Wild About It: Tiux Compression Socks

Wild About it Wednesday(1)With a tight calf and first triathlon of the season the next day, Saturday’s run was the perfect opportunity for me to give my new Tiux performance compression socks to test run – literally.

photo(14)Tiux are a new start-up that design and sell athletic compression socks exclusively online. They cut out all the middle processes which can jack up the prices, thus giving the end user a cheaper bottom line, only $35 per pair.

Compression socks are known for stabilizing muscles and joints, as well as increasing blood (oxygen) flow which helps improve performance and recovery. Tiux highlight some of the benefits here.

The fit was great and my calves felt awesome! Tiux use a graduated compression technology which has a higher compression at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the calf. I typically wear compression calf sleeves so was worried about the feet and not having the benefit of my own socks, but the foot of these socks was very comfy and no blisters were had (yeah!). The only real concern is the lack of style and colour. Tiux only offer three colour combinations, with pink (the ones I have) as the most popular option. This Tiux promote as a cost saving perk, sharing that with limited inventory they reduce costs by never overstocking inventory and instead, focus on quality and providing the best value for their customers.

What I also love is their social good. Tiux have partnered with MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and will donate 1% of their revenue to help save lives and protect communities from landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other weapons remaining after conflict.

For more information on Tiux and to order your pair, check out there website at http://tiux.refr.cc/MLKRKP3

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Wild About It: Saje

photo 2(6)My love of Saje started back in the summer of 2013 when I was first introduced to the company through their street team at the SeaWheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver. They had a crew out giving away free products as well as free treatments with their natural wellness products. It was pretty much love at first try, and every trip back to Vancouver now demanded a trip to their store on Robson St.  it was this past summer that I heard the rumour that Saje would be opening in Toronto and a few months later construction began on their Queen St store, which held it’s grand opening just in time for Christmas.

What is Saje?

photo 1(7)Saje is a a retail store which sells hundreds of different natural wellness products, accessories, and healthy gift ideas all grounded in the wellness benefits of essential oils and the healing power of plants.  They combine pure essential oils with all-natural base ingredients to create 100% all-natural products that are free of parabens, SLS, SLES, PEGS, glycols, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and synthetic fragrances. What I also love about them, is that they are Canadian-owned and operated, with most of their products manufactured locally in Surrey BC, which allows them to ensure their products are made with the freshest ingredients, highest quality, and the utmost attention to detail.

What I’m Wild About:

It’s very hard to narrow down which products I like best, as the ones I like, I love and use almost daily. So here are three of my personal favourites.

photo 3(5)1. Sleep Well.

The Sleep Well oil is a powerful and natural relaxant that promotes a deeper and more restful sleep. It smells awful, but works really well. When I first purchased it I just grabbed one from the shelf and was warned by the cashier that I might want to smell it first – I didn’t. Instead I took his advice to put it on my feet and wear socks to bed, and keep it as far away from my nose as possible. That’s worked for me.

When I first bought it my intention for using it was when traveling for work. As a restless sleeper hotel beds and strange sounds are not my friends. I was looking for this to help me get through the night and it did, many times. The biggest test was when I used it the night before my first IronMan 70.3. My mind never turns off and I knew this would be the ultimate test. I went to bed at 8 and I slept over 10 hours. It was amazing… or at least was until I had to listen to the stories of my sister and teammates who couldn’t get a wink of sleep,m I stayed quite. My sister now uses Sleep Well also.

photo 1(5)2. CoCo Lips Lip Balm.

I first bought this product out of convenience. It was post SeaWheeze, I was dehydrated, I needed a lip balm, and there it was at the cash of the Robson street store while I was paying for my other products. They have a couple different types, it was summer and I was intrigued by the coconut.

I now have one everywhere I might need lip balm, my home, purse, car, and at work.  I love that it’s all-natural, perfect to moisturize and soothe irritated lips, and the coconut scent is yummy and makes me think of summer.

photo 2(4)3. Pain Release.

