6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Running Product Reviews

Reviews for water bottles, pants, tops, headbands, and more...

I am super behind on reviewing amazing products and recommending items I cant live without.  Lets get right to it...

*Click the name of the Item to go to a Website for purchase....

I was sent the Clean Bottle for review.  After watching the Youtube video on the Handheld I was intrigued.  I loved the idea that I could un-screw the bottom of the bottle to get it fully clean.  I have tested this bottle on numerous long runs.

Tall Thumbs Up:
-Love that the bottle holds 22oz, the right amount for a thirst runner.
-The bottle will not slip out of the holder
-Easy to drink out of top
-Fits my Android phone perfectly with a fully zip around pouch, that is clear so I can check my phone if needed.
**Have not tested the Gu holder yet, but I like the idea
-Easy to clean and put back together
-10% of Clean Bottle Profits are donated to eco-friendly Charities.

Tall Gripes:
-I don’t like the thin handle, personal preference I would prefer something thicker.
-At $24.95 the price seems a bit high, but for the quality it may be worth it.

I bought the Garmin 310XT using a Gift Card to Road Runner sports.  There is no way that I could do a review even half as good at DC Rainmaker HERE   He is amazing!!  I will give you the very short version.

Tall Thumbs Up:
-The style, I love the look with the Orange and grey.
-Watch is less clunky than my Forerunner 305, lighter weight and thinner strap
-Chimes and vibrates at the increments I set
-Super easy to set up for running
-Waterproof if needed (for the rain for me)
-Optional heart rate monitor, will work with previous Garmin strap, although I have not tested it.

Tall Gripes:
-I forgot to turn off the auto-pause during a race and the watch turned itself off while I was running.  It must have lost satellite in the city/tunnels, etc. WARNING do not use auto-pause during a race.
-I am a bit confused about the battery life.  It said it was charged at 100% then died just after turning on, this should not happen with a new watch. 
-The cost...but as a training tool it is worth it!!

Have you ever worn the perfect outfit?  That outfit that does not bunch, ride up or down, or cause you any hassles on the run.  Well Moving Comfort sent me just such an outfit to test.  I have always loved Moving Comfort gear, the brand sells my favorite 7.5 inch spandex shorts HERE these are my chafe-free saviors when I wear skirts, etc..
Flex Tank- No longer sold online :(
Soft fabric
Long length
Nice color options
I seriously love this tank, I believe I linked on Facebook...although it has sold out the amazing fabric is available in the Fall Line photos above and found online HERE HERE and HERE
Long waisted to hide muffin top
Rear Zipper "stash" pocket big enough for a Gu and some money..
16 1/2 inseam 
Thick, but breathable fabric, so you feel covered and comfortable.

Champion sent me 2 bras to test at the launch of their new Bra Website months ago (oops sorry Champion).  Well I have been wearing this bra once a week ever since and I am in LOVE!!!  

Above is the Custom Criss-Cross style HERE, it is my favorite, but of course you need to buy a bra that is right for you.  The Champion website has a Bra Finder function that will help you pick the right bra for you!!

I found this site on Facebook and was EXCITED to see some long waist-ed shirts and long pants.  The items are not necessarily for running, but for everyday wear, walking, yoga, etc... perfect!!

Tall Thumbs up:
-The fabric is high quality and soft
-The tank is long and keeps things covered
-The fit is perfect and the length of the pants is amazing (they come in 36 and 38 for you really TALL gals), I would not call these running pants.. More like wear before and after races and every other time of the day for ultimate comfort!!
-The packaging for the product was super cute with free wrist bands included.

Tall Gripe:
May be a bit out of some budgets….BUT with as often as you will wear the pants especially, the cost per wear is low.

Lately it has been too hot for visors and hats so I have switched to headbands and sunglasses.  I am still in search of a great pair of cute Sunglasses for now I am using a Kenneth Cole pair I got a Marshalls.  But I have narrowed down my favorite headbands:

Lucy Gym Power HERE-  Everyday Headband, will not move off your head, comfortable and cute.  I wore this at the beach to cover up the grease in my hair J

Bondiband HERE I love these headbands year-round, you can cover up your ears in the winter, slap one on after a sweaty run when you go to coffee, and fold it in half for a cute look in the summer. 

RazzyRoo HERE-  I have several styles of RazzyRoo, they fit my head and style perfectly. 

ActiveBands HERE-   My Bloggy Friend Janice’s sister started this company so I have to give a nod to a new business.  I have a couple of the headbands which are high quality.  If you follow on Facebook you will get info on amazing Coupon codes.


-OnlineShoes.com loves to host great Giveaways on their Blog HERE  follow them on Facebook so you don't miss out!!  With Free Shipping and exchanges on purchase you should go to their site and SHOP..

-The Another Mother Runner Blog has weekly Giveaways on their Blog HERE 

-Brooks is having an end of the season SALE with loads of great deals on Apparel and shoes HERE 

-LOCAL RUNNERS- Do you want to join me for a Flat and Fast Half Marathon or 10K on October 27th??  Register for the Snohomish River Run today and use the code TallMomSRR12 for $10 off your entry!! REGISTER HERE

***Although I was sent some products free of charge I have not been compensated for my review, my opinions are my own.


TNTcoach Ken said...

Wow, I'm going out and purchasing those tops and capris! LOL....

fancy nancy said...

So many great things!!! I am really going to have to look into the Cleanbottle. I have a Nathan handheld now but I can't fit my phone in it...not good when I need it just in case the bambina makes an appearance!!

jen said...

I might do that River Run 10k! We have some friends that live in Snohomish and this would be a great excuse to get up there (they've been wanting to meet the baby!). I'll let you know, would love to meet up before or after!!

Amy @ Run Mom Run said...

I'm already registered for the snohomish half! It sounds like it will be a great race! I'm turning into your race stalker, almost every race I do in the area you're there too!

dailone said...

Best to wear a zip up sports bras, if you do not wear a bra, Games for supporting breast ligaments damage, the site is easy to cause breast pain, and chest bigger, the higher the chance of pain.

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