TomTom Adventurer GPS Watch with Bluetooth Headphones Review

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The TomTom Adventurer is a one stop shop for all your workout needs. Bold statement, right? It is. But if you read into what I said you see there is specific wording in there. For working out, running, and most of your every day workout needs the TomTom Adventurer has you covered. Unfortunately this is a review for an obstacle course racing website and the watch has a flaw or two that it has had since before it evolved from the TomTom Cardio to the TomTom Spark to now.

TomTom Adventurer Features

Music  – Part of what makes this watch awesome is that it has the ability to store your music and play it to bluetooth headphones. If you use the headphones that TomTom includes it is a breeze to get it paired. If you use your own it will be a little laborious but you will pair them eventually. The other thing of note for the music is that you can sync the watch to an iTunes playlist. I’m a mac user so for me that is a big surprise since Apple doesn’t play nice with most outside companies.

Wrist Based Heart Rate Monitor – This is not a new feature for GPS or exercise watches but it works and that’s great. Its part of what makes this a full featured workout watch.

Elevation Tracking – With a built in barometer you can track your elevation without needing to have your phone or see if based on your route when you sync to a computer. If you are training for many of the OCR events that take place on out of season ski slopes, elevation will mean a lot to you in training.

TomTom Adventurer Usage

On the initial unboxing my complete excitement for the features was tempered by seeing that the watch itself was the mostly the same exact design they have had for a few years now. It is a bit sad because TomTom has made their watches functionally so much better every time they update their product line but they have stayed with the same poor ergonomics. I would even hazard to say this watch took a slight step back in comfort and look.

The casing that you separate the watch body from is hard in the center and has bulky pivoting flexible arms to wrap around your wrist. They bands feel like an afterthought and the watch is generally not comfortable to wear if you aren’t working out. The looks are pretty much the same, even the black version has an orange loop around it to secure the extra part of the secured watch band – orange is out of the question for my everyday life.

Then there is the fact that you more of less need to dismantle your watch every time you want to plug it in by usb.  It isn’t hard to do but it’s the only device that I have used, reviewed, or owned that is like this. My final touch on the ergonomics is the one centered button control. TomTom – please, please, please stop using this design. When I’m running it doesn’t feel intuitive and when you are crawling in mud you will get little bits of debris stuck in there.

Let’s get positive because this is a good watch with a ton of features. I wanted this watch so bad because of what the Apple Watch 2 didn’t do. I love tech and will often kickstart things that have a huge upside for my daily life without ever having them in hand or reading the fine print. The Apple watch 2 falls into this category, it had what is basically the feature set of the TomTom Adventurer minus a few things like a barometer. I bought it because I wanted a one stop watch for working out it ended up being a nightmare to pair and unpair headphones, get music on it, use the GPS and many more gripes. This isn’t an Apple watch review but I’m saying this to point out that the TomTom Adventurer does all of the things that the Apple Watch 2 failed to do for me.

When you use the TomTom Adventurer you will notice it makes things in life easier. After you unplug your the watch from your computer just grab your headphones and hit the road/trail/ski slope. You can do additional things like add in GPX based routes for hiking but most people will use this to workout. It never fails to sync my heart rate accurately, with gps and the altimeter tracking my movement, while the bluetooth headphones play music from the watch itself. This is the watch I have been waiting for in the tech department.

TomTom Adventurer Pros and Cons

Pros

  • All in one watch – GPS, Music, HRM, Altimeter
  • Affordable for what you get at just under $300
  • Works well with iTunes

Cons

  • Watch strap is bulky
  • USB plug feels like an afterthought

TomTom Adventurer Conclusion

Here we are at the overarching question, should you buy this watch? I can’t say definitively one way or the other to buy the TomTom Adventurer, this is really a matter of what your intended use case is. If you plan on using this for ultra running and very muddy obstacle course races I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you need a watch with all the features baked into one for every day usage, buy this watch. You can’t go wrong with this watch if you plan on exercising with it every day.

