Darn Tough Micro Crew Midweight With Cushion Sock 1466 with MACV-1 Black
Rucking

Best Rucking Socks

Best rucking sock? That’s what we aim to find out. We’re out in the field , ruck marching relentlessly to find the best rucking sock. Check back in a few weeks and we’ll have test results. Here’s some of the styles were going to look at: On to the socks! Best Rucking Socks – Overview What do we need in the best rucking sock? That’s what we’ll discuss here. (Stand by for details!) Our field test will reveal what the key features are. MudGear – Ruck Sock We put these through some real mud – and they lived up to their name. This was an 18 mile ruck march through swampy trails that varied from dry to calf deep water – and lots of mud, of course. Darn Tough – Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Review How do these do when wet? I had these on for a 10 mile/30 lb ruck march after a stormy, rainy day. A few places on the trail, I had to go full immersion. While having wet socks isn’t fun – there were really no [Read more …]

UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoes - Women's
CrossFit Shoes

UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe Review

Let’s take a look at UA’s newest trainer, the UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe. I’m a big fan of the Under Armour’s CrossFit shoe – the UA TriBase Reign 2. When I heard that UA was releasing a shoe that combined the stable “TriBase” with their HOVR foam – I just had to check it out. Here’s some of the styles that are available now (Note: We are an Under Armour affiliate) Let’s check it out. UA HOVR Apex 2 Training Shoe – Overview What’s special about this shoe? First, it uses UA’s HOVR technology to provide what they describe as a “zero gravity feel”. HOVR is soft foam that gives energy return – when you compress it, it returns to form in a crisp fashion. (It’s quite similar to Nike’s React foam, by the way). So, it gives some energy back, but it also helps eliminate impact – because it is cushioning after all. For a cross training shoe you need some cushion – but not too much. How does UA find the right balance of cushion and [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 …]

UA SPORTSMASK - Facemask for athletes and exercising - on face
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 has arrived! (We’re testing two different sizes). Let’s talk about what makes this the best facemask for working out. Here’s the product we are 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 when playing sports or exercising. The mask uses a 3 layer [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 …]

Under Armour Ultimate Running Kit for Global Running Day 2020
Running Shoes

Be a Better Runner for Global Running Day – Under Armour Ultimate Running Kit

Under Armour has a goal to make runners better – by providing high performance gear and tech that helps. This high-tech gear can go the distance, for many runs – miles and kilomoters. And for Global Running Day 2020 (June 3rd) they are unveiling something new – the Ultimate Running Kit. Here’s a sneak peek at what Under Armour has for you: What is it? It’s a collection of essentials to make you a better runner. What’s included? How about a special colorway of the UA HOVR Infinite 2 – this special Global Running Day edition has “kilometer” in various global languages right on it. If there’s a universal sport enjoyed world-wide (and through the ages) it is certainly running. But, this is more than just shoes – thanks to the digitally connected experience of running in UA HOVR shoes with the MapMyRun app you can get real-time form coaching. And that’s in addition to the more mundane logging of your run – and all the key stats – of course. These amazing shoes have a bluetooth chip in the [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe
CrossFit Shoes

Reebok Nano X Cross-Trainer Shoe Review

Reebok has launched the 10th iteration of their CrossFit training shoe – the Reebok Nano X is now available worldwide. What’s new and improved in this cross training shoe? That’s what we’ve evaluated in our hands-on review. Read on to find out the details… YO! Why are you looking at the Reebok Nano X? This shoe is now 3 years old. Check out our Reebok Nano X2 review. The X2 is the successor to the Nano X. (There was an X1, but the X2 is better all around). Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now: Let’s take a look. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – On Our YouTube Channel We’ve got two hands-on video overviews of this shoe on our YouTube channel: And this video compares it directly (and in-depth) to the Reebok Nano 9. Reebok Nano X Shoe Review – What’s New and Improved? Let’s start by calling out the differences with this shoe as compared to the Reebok Nano 9 (last year’s official CrossFit training shoe.) The visible change is the upper (the part that [Read more …]

UA HOVR Velociti 2 Running Shoe by Under Armour - Stacked 1
Running Shoes

UA Velociti 2 Running Shoe Review

Let’s get hands-on with the UA Velociti 2 running shoe from Under Armour. This is a neutral running shoe that uses UA’s HOVR foam – for a cushioned and energetic feel. UA likes to call it the “zero gravity feel.” Is this the right running shoe for you? We’ll try to give you some insights in this review. Here’s some of the styles that are available now (we are an Under Armour affiliate): Let’s take a look. UA HOVR Velociti 2 Running Shoe – Fit & Sizing This shoe runs true to size. I bought a Men’s Size 11 and the fit is good. I wear an 11 in most Reebok and Nike running shoes – so hopefully that gives you some grounds for comparison. The length and width are right where I’d expect them to be. It’s not a super-wide shoe – but I don’t have wide feet. I’d recommend you order in your regular shoe size. UA HOVR Foam – “Zero Gravity” Cushioning System This shoe uses UA’s HOVR™ technology. It’s a light-weight and crisp foam cushioning system [Read more …]

Reebok Nano X CrossFit Training Shoe Now Available
CrossFit Shoes

Reebok Nano X Cross Training Shoe Now Available

Reebok has launched the Reebok Nano X (Get it now!) – the 10th iteration of their excellent CrossFit training shoe. It is available now to Reebok Unlocked members – but will be available globally on May 5th. (Please note we are a Reebok affiliate). We’ve ordered two pairs (both mens and womens) with express shipping. Check back here for a full hands-on review, and on our YouTube channel soon. In the meantime, here’s take a close look at what’s new with this CrossFit shoe. Here’s some of the launch styles that are available now: While we wait, let’s take a look. Let’s start with the side profile – the Nano x is taller – specifically in the heel and tongue/collar. The upper is “upgraded Flexweave” – it looks different than the original Flexweave. It’s described as being a soft woven textile upper. Reebok is claiming a “minimal drop outsole.” At the moment, I’m assuming that means it is unchanged from the Nano 9 at 4 millimeters. (The “heel to toe drop”, “offset”, or “profile” all refer to the height difference [Read more …]