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Beast Mode

1 Aug

Product Review Numero Dos.

To start off with I’ll give the disclaimer that this post is not sponsored by the product company (or any company).  I heard about this product from twitter friends and decided to buy one and see if it worked for me.

The Product I am reviewing today is the Women’s BeastMode Razorback Tank    by Viewsport.

You can check out their website here: http://www.viewsport.us/

The tagline for Viewsport is “Motivation Revealed” and the cool thing abou t their products is that a secret message is revealed as you sweat on your workout.  Yes you read that right a secret message comes through your shirt, tank, whatever the more you sweat.  Crazy concept right? Thats what I thought! I heard about them through (you guessed it) twitter and thought that I would tryout one of their products.  I was needing something other than a t-shirt to go running/workout in and thought this would be perfect.

Women's ViewSPORT "Beast Mode Black" Racerback TankWomen's ViewSPORT "Beast Mode Black" Racerback Tank

Here are the specs from the website:

Get the best of you in the cute looking racerback tank. This product is designed with your traditional dimensions – bust, hips and waist –in mind. With a gorgeous look, you feel motivated and lighter to do just anything. It gracefully hugs your body making you comfortable cool and dry during workouts. In this beast mode, you become a beast the moment you have sweat enough. Through ViewSPORT® Sweat-Activated Technology, the phrase “I’M A BEAST” becomes visible when the lower back becomes wet.

Key Features

  • Slim body fit
  • Color: Teal
  • Long length
  • Side seamed, super soft and sheer mini rib knit
  • 98% cotton and 2% spandex
  • Made exclusively in the USA

 

They make both mens and womens clothes and you can make your own custom clothes (if you order enough)!

So I thought this was a pretty cool idea but wasn’t too sure if it would actually work.  I looked at all the designs they had and designed that the beast mode tank was my favorite and because it was fitted ordered it in an XL.

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There I am in the tank! I will admit I thought it was a little small and worried me because it was a little tight fitting.  I am technically considered plus sized, however not extremely so and a little self-conscious about it so I wish it was a bit bigger.  Once I was wearing it a bit I felt more comfortable, it was probably a combination of never really wearing more fitting clothes and not used to a tank top which held my initial trepidation.

I figured a good place to test this baby out was at kickboxing because if the message didnt show there, it wasn’t going to show anywhere (I sweat alot in those kickboxing classes its intense).  So I took it to class and was feeling more comfortable (the instructor would even randomly yell out beast mode during class to encourage everyone lol).  As expected I was a sweat storm after class.

So I rushed home looked in the mirror and on the back of my tank that was previously blank was this:

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“I am A Beast”

Pardon the bad quality picture, you try taking a picture using the bathroom mirror of your lower back to see how it turned out, its tough.

I saw those 4 words standing out from my sweat soaked shirt and I got to say I was excited.  Many reviews I’ve read about ViewSport’s products is that it motivates you to run/kick/lift/workout harder so that you sweat enough for the message to come through and now I completely understand why.  I want people to know how hard I worked and that I truely am a beast in my own right.

Their sweat activated technology is truely original and is said to last for 50 washes (which by that time I’m sure I will be or already have another one of their products in my dresser).  One thing I would say as a negative though is that I wish they came in larger sizes.  I have many friends who I think would love this product (or find it rather neat) however Viewsport does not currently carry their sizes.

Like my previous product review this company is very active on social networks.  You can find them interacting with customers and fans on a regular basis through facebook, twitter and instagram.

So go ahead and unlock your inner beast mode and check out this company!

My name is Holley and I am Beast Mode.

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Your Flip’n Kidding Me

13 Jul

Well hey there internet friends!

As promised I said that I would be doing my first product review for you.  I’m sure that many of you have heard of this product but I figured I would share anyways 🙂  To start off with I’ll give the disclaimer that this post is not sponsored by the product company (or any company).  I heard about this product from twitter friends and decided to buy one and see if it worked for me.

So the product I am reviewing today is the Flip Belt!

You can check out their website at: http://www.flipbelt.com/

What is the flip belt you may ask? Well it looks like this:

Its a tubuler contunous belt that you can wear on your hips or waist, which ever you prefer.  Its hard to tell from the pic (and unfortunately I haven’t taken a pic with my belt) but there are two pocket openings in the front of the belt as well as the back of the belt.  The company has a great video on their website and on YouTube that explains the belt and shows how to use it.  They say that you can put your stuff (keys, phones, etc) in the belt without worry of it falling out and you can flip the belt inwards in order to lock it in place.

