Issue 20 • January 2014

Product Reviews

110% Flat Out Compression Sox

A post-run recovery favorite – 110% Flat Out Compression Sox. While the red, pink or green and white graphic against a black background add distinction, the gradient compression is the real selling point. 110% is an MVP in sport compression that, according to the product description, “…stabilizes muscles, reduces vibration and allows muscles to expand where needed.” This means welcome relief to lower legs and feet while you get on with the day. Also great for frequent flyers and those who stand on their feet a lot to help increase circulation.
 
110PLAYHARDER.COM is a local company founded by athletes and entrepreneurs who focused their expertise into a product that athletes will appreciate.

Colors: Black with red and white design; available for the holidays: Black with pink or green and white

Available at: Jacksonville Running Company, 9823 Tapestry Park Circle and 13760 Old St. Augustine Road

Price:$65

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Forme Jacket II by Lululemon Athletica

Reserve a spot on your holiday wish list for this sophisticated and versatile jacket. For bundling before a workout or running to coffee post run with the girls, this layer is the perfect cover-up. The moisture-wicking and high-performance fabric is fitted to keep you warm as you cool down from your efforts. But what really sets this particular jacket apart is the color: beautiful baroque deep zinfandel with stand-out rose-gold colored accent zips.  Features include fold-over cuffins to warm cold hands, zipper garage, dropped hem for more coverage in the rear and four-way stretch and recovery, making it a great travel item.

Available at: Lululemon Athletica, 4812 River City Drive, Town Center Shopping Center

Price: $118   

110% Flat Out Compression Sox

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Spenco TOTAL SUPPORTTM Sandals(1)

Spenco TOTAL SUPPORTTM Sandals

“The sandals your mom won’t yell at you for wearing!” So says Rebecca Landerman at Jacksonville Running Company when describing the great support offered by Spenco’s Total Support Slip on Sandals. Our 9 month Florida sandal season just got better for tired, worked over feet. Our favorite was the feminine Quartet with the decorative pierced leather and nubuck overstrap that disguised deep heel cupping and an orthotic-grade arch support cradle, which translates to total comfort.  You would never guess these are designed from the replacement insoles Spenco is known for. The straw colored Yumi’s with the cork footbed are perfect after yoga.

Colors: Yumi available in Chocolate/Blue, Straw/Java/Cork, White
Quartet available in Straw/Natural, Chocolate/Coral

Available at: Jacksonville Running Company, 9823 Tapestry Park Circle and 13760 Old St. Augustine Road

Price: $52

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Specialized Allez Road Bike Line

Allez means “Go!” If you’re looking for a road bike to propel you into cycling, or if you’re the aspiring racer, the 2014 Allez line from Specialized is the perfect balance between reliability and speed—without crushing your wallet.
What does the Specialized Allez road bike have to offer? Quite frankly, a lot, starting with price. Entry level price is under $800. The Elite comes with 10 Speed Shimano tiagra drivetrain, carbon fork, and three-cross AXIS classic wheelset.

Bike Radar reviews rave the Allez as the branch between your mountain bike and an easygoing road bike. Whether you’re looking for a quicker way to work or to work on those racing legs, either way, the race inspired Specialized Allez is definitely worth taking into consideration.

For local reviews, look no further than Open Road Bicycles. An Open Road store owner, who has high-end, carbon bike options available on a whim, chose his aluminum Allez. When we asked him why, he said, “It’s just a good, solid bike. For the money, it’s hard to beat.”

Available at: Open Road Bicycles, 4460 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 636-7772

Price range: $770 – $2,400

Featured bike: Allez Elite $1100

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Motobecane Bistro Line / Urban Commuter Bikes

Jacksonville may not be the friendliest biking city, but Motobecane’s Bistro line of city hybrid bikes makes you want to petition for bike friendly streets. Busy roads and all, pretend you’re in Holland and take this bike to pick up a baguette and flowers. The Dutch know how to get around town, upright and relaxed. Motobecane’s Bistro bike is practical and pleasant like a Dutch bike, with retro style and a modern twist. 7 Speed with Aluminum frame, Men’s and Ladies’ design, comes in a variety of colors.

Available at: The Bike Shop, 1124 3rd St. North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, (904) 246-4977

Price: $299 to $499

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Natural Body Blending Bar Essential Oils

Lift your mood by going to the bar…Natural Body’s Blending Bar. Natural Body’s line of essential oils is the perfect skin and sensory pampering experience. Try their unique formulas for a spa experience at home, many of which are healing concoctions and can be customized. Oils can be purchased in their pure form or can be added to in-store lotions and gels. The perfect gift for the 904Fitness athlete – Muscle Strain mixed with salt scrub.

Recipe:
2 drops chamomile oil
2 drops marjoram oil
1 drop rosemary oil
Mix with sea salt/oil scrub for perfect post-workout relaxation.

Available at: Natural Body Spa, St.Johns Town Center, 4663 River city Dr. Jacksonville (904) 482-0780

Price: $12 to $29

Leigh Gardner

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