Thursday, October 29, 2015

Addaday Type D+ Roller Review


Self-massage can be an important tool for runners.  I have found that when I foam roll and stretch, I can recover quicker and I am less sore overall.  I have used soft foam rollers, hard foam rollers (Trigger Point Grid X), rollers on sticks (the Addaday Type A), and even lacrosse balls.  I think that each type of roller can be beneficial depending on your desired outcome and area of need. 

I got to test out the Addaday Type D+ roller and was really excited when it came in the mail.  I have been running a lot lately, and the longer runs were really taking their toll.  What I like about the Type D+ is that it has two sets of rolling balls with a gap in the middle.  This was great for rolling my back.  Most foam rollers compress your spinal cord and can be painful.  I feel that the TypeD+’s design is awesome in that regard. 

Each roller has a soft rubber like compound that kneads your muscles like fingertips and elbows.  The rubber material won’t grab your hair and is easy to clean.  The handles are covered with soft foam so it is really easy to get a good grip and really get into those knots. 

Each of the balls are set on a metal rod, which is very sturdy.  It was a little hard to roll for the first minute or two, but loosened up quickly.
Here is a video I made featuring the Type D+.

Pros:
Decent price at $51
Easy to hold
A gap for you spinal cord when rolling your back. 

Cons:
Might be too hard for some people

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I really like the Addaday Type D+ Roller.   The Type D+ cost around $51 and can be purchased online or at your local retailer (click here for locations).  This is a great product made with great materials and is worth the money.    

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Adidas Ultra Boost Review


Most people would think of sneakers or soccer apparel when they hear about Adidas.  Their motto is “we strive to help you perform at your best.”  Adidas employs over 50,000 people in 160 countries.  The Adidas Group also owns Reebok, TaylorMade, and CCM (Hockey).  Adidas was founded in Germany in August of 1949.

I have been trying to get in contact with Adidas for quite a while.  I read about the Ultra Boost before it even came out and was intrigued.  Adidas is not one of the big running companies so I wondered what people would think of it.  The response was almost all positive.  The biggest complaint was from people not wanting to pony up the $180 for a pair.  It is a lot of money for a pair of shoes, so I was curious to see if the Ultra Boost would be worth the money.

The first thing that I realized when I was putting the shoe on is that there is no tongue.  It is more like a bootie, which hugs your feet.  A bit of warning if you have wide feet though, it might compress your toes too much.  This won’t be a problem for most people, but I just want to put that out there.  The shoes upper material is what Adidas calls Primeknit.  It is made with various types of mesh and stretches with your foot.  It feels amazing and is breathable. 

The foam looks like white rice with tons of little foam bubbles.  I really like the feel of these shoes.  The foam feels like it provides extra energy with each step.  I got out on my first test run and forgot about my shoes altogether.  Most of the time, I think about my shoes (i.e. they feel loose, tight, too big, etc.) but with the Ultra Boost I just enjoyed my run. 

The STRETCHWEB outsole looks weird, but I felt like it had a great amount of grip.  The funny thing is that they were so grippy, they squeaked on tile surfaces for quite a while.  The foam and outsole combine to provide a great amount of flexibility.  With all of these lightweight materials, the Ultra Boost weighs in at a decent 10.6 ounces.

Pros:
Extremely comfortable, like a slipper
Looks awesome
Tons of grip
Very stable

Cons:
Price at $180 (but worth every penny)
Might be too narrow if you have wide feet

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I was surprised when I slipped on the Ultra Boost how good they felt.  While they are a little narrow and I did feel a little compression on my big toe, I think this would only be a concern for people with wide feet.  The question is, “Are they worth $180?”  I say, yes.  I felt like I did get a little boost of energy with every step.  I was able to comfortably keep up a great pace and I didn’t even think about having shoes on, which is a great thing.  Check out a pair of Ultra Boost at your local retailer today (click here for locations). 

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nathan VaporAir Hydration Pack Review


Nathan Sports is sold in over 45 different countries and was on Inc.’s 500/5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in 2013.  They make hydration, visibility, and performance gear using industry leading materials.  If you go to your local running store, there will most likely be Nathan products there. 

Nathan sent me the VaporAir to test out.  It is one of their higher end hydration packs, although the price isn’t too bad, starting at $112.  This is a very light weight (weighing only 9.3 ounces) hydration pack that uses highly breathable materials for added comfort, even on your sweatiest runs. 

The hydration pack comes with a 2-liter bladder and detachable hose that makes it easy to clean.  The bladder can be turned inside out for drying and has a sliding clip at the top of the bladder to keep it closed.  The bite valve can be turned on and off by twisting it and you can get a decent amount of water without having to work too hard.  The hose has a magnet which connects the hose to the front of the pack to keep the hose your of your way.  It took a little while to get used to the hose not resting closer to my body, but wasn’t a problem after my first test run. 

This pack has tons of storage for your runs, long or short.  You have two pockets that fit water bottles in front (although I use one for my cell phone).  There are two stash pockets for gels, and two more zippered pockets on each side of the pack, near your torso.  There is a pill pocket that is water resistant for your salt pills, a zippered pocket on the front for your smartphone, and a huge pocket on the back of the pack.  There are 9 pockets in all. 

Another feature of the VaporAir that I liked was the attached whistle.  If you need to get someone’s attention, either for safety or because your running partner is getting way too far ahead of you, Nathan included this helpful tool for you.  The soft touch edges on all perimeter bindings reduce the possibility of chaffing.  There are reflective markings all over the bag and elastic cords to hold extra gear.  There are even cables to attach trekking poles.

I love the way this pack was designed.  It sits a little higher (race style) than some of the hydration packs out there.  Nathan used contour mapping to design the pack so it does not bounce around and there are load lifters to pull the water and gear closer to you after you have less water in the bladder.  The pack really does feel like an extension of your body. 

Nathan states that “No matter how hard you push our gear, we guarantee it.”  This does not include normal wear and tear, but you are covered from any manufacture defects for as long as you own the pack.  That sounds great to me.  I definitely push my gear to the limits at times and it is great to have a company that stands behind their products.
 
Pros:
Light Weight, Breathable Materials
Plenty of Storage
2-Liter Resivoir
Great price, starting at $112
Whistle for safety

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I was unsure about the VaporAir after my first run because the hydration hose sticks out a little more than what I am used to.  After that first run, that wasn’t an issue.  This is a great hydration pack.  It is super light, has tons of storage, and does not bounce around when you run.  You can pick up a VaporAir starting at $112 at Amazon or at your local retailer (click here for locations).  I am very pleased with this hydration pack and I think you will be too.  Nathan has been making quality running products since 2005 and the VaporAir has taken the best features of Nathan’s hydration packs and put them all in one great product.  Way to go Nathan! 

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.