Treasures from TRE

The Annual Running Event made its way back to Austin this past year, and Austin Fit Magazine (and this contributor) couldn’t have been happier! Check out Carrie’s favorite finds at TRE.



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The line I want to highlight, however, is their National Park Collection of trucker hats. Why? Well, I love their trucker hats, and I really love our National Parks, which need our love and support now more than ever. In fact, Headsweats generously donates 20 percent of every hat purchase to the National Park Foundation. From Yellowstone and Yosemite to the Golden Gate and the Rockies, there is a hat that will satisfy your adventure alter-ego.

Whether you're an individual wanting a new lid, a team looking for new race hats, or even a Race Director ordering some high-quality finish line swag, consider Headsweats for their extensive line of visors, performance caps, beanies, and more.

 

Safety Skin:

It was a big Texas welcome to Cleveland-based, Safety Skin, the first reflective product designed to be applied directly to your skin. This booth definitely won my, "How cool is that?" award! It's so simple, it's ingenious! The product looks like a deodorant stick, and a quick swipe on exposed skin is barely noticeable. However, when that strip of skin is exposed to light (think car headlights), it reflects and makes you extremely visible to oncoming vehicles. It's the ultimate efficient and cost-effective form of safety and visibility without having to buy a wardrobe of neon.

 

It was a big Texas welcome to Cleveland-based, Safety Skin, the first reflective product designed to be applied directly to your skin. This booth definitely won my, "How cool is that?" award! It's so simple, it's ingenious! The product looks like a deodorant stick, and a quick swipe on exposed skin is barely noticeable. However, when that strip of skin is exposed to light (think car headlights), it reflects and makes you extremely visible to oncoming vehicles. It's the ultimate efficient and cost-effective form of safety and visibility without having to buy a wardrobe of neon.

 

Rumble Roller:

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The Rumble Roller name alone lets you know that this atypical foam roller means business! Their line of products are all about some deep tissue work, as you can tell from the surface of that bad boy in the photo. As they say on their site, most smooth foam rollers don't really conform to muscles, but the line of Rumble Rollers allows you to go deep and really hone in on those trouble spots. Does it hurt? I'm either laughing or grimacing...you decide! Yes, if you hit some of those sore areas that need extra work, it can hurt, but isn't that kind of the point? You want to find those spots then sit and breathe into them while you let the Rumble Roller do its job. As I learned from spending 30 minutes at their booth, taking it slow is key here.

 

If you don't need something so intense, you can opt for one of their smaller Beastie products— perfect for isolating trouble areas when you have limited space. My hamstring left that booth with a love/hate relationship with the Beastie.

 

Sprigs:

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The Sprigs line of armbands and wrist wallets may be a simple item in a convention center room full of flash and flair, but, let's face it, the practical products are the ones that usually stand the test of time and last a lifetime. Sometimes, too, it's the simple products that provide the most satisfaction because you're going to keep using them for years to come.

 

In the last couple of years, I've turned into the girl that actually likes to run with her phone. Sure, I do it for safety reasons, and I love that I can often use just my phone to pay for coffee or a smoothie post-run. However, in all honesty, I'm also a podcast junkie, and nothing kills a two-hour run like a new Rich Roll or Tim Ferriss podcast.

 

I've used armbands before, but, sadly, I've lost one along the way and completely ruined another in the washer. (I'm not denying possible user error here). The Sprigs armband uses no velcro except for the closure at the top and stretches to any arm width without chafing or rubbing (another issue I had with former products). So far, so good...It's accompanied me on several runs with no bouncing or chafing. Best of all, it survived a wash!

 

In addition to wallets and phone holders, Sprigs also carries a fun assortment of other products including wallets, headbands, gloves, and my new favorite, earbags!

 

Ultimate Direction:

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This one may be a little selfish and self-serving, but I stalked the Ultimate Direction booth to talk to Product Designer, Anders Mavis, about new products for 2018. I love trail running and recently completed the Moab Trail Marathon with my Ultimate Direction Ultra 2.0 vest. It worked perfectly, but I'm gearing up to attempt the Grand Canyon "Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim" in May and wanted to pick his brain about what I may need for such a feat. Will I need extra storage? Trekking poles? How much water should I carry? Will I need room for a jacket or other layers? Surely, I'll need extra room for snacks and food, right? With all of those considerations, what hydration pack would I need and still keep my load as light as possible? Anders went through many new options with me. He talked about new designs and his thoughts behind those designs. There are so many great choices and, like most people, I often find myself stuck in analysis paralysis. Anders navigated the muddy waters with me and recommended a few options for all types of distances. If you're hitting the trails in 2018, Ultimate Direction likely has a pack that will suit your needs. For shorter distances, they even have an extensive assortment of handhelds and belts. If it's good enough for Ultra Endurance runners, Scott Jurek and his wife Jenny, it's good enough for me!

 

This one may be a little selfish and self-serving, but I stalked the Ultimate Direction booth to talk to Product Designer, Anders Mavis, about new products for 2018. I love trail running and recently completed the Moab Trail Marathon with my Ultimate Direction Ultra 2.0 vest. It worked perfectly, but I'm gearing up to attempt the Grand Canyon "Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim" in May and wanted to pick his brain about what I may need for such a feat. Will I need extra storage? Trekking poles? How much water should I carry? Will I need room for a jacket or other layers? Surely, I'll need extra room for snacks and food, right? With all of those considerations, what hydration pack would I need and still keep my load as light as possible? Anders went through many new options with me. He talked about new designs and his thoughts behind those designs. There are so many great choices and, like most people, I often find myself stuck in analysis paralysis. Anders navigated the muddy waters with me and recommended a few options for all types of distances. If you're hitting the trails in 2018, Ultimate Direction likely has a pack that will suit your needs. For shorter distances, they even have an extensive assortment of handhelds and belts. If it's good enough for Ultra Endurance runners, Scott Jurek and his wife Jenny, it's good enough for me!

 

Pickle Juice

I’ll never forget doing the Wurst Ride in Central Texas a few years ago and stopping at an aid station feeling completely depleted. “Try some Pickle Juice,” a volunteer said and handed me a bright yellow and green bottle. At first I was sceptical, but I was so tired that I would’ve consumed just about anything in that moment. I downed it like a college dare and immediately felt better! My cramps subsided, and my energy returned. This was endurance sport’s best kept secret—or so I thought. The Pickle Juice Company has been around since 2001, and their sole purpose is to help stop cramping with the highest quality ingredients. Is this real pickle juice? Not entirely, but it is made from a proprietary grain of vinegar that has proven to be the most effective neural inhibitor and contains 10 times the amount of electrolytes as most sports drinks!



 

 

This isn’t so much a review of products because, the way I see it, every one of those companies is doing well. My only regret is that I didn’t get a chance to visit every one of those 250 companies. There's always next year, right?  

 
 
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