Category Archives: Apparel + Gear Reviews

Mizuno Wave Sky Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Sky running shoe.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

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Pact Organic Athletic Apparel Experience

This is a review + my experience with Pact Organic Apparel.

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About Pact Organic:

“Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… it’s a dirty business (and we’re on a mission to change it).

We’re committed to organic cotton to minimize our impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make our clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. We believe organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. Our mission is to change the apparel industry for good. 

No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Organic certification in manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability/eliminability standards, the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic heavy metals.

Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income. In India, farmers have the added benefit of earning the Fair Trade premium.

Our organic cotton is certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. One of the key pillars of GOTS is the protection of workers’ rights. Employment is freely chosen, working conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, no discrimination is practiced, and no child labor is used.

We believe shoppers can change industries with the simple, everyday choices of our purchasing decisions. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the power to influence people and planet in a big way. Organic cotton makes up less than 1% of the world’s global cotton supply – that’s a big opportunity for change!”

My Experience:

Supersupersuper excited is a good way to describe my feelings when learning that I’d be collaborating with Pact Organic for this run down.

Even if you just skimmed through the information above that Pact shares on their website, so get a good idea that this is very much a “bigger picture” kind of brand. Not only are they thinking about sustainability and the impact of what they are creating, but they are generating beautiful apparel + underwear that feel better and look better.

Not pictured above are the socks Pact sent (crew + dressy style socks) that I’ve been wearing regularly to work underneath my high top sneakers. They provide a comfortable + breathable layer and I’m digging the feel. Also, Pact sent me two pairs of men’s boxer briefs. When my boyfriend first put them on, he smiled and said, “Yeah, they feel good!” That’s a win in my mind!

Having organic underwear is awesome because: you want the highest quality + clean materials next to your most importantest parts, right?

Even if it’s not top priority for you to buy organic + sustainably made clothing, you’d be hyped on this brand SIMPLY because of the feel and fit of the pieces. The underwear and cami are particularly comfy + cozy and the hoodie is already a staple in my gym bag.

The leggings I see as being more of a layering piece, as I’d categorize them as low rise tights on me. I prefer to work out in high rise leggings, so these will be my layering + lounging + around the house leggings. I’m excited that this brand is getting their name out there (and I get to be a part of helping do that–soooo cool).

K guys, you’re about to be HOOKED, so save a little while you’re shopping over at:

Their website using discount code: RunOnOrganic25

Upy Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle Review

This is a review of the Upy Vacuum Insulated, stainless steel, double walled, anti-condensation bottle.

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Upy Vacuum Insulated + Stainless Steel + Double Walled + Anti-Condensation Bottle

Overall Rating: 4-stars

About:

  • KEEP HYDRATED, STRONG AND HEALTHY. From a day on your favorite road trip to the office, having a good water bottle is essential to stay hydrated. Also, it makes you feel awesome and taste a whole lot better when the temperature of your drinks is perfect. Let’s make it real with your best buddy, Upy Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It helps you to keep your drinks chilled up to 24 hours and warm up to 12 hours. MUCH LONGER THAN MOST OF OUR COMPETITORS!
  • EXTREME INSULATION. Vacuum insulated double wall construction of Upy Running Water Bottle guarantees maximum temperature retention and no sweat exterior. So, you can hold the bottle with a smile and keep it in the gym bag or on your working table with confidence. The integrated carrying loop holds the lid in place and lets you to carry the bottle in a crook of your finger. Instead, you can simply connect the loop to your hiking back pack or your waist belt with a small carabiner.
  • EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN. Upy Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle is made using the high quality, food grade, 18/8 stainless steel and finished with sleek and durable matte white powder coating for long lasting performance. It won’t transfer flavors or odors to your drinks and its super tight, screw type, stainless steel lid guarantees zero leaks and sudden splashes. The wide mouth opening of the bottle makes it easy to add ice cubes as well as the bottle brushes for easy cleaning.
  • WRAPPED WITH FREE BONUSES. Enjoy our exclusive bonuses, an eBook “home bartending essantials” which includes many delicious cocktail recipes and a straw lid to enjoy your favorite drinks anywhere with comfort, absolutely for free with every purchase. This super pack is the best birthday or Christmas gift that you can choose for the one you love most and for your kids.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY WITH EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE. What is your impression on Upy Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle? We are so confident that you will love our Travel Flask. But for any reason, if you’re not completely satisfied, we will refund every cent. No questions asked. You can use Upy not just as a water bottle, but also as a coffee cup, beer canister or as a tea cup. So just make your wise choice today!

