Despite being black, it never felt hot. Between the lightweight fabric and then cut ventilation, the breathability was great. It really is my go to cap for the sun now.


The yoga's come along, I'm still not great or fully consistent, but life has thrown some major curveballs as me as of late. As always, I'm pushing forward. I have to and will persevere. As I do, I hope to make yoga and running go hand-in-hand, side-by-side in my regular workout routine. Here's to living more now!

Jun 15, 2018

One with Yogi Bear | LiveMoreNow | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I'm always excited to work with some BUFF® gear. It's one of my favorite brands, as they make some great gear. I've been putting my UV multifunctional headbands to work. I've used them in some yoga, and just other times where I need the UV and sweat protection. They've performed fantastically. They're light and comfortable, which is what I love about this size BUFF® headware: just enough to cover all the head but no more than necessary keeping everything cool. Sweat stays up on my head and out of my eyes, as it should be. When you're bending this way and that, you really don't need sweat coming down into your eyes, distracting you, forcing you to wipe your face clean or fight your way through it. I've also used them out while doing yard work in the summer sun; a serious test of both the UV and sweat protection. They stood up strong to the Florida sun and protected my thinning hair up top.


I'm just getting started on the yoga. Not far, in both my amount of training and my flexibility, but I'm starting. It something I can see the value in, but it definitely will need the long commitment. That's something I hope I work towards.

May 30, 2018

Live More Now with BUFF® | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received some BUFF® gear for a part of the LiveMoreNow campaign as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I'm excited to let you know I'm taking part in the Live More Now campaign with BUFF! The idea is to do exactly that. Get out there, live life, and try something new. With that in mind, I'm trying to get into yoga. It's something for so long that I've meant to do, to benefit my running and my general well being.



I received three pieces of gear. First, two UV multifunctional headbands. These are ideal for my yoga work outs. They'll keep the sweat back and off my face, helping to keep me cool, and fit oh so comfortably. For other moments living life, I received the Pro Run Cap. This is pretty cool looking. Sweat wicking, breathability, UV protection, and even built in sunglasses holder in the cap.

Follow me along on this journey. Hopefully, I'll gain some flexibility and live a little more.

May 23, 2018

Best Sunglasses Yet? Rudy Rydon Review | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received the Rudy Rydon Carbonium sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I've reviewed a lot of sunglasses over my time on my blog. I love them, they're a small but important part of your running gear. It's important to protect your eyes. While I've tested casual and sporty glasses, none compare to my Rudy sunglasses.

Who is Rudy Project?

Rudy Project is the creation of Rudy Barbazza with the purpose to "improve the performance of athletes all over the world". They do research into advanced materials and technologies to make the best products they can to increase and elevate your performance. They're all about technology and science. They even offer a page on their sunglass technology. Every tiny detail is engineered, from the anti-slip temples to the optimal axis of the lenses. You might know from other reviews, I love good design. I appreciate engineering. I'm a geek, so when you strive to make technological advancements in every little detail, you have my interest.

How do they feel?

The Rudy Rydon Carbonium are like any other glasses I own. They are extremely lightweight, weighing in at just 0.88 oz. Even at under an ounce, they feel very sturdy. The lenses are also amazing quality. My glasses have the photochromic lenses, and they change very quickly in the sun. Not only do they change quickly in the sun, when heading back indoors, the go back to clear quickly enough that I didn't even need to remove them. In fact, couple that with how light they are, and I may have forgotten I had them on, in more than one occasion. The glasses fit perfectly, the photochromic lenses work wonderfully, and they all around feel great.



The photochromic lenses are perfect for early morning runs or overcast days. Running early, it can sometimes be dark when I leave. By the time I return, the sun has come up. With these lenses, I can throw on my glasses and start running. When the sun decides to say good morning, my lenses are ready. On partly cloudy days, they keep me from needing to put glasses on and off during my run. The lenses were always perfect clarity, whether it's early morning, bright afternoon sun, or anywhere in between.

The glasses also have a lot of safety related technology. The impactX lenses are designed to be unbreakable. They also protect your eyes with 100% UVA/UVB protection. Rudy is leading name in research and development in fully advanced helmets and sunglasses for complete fall protection.

The Takeaway

These are hands down the best sunglasses I own for sport. I'm not going to wear them out for a day on the beach, but nothing else compares when it comes to sport. They have superb engineering and design, great technology, feel and work great. I cannot recommend these enough.

May 15, 2018

GODSPEED - The Race Across America | BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received an advanced preview of the GODSPEED documentary to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Who has two thumbs and loves movies? This guy. I have a wide variety of interests: comedies, action flicks, family films, super hero movies. I also enjoy a documentary when done well. Who doesn't like a true story, especially if you don't have to look up what was true and what was embellished, when you're watching something "based on a true story". I got the opportunity to watch such a film: GODSPEED. You too can see this great story in just one week, May 22, in theaters.

What is GODSPEED?

