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Monday, July 21, 2014

Product Review XX2i Sunglasses

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation for this post, though I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, 

Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Today's review is of two types of sunglasses from the XX2i company. 

The first pair is the: France2 

And the second is: USA1


Here are my thoughts about the two. First lets talk about the France2

These sunglasses came with interchangeable lenses, temple tips and nose pads, in a couple of different colors. Very cool! I've included the specs. You certainly can't beat their lifetime warranty, and return policy. Outstanding!

How do they look? 

Here is a look at all that was included with this pair. Definitely lots of possibilities. I did like them a lot, though in the beginning I had a little bit of a hard time swapping out the lenses. I contacted the company and they referred me to their videos, and after that I've had no issue at all. They did fog up a little bit but I think that is because I tend to perspire a lot more than most people and get overheated. 


Next up: The USA1

I will say right now, that they are my favorite lenses, fashionwise. I love the white, and how it looks and feels on my face. These fit me fantastically and I grab them almost all the time when I go out the door to run.  I was not sent any interchangeable lenses, though there is that option for those that would want to swap them out and pay a little more. They came in a really nice carrying case and had a soft cloth case to store them in also. ( The France2's also came in the same type of case.)

Here are the details from the website. Same fantastic warrantee and return policy.

Again I had a little bit of an issue with fogging as I tend to get very overheated when I run. To be honest, I have yet to find any pair of sunglasses that don't fog up on me. In the meantime, I will just keep using these, as they are definitely my favorite. 

So what's my take on this company and the products?

Great warrantee
Great customer service
Full YEAR return policy

If I was passing through a store and saw the France2 sunglasses, would I buy them?

Probably not. Why? They just aren't really my style. I like them a lot, 
but I feel like they just aren't for me.

How about the USA1's?

YES YES YES!! I would pick those up in a minute and go home a happy camper.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Thank you to XX2i for providing me with these to review for you. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Meet the FRESHJUNKIE Patrick Fellows

I like to do something different from time to time, and so I am going to feature different individuals who are runners and have a story to tell, or are just plain interesting!  Let me introduce you to Patrick Fellows. Patrick is the owner of FRESHJUNKIE, 
a healthy salad and wrap restaurant, and the owner of  the 
Louisiana Marathon and FRESHJUNKIE Racing.

I understand you are a man that wears many different hats in life. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what your passions in life are about?

14 years ago or so, I began training for triathlon to rehab a pretty gnarly shoulder injury.  Having been a swimmer from the age of like 6 mths, I started swimming again.  I was swimming at a local YMCA and began doing spin classes so I could lose some extra weight I had put on after being in a sling for 12 weeks.  My friend said I should do triathlon.  I was 29 and had never run.  I started in 2000.  

At around this time I was transitioning from working in the bar/restaurant business and was at the end of 10 years of pretty poor living.  I had been an avid smoker/drinker/partier and the end of these things coincided with me beginning to train.  

Over the next decade I in no certain order, helped start a local TRI club, started a woman's only TRI series, swam 32 miles to start a charity that exists to put on races for kids and families, raced a hundred of times, started repping running shoes for Mizuno, started multiple healthy food concepts/restaurants and founded with a friend the Louisiana Marathon.  

My passion is to help others find themselves via healthy living.

When did you start running and why?

Fall 2000.  Because I had to to finish a triathlon.  

What keeps you inspired to challenge yourself?

I am not sure that inspiration is the right word.  After awhile, for me, and a lot of people, I think it just becomes part of who you are.  I like half and full ironman races, so do all my friends.  We run ultras/marathons.  Not to minimize it, but it's just a part of our life.  That's why it's sustainable.  I feel like if we are constantly looking for the next experience, we don't enjoy the current ones as much.

What types of races have you done so far and what are your plans for the racing season this year?

Running-up to 50k's, Tris-Ironman and below

I once swam from Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis Mississippi (34 miles)

This year I raced New Orleans 70.3 and am doing Ironman Chattanooga in September.  Next year I want to swim across Lake Ponchartrain and run it back (marathon each way)

Describe your most favorite aspect of training:

This is tough for me.  I think the moments of clarity we get while out there. I like the social aspect of my group of training partners and the pains we inflict upon each other.

Describe your "perfect race" scenario:

Where I perform to the best of my ability that day.  I have had maybe 3 in 14 years...maybe.

Ever been injured? How do you deal with injuries?

Broke a couple ribs from a bike wreck last year.  Broke a collarbone in the mid 2000's.  Have two herniated discs that flare up when they so choose.  Other than that I've been pretty lucky.

Hopes/Goals for the future?

I may want to qualify for Boston one day.  That's not a real motivator for me for some reason.  I've never identified myself as a runner.  More of a swimmer/triathlete.  Whatever that is.  I hope my kids find a joy in running or some sport.  I'm not a bucket list type of guy.  I'm more, "Hey, there is a marathon next weekend, want to go?" type of guy.  Pick fun events to do with my friends.

Number one tip you would give new runners:

You have to run fast to run fast.  Oh, and learn to swim.

