Review

“Disclaimer: I received four Brilliant Reflective strips packs 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!”

To say that I truly needed this product is an understatement. A group of chicas and I run very early in the morning (read: when it’s still o-dark-30) and are always worried about cars pulling out of driveways or coming around corners and not seeing us. We all wear headlamps and/or gear with some reflective features, but have continued to worry about our safety.
Until now, that is. As part of being a BibRave ambassador, I’ve been testing these strips for the past couple of weeks. The company provided both stick-on and iron-on strips, which I promptly applied to the following:
  • The dog’s collar
  • The back of all of my running shoes
  • The back of my winter running jackets
  • The back of my winter hats
  • My winter running mittens
  • The front and back of my hydration vest
  • The back of my favorite running Skirts Sports skirts

The strips include very clear and thorough application instructions inside the packaging.

I still have some strips left, so I will do another round of pasting/ironing on in the coming days. A chica can’t be too careful.

Application is super easy. For the stick-on strips, you peel the back and place on the item. These are best used for things that don’t go in the wash, like the aforementioned shoes and hydration vest.
The iron-on strips took a little more time but are also more durable for washable items like jackets, tights, hats and mittens/gloves. Here’s how I applied mine:
Step 1: Separate the strips.

Brilliant Reflective strips come in several colors, including black.

Once you open the package, the strips are easily separated. Choose the proper size for your item or cut it down to size.

Step 2: Place the strips on your item

I placed my strips on the back of my favorite running jacket.

The company recommends placing the strips in spots “recreating the human form with motion.” That includes placing the strips so they’re visible from all sides of your body and on your head, shoulders, knees, elbows, hands/wrists and feet.

Step 3: iron on using a paper towel

Even the back of my hat got the Brilliant Reflective treatment.

The company recommends making sure to use a paper towel when ironing on the strips and using a slow continuous iron movement over the towel while applying a bit of pressure. This process took about 30 to 40 seconds.

step 4: remove the clear plastic covering

Make sure your strips are cool before removing the clear covering.

Once the strip cools, you can remove a clear plastic covering. Mine came off easily and quickly.

step 5: BE SEEN

My back now lights up when I’m running or walking in the dark.

Thanks to my new Brilliant Reflective strips, I now light up beyond just my headlamp. I am a lot more comfortable running or walking my dog when it’s dark outside.

I genuinely can’t think of any downsides to the product, except for any user error like when I accidentally put the strip down incorrectly and accidentally ironed the strip to the paper towel. Oops.

If you want to light up on your run, you can save 25 percent off all Brilliant Reflective multi/assortment packs with code BRP25. Or click here to automatically get the discount at checkout.

What do you do to make sure you’re seen when it’s dark on your run? What other spots should I consider for additional strip placement? (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)

Review: Oofos sandals

by lachicaruns on

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos recovery sandals 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!

When BibRave announced to ambassadors that we could opt in to review the Oofos Project Pink line, the excitement was immediate and infectious.

I had heard of Oofos sandals, but hadn’t yet tried them. I am so very glad I did.

Bonus? The company donates $10 out of the $59.95 price for every Project Pink shoe sold to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for breast cancer research.

The sandals came with information about the cancer research donation.

The OOahh Sport Project Pink sandals came in black, with a tiny pink logo on the outside of both shoes, and the always-present double Os on the top in white.

As for the feel, the shoe is absolutely comfortable, lightweight and can be worn with and without socks. That’s important to this chica because I’m always cold and often wear my SmartWool socks with my slippers at home.

I should note that I haven’t work said slippers since I got the Oofos sandals in the mail, in large part because the sandals are comfortable and because I can wear them outside to let the doggies out.

The company boasts that its sandal “absorbs impact, cradles your arches and allows you to move naturally.” I do like how squishy the shoe feels, especially after a long run, when I can toss my trusty Brooks aside and slip into something more comfortable.

They also don’t smell, despite my obviously stinky feet, and don’t make my feet sweat either. The company says they can be machine washed, something I haven’t yet done.

Good shoe post long run.

I haven’t worn flip-flops in years, mostly because I don’t like the smack-smack sound they make when you walk.

The only downside I have seen with my Oofos sandals is that sometimes, when I wear them without socks, they make a, well, fart sound when I walk. It’s not often enough that it’s stopping me from wearing them, but I also wouldn’t want that to happen when I’m out and about.

Overall, they’re a comfortable shoe that easily fit in my gear bag so that I can bring them with me when we go camping and after races. I can see myself wearing them for many years to come.

What’s your favorite post-long-run shoe? Have you tried Oofos? What did you think?  (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)

Review: It’s a Luvo fest!

by lachicaruns on

Disclaimer: I received coupons for free frozen meals to review from Luvo 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!

This picky eater tried quinoa, ate her veggies and gobbled up fruit for breakfast as part of a review of Luvo frozen meals for BibRave.

The company sent me some coupons and I picked a variety of meals — for both breakfast and lunch — at my local Kroger grocery store. (Bonus: My Kroger has ClickList, so I can order online and pick up my groceries curb-side.) That said, views are my own.

Overall, I liked the meals so much that I plan to continue to buy them to increase variety on days when I can’t pack my lunch for work.

The company says it provides “Wholesome, Delicious Meals Made from Real Ingredients.” I can tell you that this chica could recognize all of the ingredients in my food. There was no mystery meat and no funky spaghetti sauce after-taste.

Here are my top three:

Steel-cut Oatmeal

This was probably my favorite Luvo meal I tried. So much so that I got it a second time within a week. Unfortunately, a company rep said it’s a discontinued item, so I may pick up a few boxes and stick them in the freezer. The rep did point out that they’re coming out with new flavors, so I’m looking forward to seeing what else they’ll have for breakfast.

The oatmeal and quinoa were thoroughly cooked and the fruit was sweet and firm, and not at all mushy. I was pleasantly surprised to find pineapple, peaches and even some cherries. The food comes in a sealed bag that you stick on a plate in the microwave to cook.

Tip: They’re not kidding when they say you will need to cut the bag with scissors.

Hawaiian un-friend rice

Oh, Luvo, how in the world did you get a meat lover to eat a vegan meal? Oh, that’s right: fruit again.

This bowl not only tasted yummy, but it made my office at work smell like heaven. Sure, it has “forbidden rice” and shiitake mushrooms, but there were pineapple bits and even cashews. I didn’t even realize it was a vegan meal until I was halfway through devouring the bowl and read the description on the box.

Unlike with the oatmeal, which came in a pouch, this meal came in a bowl with a plastic film that you remove after microwaving. Super easy, fast and filling, even without meat. It certainly surprised me.

Quinoa & veggie enchilada verde

This meal was just as tasty as the other two, but looked anything but. I was a little worried when I saw it come out of the microwave because it was not an attractive sight. Thankfully, it was super yummy with lots of black beans and a slightly spicy salsa verde.

Again, I thoroughly enjoyed a vegetarian meal and didn’t even miss the meat.

While poking around the Luvo website, I saw that they currently offer 20 different meals, including chicken harissa and chickpeas, roasted cauliflower mac and cheese, and chicken enchiladas. While I know that my grocery store doesn’t all of them, I plan to hunt more of these puppies down at other nearby stores.

Gotta hand it to them: they’ve made eating healthier easy and tasty, even if I’m scarfing down my quinoa and kale while sitting at my desk at work.

What do you eat for lunch when you’re at work? If you’re not a vegan or vegetarian, do you eat those types of meals on a regular basis? What’s your favorite frozen meal? (You may have to click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)