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Knockaround shades

Disclaimer: I received two fabulous pairs of Knockaround Premium Shades to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Sunglasses are a must-have piece of gear for me – whether I’m running or simply outside in the summer months. That is, once the clouds and rain that envelop Vancouver give way to the spectacularly long summer days we are blessed with on the west coast. I can never have enough pairs of sunglasses! And that’s where Knockaround shades come in!

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SKINS DNAmic Compression TightsDisclaimer: I received a pair of SKINS DNAmic Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Despite the fact that Vancouver has pretty mild weather year-round, it definitely gets chilly enough during the winter months to need a bit of extra coverage. Not only that, but with a spring marathon on the horizon, extra-long training runs are a necessity. Having compression to aid in recovery is essential. Combine these factors, and some reliable compression tights are the way to go!

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test SKINS DNAmic Compression Tights! Not only does the Skins brand make an awesome looking product, they have a cutting-edge compression technology that makes them an indispensable piece of running gear! Here’s my experience with SKINS…

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bibboards

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

Do you run a lot of races? Have a lot of favourite running shirts that you don’t want ruined? Sick and tired of fiddling with safety pins and stabbing yourself when trying to get your race bib in place? If this sounds like you, then BibBoards are exactly what you’re looking for!

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BOCO Gear Run Hat

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Gear Run Hat to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

You may have been introduced to BOCO Gear in my previous blog post, A Bit about BOCO Gear. If you want to learn more about the company and their range of products – or just need a recap – swing by and read that post. Today, however, I want to talk about the actual BOCO Gear cap I got to try out!

BOCO Gear Run Hat

The Cap

The product I got to try is the BOCO Gear Run Hat. Because orange is my signature colour (and the colour of BibRave), I was stoked to get this hat in the mail!

My first impression was skeptical – I’ve never been a big fan of flat-brimmed hats, as I tend to like them more tightly rounded. I have generally shied away from ‘trucker caps’ for this reason. It’s not really my style.

Having said that, once I started wearing my BOCO Gear Run Hat, I was sold. Here’s what I like about it:

It’s Comfortable

The BOCO Gear Run Hat using technical fabrics that I’m not geeky enough to describe in detail, but it just simply feels good on my head! It’s light and it’s breathable…and, best of all, I don’t think about it when I’m wearing it. This is a sign of quality in any item of gear – whether shoes, tights, running belts, or hats – if you don’t notice it while you’re running, it’s good.

It’s Adjustable

Running caps have varying degrees of adjustability. Some have snaps, others have drawstrings. Trucker caps are notoriously bad (in my mind) because they adjust like belts; one snap can be too loose, but the next level up too tight. The BOCO Gear Run Hat has a back snap buckle, and you can tuck the excess into a pocket.

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It’s Fun

I know this is rather subjective criteria, but I just really like the playfulness of the BOCO Gear Run Hat. The colours, the design…it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Any areas for improvement?

I’ll admit that all things considered, I just don’t know if this design looks good on my head! Because of the softer, more comfortable nature of the material, it tends to bulge a bit on the sides near my temples. But maybe that is one too many selfies talking, and I’m just worrying too much. It would be interesting for me to try a few other BOCO Gear products to compare.

BOCO Gear Run Hat

Conclusion

The BOCO Gear Run Hat is a great running cap, and I’ve enjoyed wearing it both at races and during my training runs.

BOCO Gear Run Hat

Visit BOCO Gear online, and check out their fantastic product line:

Websitewww.bocogear.com
Twittertwitter.com/BocoGear
Instagramwww.instagram.com/bocogear/
Facebookwww.facebook.com/bocogear/

#bocogear #bocolove

BOCO Gear Run Hat

BOCO Gear

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO Gear cap to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Before being offered the opportunity to test a BOCO Gear cap, I’ll admit I hadn’t heard the product name. A few short months later, however, and I’m a big fan! Here’s a quick introduction to this fantastic brand!

BOCO Gear produces a line of performance gear for endurance athletes, specializing in technical headgear and accessories. Although I couldn’t find any information confirming my theory, I believe the name is a porte-manteau of the brand’s hometown of BOulder, COlorado. BOCO. Get it? (But, again, this is just speculation!)

Products

BOCO Gear has a number of product lines, including:

  • Technical Trucker
  • Visors
  • Run Hats (including Tri, Endurance, and Elite)
  • Cold Weather Gear (toques, beanies, headbands and neck gaiters)
  • And more…!

What really makes BOCO Gear stand out is that their products are fully customizable. Check out the BibRave cap:

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The BibRave-branded BOCO Run Hat features:

  • Custom colours (orange and white)
  • Front logo
  • Hashtag
  • Brim design

Plus, it has all the things you expect from a run hat, such as lightweight wicking materials in the top and front panels, Dry Tech polyester side panels to keep the head cool, a polyester mesh wicking sweatband (which I am in particular need of!), and an adjustable back snap buckle.

Of course, they have their existing line of products, too. I’m particularly fond of the Colorado Collection, since I fell in love with Colorado when I ran the Platte River Half Marathon last year!

I’ve been wearing BOCO Gear for a few of my recent runs and races, and will be providing a full product review soon!

Learn more!

Visit BOCO Gear online, and check out their fantastic product line:

Website: www.bocogear.com
Twitter: twitter.com/BocoGear
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bocogear/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bocogear/

#bocogear #bocoloveBOCO Gear

orange mud phone. flask. vest.

Disclaimer: I received an Orange Mud Phone. Flask. Vest. to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ever since I first heard about the Orange Mud brand, I’ve been wanting to try out their products. Something about the name really appeals to me (you know, me and orange, my signature colour!) – plus, their selection of gear is diverse and tremendously practical. You can imagine my excitement when I finally got the opportunity to review a brand new product – the Orange Mud Phone. Flask. Vest. (I’ll give you a hint: I was really excited!)

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OOFOS OOmg

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS OOmg Recovery Shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I’d heard about the OOFOS brand, having seen reviews and blog posts about their sandals. I’d always wanted to give them a try, so when we were given the opportunity to test their yet-to-be-released Recovery Shoes, I jumped at the chance! Because of the time it sometimes takes for products to cross the border into Canada, I was concerned I wouldn’t make the blogging deadline – but I’ve made the most of them!!

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LEGEND Compression

Disclaimer: I received a pair of LEGEND Compression Leg Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I don’t know if I’ve ever fully bought into compression gear before. Sure, I’ve tried some compression socks (which I quite like), and my tights arguably do some squeezing (but they’re mainly for keeping me warm) – but I’ve always been a bit on the fence about what compression could do for me.

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