Monday, February 29, 2016

Score on Quality with R-Gear Branded Running Clothes

Products received at no charge to facilitate review.
I'll be the first to admit, I don't look like a runner. 
If I had my choice, I would be hiking, biking or trail running but sometimes it's easier to throw on my shoes and go for a quick run. Those days I run on the road remind me of how awesome I thought it was when I completed my first marathon and then again when I broke a four hour marathon. Through the numerous pairs of running shoes I've owned, the running socks I've gone through and the running tops I've sweat in, my favorite place to get my apparel and gear is Road Runner Sports. I've been a customer long before I became an affiliate. In fact, I choose my affiliates based on where I shop. 

I was beyond excited to get the opportunity to review Road Runner Sports R-Gear line of fitness apparel. All of my favorite running socks already are from the the R-Gear line. What I've always loved about the R-Gear brand is the awesome quality at a little more affordable prices than bigger brands. 

Drymax Light and Quick Socks

Though R-Gear socks and are always my preferred choice in my sock drawer, this is the first time I've tried the the R-Gear Drymax Light and Quick Socks. I instantly fell in love with these. I sweat an awful lot when I run. Thick socks make my feet too hot and make me sweat more. The light Drymax socks are perfect. They help keep my feet dryer than other socks, thus preventing blisters, and they don't make me sweat even more. Plus, I love that they don't have funny seam lines that rub on my feet when I run. I truly don't get blisters when wearing the Drymax® technology socks but have in other socks. If I could give these 5 plus stars, I would. These socks are worth every penny. Stay on the lookout. I'm going to be adding a giveaway for a set of 3 pairs of these.
Rating: ★★★★★

R-Gear Revive Printed Racerback

While I run my body back into shape, I want to keep my tummy rolls covered. The R-Gear Revive Printed Racerback is by far one of the best tops to keep my modesty intact and keep cars from throwing donuts at me (Yes, I've really had that happen while running). I absolutely love the fit of this top. It is extra long so when I'm done running and want to bend over to stretch, I don't have to worry about exposing my crack and my whole back side. The Dryroad® fabric is super soft and breathable. I don't feel too uncomfortable when the fabric starts getting wet from my sweat. It does dry quickly in a breeze. While I don't mind wearing this top alone, I do wish it had a bit more support in the chest area. There is no built in bra so those who are busty might have to wear a sports bra underneath. I wear it without one and don't mind. I would purchase this again because of the soft fabric.  Still a solid four star and would give it five if it had more chest support.

Rating: ★★★★☆

R-Gear Speed Pro Compression Tight

I'm so excited to finally find a pair of compression tights that come in a medium short size. It's obvious from the photo that my legs are short and stocky. The R-Gear Speed Pro Compression Tights fit me perfect. I love these compression tights for trail running. There's just enough compression in them to help prevent some of the swelling I get around my ankles when running at higher altitudes. I love the zippered hems so I can put these on or take them off over my running shoes. I also like the design. The pockets at the waistband are nice to keep my keys in while trail running. There's nothing to improve with these tights. I absolutely love everything about them and think they are well worth the $59.00. I paid about $10 more for a bigger name brand and I didn't like them as well.

Rating: ★★★★★

My overall impression of the R-Gear line from Road Runner Sports is that the fabrics and make are high quality which easily compare and even outperform some of the more expensive brands. I will continue to be a happy customer. In fact, I joined their VIP program about 8 years ago and have been a member since. With the program, I get 10% off all of my purchases which really saves when we have several runners in the house who are buying new running shoes every year. I also get my orders super fast with free shipping.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Finally! Scents for the Sensitive: Renuzit Sensitive Scents Review and Giveaway

Products received at no charge of facilitate my review.

Soaked and stinky hiking socks, sweaty gym clothes, and stale running shoes all seem to be the normal in our house. I would love our house to smell of anything but what we bring in from outside.
The problem with using scented products is they are always strong enough that they trigger migraines for me.

I was so excited to open my box full of three different Renuzit® Sensitive Scents products. All three scents were mild enough that they don't give me a headache. However, I still can't too close to any of them. Still, it's a huge improvement on some of the other scented products I've used and had to throw out because they were too strong.
I like adjustable cones for my bathroom. I received the Renuzit cone in the Water Blossom and Cucumber scent. As far as the cone goes, this is my favorite mode of delivering the scent for my bathroom. The cone is great for small spaces with a 98% biodegradable gel that delivers a steady scent for up to 30 days. I feel mediocre about the scent. I do like that it's mild but it's not my favorite of the three. It doesn't remind me of cucumber at all and I'm not sure what a water blossom is supposed to smell like. It does have a bit of a floral scent.

