Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dr. Cool Wrap Review

 I have been dealing with shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, sore knees and hips for quite a while now.  I usually use a foam roller and ice at night before I go to bed.  Dr. Cool came up with a great product that allows you to ice while you are on a run, climbing a mountain, or just out and about.

The Dr. Cool Wrap combines the benefits of ice and compression in one good looking package.  There are three sizes:

3” x 25” Wrap for smaller areas.  This is ideal for Plantar Fasciitis, your wrist, and ankle.
4” x 50” Wrap for medium areas.  This is ideal for your elbow, knee, shin, and calf.
6” x 50” Wrap for larger areas.  This is ideal for back, shoulder, and thigh.

Each size is offered in 7 colors.  The 3” and 4” wraps also have an anchor hole which can be helpful when you start to wrap your injury.  It has a Velcro closure which does a very good job at holding the wrap in place. 
The Dr. Cool Wrap is very easy to use.  You simply wet the blue side and fold or roll the wrap up.  You throw it in the freezer for 20-40 minutes, then it is ready to use.  I found that it was a little difficult to wrap right after you pull it out of the freezer because it was still a little rigid.  You might have to rewrap it after a minute or two, but it fits perfectly after that.  

Pros:
Made to use while on the go.
Combines  ice and compression in one package
Comes in three sizes and 7 colors
Ready to use in 20-40 minutes

Cons:
It only stays (very) cold for 15-20 minutes
If you put it under clothes, it might look like you wet yourself

I am very pleased with this product.  It seems very durable and should hold up for a long time.  I like that I can use it during my runs.  During my test runs, it did not slip and it felt comfortable the entire time.  Even after the wrap wasn’t quite as cold, I could still feel the benefits of the compression.  I will be using the Dr. Cool Wrap in the future to tame my shin splints and other ailments. 

Keep your eyes peeled because I will be giving away a few Dr. Cool Wraps over the next few weeks.  Tell your friends to follow my blog for their chance to win as well.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Topo Runduro Shoe Review


Topo Athletic has hit another one out of the park with their newest road shoe, the Runduro.  This is a great shoe and has earned a permanent place in my shoe lineup.  Have to throw in the baseball references before the season is over.

The Runduro is a light weight shoe weighing in at about 8.2 ounces.  It is made with a printed upper and features no seams.  It is one of the most comfortable shoes that I have run in.  As with most of Topo’s shoes, you do feel the ground as you run.  I found that there is the perfect amount of cushion.  Topo wants you to connect with the ground to give you more of an organic run.  

Some of my favorite features of this shoe include the 3mm heel drop which is low enough not throw your form out of alignment.  It also utilizes the BOA lacing system.  Gone are the days where you had to worry about if your shoes would become untied.  The boa system is a knob that you rotate to tighten the cable laces.  The Boa system works great and has a lifetime warranty.  

The “anatomical toe box” as they call it, is a wider toe box like Altra uses that allows your feet to spread out as your feet are naturally designed to do.  No more having your shoes push your big toe inward.  I can feel that I am more stable and have a better toe off since running in a wider toe box shoe.  Unlike most Altra shoes (which my wife calls clown shoes), the Runduro is a great looking shoe.

This is a superb medium to long distance shoe that you could train in or take out for your next race.  I love this shoe and I am sure you will too.  The Runduro starts at $120 and is well worth it.