Two of the most recent products I received were the Ultimate Direction Hand-Held Fast-Draw Bottle and 110% Flat-Out Sox.
I was very happy to receive the Hand Held bottle because just recently I had lost my Amphipod one. This sounds strange, but I think it went out with the recycling by accident. I had received as a gift for my birthday, and I stored in our pantry, right above the recycling bin. Just a couple of months ago, it went missing! To tell you the truth, I wasn't a big fan of it because it always leaked while I was running. I had been looking for a replacement, and lucky me, I got it!
The Ultimate Direction Bottle does not leak. It holds 20 oz of fluid, has a "kicker valve" which takes a little practice to get used to. It involves squeezing, biting and sucking to get the liquid out. That sounds very suggestive, but I have no other way to describe it! I have gotten the hang of it, and the fact that it doesn't leak makes it all worth it. I like the tension-lock hand strap. I can adjust it so that it is tight and after a few minutes, you can forget it is even there. There is a zippered pocket which has just enough room for my car key and a Gel. And I love the color I received- Pink! That means there will be no "borrowing" of it by my boys and husband. Bonus!!
The second product I received were the Flat Sox from 110%PlayHarder. I have been using the Compression Sleeves with Ice for at least a year now. They have helped my shin splints so much. I love putting these on when I get home from long runs. The fact that you can insert the ice sheets into the pockets of the calf sleeves is ingenious. In the past, I have had to hold an ice pack to my shins, or tie a tea-towel around my leg to hold the ice. I have loved these compression sleeves. Now I have the Compression socks and I have really liked the support they give for long runs. I find the material very supportive and soft. They are made of a wicking material, so sweating is kept to a minimum. Not only do my shins feel supported, so do my feet and arches. The only thing I think is missing from these socks is the ability to insert ice post-run. It would be great to leave them on, put my feet up and insert ice right into the socks. Instead, I have removed these, and then pulled on the compression sleeves with the ice pockets. Not a big deal, they are a good compression sock. I will definitely be wearing them for the Ragnar Relay during the runs and while waiting in the van.
Here's a photo of the socks I received:
You will be able to see me coming down the road with these reflective stripes!!
I will bringing both of these products with me to Ragnar. Any body who is training for a long distance event would benefit from trying them out. Now, it's time to start packing all my gear for the relay. Cumberland, MD, here I come!!