GODSPEED is a riveting documentary of the story of Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper in their quest to win the 2015 Race Across America ultra cycling competition. This is not just a cycling race. It's 3000+ miles, 24 hours a day, across 12 states.


I have to say, their story is an amazing story. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll share their description first.
The inspiration to overcome breathes life into “GODSPEED” as it chronicles a first-time race team – Jerry Schemmel, noted author, speaker and sportscaster for the Colorado Rockies and Brad Cooper, a four-time Iron Man triathlete – as they compete 24 hours a day for seven days covering 3,000 miles of deserts, mountains and plains overcoming physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation and extreme mental anguish competing in the world’s most difficult cycling race – The Race Across America. Pedaling 168 hours non-stop across 12 states from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, Schemmel and Cooper embark on the journey of a lifetime - a race that would provide an extreme test of physical endurance and dependence on faith, all for the greater purpose and personal calling to raise money for the orphans of Haiti.
They faced so many challenges: physical, mental, meteorological. Follow along as they push through on an extreme race pushing them to their limits. This was also about more than just the race. They were raising money for building orphanages in Haiti, which they raised over 50K for. I really enjoy following them, not knowing the result and worried for them at times. I highly recommend getting yourself a ticket to see their journey.

Watch the trailer now!

Get Your Ticket

You still have time to get your ticket. GODSPEED will be shown in theaters Tuesday May 22nd. Check out the site to find a theater and get your tickets for this Fathom Events.

Mar 24, 2018

Support Yourself: KT Tape Review | #BibRavePro

Disclaimer: I received a KT Tape to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro, and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

We all get bumped up over time. Some of use even get busted up. When those times happen, you just need a little extra support and a little relief. One strong option to give a try is KT Tape. Read on for more plus a great discount.

What is KT Tape?

KT Tape is an elastic sports tape. It is designed to relieve pain and support your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. How does it work you ask? Well, I'll leave it, best said to those who make it:
When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This accumulation of lymphatic fluids may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort or pain.

It is believed that when applied correctly, KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria.
KT Tape is made to reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. When applied correctly, the taping also provides support to muscles improving their ability to contract and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract.

Lots o' Tape

There are so many types of KT Tape to fit your personal needs. I was lucky enough to get to test several of the varieties for you. I want to give you the basics about some of your options, to help you find what may work best for you. All of the tapes are available in precut strips with rounded corners, to make application easy.

KT Tape Cotton

This is the original KT Tape. This cotton based tape is designed to last for 1 - 3 days through multiple workouts. It is also designed to stay on in water. I prefer some of the stronger varieties, but there's nothing wrong with a classic. It's great when you need that extra support that you'll get with KT Tape, but don't require or want as long of an adhesive time or strength.

KT Tape Pro

This tape is one I know well and have used periodically over the past several years. This is the tape you want for more support and to put up with your tougher workouts. It is the world's only 100% synthetic kinesiology tape. It's designed to last up to 7 days when applied correctly and will stand up to several tough workouts, showers, humidity, and even the pool. This tape I can say I've thoroughly tested on my wife and myself on feet, knees, backs and more, all to great success.

KT Tape Pro Wide

The wide tape is the same synthetic Pro tape we've just talked about, but with twice the width. This is designed on purpose for targeting the lower back, shoulders and other large muscle groups like your quads. It measures 4" wide by 10" long in pre-cut strips. Even with it's wide with, it's designed to last for 4 - 7 days of wear. I tested this on my wife's lower back. It worked well, but applying it is a little tricky. I'm used to applying the normal width tape and with some practice I'm sure this will get easier. I think this would be fantastic the next time I need it for shoulder muscle pain.

KT Tape Pro Extreme

This is the suped up version of the Pro tape. It's made with an extra strong adhesive to take the roughest and toughest workouts and the most extreme conditions. It's water resistant and make for 4 - 7 days of wear. The adhesive is designed "to help with adhesion during strenuous activity through extreme conditions including wet conditions, high heat, high humidity or oily skin." I've tested this tape and love it as well. Sometimes you may be applying tape to get through a workout or a weekend, but sometimes you really want it to last. This is the tape for you. We've taped my wife's knee with this tape and it lasted a full week of activity, showers, and kids successfully with no issues.

KT Tape Gentle

The last tape I tested was their Gentle Tape. This special tape is 100% latex free and designed with gentler adhesive for easier removal. It's ideal for those with sensitive skin. It's still designed for 1 - 3 days of wear and stand up to lighter workouts, providing the same support and elasticity to your muscle.

Tips for Application

It's important to know that proper application can make all the difference, so it may take some practice. While it may take several tries before you fully get the hang of it, there are some steps you can take to improve your application.

1. Clean the area for application.
1.b. If it's extra hairy, consider shaving the area.

2. Follow the directs from beginning to end before starting to apply, so you're prepared.

3. Rub the tape afterwards. The friction helps the adhesive set.

Get Some Tape and SAVE

Want some KT Tape for yourself? Save with promo code BIBRAVE30 and get 30% off your order! This offer is amazing and one of the best discounts I've seen on KT Tape.