Women's UA Qualifier Speedpocket Perforated Crop - Hushed Pink With Shirt
Workout Leggings

Best Running Tights Review

Best women’s tights for running? We recommend the Women’s UA Qualifier Speedpocket Perforated Crop. Why? They are light-weight, provide a compression fit, and they have a pocket in the waist (center) that really works for carrying your phone. (And to be clear in the year 2020, we recommend you always run with your smartphone in easy reach. Better safe than sorry). Here’s some of the styles we’ll be reviewing today: (We are an Under Armour affiliate). Let’s take an up close look. Best Running Tights – Overview OK, what’s good about these tights? These put TIGHT into tights. They have an ultra-tight, second-skin fit for a locked-in feel. It’s energizing, and it makes you feel like you want to get up and go. And, it’s generally known that clothing with a light compression factor do seem to reduce muscle fatigue – and speed up your recovery. But, at the same time they are soft and comfortable. These have a decently high and wide waistband for good coverage and security. No embarrassment when bending over in these running tights. These have [Read more …]

Women's HeatGear Armour Hi-Rise Leggings - Charcoal Light Heather 1X - HIIT Workout
Workout Leggings

Women’s HeatGear Armour Hi-Rise Leggings Review

The UA HeatGear line of performance wear is great – let’s look at the newest addition, the Women’s HeatGear Armour Hi-Rise Leggings. What’s HeatGear Armour? HeatGear Armour is UA’s original performance baselayer. The baselayer is what you put on first and take off last. These are high-rise leggings. That means they have a wide, high waistband. This means comfort – and no embarrassment when you bend over. We exclusively recommend high-rise waistbands on tight fitting workout clothes – and these deliver. These are hot (pun fully intended) – get them now at Under Armour.com (We are an affiliate): Let’s take an up close look. Women’s HeatGear Armour Hi-Rise Leggings – Overview Ok, so these are high-rise leggings. What’s special about these? These are from UA’s HeatGear line of performance workout wear. What can you do with these? Anything really – Yoga, HIIT, CrossFit, and of course – just plain lounging around the house. These also have a side pocket for convenience. And like every pair of yoga pants or leggings they are meant to fit tight This provides a performance [Read more …]

ALMI's All-Day Performance Sock is great for business travel. It is equally at home in the office, or the gym.
CrossFit Shoes

Athletic Socks for CrossFit Review

Let’s review the best athletic sock for CrossFit. This is going to be a review of athletic and running socks. But, before you hit the back button – give it a chance. I’m the person that always bought cheap socks. Whatever was cheap and available in a 12 pack – and usually $20 or less. But after I started testing real athletic socks intensively – I found out all the benefits of a comfortable, performance sock that fits right. So ditch those Costco socks and look at these options for the CrossFit WOD (or any other workout, really): Let’s review these socks! Athletic Sock vs Running Sock – Is there a Difference? First of all, let’s define what an athletic sock is? And, is this the same thing as a running sock? There is some overlap, and the line between the two is blurry, for sure. Here’s the key differences. Athletic socks are for general workout and physical activity (like exercise). Athletic socks are light-weight, breathable, and usually have a mild compression effect. They have a stretchy, comfortable fit. (The [Read more …]

UA SPORTSMASK - Facemask for athletes and exercising - on face workout
Workout Apparel

UA SPORTSMASK – Best Facemask for Exercising?

Need a face mask for exercising, working out, or training? There aren’t too many options yet – but we think the best bet for a facemask for athletic use is the UA SPORTSMASK. Our review pair of masks are on order (We’ll test two different sizes) – but while we wait for them to arrive – let’s talk about what makes this the best facemask for working out. Here’s the product we’ll be reviewing: UA SPORTSMASK – The Facemask Designed for Athletes and Working Out As soon as the CDC recommended wearing a facemask (even for healthy people), UA got right to work and started building prototypes for athletes, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts. What is so special about a facemask for athletes? Well, it has to provide airflow – but also minimize the moisture and droplets that your exhalation can produce. It also has to be comfortable and stay put – for running, training, HIIT workouts, CrossFit and more. How did UA do this? They use high-performance UA materials, and this mask is designed to be worn all day and [Read more …]

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Running Shoe - Side view 2
Running Shoes

Nike Pegasus Trail 2 Running Shoe Review

Nike just dropped the new Pegasus Trail 2 – this is a React foam based trail running shoe. It looks good, but what’s the practical difference between this and all the other trail running shoes that Nike has? (Like the Wildhorse 6, Terra Kiger 6, and Pegasus 36 Trail?) That’s what we’ll talk about here in our hands on review. We’ll also compare it to another running shoe that has a lot of React foam. Here’s the styles now available (We are a Road Runner Sports affiliate): Let’s dive in and take a look at this trail runner. Nike Pegasus Trail 2 – YouTube Review Why read when you can watch? Here’s a first look from our YouTube channel: Nike Pegasus Trail 2 – Overview Let’s start with the cushioning system – because that is the major defining feature of this shoe. The Pegasus Trail 2 uses React foam – and lots of it. It gives a very soft, cushioned feel – in both the heel and forefoot. (But there is more cushion in the heel for sure.) To get [Read more …]

