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Hoo Rag: The Better Bandana Review

This is a review of the Hoo Rag, the better bandana.

Hoo Rag

About Hoo Rag:

“Hoo-rags are revolutionary headwear that are worn by hundreds and thousands of male and female outdoor enthusiasts and athletes all over the world. If you’re just seeing the Hoo-rag, click the “Watch Video” button below for a quick run through of the most popular ways to Rock the Rag. Below we also have a few of the most popular ways you can wear yours, but in reality you can use your Hoo however you want. We have seen and heard of some pretty crazy ways people have used their Hoo-rags out in the real world. The Hoo-rag is made of 100 percent polyester microfiber that wicks away moisture and protects you from the suns harmful rays! Rated to 30 UPF.”

My Thoughts:

I’m always stoked to link up with brands that support getting outside & breaking a sweat. The Hoo Rag is awesome for whatever outdoor activity you partake in. The material itself is a bit thin & moisture wicking, making it the perfect warmer-temp headband for me to wear while running outside.

I don’t see it as a replacement for a gaiter or ear warmer since the material is not suitable for super cold temps. I love that theres plenty of material there, with which I can make a nice, wide headband. It keeps all of my baby hairs out of my face + it can slide down onto your neck seamlessly for easy versatility, though I don’t imagine needing to use it as a face cover.

I find that it seems to stay put pretty well, but I would like it a tiny bit snugger if I had to pinpoint one critique.

The vibrant pattern and color is so fun–I love this shade of blue. I’d recommend the Hoo Rag to all of my crazy running freak friends!

 

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YogaSmoga Twistie Tank Review

This is a review of the YogaSmoga Twistie Tank.

  

YogaSmoga

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

I’ve checked out & reviewed a pair of workout capris and a headband from YogaSmoga once before and found the quality & comfort of their pieces is sublime. The Run Jump ‘n’ Play Capris are still one of my favorite pairs hanging in my closet and they get a ton of use. You can check out that whole review & the photos with it here.

So, with this tank, I’ll get the teensy bit of bad news out of out the way first: tanks with a flowy/loose bottom seem to be the only ones that work for me. Tighter fitting ones (like this one) always ride up on my waist (likely because of my shape–it’s not a product flaw) and are not suitable for me to run in because they don’t stay put.

However, judging this tank just as it is designed to fit, it’s pretty freaking awesome. (Is this making sense?) Basically, I will live in this tank around the house and for things not exercise related. I just won’t work out in it often because of how it moves on my torso.

I was very impressed by the feel of the material and how the built-in shelf provides enough support that I can wear this tank comfortable out of the house without a bra–love that! The color combination is pretty & vibrant & I love the design of the straps in the back. It’s an excellent staple piece to have in your closet to wear even as a cami. If this tank would work for around-the-house AND for running, it would get my highest rating.

As expected, excellent-quality product from YogaSmoga & I’m sure many gals who are tight tank fans will adore this one.

Ellie Fitness Apparel: New Picks!

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Ellie

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Ellie:

“At Ellie, we are driven by our love for fashion and fitness to create high quality activewear for the modern woman. We launch limited edition collections every month so that the Ellie woman is always staying inspired and on-trend. At Ellie we know women like to have options so we offer two ways for you to purchase Ellie pieces. You can order pieces individually on our site or join our Fit Fashionista Club monthly subscription and let us help you discover a new outfit once a month.

We create unique, stylish pieces that you can wear when you’re working out or out on the town. Ellie apparel is designed to complement every part of your routine. Whether it’s a unique top for pre and post workout, moisture wicking pieces for intense routines, or accessories to accent your outfit, we have you covered at Ellie.

You can expect only top-quality materials and technology in Ellie gear. We have a range of fabrics that are moisture wicking, 4- way stretch, UV protected, and breathable. Our industry recognized designers spend hours creating activewear that is high quality and fashion forward.

We invite you to experience and enjoy Ellie!”

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Flex Appeal Capri

About:

  • If you’ve got it, flex it. These frisky mid-caf capris make an impression with a booty-enhancing contour line, fun navy stipe pattern and convenient features like UPF50+ protection and a hidden key pocket.
  • Fabric Content: Body: 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex
  • Fabric Care:
  • Machine wash cold with like colors. No bleach, no softener. Tumble dry low if needed. Use a teaspoon of salt to keep color fabulous.

Beach Bound Bra

About:

  • Dare to bare that bronzed skin with ultimate confidence. This edgy, fun bra is perfect for a run or volleyball on the sand. Soft, double-layered fabric provides comfortable support at the rib along with a flirty cutout design.
  • Fabric Content:
  • Body: 90% Supplex, 10% Spandex
  • Body: 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex
  • Lining: 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex
  • Fabric Care: Machine wash cold with like colors. No bleach, no softener. Tumble dry low if needed. Use a teaspoon of salt to keep color fabulous.

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My Thoughts:

When I first saw these pants on the Ellie website, I thought “Oooooo!” There is something about the stripes, the fact that they’re navy instead of black. I just love the pattern of them. They’re very comfortable and I see them as great pants for lifting, doing some light running and during other fitness ventures. I don’t see them as being high performance enough and having a fabric substantial enough to last several years of heavy mileage via running. They tend to wiggle down a tiny bit, gradually during strenuous exercise for me.

The look of this sports bra is likely my favorite that I’ve ever owned. I love pieces that are set apart by their unique detailing. This bra is best suited for lifting, yoga, hiking and lighter forms of exercise that aren’t high impact. It’s not highly supportive (I am a 34 DD bra size). However, I still see it getting tons of wear during the summer on walks, hikes, gardening, etc.

The quality of Ellie apparel is pretty good, but not as high performance as it gets. I enjoy having these fun pieces in my wardrobe and they get a lot of use as my everyday casual wear more than my long runs or sweaty workouts.

 

Janji Running Shirt & Crops Review

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Janji

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Janji:

“On the way to the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Mike and Dave had an idea: what if they could connect runners around the country to solve one of the world’s most serious problems?  By the time they came home from the track meet, Janji was born.

Mike and Dave knew runners like themselves were charitable.  But they saw that philanthropic running only begins — and unfortunately ends — on race day.  They want Janji to change that.  Through Janji’s high performance apparel, runners can fund solutions and raise awareness for the global food and water crisis in a meaningful and lasting way.  Now, rather than racing just one day for a cause, runners can give back through everyday training.

Janji’s goal is to create a community dedicated to running for another.  That was Mike and Dave’s goal on that bus, and that’s what Janji will always be about.”

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Black Running Capris

About:

“Each pair of capris gives 3 year of clean water to a person in Tanzania.

Details

• 88% Polyester / 12% Spandex
• Black calf-length
• Wrapping ergonomic seams for optimal movement
• Zippered back pocket for convenient storage
• Wrapped hand drawn pattern across capris
• Signature Janji logo elastic waistband interior
• Reflective logo for added visibility.”

Giraffe Long Sleeve Shirt

About:

“This tee gives 1 year of clean water to a person in Kenya.

Details
• 65% Polyester 35% Cotton, moisture wicking material
• Relaxed fit with a lightweight feel
• Designed and tested by runners
• A sleek, lightweight fit
• Featuring the black, red, green, & white of the Kenyan flag.”

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My Thoughts:

This is a really neat running apparel brand that I have been lucky enough to try once before. I’ve also tried out their gray running capris. You can read that review here.

During the colder months, having a stash of comfortable long sleeve shirts in my closet is a necessity. The material composition of this shirt is nice because the cotton makes it cozy and the polyester provides the moisture wicking quality. It breathes and performs like an activewear shirt, yet it is cozy enough to wear to be or to lounge around. I also love the unique giraffe traffic on this shirt–it’s little things like that that set one running apparel brand apart from another. My daughter also digs it, as she loves animals!

When I want to wear a pair of capris for a long run, volleyball practice with my team, or a tough workout, I grab my Janjis. The fit is unparelled, they stay put, they are comfortable, they look cool, they are figure flattering. I couldn’t ask for more in a capri. These capris hit me right below the knee, not below the calf like many capris do. I like having pants of varying lengths in my closet–and when I want a knee-length capri, Janji gets my vote every time. Having these pants in gray and black hanging in my closet is absolute gold for my running wardrobe.

Not the least important of which is the fact that Janji is a brand on a mission. As you can see above in the product descriptions, they donate proceeds from their sales to fund folks in Tanzania getting access to clean water. Awesome apparel and awesome mission–I’m so into it!

Fitfluential Puma Campaign Review

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of PUMA Fitness.

PUMA Fitness

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Fashion Comfort Look:

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Gym Loose Tank Top

About: 

-Loose Fit

-Sweat-wicking fabric

-Scoop Neckline

-Back cutout detailing

My Thoughts:

This top is beautiful–from the cut to the pattern and transparency of the fabric. It fit loosely, yet is feminine in that the fabric is see-through. I love the design. It’s the ideal, breathable running tank that could also be worn around town as a fun and unique tank top during warmer temps.

Studio Capsule Pants

About:

-Relaxed fit

-Moisture-wicking

-Wide elastic band

-drawstring

My Thoughts:

What a unique, comfortable, yet chic pair of sweatpants. I love the cute take on lounge sweatpants. They are tight enough around the bum and legs that they do not feel too frumpy on me. I see them as a fashionable twist on my cooler-temp sweatpants workout and hanging-out routine.

Narita V2 Shoes

About:

-Lightweight

-Mesh upper with synthetic suede overlays

-Breathable sockliner

My Thoughts:

When I first saw these shoes, I thought: throwback. I love the retro look and color contrast on these shoes. I wore these a few days ago while kicking the soccer ball around at the park with my family. They are perfect for kicking a soccer ball. They’re low profile, Simple with a flat platform where the laces are. Outside of soccer ball kicking, I find them as a comfortable sneaker to wear with sweatpants or jeans.

Performance Look:

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Gym Tank 3

About:

-Inner bra support

-Fitted; feminine silhouette

-Criss-cross back strap

-Sweat-wicking

My Thoughts:

I love the color of this form-fitting tank. It covers enough so that I feel comfortable exercising without having to be cautious. It’s also flattering, I feel, and would complement a range of body types. The inner bra support is a nice detail. I prefer to still wear a sports bra underneath–though it could be worn without one during low-intensity performance activities.

Gym 3/4 Length Tights

About:

-Unique patterning

-Flattering fit

-Drawstring waist

-Capri Length

My Thoughts:

These capris fit like a dream. They are comfortable at the waist–having the adjustable drawstring option is nice for water weight fluctuation. The material feels seamless and is ideal for optimizing performance and feel on long distance runs.

Mobium XT Shoe

About:

-Lightweight

-Breathable

-Rubber outsole

-Allows feet to move and expand freely

My Thoughts:

Love at first sight with the color of these shoes. I love how vibrant they are. They are very cushy and comfortable. I normally run in semi-minimalist shoes–thus, these shoes aren’t my pick for running. However, I enjoy wearing these shoes for performance during cross-training activities like hiking, weight lifting and doing plyometrics.

 

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