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Tifosi Synapse Sports Glasses Review

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As Matt B. Davis and I were driving to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the first Bonefrog race of the 2017 season, we started listening to an audio book and began discussing whatever was coming to our minds at the time.

Matt asked, “why are you wearing those glasses”?

“I don’t know,” I said.  “They are the glasses I am reviewing for your website.”

“Duuuuddddddeeee!!!!”, gasped Matt B. Davis, “you totally didn’t tell me!”   Well, it was only 9 am, and I only just started on my morning coffee.   I pondered on why one might wear glasses on an obstacle course or mud run…to keep the sun, dirt, and mud out of their eyes?  Duh!  But how would I wipe them off?  And wouldn’t they just be a huge pain in the ass?…just another thing to worry about?   I am not a big fan of accessories dangling from my head or other body parts unless it’s a necessity, like something that holds food or water, or a hat, when I am working out.

It would be my first time wearing glasses for an obstacle race.  When I first was asked to review the new Tifosi Synapse glasses, I was perplexed.  I don’t like wearing glasses unless they are sunglasses, but, they might…keep shit out of my eyes!  So, I decided to accept the challenge.  I chose the race neon green color because they are bright and energetic, and the color ended up being the same color as the Bonefrog’s colors, so that was cool.  I chose the light night fototec lenses because I knew that I could be racing in any conditions, and these frames actually darken or lighten depending on the amount of ambient light.  I have been quite dubious from the start about being able to protect my eyes without them fogging however, so I started wearing them right away at my new job as a wildlife removal technician.  They are great for protecting my eyes against dust, construction materials, insulation dust, and the like, as well as rabid squirrels and raccoons, for the past few weeks. Also, they make me look the part for the job, which is a plus.  Fake it until you make it!   Anybody can make safety glasses however,  so keep reading to see how they would perform against the outdoors and elements of the Navy Seals built and tested obstacle course known as Bonefrog.

Tifosi Synapse Features

Vented Lenses  – This was the feature that I was skeptical about.  How would these glasses not fog up from the extreme amount of sweating that I do?  Well, the first time they would be tested was actually at Starbucks.  I went to Starbucks for coffee and ordered, and the steam coming from behind the counter immediately fogged up the glasses, and I thought…there is no way these glasses are going to work for an obstacle race.  The first mile of the race the glasses work great!  As I started to sweat a little bit, the wind in the speedway was howling.  The glasses were protecting my eyes from the wind as well as the wind was keeping the lenses defogged and dry.  I really was digging the vented lenses here.

Glare Guard and UVA/UVB Protection – These glasses are protected and coated with Tifosi’s proprietary glare guard that reduces eye strain.  I really enjoyed the view of the rolling green hills of middle Alabama with this object popping feature that enhances sight and clarity of all visuals.  The obstacles really popped out in front of me when I was running.  If I were an aging elite athlete, I would want these glasses on in order to focus in on all nicks and crannies in the obstacles and to be aware of all of my surroundings.  Furthermore, the glasses protected my face and eyes from the early spring sun sitting in the blue sky with their 100% UVA/UVB protection.

Grilamid TR-90 Frame and Hydrophilic Rubber – The frames are extremely lightweight and fit nicely on most faces.  They are made from hydrophilic rubber, which is very helpful because the more you sweat, the more they stick to your head.  Lastly, the glasses are very well made.  They are close to indestructible.  I dropped them a few times during the race, and afterwards they had no marks or scratches.

 

Tifosi Synapse Usage

I have used these glasses for both work and play.  I have used them for my new job as a wildlife removal technician. The fototec lenses change their tint depending on the amount of ambient light, so, they are perfect for using them inside and out.  They protect my eyes from the sun working on roofs as well as from working with lots of dust and debris in attics and crawl spaces.   The Bonefrog race put them to the test.  They performed very well in low light conditions with lots of wind and low humidity.  However, when I started sweating profusely in direct sunlight, the glasses started to fog just a little bit and sweat beads ran down the lenses.   I was not particularly agitated by this phenomenon, however it would have been nice to have a clothe to wipe them down with.  As I came to obstacles and took a breath, the glasses quickly defogged.  However, when I fell off the balance beam and fell into the river, the glasses became soaked.  I had to take the glasses off and run with them in my hand.  They would not dry quickly and I did not have a rag to dry them off with.  I could keep them on and just deal with it, however, it was more comfortable to just run with them in my hand.   We soon came to the memorial obstacle where we did 31 burpees for fallen soldiers, so I just took them off when I did the burpees.  They dried off and I continued to run with them on.