I have been chatting on and off with Patrick online now, for a little over a year. Finally got to meet up with him at the Boston Marathon Expo, and he is just as comical and serious at the same time, in person as he is online. I have to say that he is very inspiring and I might just have to go try out the Louisiana Marathon some year! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Product Review: Mizuno Wave Kazan

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation for this post, though I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Today I will review one of Mizuno's new lineup of Trail Shoes, the Wave Kazan. I run trails about 35-40% of the time. I really prefer to run on pavement, but do realize that trail running is good for my legs once in a while.  

Let me tell you about the new Kazan:

The first thing I noticed right out of the box, was the look. I really like the way these look. Much more so, than some of Mizuno's previous lineup of shoes... The Women's version comes in Gunmetal Grey, and Chinese Red. 

The next thing that I noticed was the minute I put them on, they felt different than any other shoe by Mizuno that I have ever run in. Something just "felt right". I noticed right away how these shoes were more flexible than their normal trail shoes, and yet they have enough support that I don't feel the rocks under my feet when on the trails. I'm not one to run in any type of a "support" shoe, but these seem to be the best of both worlds. Mizuno has definitely got the right idea with this one.

Here are some of the different features of the shoe:

·            Mizuno’s most versatile, all-terrain trail shoe that lets you glide smoothly over any type of terrain.

·            The Concave Wave cradles the heel against excessive movement, while a midfoot “X” groove allows the heel and forefoot to move independently and adapt to uneven terrain.

Wave plate in the heel 

Midfoot Xgroove 

·            The ultra-aggressive x-studded outsole pattern is strategically patterned to provide optimal grip and traction while still allowing for optimal flexibility where needed.

·            And at just 8.0 oz., the Wave Kazan is light enough for a fast day on the trails, yet rugged and protected enough for an epic, 100 mile ultra.

Fluid motion at every step of your run.
SmoothRide is the result of years of development designed to the most fluid, smooth, rocking-chair-like motion in every step.
Smoothride begins working the moment your foot touches the ground. Flex Grooves in the heel promote natural movement from the back of your foot to the front, initiating that rocking-chair motion. Our AP+ Midsole gives the shoe a bouncier feel. And Flex Grooves and Flex Controllers in the forefoot work together to smoothly continue the roll forward to give your foot a more solid platform at toe-off. It all adds up to a more fluid, enjoyable run, every time you head out.
  • Smooth, rocking motion throughout your stride
  • Increased flexibility
  • More power at toe-off

Look at the midfoot flexibility... Love this! Really allows the leg to work in a more natural manner, 
yet is still supportive and light. 

These shoes also are made of a water resistant coated mesh.
I decided to demonstrate that from the inside out.

I also love the detailing.. from the bi-colored laces, to the Japanese symbols on the tongue.

The Wave Kazan derives its name from the Samurai battle standard of “Furin Kazan” meaning “move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as the forest, attack as fierce as fire, and be as undefeatable as the mountain”. The striking upper design was patterned after topography and Japanese rock gardens.

I have thoroughly enjoyed running in these shoes. I hope that Mizuno continues to produce more shoes that are as light and flexible as these!

The Mizuno Wave Kazan can be found at MizunoRunning.Com

Here are a few extra pics. I love to wear these shoes when I am 
walking the beach along the river, and I also use them for biking. 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Product Review Surpahs Digital Body Fat Scale

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation for this post, though I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the BFS-835 scale from Surpahs.

First lets talk about what this scale can do for you. If you are pound conscious and are wanting to keep track of more than just your weight, then this scale is for you. It will measure weight, body fat, and water, muscle and bone mass. It simply displays all of this for you while you are standing on it.

How does this scale work? This Surpahs™ Body Fat Scale uses Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology which passes a small electrical current through the body to estimate body fat mass, total body water, muscle mass, and bone mass. The electrical current is very small and may not be felt. Contact is made with the body via four stainless steel pads on scale.

Most body fat scales give you a one-size-fits-all reading. But the Digital Body Fat & Water Scale goes a step further, and bases its calculations on the personal data you input, including gender, age, height, activity level and weight. These profiles - for up to 8 individuals - are stored in the scale's memory, allowing it to instantly recognize each user with no effort on your part. The touch screen interface makes inputting easy. 

The Digital Body Fat & Water Scale is also everything you want in an everyday bathroom scale: exceptionally high 400 lb. (180 kg.) capacity, accuracy to the nearest 0.2 lb. (3 oz.), and a generous 11.5" x 11.5" platform. Convenient sense-on technology gives you an instant readout - no need to tap and wait for it to turn on. The 3.5" LED dial is easy to see, and automatically turns off after a few seconds to preserve battery life.

What do I like about the scale? It's easy to use, and the Digital screen is nice and large and easy to see. Nice rubber feet keep it from sliding on the floor, and it shuts off right after you are done using it. 

It also comes in a very sharp looking black, which I absolutely love!  But wanting to match my bathroom, I got the white edition.  

Here is a closeup of the digital screen.

Thoughts:  I would totally buy this product. It gives you tons of information that is helpful for anyone who is being cautious about their body weight and/or BMI. The price on Amazon is just $29.99 which is very reasonable! The only suggestion for improvement that I would like to see in this product is the ability to have it network to my computer so that I could record the data and retain it as needed. Other than that I think it is a good product that anyone would love.


The BFS-835 scale can be found at: 


You can find Surpahs online at: