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It seems weird writing a review for socks. But after hundreds of miles running, I came to the inescapable conclusion that not all socks are created equal.
The sock fits exactly according to the sizing chart. I have many other socks that fit too large for the posted size. They're comfortable on long (10 miles or more) runs. The tab on the back makes it easy to peel off after a run. I also like the neon colors available that make it easy to pick out these socks in a drawer full of dark or white socks without having to turn on the lights (good for those early morning runs when you don't want to wake people by hitting the lights).
They're a little more expensive than your average pair of socks. But these are not your average socks. If you're serious about running, sooner or later you're going to need GOOD socks.
Yup, these are shorts. They fit as expected, a little long maybe. Ordinarily I wouldn't review something so obvious, but I wanted to just to say the pockets are nice and deep, as sometimes that's a problem with these type of shorts. Plenty of room for wallet, keys, and a cell phone to fit deep inside without fear of anything falling out....Read more
I needed a good head mount for my kindle so my kid could watch movies on a 10 hour car ride. This works as advertised and was effective. A nylon strap fits over the headrest. There's a velcro back. The case is silicon/rubber that fits snugly over the kindle and has side buttons for power and volume and a velcro back that holds to the back of the headrest strap.
The only reason I withheld a star is putting this on while driving (the front seat passenger, not me while driving obviously), is a little bit of guess work trying to align the velcro so it mounts securely. I didn't have problems with the velcro holding, but it takes a minute to make sure everything is aligned properly.
I've tried to meticulously research the best way to train and run for my first half-marathon race. Part of that includes getting electrolytes and carbs in during long (over 1 hour) runs. For those long runs, these fit the bill perfectly. Any runs less than that, you really don't need to bring extra nutrition.
Different people prefer different types of nutritional supplements. Some people don't like gels, others don't like beans or bars, some prefer fruit. It's not really rocket science; but I would definitely recommend trying out a packet first before any race to see how these sit on your stomach. No problem for me, but I've heard of other people who've had problems.
I got this variety pack just to see what flavors I liked better. I didn't realize some of the packs have caffeine (20 mg or 40 mg) and some don't. That's less caffeine than a cup of coffee, so I like it to help perk me up a little, but not so much that it'd make me jittery. In hindsight, I think I'd rather buy a few individual packs to find a couple of flavors I like (generally coffee, vanilla, and chocolate were my favorite; and the fruit flavors like lemon-lime and blackberry I didn't like so much). These things don't taste really great, but they're very palatable with a very sweet and kind of starchy flavor in all the different varieties.
The instructions for these recommend taking one packet 15 minutes before exercise and one every 30 to 45 minutes. That seems a bit much for me; usually on a run more than 1 hour I only take one packet and even on runs that are over 2 hours I really only feel the need to eat one pack.
Bottom line: I'd find something that works for you. GU fits the bill, nutrition wise, for me. The variety pack is a nice way to sample the different flavors, but if you're like me you'll quickly run out of your favorites and end up with a bunch of left over strawberry-banana or "triberry." Overall, though, very happy with the GU.
I have pretty bad bags under my eyes so I was hoping for something that could help in any way. After a month of (almost) daily use, I feel pretty confident in saying this stuff doesn't work.
I would honestly prefer putting cold cucumber slices over my eyes. That feels pretty nice and smells nice too.
If I had to find something nice to say about 911, it is odorless and slightly cooling. It's also probable that my baggy eyes are beyond any kind of help; but if I ever find something that does work, I'll update this post. For now, I'll go back to cucumbers.
I've only recently started using "product" in my hair after a 10 year hiatus from the stuff. My old pomade was very stiff and waxy. This product is much lighter by comparison. It has a slight citrus smell that is pleasant and not overpowering. I've found using it on wet/dry hair gets very similar results - good hold and easy to style. I like this better than my old pomade as it is a lighter hold and doesn't leave my hair as stiff and waxy as the old stuff.
Overall, this gives better control than regular hair gel, but it's not as stiff as other pomades. I really like it for being a subtle hold with subtle smell. This is stuff for grown ups, not kids.
I have a Nike Sportswatch with GPS and decided to compare the two to see if it was time for upgrading. The bottom line, for me, was to stay with the Nike watch.
Both watches are very large, and unless you're a tall person, the watch will look a bit over-sized on the wrist. The Nike watch has a big display so a quick look down will display distance run. It's also easy to switch to view pace/calories burned/time elapsed on the Nike watch. The Timex display is smaller, and on the run I found it harder to read. Both displays feature a backlit display, but the Nike display works haphazardly while the Timex indigo display works pretty flawlessly. The Nike watch has a usb plug in the strap that can be plugged directly into a laptop/desktop and it comes with a usb cord if you need additional room from your usb drive. The Timex watch has a bizarre clip that plugs onto the watch and into a usb drive; it is not easy to use (compared to a standard USB port). Since the back light feature is something I rarely use (I run when it's daylight), I give the advantage to Nike here.
If you do not purchase a heart rate monitor, the Nike watch is about $60 cheaper. Problem is, if you're already going all out with a GPS watch, you're probably going to want a heart rate monitor too. I'd say the cost for both watches are even and call this one a draw.
Both watches will display run history in rather basic form directly from the watch (e.g. distance, calories burned, pace, etc.). Timex connects to the Training Peaks website, while Nike connects to the Nike+ website. Neither watch will permit you to (readily) export runs to other apps such as Runkeeper. The difference between websites is where Nike really excels. The UI on Nike is intuitive and easy to navigate. The Timex software was laborious and not at all intuitive. The Nike watch plugs in and uploads the data to Nike+ automatically. This Timex watch makes you select the device and scroll through to find which run(s) you want to upload - and it is possible to upload the same run multiple times. (The trade off here is that multiple people can use the Timex watch, while the Nike is tied to one user). The Nike website automatically displays your pace and elevation and you can quickly switch to view heart rate. After spending 10 minutes on the Timex site, I'm still unable to view a map of my run. There is literally no comparison between the two: Nike's website is incredibly slick and easy to navigate and the Timex site looks like someone barfed up a windows '98 calendar with extra icons. Timex also has the option to upgrade to premium Training Peaks account for a mere $20 a month! (Or $120 for a whole year). My only real knock against the Nike+ website is that there is a bug that makes it impossible to post runs of 10k or more to facebook. In addition to the regular websites, both Timex and Nike have mobile apps. I found the Nike app useful to review my runs, although it contains significantly less data than the full website. The Timex app, on the other hand, has an abysmal 1.5 star rating at the app store (but to be fair I never tried it).
Bottom line for me, the Nike watch is incredibly easy to use. All else being equal (tracking time, heart rate, pace, etc.) I'm going to stick with the watch that is easy and intuitive to use, and not the one that makes you pay $20 a month for the "premium" service.
I run about 20 miles a week on average. I had heard a lot of rave reviews on compression gear for recovery post-workout. I decided to try these because 1) they're specifically marketed for recovery, and 2) they're not as expensive as other compression pants. Overall, I've been pleased: my legs feel "fresher" when I wear them after a run. My only real "knock" against these pants is the stitching around the knee. If not situated just right, the stitching will irritate your knee.
For me, my lower leg (calves and shin) generally feel sorer after running. For that reason, I bought some compression sleeves for my lower legs and I found those work just as well, and at about 30% less cost. These pants are also hotter than wearing just sleeves, so in the summer I'll definetly buy another pair of the sleeves or two.
I'd recommend trying the sleeves first (or compression shorts if that's more of your problem areas with soreness). These pants work well, they're a little expensive. The extra layer won't be an issue during the winter, but in the warmer seasons I'd rather have just the sleeves.