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starwarskid

On a last-minute invitation this past Friday, I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my neighbor and a few of his friends.  I’ve seen the original 3 films a couple of times, but never saw any of the additional 3 films in their entirety.  I’m not a Star Wars fan, or a Trekkie for that matter, but I feel like I’d weigh in on the box office record shattering film. (CAUTION: THIS ARTICLE WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM HERE ON OUT)
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headtennis

As anyone playing tennis regularly can tell you, the sport can get expensive rather quickly, especially if you are competitive. Fees from instructors, joining clubs, and playing in tournaments can all add up, and that’s before tennis gear and apparel costs are figured in.

If you are going to invest that much in the sport, you owe it to yourself to purchase quality tennis products. This means buying tennis gear from a reputable brand like HEAD. Whether buying tennis racquets or bags, HEAD products are among the best the industry has to offer.

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686, the oldest independent snow outerwear brand in the U.S., is releasing their first collection in conjunction with ’47 Brand.  The collection features the logos of fourteen schools across the U.S., including Boston University, Brigham Young University, University of California, University of Colorado, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Michigan, University of Nebraska, Pennsylvania State University, University of Southern California, University of Texas, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin and Yale University.

For each school there will be a new custom Victory Jacket release (insulated shell), Flight Jacket (insulator piece that can be worn on its own or under another jacket), as well as ball caps, masks and other items.  I had the opportunity to try out one of their Flight Insulated Jackets, as well as some of their hats and neck gaiters.  Their apparel is LEGIT.

QUICK REVIEW:

Aesthetics: A

Utility: A-

Quality: A-

Price/Value: B+

Overall: A-

The NCAA Technical Apparel Collection from 686 and ’47 is on point.  The apparel is stylish, functional, and gives fans and alumni a solid alternative to the book store merchandise.  There are some very, very minor details that I can nitpick at, but you will not be disappointed with any of this gear.  If you’re lucky enough that your school is included in their line, it’s a definite cop.  Check out all their products here: http://686.com/products/men/collections/686-x-47/.

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teamtables

Team Tables launched their kickstarter campaign for The Ultimate Sports Table, a unique sports memorabilia table that is a perfect addition to your home, office or vacation home. The Ultimate Sports Table is a one of a kind quality design that Team Tables feels would be the perfect edition to your kid’s bedroom, your mancave, office, or waiting room.  If you’d like to back this project, follow this link. Read the rest of this entry »

IcyHot SmartRelief

For many, aches and pains are a part of everyday life.  Many seek relief with ice-packs and/or heat pads.  Why not get the treatment you need from the brand who brought you best of both worlds?  Enter IcyHot SmartRelief TENS Therapy.  Using the same technology doctors administer to their patients, IcyHot’s reusable, wire-free electrode pad and control unit give you the relief you need without the doctor’s bills.

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Ease of Use: A

Utility: B

Quality: B+

Price/Value: A

Overall: B+

After shopping around online a bit, I found you could get your hands on the IcyHot SmartRelief Tens Therapy Starter Kit delivered to your door for about $25.  That’s not a bad price point at all when it comes to a health product that could potentially change your life.  The fact that this item saves you a trip to the doctor’s office and gives you the relief you’re looking for, and it’s reusable for multiple treatments, it’s an absolute bargain.

From out of the box to onto my body and treating my pain, it took all of 2 minutes before the IcyHot SmartRelief was doing its thing.  With 63 levels of intensity, the pulsating sensations can be set appropriately for any ailment.  It was nice knowing that the IcyHot SmartRelief would shut off automatically after 30 minutes, so I won’t fall asleep with it on.

I think the IcyHot SmartRelief is worth trying if you are dealing with any type of muscle pain.

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Harry's_Truman Shave Set

 

QUICK REVIEW:

Aesthetics: A+

Utility: B

Quality: B+

Price/Value: A

Overall: B+

 

Razors are expensive if you’re buying top-of-the-line cartridges from the big brands like Gillette or Schick.  The razor heads they sell have 5 blades or more, and tend to come in loud colors designed to catch a shopper’s eye as they browse the shaving isle at the local super market or pharmacy.  Harry’s wants to change the game with their high-quality razors and shave cream which they ship directly to you at an affordable price.  The Truman set will run you $15, but it includes everything you need to get a clean shave plus two refill blade cartridges.  For comparison’s sake, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide FlexBall razor will set you back around $20, and that does not include shaving cream or a travel cover for your blade.

Enough about the competitor’s products, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty with Harry’s Truman Set.  First off, their presentation is top-notch.  The handle looks sleek as hell, and is the first razor I’ve ever owned that I actually want to leave out on my sink.  They give you options on the color choice (Total Orange, Nautilus Blue (Navy), Ivory, and Olive 107) and I went with Ivory because I thought it was a good look (and it is).  The travel cap for your razor is an awesome touch, and I don’t understand why every other company doesn’t have one.  Bottom-line, Harry’s razor looks great.  The shave though?  Just OK.

If I’m going to keep it real, Harry’s is better than the Schick Hydro, Gillette Mach 3, and any other lesser brand (those Bic throw aways are cuts waiting to happen).  The shave you’ll get from Harry’s is decent, but you don’t get the same comfort and ease as you do with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide FlexBall.  BUT, I’m willing to sacrifice the best shave I’ve ever had for a razor that gets the job done and doesn’t look like a child’s toy on my sink counter.  The sheer fact that Harry’s looks classy as hell (I plan on upgrading to their chromed out Winston set) makes it my razor of choice.

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imageRecently the great people of Auto Accessories Garage reached out to me to test out the CoverKing NCAA Car Seat covers. At the time, I had no idea it would end up being a great product to save my seats from a car seat. Here’s what I think about it.

QUICK REVIEW:

Quality: A-

Utility: B+

Value: A+

Overall: A-

When I said yes to this product, I had been looking for something safe to put between the seats in back of my Chevrolet HHR and a Graco car seat. I was afraid the car seat would ruin the seats and the value of my car. This product really has helped.

I absolutely love that you can go to on their website, Auto Accessories Garage, and customize your vehicle, seats, dash, etc. For me, I chose to get the Auburn University covers. War Eagle!

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goodsport-balm

The people at GoodSport reached out to me and asked me to try their manuka enhanced anti-chafing sports cream.  I run approximately 25 miles a week, and although I don’t experience chafing all the time, it does occasionally happen.  Here’s what I think about their product:

QUICK REVIEW:

Quality: B

Comfort: B+

Value: B-

Overall: B

First and foremost, GoodSport manuka enhanced anti-chafing sports cream works.  After applying it, I didn’t experience any chafing, and it alleviated pain from previously chafed areas.  Yes, for the sake of this review, I purposely caused myself discomfort (I don’t want to get into how) to see if this product actually works, and it does.

With a price tag of $25.90 for a 100 gram tin, GoodSport Anti-Chafe is seems expensive, but when you take into account that it ships world-wide for free and comes from New Zealand, the price isn’t that bad.  If you’re interested, you can buy some directly through their site HERE.

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I’ve owned a GoPro for just about a year now and was excited to get my hands on the Steadicam Curve. It’s dubbed as an accessory that is best for creating smooth short clips, mainly outdoors and for use with action sports. While I didn’t dust off my skateboard or hit the slopes, I did use the Steadicam Curve a bunch of different times over the last few months. Read the rest of this entry »

Synergy-Leg-Compression_Bamboo

Synergy Therapeutics reached out to us and asked if we’d like to try out one of their supports.  As an avid runner/soccer player, I jumped at the chance to try out their comfort leg support.  Here are my thoughts on this product:

QUICK REVIEW:

Quality: A+

Comfort: A

Value: B-

Overall: A-

The Synergy Comfort Leg Support is extremely comfortable.  Advertised as a multi-compression knit construction to improve circulation and help prevent injury, it is designed to help relieve symptoms related to shin splints and tendonitis.  I’ve dealt with shin splints on and off since I was a teenager, and have used everything from wraps, to tape, to ice and even heat treatments.  The Comfort Leg Support from Synergy definitely helped ease my pain.

This left support is made of extremely high quality materials.  The bamboo construction is comfortable, breathable, neoprene free and antimicrobial.  And to be quite honest, it just looks cool.  I was worried that it would fall down my leg during a 5 mile run, but it held up and didn’t slip.

At $44.95, the Synergy Comfort Leg Support is rather pricey.  I’ve come across other compression support leg sleeves at about half the cost, but the quality of the Synergy Comfort Leg Support puts it in a different league.  If you’re experiencing inflammation or chronic pains and you’re looking for a high quality compression sleeve or support, you can’t go wrong with their products.

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