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Kinesio Tape Throwdown: KT Tape vs RockTape

Products Tested: KT Tape and RockTape

Kinesio Tape Throwdown: KT Tape vs. RockTape

You may be asking yourself, what is kinesio(logy) tape and why should I care? Kinesiology taping, developed in 1979 by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in an effort to ease muscles and keep blood flowing, allowing injuries to heal quicker than traditional methods which focused on restricting motion and compression. I won’t get into all the specific, but you can read more at HowStuffWorks: How Kinesio Tape Works. Suffice it to say, I believe the scientific merit behind the tape, and trust the many studies that have been done testing the effectiveness of kinesiology tape.

With us being a running group rather than a group of scientists, we tend to just put stuff on and try it out, relying on anecdotal evidence rather than lab results, because in the end, if it works for you but not somebody else, it still works for you, and that’s all that matters.

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By on December 29, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 910XT

My first tool I used to track my running was the Adidas miCoach app on my iPhone. While I really liked the customizable training plans and ease-of-use the application offered, having a smartphone attached to my arm during runs wasn’t really my idea of a good time. After deciding that I wanted a GPS-enabled watch for running, I settled on the Garmin Forefunner 405CX about 1 1/2 years ago with mixed results. With a new project Ryan and I are working on in regards to trail running (more on this later, I promise), I made the decision that I needed something more accurate than the haphazard elevation charts that watches relying solely on GPS based elevation provided. Longer battery life was something I was looking forward to as well, as I have a bad habit of not always charging my watches when I should.

After some research, I decided on the Garmin Forerunner 910XT, a recently released watch marketed towards triathletes and ultramarathoners. While I could care less about every competing in a triathlon, the advertised 20-hour battery life piqued my interest due to my aforementioned habit of not charging my watches, but also because I plan on becoming an ultramarathoner in the not-too-distant future. There was also the added bonus of the watch being waterproof (for tracking the swimming legs of a triathlon), meaning I could wear the watch during Tough Mudder, giving me the ability to track the distance and elevation change of the courses we run. Oh, and did I mention it uses a built-in barometric altimeter to track elevation during the run?

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By on September 17, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Camelbak Quick Grip Podium Chill Bottle

Brand: Camelbak

Model: Quick Grip Podium Chill

As I mentioned in my earlier post reviewing the Amphipod Run Lite 4 Hydration Belt, I’m not a big fan of hydration belts in general, and dislike the feeling of the additional weight around my waist. Another issue I’ve run into is trying to keep an 8-oz bottle of water that’s pushed up against your body cold when it’s well over 100-degrees outside. Reaching for a drink 2 hours into a run and taking a swig of hot water is certainly not on the list of my favorite things to do.

So to replace the hydration belt, I knew I wanted a handheld bottle that was insulated, but I wasn’t sure which one I wanted, or even what was available. After looking at the available options, I quickly settled on the Camelbak Quick Grip with the Podium Chill bottle.

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By on February 24, 2012 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Garmin Forerunner 405CX

Brand: Garmin

Model: Forerunner 405CX

Battery Life: 8 hours

Whether you are training for a race or just like to run for fun, it’s nice to be able to track how far you’re running. Garmin’s 405cx is a good and relatively price effective way to keep track of your mileage, but it also tracks elevation, average and current running pace, maps your route using GPS, and, if you have the monitor or cadence sensor, your heart rate and cadence.

In the month that I’ve been running with the 405CX it has worked well to help me track my progress and see how my training is paying off. A nice added feature of owning a Garmin watch is Garmin Connect, a web-based program that stores all of your runs and can be very helpful. You can see the GPS routes of each of your runs, mile splits, and calories burned, along with graphs of your pace, elevation, heart rate, and cadence.

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By on October 26, 2011 in Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Amphipod Run Lite Hydration Belt

Brand: Amphipod

Model: Run Lite 4

When I started running about a year ago, I quickly found the need for water that I could carry with me while on my runs. Running in Las Vegas in August without water is a sure-fire way to quickly discover what heat exhaustion feels like. If you’re really not careful you can visit heat stroke land as well. So, instead of having to make sure all of my runs routed past parks with water fountains, I took a trip to one of my local running stores and checked out their hydration belts before finally choosing the RunLite 4 by Amphipod.

One of the main things I liked about the belt, besides being able to carry up to four 32-ounce bottles of water, along with a rather large storage pouch for storing keys, energy gels, and other miscellaneous things, was the ability to remove the clips for the water bottles (and the pouch itself) if I don’t need them. I was really excited about being able to customize the belt to however long or difficult the run I had planned was going to be, and it did not disappoint. It’s fairly easy to remove the clips for the water bottles, as well as the storage pouch in a matter of seconds before I head out the door.

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By on August 10, 2011 in Gear Reviews