Tifosi Synapse Durability

These glasses seem to be extremely durable.  They are made of a nylon material that resists chemical and UV damage.  They also have a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.  I would try to run them over with my truck, however, I really don’t want to attempt the obvious.  I do believe they will sustain most usual wear and tear. Just don’t lose them or run them over.

Tifosi Synapse Pros and Cons

Pros

  • They are extremely lightweight.
  • The vented lenses provide a nice breeze.
  • They are durable.
  • The glare guard.

Cons

  • They still fog and take a little while to dry.

Tifosi Synapse Conclusion

These are great glasses for all types of activities.  The use of these at obstacle races is debatable, however.  People, especially elite and competitive athletes,  might not like having to take care of them during the race.  They would have to find something to wipe them off with if they get muddy, and sweat and high humidity seems like they can make them fog a bit.  When they are wet they don’t work as well, and they might have to take them off for some obstacles.  Overall,  they are fairly priced and have a lifetime warranty.  I would definitely buy them.   They are a runner’s, biker’s, and sportsman’s best friend.  I would advise that they work best in dry environments.  They do a great job at keeping out dust and dirt, however, mud can be an issue.  I love them and am truly grateful for being able to review them.

 

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Roll Recovery R8 Review

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The Roll Recovery R8 is a product I have had my eye on for a long time before getting to review it. It really stood out to me for a few reasons, for starters it is a deep tissue massage that applies the pressure for you. This is similar to the idea of Normatec Pulse Recovery boots but on a much simpler level. The R8 doesn’t need to be plugged in and have you setup in a chair, it is a spring loaded device that you just clamp on to a body part and move around. Another reason I really like the automatic applying pressure of a hand operated tool is for basically the reason I have just stated; self massage is tiring and sometimes makes my hands and forearms feel like they need a massage afterwards. With the Roll Recovery R8 you don’t exhaust your hand muscles to get a good deep tissue massage.

Roll Recovery R8 Features

Self Adjusting Pressure  – What make the R8 special is the basic concept of the spring loaded pressure. When you place this on a part of your body the tension in the spring is based on the amount that you are opening it. The more you open it, the more pressure it will apply. This is how springs work.

Soft Rollers – The rollers that apply pressure to your body are made of a nice soft gel feeling wheel. They are basically just soft inline skate wheels but they are nice ones. If I had to guess I would say around 68a hardness based on a durometer rating.

Roll Recovery R8 Usage

As soon as I unboxed the Roll Recovery R8 deep tissue massage I stopped what I was doing and started to massage my legs. I was a bit surprised by the power of the R8’s spring and a little concerned too. I say this because when you have a base level of spring power there is no lessening it. The flip side of that is that if it’s too weak you are back to using a bunch of arm strength instead. From what I noticed the R8 was usually right for me, for most areas I wanted to massage out. When I was hitting areas that were really sore, and not as meaty like around shins, I actually had to pull outwards on the springs so that I wasn’t screaming in pain. I’ve spent a good amount of time in the ol’ pain cave and the level of pressure was too much for me at certain points.

Other than these few instances of it being too much pressure the Roll Recovery R8 was a pleasure to use. I would just slap it on my quads and hammy’s and go to town on them. The ability to spend less effort and get a deeper massage was definitely a game changer.

See the image below for the semi-scientific analysis I did of the amount of variable pressure as the spring widens.  As you can see with the amount of opening for an ‘average’ leg you end up with about 20 pounds of squeezing power.  The distance between the springs for the picture on the left is on MongoDB rubik’s cube,  scale, and console top – measuring at about 4.25″.

