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Men in Tights: Compression Pants Review.

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6AM compression pant selfie

I admit that I have a new obsession: Compression pants.

I first noticed them after moving to West Hollywood. The truth is, compression pants are really, really eye-catching – and they don’t leave a whole lot to the imagination. As the name implies, this type of clothing provides varying degrees of compression through a snug and body-contouring fit.

What’s the benefit of compression pants or compression shorts? For athletes, they can prevent chafing and rashes. They can also allegedly ease muscle stiffness and help quicken recovery. They also hold your genitals in place and make your ass look great.

For my review, I opted for a pair of Nike compression pants.

Though it’s hardly a scientifically quantifiable benefit, I couldn’t help but feel a little badass in my compression pants. They’re like superhero tights; I felt like Superman.

Since psychology and how you feel can make a big difference in how you perform, I think there’s probably something to be said for the badass effect.

As someone who often performs high intensity interval training and sprints, the non-chaffing aspect of compression pants is huge. My thighs often become agitated and red from the constant friction in my workout. With compression pants, my workout was wonderfully chafe-free.

I also enjoyed not having my genitals bounce around while racing on the treadmill. The hatches were definitely battened down – and it made for a more enjoyable experience.

Did the pants make a measurable difference in my workout? I’m not sure. But I do know that, at the very least, I felt and looked great. And that counts for something.

 

 

Yonanas Product Review.

Yonanas: Worth the hype?

Last week, I made my first infomercial purchase and ordered the dessert-making sensation known as Yonanas.

Basically, it’s supposed to work like this: Put frozen bananas (along with other fruit) in the top of the Yonanas machine, and a soft-serve, ice cream-like substance comes out the bottom. You don’t add any milk, sugar, etc. – it’s an entirely banana-based dessert. And as such, it’s obviously much healthier than the ice cream or frozen yogurt alternatives.

Yesterday, my Yonanas machine arrived and I put it to the test.

While it does look and feel pretty cheap (it is only $50 plus shipping – what do you expect?), it does work. I was a bit surprised to see that an ice cream-like substance was, in fact, produced; I didn’t have high hopes.

I did discover that it takes A LOT of bananas to fill a heaping bowl as shown in the infomercials. It took 2.5 bananas to produce the amount of dessert in the photo attached to this post.

Turns out, unlike ice cream, the banana-based substance produced is very thick and dense. It’s heavy – and a half bowl is more than enough. In fact, I’m feeling something of a banana hangover today.

As far as taste goes, it’s pretty good. It does taste quite a bit like a very thick serving of frozen yogurt. And since you can add other fruits, chocolates, peanut butters, etc., into the mix – the flavor combinations are pretty much endless.

Cleanup wasn’t as simple as they’d like you to believe, but it wasn’t awful either. It took a few minutes to get everything disassembled and cleaned. It’s also dishwasher safe.

The best thing about Yonanas is saying the name. But the product does deliver, and I’m pretty content with my purchase. I won’t be eating Yonanas every night, but I think I’ll be getting some good use out of the machine.

Disclaimer: Davey Wavey was not compensated in any way, shape or form by Yonanas or their affiliates to write this product review.

My Search for the Ultimate Gym Headphones. [Product Reviews]

Apple's iPod/iPhone earbuds.

When I think of my experience with headphones, three possibilities emerge: Either I have terrible luck, the existing products suck, or the elusive ultimate gym headphone exists – but I just haven’t found it yet.

When exercising, I tend to switch between listening to my iPod (mostly for audiobooks or podcasts), and listening to the gym’s televisions through the headphone jack on each cardio machine. I run fast and tend to sweat a lot, so I need a pair of headphones that stay in my ear and that are water-resistant. I feel like my needs are pretty basic.

I started with the traditional Apple earbuds that come with any iPod or iPhone. Strangely, when plugged into the treadmill’s headphone jack, I get electrocuted in my ears. No joke! I’ve been told that it’s impossible to get electrocuted through headphones, but I know what I felt. In addition, the earbuds wouldn’t stay in for more than a minute or two. They’d pop right out. For high intensity exercisers, Apple’s earbuds are shit.

Bluetooth Plantronics headphones

With a desire to go wireless, I opted for the Bluetooth Plantronics headphones. I loved not having to contend with a cord, and they stayed in – even at high speeds. Unfortunately, my pair malfunctioned and the battery wouldn’t charge. I brought it back, and got a second pair. The second pair also malfunctioned. I love the idea of Bluetooth headphones, but perhaps they’re just ahead of their time. And at $99, they weren’t cheap (though the price has since come down).

Disillusioned, I picked up a cheap pair of no-name earbuds at a local warehouse store. They were three bucks and lasted me several months, until my boyfriend stepped on them. Since then, I’ve purchased two more pairs of the no-name earbuds, and both pairs have fallen apart within a week or two.

Sennheiser OMX 680 Adidas earphones

Last week, I decided to splurge for a set of Sennheiser OMX 680 Sports earphones by Adidas. They were on sale for $59 (from $79), and are specifically manufactured for use during athletic training. The earphone wraps around the back of the ear to ensure a good fit, and the product is sweat-resistant. Unfortunately, it’s not a match made in heaven. The earphones come with a small volume control attached to the cord. This volume control must be clipped to your clothes – but I’m not really sure to what. The clip is awkwardly placed – it’s too high to be clipped to your shorts and too low to be clipped on to your collar. I clip it to the arm opening in my tank top, but it’s a strange fit. Moreoever, the whole product feels very plastic and very cheap (which would be fine if it were half the price). On the plus side, the sound quality is good – and so far I haven’t been electrocuted.

So – the search continues for the ultimate gym headphones. Do you have any suggestions for a better pair of headphones, earphones or earbuds that work great at the gym? Please let me know in the comments below!

Product Review: Lululemon Ultimate Running Socks.

I’m not a sock person. Some people wear their socks inside, and still others even wear them to bed. Personally, I think the feeling of warm fabric around my feet and toes feels suffocating. I much prefer going au naturel.

So when someone told me that Lululemon’s Ultimate Running Sock would change my life, I was skeptical. Since I get numerous emails about what I wear to the gym (and being something of a Lululemon whore), I bought a pair and decided to do a product review.

At $US 14.00 per pair, like most things at Lululemon, the socks aren’t cheap. With that sort of price tag, I remember thinking that they better pleasure me sexually. Turns out, they kinda do. They’re nothing short of amazing.

There isn’t any one thing that’s especially compelling about the sock. Instead, I think their amazingness is the result of a whole bunch of things that just come together in a way that works. Unlike normal socks, these socks are marked right and left – as the socks are anatomically constructed (what a great idea!). The fabric wisks moisture away from the foot, and provides a great amount of ventilation. They don’t slip, and have extra padding where needed to prevent blisters and to provide impact cushioning.

They are life changing. And no, Lululemon isn’t paying me for this review or giving me free samples (but they should!). In fact, these socks are so amazing that I may even wear them to bed.