XX2i Brazil1 – A Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of xx2i Brazil1 sunglasses  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!

It may be November, but is sure doesn’t feel or look like it here in San Diego. Which is unfortunate for me because I love Fall weather, but also a plus because I got to test out some new sunglasses.

These past couple of weeks I’ve been wearing xx2i Brazil1 sunglasses. While these sunglasses are from their casual line, I also tested them out for running. I personally really like “casual” sunglasses for races (and every day use) and not ones specifically designed for racing. Racing/running sunglasses are ugly – in my opinion. So the xx2i Brazil1 seemed right up my alley. I received the sunglasses, a hard case and a soft fabric case – all very nice quality. Here is a breakdown of what you are getting with these sunglasses (via xx2i’s website):

XX2i Brazil1 Casual Sunglasses comes in Matte Black with Polar Grey lenses. Decorated with small silver accents and a keyhole shaped nosepiece, the Brazil1 turns heads with sleek lines and simplicity.  Using the same advanced materials as XX2i’s performance models, the Brazil1 comes standard with polarized lenses that employ 8K optical technology, ensuring the utmost frame durability and lens clarity.

FEATURES: Lightweight and durable frame. Polarized lenses with 8K optical technology.

WARRANTY: Lifetime Warranty! No questions asked, you break or scratch them, send them back to be replaced for a nominal shipping and handling fee!

RETURN POLICY: 365 Days! We know it may take some time to try on and get comfortable with a pair of sunglasses bought online so that’s why we give you a full year to do so! That’s right, take up to 365 days to determine if you want to keep them and if not, send them back for a full refund less any shipping and handling fee.

The Brazil1 are really great casual glasses. Days at the beach, lake, river…anywhere you like to relax are pretty much what these sunglasses are made for.
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I even tried them out while exploring the desert/Salton Sea! (Side note: the Salton Sea is so cool, yeah it smells like fish and sulfer, but it wasn’t THAT bad. The Salton Sea has a really interesting history and is beautiful in it’s own way! Check out this episode from 99pi, this is what made me want to go there). As with running, these sunglasses don’t slip off your face when your out exlporing – sure these are “casual” sunglasses, but that doesn’t have to mean inactive.

Here are what I found to be the pros & cons of the Brazil1 sunglasses:

Pros: 

  • Comfortable
  • They look good (even if they are a little big for my small noggin)
  • Colors and design that go with pretty much any outfit
  • They don’t slip while running
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY – I mean, come on, you won’t find a better deal than that
  • You have 365 days to decide if you like them (I am the most indecisive person ever, ask my bf, so I personally LOVE that they give you a year to decide)
  • Durability
  • Good quality

Cons:

  • They are not cheap, $99.99 a pop (but you can use code “BRAZIL1” for 60% these sunglasses now through midnight Tuesday, 11/22!)
  • They are a little too big for my head, even though big sunglasses are in right now
  • Fog up when you are running, but only when you stop
  • Not everyone likes the blue lenses (but I do!)

Overall, I really like these sunglasses. They will definitely make a regular appearance in my rotation, especially while racing because I love that they don’t slip when I run. You can check out what my fellow BibRave Pros thought about their sunglasses and don’t forget to join us for BibChat, Tuesday November 22nd at 6pm PST – xx2i will be our sponsor for the chat!

The Valley Isle Runner

Heather Runs Thirteen Point One

Reason to Play

BrendasRunning

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Legend Compression – A Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Legend Compression socks  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!

Could you ever have too much compression gear? Runners, the answer is no, you cannot. So when I was offered the chance to review a compression brand that was new (their company launched in August 2015) I jumped at the chance.

Get it, me jumping…

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Just kidding. But for realsies, I was looking forward to trying these compression socks after checking out their website. They were designed by John Thomas (President and Founder of Legend Compression). He has 30+ years in the medical industry and has a mission to, “help individuals extend the life of their legs through graduated compression technology”.  When it comes down to it, they seem like a company that truly cares about the people they are providing products to. This was confirmed when I received my socks along with a brochure and letter introducing me to them and their company. As someone who is very active I appreciate that – I want my legs to keep me running until I’m old and wrinkly!

These compression socks are different from any compression socks I have ever worn. Other than not having a left and a right footed sock, the biggest difference and plus for me is they are EASY to get on. Wait, what?! Compression socks that are easy to get on? Don’t believe me – check out my instagram video of me putting on my socks: easy, I swear!

Legend’s whole thing is compression done right aka right not tight! These socks have 15-20 mmHg vs an average 20-30mmHg. Based on their experience in medical compression and understanding of  what athletes need they have created a moderate or theraputic level of compression – which according to them is more effective during exercise. I wanted to test this idea so I ran stair repeats, hill repeats, long runs and speed workouts in these socks. I have to say that I agree. My legs felt better than they usually do with out compression after these runs and better than they usually do with the tighter compression socks I would wear during activity. I felt like I got more out of my workout as well because my legs didn’t feel confined. I don’t usually run in compression socks but Legend has changed that for me.

Today I ran a fartlek then worked on some squats. As I said, I love running in Legend’s compression socks because they are not as tight as normal compression socks.

I also like to lift in these socks. Again, it all has to do with the tightness – or lack of tightness? They are the most comfortable compression socks I’ve ever worn. If you’re new to running and haven’t tried compression gear and aren’t quite sure if it is for you (it is!) here are some benefits of  Legend’s graduated compression socks:

  • Improved athletic performance & recovery
  • Relief of aching, tired, swollen feet and legs
  • Comfort for routine travelers and long distance plane flights
  • Relief of swelling and soreness from prolonged sitting or standing

 In addition to being #rightnottight these socks have an “arch clencher”. In the arch of the foot they place the arch clencher to help stabilize the sock and keep it in place on your foot. I appreciate that they designed the sock this way – nothing is worse than having a sock that doesn’t stay in place while you’re running.

If you are interested in chatting with the peeps at Legend Compression join us for Bibchat on Twitter, Tuesday November 8th at 6pm PST. You can also save 15% on your order (for a limited time) using code “bibsave15”. Also, check out what my fellow BibRave Pros thought of Legend Compression:

This Valley Isle Runner

Beard on the Run Blog

Brie “like the cheese”

Run Jen Run

Run With No Regrets

2 Generations Running