 

Roll Recovery R8 Durability

Durability will not be a concern with this item. I see no way in which this item could wear out within my life time of usage. I bet I could use this on a rhino every day for 10 years and it wouldn’t show much signs of wear. It is built with thick materials and a relatively simple design with few moving parts.

Roll Recovery R8 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Deep tissue massage with little effort
  • Simple design, no batteries required

Cons

  • The price tag is a little steep for some people $100-120
  • Base pressure of the springs can be a little high for some people

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I am a self massage fanatic (see  also –  frequently injured) and here are a few of my current tools that I have used in the past:

Liked:

MobilityWOD Gemini
Lacrosse Ball
Massage Roller Stick (I own 3 versions)
Foam Roller

Didn’t Like:

Hand Massager Glove
Orbit massager
Mobility WOD Supernova
Spikey Massage Ball
Gridded Foam Roller

Your style may vary from mine so it’s worth even checking out the ones I didn’t like. Most of them were referred to me by one person or another that also enjoys crushing out some muscles.

Roll Recovery R8 Conclusion

This product is a must have for my self massage arsenal. Besides every day usage I normally travel with a roller stick and lacrosse ball in my bag, the Roll Recovery R8 is being added to the travel bag. The ability to get a deep massage without much hassle is a big win. One thing you should take into consideration as stated above – if you don’t like deep massages this might not be the tool for you – this R8 goes really deep. If you can manage the $100 price tag ( think of skipping on a massage or two) you will have an invaluable tool added to your recovery kit.

Have you tried the R8? Got another massage tool not mentioned here? Leave a comment below.

 


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Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Shoe Review

Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0
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Reebok has released their latest model in the most popular line of shoes made specific for OCR, the Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0. The newest version of the shoe has several major changes that look to improve upon past versions. They have added reinforcement around the areas the shoes commonly rip while also completely changing the uppers material. Another thing worth noting, that I will cover in more detail, is the new lacing system that is unlike any I have seen before.

There is a love/hate relationship within the community based on the people who preach unparalleled drainage, excellent grip and OCR specific features, that stand opposite those who saw it’s a 1-3 race shoe before you’re contacting Reebok customer care for an exchange/refund/discount. The ripping could be explained by the narrow fit of the shoe, past materials used and grueling conditions they’re put through with each race. To view all the comparisons between the 3.0’s and past models read up here. If you have owned past versions, or looked at the comparisons to previous versions, you can tell Reebok is trying to get it right without going to far from the initial vision. To make a lightweight, durable, water draining shoe for obstacle course racing.

 

Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Features

Dura-Grip Seal  – On any other shoe I wouldn’t be listing a rubber seal grip as a feature but this is the first and last concern 9/10 people will inquire about. The “Dura-Grip” rubber is reinforcing the toe box where the previous models were widely known for tearing. It looks like Reebok heard the call for correction(or got tired of replacing shoes for this issue).

Rope Pro – The Reebok All-Terrain line has always been praised for their OCR specific features. The “Rope Pro” is an exterior tread that originates on the bottom midsole of the shoe and continues its journey up the side of the shoe all the way to the laces. This sticky tread is found on the interior outsole of both shoes placed to optimize grip for rope climbs whether you lock both feet onto the rope with the base of your midsole or utilize the efficient hook method with your shoe. This tread is also efficient in wall traverse midsole grip and for several other obstacles.

Drainage Holes – Reebok produced the first shoe in the sport to use factory drainage ports. Many remember how these were met with rave reviews, followed by repetitive complaints on debris collection from the ports. This feature has been unchanged from inception through multiple releases of the Reebok All-Terrain line. If you loved the drainage on previous models and felt some debris was a small price to pay, you’ll be happy.

Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Usage

I was on the side of those that experienced durability issues in the past with this line of shoe and was a skeptic on the Super 3.0 fixing this issue. For that reason I wanted to make sure to run these through the ringer, literally. Getting my hands on these at the back end of race season posed a challenge to find races and truly mimic the wear and (hopefully no) tear that race shoes go through. I found a perfect test at the FIT Challenge located in Rhode Island.

Those familiar with this race, know the technical terrain, natural elements and pressure applied to your shoes from the steep downhill paths used. Two laps (6.8 miles) of hills, rocks, trail, steep uphill and downhill treks. A concern I had was the painful ability to feel every rock, root and uneven terrain under your feet. The grip was as good as expected in comparison to previous models. One aspect I felt the all terrain line were effective in producing was a solid grip on the tread.

A new feature in the Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 is the lacing system. The laces do not go through the shoe, rather through a stand alone piece of rubber that is separate from the tongue of the shoe. Personally this was a major drawback for me as the Reebok All-Terrain is already a low cut shoe lacking in ankle stability, this new lacing system does not allow for a lace lock tie method which would normally secure the shoe more firmly to your ankle. On steep downhills you have excess mobility in your ankle providing a less secure, less confident level of support.

Outside that event all usage of the shoe for a thorough test was on flat trail runs totaling around 150 miles. While I didn’t experience any tears similar to previous models I did have cause for concern detailed in the durability section of this review.

Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Durability

As previously stated they performed without any tears or visible separation in the outsole tread or toe cap. My concern was with the “Dura-Grip” seal that covers the toe box to reinforce the toe box. The seal only extended to the toe cap of the shoe and not the outside of the shoe where the tears have occurred in the past. As you can see from the picture they used a very thin material to cover a mesh webbing in the problem section of previous models. The material over the mesh began to pull away from the mesh. I fear that with regular use of the shoe in OCR settings the mesh and lining material will soften when wet and be a cause for concern.

The rubber lacing strip that secures the laces stayed secure to the shoe but was an area I kept an eye on, being a new design I haven’t seen in Reeboks or any other brand for that matter. There has been no issues with the new lacing systems durability.

Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Drainage Ports
  • “Rope Pro” obstacle targeted tread
  • Reinforced toe cap
  • “Rock Guard” located in the midsole

Cons

  • Diameter of drainage ports
  • Stand alone lacing system
  • Minimal ankle support
  • Lack of reinforced materials in previous troubled spots

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Reebok All Terrain Super 3.0Reebok All Terrain Super ORVJ Sport Irock 2Merrell All Out Peak
Weight220g219g240g295g
Heel Drop5mm5mm6mm6mm
Grip3/16"3/16"3/16"1/4"
Metal StudsNoNoNoNo
Price$124.99$90.00$99.00$69.00
ORM ReviewYesYesYes Yes
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Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0 Conclusion

I went into this review with an open mind giving this model a clean slate from past issues in the Reebok All-Terrain line. I came out of this review optimistic that Reebok is listening to feedback and concerns from previous styles while maintaining the features that everyone loved, be it drainage or tread. I’m very curious to see how receptive others are on the new lacing system as this was a negative change for me. I’ll still be concerned with the material used on the outer toe box where previous models had durability issues. My final thought is that I’m cautiously optimistic that there will be less complaints of tears in the newest Reebok All-Terrain Super 3.0.

 

 

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Underwear For Men (UFM) Review

Disclaimer: If you are offended by terms used to describe the male anatomical features, do not read this post.

UFMs (underwear for men) are the best sports underwear I have ever worn.  From a teen on the tennis court and mountain bike trails to a triathlete and now to solely a runner, they have enabled the most comfortable times I remember being while sweating profusely.  Most importantly, they are comfortable now in the present as a runner. It’s because running is what I do now, and I sweat and chafe more now than I ever have.   They are very comfortable, and they withstand long miles without the chafing and discomfort of other more popular name brands such as Adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok.  I would recommend purchasing and wearing these underwear for any sport or activity that involves sweating.