Nike Metcon 5 AMP versus Nike Metcon 5 - Americana
CrossFit Shoes

Differences Between Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP Shoes

What’s the difference between the Nike Metcon 5 and the Nike Metcon 5 AMP? That’s what we’ll cover in this short article. This is Nike Metcon 5 versus Nike Metcon 5 AMP, but we’ll talk about the Nike React Metcon and React Metcon AMP too. Here’s the shoes we’re going to review: Let’s compare and contrast the Nike Metcon 5 and Metcon 5 AMP shoes. Nike Metcon 5 Versus Nike Metcon 5 AMP The Nike Metcon 5 is a great CrossFit WOD shoe. It has a firm, stable heel for heavy weightlifting (deadlifts, squats, cleans, snatches), but it also has enough cushion for short runs (sprints, etc.) and box jumps, jump rope, double-unders, and more. It’s also great for rope climbs thanks to that monster size “rope wrap” on the sides. What then is the Metcon 5 AMP? Most of the Nike Metcon 5 AMP shoes have premium styling. AMP is mostly special edition colorways – that are limited runs. See a pair you like? You better grab them in your size while you can. Nike RARELY brings back a [Read more …]

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men's Weightlifting Shoes - Quarter View
CrossFit Shoes

Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe Coming July 1st

Reebok will launch the 2nd version of the Reebok Legacy Lifter weightlifting shoe on July 1st, 2020. It’s called the Reebok Legacy Lifter II Men’s Weightlifting Shoe. We’ll have a full hands-on review here shortly thereafter. How will this shoe compare to the previous Legacy Lifter, or the Nike Romaleos 4? We’ll have a side by side comparison too. Meanwhile, here’s some of the styles that are coming: Let’s take a look. Reebok Legacy Lifter II Weightlifting Shoe – Overview This is an Olympic weightlifting shoe. It’s got a tall heel raise. You could also describe this as having a lot of Heel to Toe Drop. How much? We don’t know yet – because Reebok hasn’t published the number. The original Legacy Lifter had a 22 mm heel to toe drop – so we expect this shoe to be similar. Expect it to have a very firm midsole, outsole, and insole – there’s not going to be much of any cushion in these – because they are Oly lifters. We don’t want cushion – we want a rock solid lifting [Read more …]

Women's UA Meridian Joggers Blue Ink Running
Workout Leggings

Women’s UA Meridian Joggers

The UA Meridian line of performance wear is great – let’s look at the newest addition, the Women’s UA Meridian Joggers. What’s a “jogger”? This is a soft, cozy workout pant with a generous, relaxed fit. Why a jogger in the gym? Comfort – and no restrictions on your movement. This is also a little more modest option than tight fitting leggings or tights. But, no matter what reason you choose them for, we’re sure you’ll like them. These are hot – get them now at Under Armour.com (We are an affiliate): Let’s take a look at these joggers. Women’s UA Meridian Joggers – Overview These are from UA’s Meridian line – so they use a super-nice knit fabric. It’s made from 83% nylon and 17% Elastane (aka spandex) – so these are super comfy. But these don’t fit tight like leggings or tights – these have a generous, relaxed fit. There’s a tapered leg to keep things from being too loose. The fabric used will wick sweat and dries quickly – for maximum comfort. What can you do in [Read more …]

Women's UA Meridian Crop in Blue Ink workout pose
Workout Leggings

Women’s UA Meridian Crop – Cropped Workout Legging

The UA Meridian line of performance wear is great – let’s look at the newest addition, the Women’s UA Meridian Crop. What’s a “crop”? It’s like a Capri, basically. Capris are cropped pants where the leg ends just above the ankle. They can help keep you cooler – and they are a trendy look right now (and for the future.) Just remember that they tend to “shorten” your legs – so they can be somewhat unflattering on the wrong physique. These are hot – get them now at Under Armour.com (We are an affiliate): Let’s take a look. Women’s UA Meridian Crop Workout Legging – Overview Ok, so these are cropped workout pants, like capris. What’s special about these? These are from UA’s Meridian line of performance workout wear. What can you do with these? Anything really – Yoga, HIIT, CrossFit, and of course – just plain lounging around the house. These are very comfortable, so we won’t blame you if you never want to take them off. Part of the secret to the comfort and performance is the knit [Read more …]

Women's UA Meridian Bike Shorts in Hushed Turquoise - full view
Workout Shorts

Under Armour Meridian Bike Shorts for Women

Let’s review what makes the Women’s UA Meridian Bike Shorts a great high-performance apparel option for your workout. Softness was one of the key features that Under Armour put into their new UA Meridian line of workout clothing. And they’ve got a great selection of tights and leggings for your workout, but now they have bike shorts also. These are hot – you can get them at Under Armour.com (We are an affiliate): Women’s UA Meridian Bike Shorts – Overview First, let’s highlight the specially engineered fabric that is used in these bike shorts – because that’s the secret to the comfort and performance. These are made from a 83% Nylon / 17% Elastane blended fabric – so they’ve got great stretch for comfort. But these also wick sweat away from your body – to double up the comfort. These also dry very quickly. It’s also a lightweight material. But these aren’t shorts that get a hole in them after you wear the twice – these are premium shorts that will go the mile. These are a fitted product, that [Read more …]