Sunday, May 20, 2018

Product Review: Rudy Project Rydon Frozen Ash with Impactx-2 Photochromic Clear to Laser Brown (hr) Lenses

Rudy Project Rydon Shades

Disclaimer: I received a pair of  Rudy Project Rydon Shades as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

Along with a sneak peak of the film GODSPEED: Race Across America, I also received a nice pair of transitional shades from Rudy Project.  In particular I received the Rydon Frozen Ash shades with Impactx-2 Photochromic Clear to Laser Brown Lenses.  That's a long title and way to say that these shades change color from almost clear to brown letting in as much as 73% light to as little as 17% light when things get sunnier.  

Here's a side by side comparison between Super G Lobbie and I:

They almost look clear on Lobbie, and while not much different on myself in the car, they have tinted a bit more brown.  Now that shading doesn't get really dark, but what's nice about it this time of year is that these glasses perform well in LOW light situations.  Though great for some sunlight as well, these shades with these particular lenses give just enough color to low light, (aka grey landscapes), especially when driving, running, or I would assume cycling, to help make things more defined.  A lot of us have sunglasses for when it gets really sunny, but what we don't often have is a pair of sunglasses that helps or transitions in between partly cloudy and grey landscapes on days when we are out and need a bit more clarity.

In addition to the great lenses on these Rydon shades, the frames along with the lenses are so light.  They are awesome for running or biking.  Also, they are super sporty and cool looking, fitting right in with the sports scene.  They come with a hard impact case as well as a soft case which can also double as a lens cleaner.  Rudy gives a 2 year warranty as well.  You can get these glasses now for 30% off with the code GODSPEED, the movie by Fathom Events that comes out on Tuesday!  Enjoy!

Movie Review: GODSPEED: Race Across America


Disclaimer: I received a sneak peak of the upcoming movie by Fathom EventsGODSPEED: Race Across America as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

A long time ago, in what seems like another age, I was actually a cyclist before I was a runner.  Running, other than an attempt at track back in 8th grade, came into my life back in 2002 when I got burnt out from cycling.  The next few years I did several sports that mixed both road and off road biking and running, (and kayaking), including an adventure race.  That said, my roots are originally in cycling, even dating back to my first ever bike race circa @ 1989 when I was in high school.  The RAAM, Race Across America was an event I had known about for a long time, so when the opportunity came to get a sneak peak for a film of the event along with demoing some glasses from one of the sponsors, Rudy Project, I was all in for that!!!

GODSPEED: Race Across America is a film/documentary about the 2015 event when Jerry Schemmel, a sportscaster for the Colorado Rockies, and Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness, joined forces in the two person relay to ride the 3,000 mile event.

RAAM departs in Oceanside, CA and finishes in Annapolis, MD.

Jerry and Brad competed as Team Enduring Hope, seeking to raise money for orphans in Haiti.  Just before the race, Brad had a major accident, but he didn't let it keep him down as his competitive nature sought to push the team forward through endless hours of cycling all times of day and night, in heat and downpours like some have never attempted on two wheels.

The movie is well put together for a cycling documentary and truly shows the heart of both these men along with their team, which includes many of their family members.  While ultimately their purpose and strength comes from God, the movie is not preachy.  it is a story...of their own Enduring Hope as they seek to compete and help others have hope in circumstances not easy in the land of Haiti.

Brad and Jerry chat in Kansas for a moment along the side of the road, per website.

The scenery is beautiful, and the film crew did a good job capturing the glory of our great nation from seaside in California to the plains of the Midwest and down through the hills of the Eastern states and into Maryland.  Below is a picture of Brad cycling through the countryside of Illinois.

During the film, as Brad and Jerry continue to race, they decide not only to push for their own win of the 2 person relay division, but to try and compete against others in larger divisions, including one particular German 4 person relay team.  I won't spoil what happens...but I will say, I'm not sure I would have wanted to ride some of those miles in that weather at that time of day along that side of the road...I know that sounds vague...but you'll know the moment I am talking about when you get to it!!!

I was very glad to see Rudy Project as one of the main sponsors and will have a review of their Rydon Shades shortly.  The movie comes out on May 22, just two days from now.  If you an endurance athlete of any type, I would deeply encourage you to go see it.  I enjoyed it and believe you will too.  

Kudos to Rudy Project for sponsoring a great endurance/cycling movie!!! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Product Review: Aftershokz Trekz Air in Forest Green

The Aftershokz Trekz Air include a case, a pair of earplugs, and a charging cable along with the headphones themselves.

Disclaimer: I received a pair of  Aftershokz Trekz Air as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews.

Like many of you reading this right now, I often listen to music, audiobooks, and/or podcasts on some of my runs.  I have done this in the past with an old 4 GB mp3 player and wired headphones.  This mp3 player is older than some of my kids and has no potential to ever be bluetooth!!!  As many of you as well, I have listened to people rave about wireless bluetooth headphones, including the Aftershokz bone conduction headphones that allow you to hear what you are listening to while also keeping your ears free to listen to the world around you.

I finally decided when BibRave had another opportunity to try out the Aftershokz Trekz Air that I would try them out and figure a way to get one of my other devices that was bluetooth capable to work with them.  The first device I synced with the Trekz Air was my tablet which was a breeze.  I was listening to music and TV shows within moments.  My wife tried them out and used them on another floor of the house while music came from the tablet on a different floor.  Then I had to see if I could figure out a way to clear enough space on my phone to grab some music, download and sync it to the Aftershokz.  Even though this meant I had to download a different music player to my phone and move some music around from one provider to another, again, within too much work, I was again within moments, listening to music and podcasts pretty quickly.  One note, on all the runs I went on, I had used downloaded music and podcasts except for one.  While streaming works well at home or within location of wifi, on one run, I forgot to download a podcast so once I got so far into the woods, then that stopped playing and I had to switch back to my music library.

My son says I look like Lobot from Star Wars with my Aftershokz Trekz Air.

So, the Trekz Air work well with any bluetooth device.  How about sound, fit, ease of use, etc?  Sound:  They sound incredible.  Bone conduction technology basically sends the music through your cheekbones so your ears hear it, while the headphones fit around your ear, leaving the ear itself open to the environment to listen for traffic, (human, auto, or animal), as well as other noises.  The music and podcasts I listened to each time I took the Trekz Air with me sounded crystal clear.  

Fit:  Fit does take just a little getting use to, but once you get it, they weigh nothing, so you almost forget that they are on your head.  They do stick out a little in the back, so as I transitioned from winter running gear to spring, I had to figure out how to keep my head warm while also using the headphones.  I was able to figure out how to wear a BUFF® with them.  They do not bobble around and yet are not too tight.  Just snug enough to stay on but as I mentioned, without you noticing them too much.

Ease of Use:  There are only 3 buttons.  The two sound buttons control the sound and power.  The multifunction button is just that, the button that transitions you between music and music and phone calls.  Yes, that's right, while synced with your phone, you can use these even in the midst of a run to receive calls and even navigate through call waiting!!!

So easy to use your pet lobster might steal them.  Lobbie Approved!

The Aftershokz Trekz Air come with a case and charging cord.  They are sweat resistant and have a 6 hour battery.   Head to and save $30 off a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air today!  You will be glad you did!!!  Enjoy!!! 

Aftershokz Trekz Air.
Charging port and sound/power buttons.

A lot of powerful music and sound for something so small.

Wearing the Aftershokz Trekz Air on my long run in the woods.  No problem hearing the music as well as the sounds around me.

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