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My Experience:

More than ever in my life, I am up to the shoulders in my belief that hydration is a problem solver in regards to health and longevity. Your body functions more efficiently (that means every. single. solitary. system. and organ) when it’s provided with an ample water supply.

Along with my high stoke level on water, I am an avid coffee drinker and have been since I became an adult (huh? what does that even mean?).

What I’m getting to is that I need a great container to lug my beverages around in! I’ve tried many different brands and I (not intentionally) have generated a list in my mind of the things that are important to me in a portable beverage jug:

  1. Must seal tightly so that leakage is not a stressor
  2. Needs to have a decent capacity (Idk, somewhere above 16oz or so)
  3. Also must fit in most of my holders
  4. Added bonus if it keeps cold stuff cold and hot stuff hot
  5. Added bonus if it looks cool!

The only spec that this bottle isn’t totally optimal for is that it doesn’t fit into my Honda’s cupholder, which is a tad of a bummer. Overall though, that’s a tiny detail.

I have been carrying this bottle around with me for a few weeks and let me tell you, it’s a well made bottle. The seal is secure, the material used is substantial and it feels like a fancy bottle without the well-known name. I’m amped up to have this Upy bottle for my sweaty activities. Definitely go check out their site and amazon page (the place to order) to take a gander!

 

Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe Review

This is a sponsored review on behalf of Fitfluential of the Mizuno Wave Catalyst running shoe.

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Mizuno Wave Catalyst Running Shoe

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About the Mizuno Wave Catalyst:

“The new women’s Wave Catalyst is a high performance running shoe with lightweight support, making it ideal for high-speed training. Light yet flexible, its perfectly sculpted fit hugs your foot while the articulated Fan Wave delivers fast, responsive cushioning.

High Speed Support

Striking the perfect balance between comfort and support, the Wave Catalyst is a support running shoe you can count on for fast, stable run. A true performer, Wave Catalyst keeps you going farther, faster.

  • Totally new Performance Support experience provides just the right amount of support without compromising its performance
  • The articulated Pebax Fan Wave provides smoother landing and heel strike transition
  • The 10mm drop and X10 midfoot landing area is ideal for heel and midfoot runners
  • Sculpted lateral forefoot gives runners a more stable platform for better feel
  • Blown rubber forefoot optimizes pressure distribution, durability and cushioning.”

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My Thoughts:

Though I’m an avid runner, I have never regularly run in Mizuno running shoes. I do have prior experience with this brand, though–as I wore them my entire career as a collegiate volleyball player. Mizuno volleyball shoes are unparalleled. Naturally, I had high expectations for these running shoes.

They did not disappoint! By looking at the shoe at first, I was guessing that the drop would be a little much for my preference, as I typically go for zero drop running shoes (I like to feel the ground a little bit under my foot). However, they feel really good on.

I’m pretty apprehensive about trying a completely new running shoe, because so many pairs just completely screw up my natural gait–theres nothing worse than that. I really like the feel that this pair provides, though. Mizuno has struck a nice balance of keeping this shoe low profile, yet substantial enough to provide just enough cushion for significant mileage.

It doesn’t feel as thick on the bottom as it looks. I was very impressed by how much I enjoyed the stable and lightweight feeling. You can definitely tell that a lot of thought + trial + error + testing went into creating these Wave Catalysts. They are pretty sublime.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that the colors are totally rad. The electric pink + blue combination is fun & just my style. I plan to wear them both during runs and in my cross training (lifting + olympic lifting type workouts).

 

Momentum Active Jewelry! #sharetheSPARK

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential of Momentum Active Jewelry.

Momentum Jewelry: Designs that Move You

Amped to collab with @momentumjewelry on this!

We all operate at a higher level when we are inspired. These little positive reminders deliver awesome little mantras to fuel your motivated lifestyle. This one says YOU GOT THIS 👊🏼 (because um, yeah, YOU DO, yeah you!). The others say NEVER GIVE UP.

So many more good ones on their site.

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