UFM Features

Comfort  – I ran 5, 10, and 20 miles in UFMs.  The five mile run at Stone Mountain on the Cherokee Trail that loops around the mountain was swift and easy.  I sweated plenty even in the cool temps of December.  The underwear felt snug and comfortable.  They held my man parts tight and in place with no rubbing together of my legs or acorns.  I will further discuss their comfort and use in the next section.

Support and Adjustability – The underwear has a draw string that supports and pulls your junk tight and in the right place no matter what your size (disclaimer:  this is a little bit of an assumption here because I am only the size that I am).  I can only imagine however that they fit most average, i.e. normal sizes.  At first, I thought the draw string would perhaps get in the way, rub the wrong way, or just plain irritate the lower man area (aka perineum, taint, chode, or in other words the area between the sack and poop shoot that is prone to catching on fire if you know what I mean).

Lightweight and breathable – The fabric is amazing.  It is a mix of 90 % polyester and 10 % elastane.  This combination makes them very lightweight.  I can barely tell I am wearing them other than the support of the adjustable draw string.  Furthermore, during the run and even after, the fabric wicks away sweat, and they seem to stay dry throughout.  It seems impossible, but they have stayed dry for up to 20 miles.  However, I have only used them during the unseasonably warm Georgia winter months.  I do not have any data on running in the spring, summer, or fall, where ball melting temperatures often occur.  I can only hope they work extremely well.

UFM Usage

Most of my time during this period of my life is in front of a 425 degree Waffle House grill.  It can get very hot and sweaty during busy times, especially during the summer.  My first experiences with UFMs were on the Waffle House grill.  I was pleasantly surprised about how comfortable I was on the grill.  I didn’t have to worry about going to the bathroom multiple times to scratch and/or wipe the sweat from my bum.  TMI.  However, that’s the truth when you are sweating and/or have a case of swamp ass.

As mentioned earlier, UFMs passed with an A+ on my first test of an easy 5 miler.  On the next run, I ran the first half of this year’s winter runtheatl.  I ran a little more than the first section, which totaled to about 10 miles.  The first 8 miles were great.  I felt awesome. However, at about mile 9, I was starting to feel a little burning and chaffing on my butt crack.  Not the taint region, but the actual crack itself.  I was a little disappointed with this while wearing the UFMs, however, I then realized I didn’t put on any body glide.  Well, no one is perfect, and even if I was wearing just a jock strap, I would still get chaffage from my cheeks rubbing together.  TMI.  I hope you read the disclaimer.   Well, as most of you know, body glide works miracles, and no matter what kind of underwear you are sporting, one must use body glide or some other balm. Nonetheless, as of now, I would still choose UFMs over any other brand of underwear out there.   I will try some other brands in the future, however, as of now I do believe I should always have a pair of UFMs on hand and close by.

UFM Durability

I really am not certain what the durability of the UFMs will be.  It would probably take a year and lots of miles to determine.   I have mostly used cotton briefs and boxer briefs as everyday underwear, and they have worn out fast.  I have used bike shorts that were similar material to UFMs for triathlons.  They seemed to wear out in the location of where the saddle sits.  I wouldn’t bet on it, but I am thinking that the UFMs will probably end up lasting a year or so and will probably wear out around the crack area from minor friction.  I hope they last longer.

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UFM Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Breathability

Cons

  • They don’t have long pant versions.
  • Price.  The cost  of the underwear is a lot more expensive than other name brand underwear
  • They only have Underwear For Men.  Where’s the female version?

 

Reebok, Adidas, and Under Armour sports underwear

Similar Products

Products I compared were sports underwear made by Adidas, Reebok, and Under Armour. Adidas and Reebok underwear fit very nicely, however, the fabric that is situated in the lower man part region has too much unnecessary fabric that causes rubbing, chaffage, and discomfort.  The pair of Under Armour underwear I tested has an even greater amount of unnecessary amount of fabric and the cut of the fabric is unsatisfactory.  I would spend the extra $10 to $15 to get a more superior product.  Especially when dealing with such a delicate and sensitive area, aka the family jewels.