The wall plug in for the scented oil works best for larger rooms. The scent is too strong for me in a smaller room but when it's diffused into a larger area, I have no problems with it.
I like the Pure Ocean Breeze the best of the three scents. It's a fresh scent that doesn't smell too much like flowers. I'm not usually a fan of floral scents. A subtle but steady stream of this scent works near our front door to give us something refreshing to come home to.

The last scent of Pure White Pear and Lavender in the deodorizing spray would be better if it was a little stronger on the pear and a little less of the lavender. I really hoped it would be more of a "fruity" smell but it definitely has more of the lavender. While I liked it, I didn't love it and would choose the Pure Ocean Breeze for the deodorizing spray should I choose to purchase it in the future. I like to use the deodorizing spray after cleaning up my kitchen and dining area. I don't spray around food prep areas but it's nice to spray it lower so it neutralizers some of the strong cooking smells.

Overall, I loved the Renuzit Sensitive Scents for not being mild. I would like a "fruity" option available in the future as there weren't any of the three scents that I loved. While I liked the Pure Ocean Breeze, I didn't love it.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Grapevine Trail: Mountain Biking in St. George, Utah

I love mountain biking in St. George, Utah. I'm still timid on my bike but I can always find rides I can handle while the rest of my family finds trails that are a little more challenging. We recently drove through St. George and wanted to ride but didn't have a lot of time.

We found the short, easy Grapevine Trail for me and the longer connecting Prospector Trail for the boys.
The Grapevine Trail is accessed off I-15, Exit 13 North inside of the Red Cliffs Desert Preserve. Parking available on a graveled area just off the north frontage road.

About a quarter mile up the road is a gate with an opening at the side for hikers, bikers and horses.

The Grapevine Trail is an easy double track with little elevation change. However, there are sandy parts that make pedaling through it a challenge.

The trail isn't particularly scenic but some beautiful scenery exists in the background. It's also a connector for numerous other trails. A map near the beginning of the trail shows how to get to the desired Church Rocks slick rock riding area. I stayed on the Grapevine trail and rode 2.6 miles until the road ended in a turnabout where there is a beautiful rock formation just off the road. Another 2.6 miles back made for a short but pleasant ride. I ended up riding part of it again while I waited for my small group to return. I hope to use the trail again to connect to the trials leading to Church Rocks so I can try the slick rock.
Rock formation at the end of the Grapevine Trail.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cozia Design Ski Goggles REVIEW

Product and compensation received at no charge in exchange for an honest review. As always, I reserve the right to give my honest opinion about the product.

Having the right ski gear makes a huge difference between having a great ski day or a cold and miserable one. A good pair of goggles helps me see the terrain so I can choose a line that I feel confident completing safely. 

The Cozia Design Ski Goggles have many of the features I look for in a good pair of goggles. My favorite thing about the googles is the field of vision. Since the googles sit out further than regular googles and have no frame around the lens, the peripheral vision is amazing. I can see out of the corner of my eye with these without turning my head. The googles work best for vision on a bright, sunny day.

The googles are well ventilated so I get virtually no fogging while skiing. Also, the UV protection  on the lens is excellent.

As far as fit, the strap is long and adjustable so they fit over my helmet perfectly. I also had my husband try them and he also had no problem with the fit. For those who wear glasses, the googles would easily fit over them and still be comfortable. These would not fit a child.

When testing ski gear, I always like the point out what I don't like or what I think needs to be improved. The biggest drawback with these googles is that they are too dark for a cloudy, overcast day. The day I tried them went from overcast to clear and sunny. The googles worked well in the sun and really helped keep the glare off the snow. However, the transition from the sun to the shaded areas took some getting used to. Since the lens is removable, it would be a nice addition on the company's end to add a yellow lens that could be used on overcast days.

The only other thing I feel neutral about is the aesthetics or how they look. I feel like a bug when wearing them. Not really a big deal once I get my helmet on. They did cover a large area on my face which kept it warmer so I did end up not really caring about the way they looked. I would rather be warm than fashionable.

The goggles come with a nice carry case,  a lens cleaning cloth, and a medium weight face and neck balaclava which made the price seem like a real bargain.

For a quick recap, here is what I liked and didn't like about the Cozia Design Ski Goggles.

  • Great peripheral vision
  • Works well on bright days
  • Well ventilated for anti-fog
  • Great UV protection
  • Adjustable
  • Can wear with glasses
  • Good Price
  • Too dark on overcast days
  • Sun to shade transition not great
  • Aesthetics
Rating: ★☆