This is description they have for their product:

No need to fumble with fasteners while you’re active, you don’t have to wear a fanny pack or armband… just slip your phone & items in/out of the pocket openings & slide them anywhere you want. Flip belt inward to securely lock in your items… It’s so easy & looks great.  Patents Pending
o Multi-access pocket openings throughout belt
o Turn items & pocket access up/down/inside as convenient
o Flip to lock in items
o Reflective logo – 3M Quality Reflective
o Non-Bounce, Even Design
o No buckles to cause uncomfortable chafing
o Machine washable & Machine Dryable
o Great for holding medication on the go.  Inhalers, insulin pumps, Epipens, etc…
o EPA Certified, Odor Resistant, Pilling Resistant, Anti-Bacterial High Tech Poly Spandex Fabric
o Available in colors, accent your workout wardrobe
 

  I had grown tired of carrying my phone in my hand with my runs and literally had no idea what to do with my keys.  I had them on a wrist band for a while but then I learned that it kept hitting the back of my hand when I ran which resulted in bruises.  After that I would try to find a place to hide them by my apartment but I was always worried that someone saw me hide them and would get them and break into my apartment (I’m slightly paranoid sometimes).   So I didn’t know what to do.

I had used an armband before when I used my ipod for runs, however the band would always move and get in the way.  Plus I wanted to carry water with me on hotter and longer days and didnt want to end up with a handful of things when I went running.  In addition as I begin to train for my half-marathon I know that I am going to have to start refueling on longer runs and would have no where to put my gels or chews or whatever I end up using. So I started to look into different belts but had no idea what to look for.

In comes twitter.  From the more expereinced runners I began to follow I started noticing different give aways and contests, and for a period of time it seemed like the common theme was the FlipBelt.  I did a little researh and thought it was a pretty cool product but wasn’t sure about spending money for it (poor graduate student in case you forgot).  So I entered as many giveaways that I saw with the FlipBelt.  Unfortunately I didn’t win any of them.

So I gave in and went online and bought one.  So now you finally get to the review.

First things first FlipBelt has an amazing customer service team.  I had asked them a question on twitter and they quickly responded and when I placed my order I had another question and put it in the comment box and they responded within 24 hours to my question.  If a company has  great customer service then they are already looking good in my book.

I ordered the Neon Punch Orange color (pictured above) and it came to my apartment in less than a week.  One thing that I liked immediately was the packaging.  It was simple and nothing much and I didn’t have to open 5 million things and have a mound of packaging that I would then have to dispose of.  I also didn’t have to deal with those annoying little tags (you know the ones like with socks and you rip the socks apart only to find it didn’t go all the way through and then have to turn your apartment upside down looking for scissors because you can’t break it without them).

I put my flipbelt through a 3 part test.  I wanted to see if it really was as comfortable as people said and if my stuff wouldn’t move.

Test 1: Gym exercise.

My local running store has been offering a free kickboxing class once a week for free and I though that this would be the perfect place to try out my new FlipBelt.  With all the high energy and movement it was interesting to see if it would hold up to its claims.

So I go to class and put my phone and keys in the belt and start kickboxing. Five minutes into class and I had completely forgetten I was wearing the belt! My phone didn’t bounce awkwardly and when we did floorwork I could easly slide my belt around to the side. And let me tell you that class was intense!

Winner: FlipBelt

Test 2: Washing

After class I was pretty sweaty and stinky and the belt had absorbed some of the sweat (although I would note my phone was as dry as could be).  So I threw it in the wash with the rest of my running clothes. I’m not sure why I’m considering this a test but just wanted to see if it would shrink or something (not sure but whatever).

It came out of the wash and it was just like when I first opened the package.

Winner: FlipBelt

Test 3: Running

Now here is the true test.  Right now I don’t really need it for kickboxing becasue I can just set my stuff by my water in the back of the room, but I can see myself taking it to the actual gym and using it.  So I took the belt on my run, stuck my key and phone in it again and then put my headphones on.

I wasn’t sure if with running if it would move since that is a little bit of a different motion than kickboxing but I was about to find out. Verdict? It didn’t move!  Although I did admit it was a little awkward to use to get stuff in and out of it as I was running, but I am chalking that up to a learning curve of never using it before as my next run was much easier to use.

Winner: FlipBelt

I’ve got to admit I absolutely love my belt!  It makes it so much easier to run hands free, and today I was able to carry a bottle of water with me without feeling like I was trying to juggle carrying to many things.

I’m really tempted to order another belt so that I can use one while the other is in the wash. 🙂

The only complaint that I would have with the belt (which is really my fault) is that they ran out my size in the color I wanted (a bright green) and don’t plan on restocking that color.

The belt also just looks like an extension of your shorts or pants (like the yoga pants with a colored bar up top) so it is more natural and streamlined with the rest of your gear.  And mine actually fits to where my shirt covers it.

The FlipBelt is so convienant that I’m thinking about using it while I go site-seeking on my trip to NYC next month.  I could easily fit my ID and credit card or cash in the belt and have it under my shirt so that I don’t have to worry about a purse snatcher or something.  (It’s like a more stylish money belt).

I hope you enjoyed my review (next time I’ll try to add more pics) and GO BUY A FLIPBELT!!!

My name is Holley and I approve this message.