This was one of the first Saje products I experienced at SeaWheeze. As you crossed the finish line the Saje team was there to spray your legs down with their pain release spray and provide you a sample in a cute bag that hangs on your medal.

I have since purchased both the spray and roll on versions of this product. As a runner, it’s great for after a long run or next day as it provides quick relief from muscular aches, tension, and any post run stiffness. The spray bottle makes it easy to give my hamstrings and calves a once over and the roll on works perfect to get into specific spots.

Everything I’ve tried from Saje has been awesome, and I am so glad they now have a store in Toronto. Walking along Queen St their natural scent just fills the street and it’s hard to avoid going in to check out what’s new. The have a great website and ship for free over $100. If you’re looking for something natural to promote wellness, definitely check them out.

Wild About It: Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

Wild About it Wednesday(1)Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds

What Are They?

photo 2Over the holidays I had the opportunity to test out the Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless Earbuds. Think earbuds which are connected together with a wire that hangs behind your neck and uses BlueTooth technology to connect to your device. Now think the most amazing sound quality you’ve ever heard from a headphone, and the voice of a coach telling you your training zone – this is the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds.

Personally I had never heard of Jabra before, so a quick back story tidbit, the parent company of Jabra are the original creators of BlueTooth, so it’s safe to say they know a little something about wireless technology, and the quality of this product shows it.

What I’m Wild About

photo 1Two things intrigued me about these earbuds, the first was their use Dolby Sound (think movie theater epicness). From the second I put them on and the base in my music dropped I was sold. I have 100% never heard earbud or any sort of headphone sound that was like this. I love music and this sound quality is amazing.

The second feature I’m wild about is that they have a built-in heart rate monitor in the earbuds – as in they take your heart rate through your ears! I had never heard of this technology before Jabra, but the idea of not having to wear a chest strap and chafe worked for me! This feature turned out to be an awesome tool while running as I was not only told my heart rate intensity level, I received real-time voice coaching regarding my distance, and speed.

All of these metrics download in the Jabra Sport Life app which is the perfect opportunity for any fitgeek to get nerdy with their numbers. The Jabra Sport Life app also includes 3 heart rate fitness tests: VO2 max test, Orthostatic Heart Rate Test and Resting Heart Rate test which let you know if you’re over or under-training, if your overall fitness is improving or staying flat and how your fitness level rates against your age, weight and gender. It also syncs with a variety of existing running apps, like my favourite Strava.

But Won’t They Fall Out?

photo 3(1)Prior to using the Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds, I have never had any luck running with earbuds in – at all. When I run with music (which is typically at the gym), I always use sport headphones that hook around the ear to hold them in place. I was definitely skeptical about how these would work. The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds come with four interchangeable pieces  for both parts of the earbuds (the actual in ear piece, yellow in the phot, and the surrounding capsule, black in the photo)  which really lets you get a custom fit. You should also notice the little spike on the earbud, this hooks in your ear crease so it stays in place.

During my 40 minute hill interval workout the earbuds didn’t budge, I really didn’t think this would be the case, but the custom fit and spike kept the earbuds still. Four times during the run my heart rate was lost from the monitor, the first time being 13 minutes in, The earbuds continue to play music and totally stayed in place, so this I am attributing to my insane sweat, I simply pushed them around, and heard the coach state “heart rate detected” as they reconnected.

Final Thoughts

photo 3The Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbuds, are awesome. The sound is incredible and they stayed in my ear the entire run. The coaching was motivating and informative and the features in the app are great for those looking to challenge themselves or learn more about their own personal fitness. The $199 price point is above the cheap disposable ones I grab from the tech area of my grocery store, but  these are more than just earbuds, they are all-in-one training solution, with killer sound, and if that’s what you’re into, well worth the price.

To learn more about the Jabra Sport Pulse™ Wireless Earbuds and to get your own pair, click here!