UFM Conclusion

UFMs (Underwear For Men) are close in verbage to UFOs, and I don’t think that that is a just a coincidence.  They are out of this world! They are the best underwear I have ever worn.  They are comfortable, adjustable, supportive, and breathable.  I can only imagine that they would withstand the test of time and mileage on the road or on trails.  I only tested them for up to 20 miles.  I plan to try them on a 50k this year and maybe a 50 mile closer to the end of the end or in 2018. Only time will tell.  For now, they are perfect, and I would recommend them to any runner or person who sweats profusely and is a fellow frequent sufferer of chaffing and/or swamp ass.  As for a recommendation for the UFM company, I would love to see a longer pant/tight version, and possibly even a wetsuit for surfing and/or cold weather obstacle racing.   These underwear make me happy.  So keep moving forward, happy running, and happy living!

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Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Review

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2
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The Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2 is a weight lifting and general cross fit shoe.  It fits tight through the heel for extra support and the mesh middle leaves room for your foot to move. It is a shoe used for lifting, jumps, burpees, running and rope climbing. The versatility of this shoe lends itself to train for obstacles like the rope climb, or simply increase your jump speed. This shoe makes it possible to do a variety of exercises while providing support for the heel and extra protection for the toes. Certainly, burpees are no fun, but the form comes easier wearing this shoe.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Features

Sturdy, durable heel  – Great for dead lifting and squatting, also helps with box jumps and step-ups on bench. Great balance for lifting all weights in general, good ability to lock in your heel

Mesh cradle – Very comfortable and looser in the middle of the foot without compromising the stability of the heel to lift with power.inov-8-f-lite-235-v2

Thick front bumper – Great when doing burpees or toe touches on the box. It protects feet and makes your jumps stronger because your toes are secure and fully guarded.

Grip on the side of the shoe – There is a grip for rope climbing on the side of the shoes.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Usage

I have done an extensive amount of weight lifting, cross fit and pylometric exercises at the gym with these shoes. They are great for dead lifting and squats; I have also done jumping squats, box jumps, toe touches on box, and burpees. I really like the support they give and have not yet found a shoe that functions as well in different capacities.

In the past I would always have to change out of my lifting shoes to run afterwards. It’s been  awesome to just wear a shoe that does both. I am able to lift, do up hill running, and sprinting on the treadmill for up to 40 minutes with real support and comfortability. It falls into what you would want out of a true crossfit / cross training type shoe.

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The middle support is very secure and snug which helps keep my foot steady and healthy while sprinting. The way the middle of the shoe is designed with  mesh material helps your feet breath and feel unrestricted. Its the perfect balance between tightness and flatness to lift strong and heavy while there is support for the whole foot to run and jump.

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Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Durability

These shoes are very well made and the main attributes are durable heels and toes. I think this shoe will be with me at the gym for a long time. It’s even comfortable enough to wear everyday so that should prove as a further test of it’s durability. I will update this if there is any issues in the longer term with the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2.

Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Ability to lift and run with the same shoe
  • Comfortable mesh through middle
  • Toe protection for jumps
  • Plenty of space for the foot while in motion

Cons

  • Laces are too short
  • Not easy to adjust texture of laces
  • Laces have come loose sprinting

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Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2 Conclusion

This shoe is adorable, I love the colors and the simple design. It is feminine for a weight lifting shoe which is hard to find. This shoe is absolutely great for lifting weights and doing cross fit. I definitely recommend this shoe if you lift and/or do crossfit. I have been wearing Converse for a long time and this is the first weight lifting shoe that gives me that support to push through the floor with support. It is convenient and practical to be able to run as well as do other exercises to train. I LOVED lifting in  my Converse, and I never thought I’d change my shoe because of the specific form I have with lifting heavy. I’m pleasantly surprised by the performance and security this shoe provides with intense work outs. I highly recommend the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2  to anyone who loves to lift and also does regular cardio. These are ideal shoes to train at the gym in the colder weather for an OCR. It “multi-tasks” very well and I’m very happy with the Inov-8 F-Lite 235 v2.


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