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Racing Laces Review [and Giveaway!]

Bungee shoe laces… if you’re at all a gear geek you’ve probably seen them around. You may even think “Another brand for the same ol’ product.” Honestly, I did.

But something about the passion and excitement that Kirby, one of the founders, conveyed through his messages to me made me think there’s more to this brand. And looking into their site and the product… there is.

Features that distinguish Racing Laces from others:

  • They’re reflective, this isn’t an “add-on” feature but is standard across the board.
  • They’re made from Malaysian rubber, not the more standard synthetic runner. This makes them stronger against the elements and time.
  • Dual spring-loaded locking mechanism keeps each side of the lace where it is supposed to be.
  • Stainless steel spring so it won’t rust.

Another thing that really distinguishes Racing Laces from others is the detail of information they point out on their site. The most interesting to me:

They point out how elasticized laces can actually help improve running performance and the runner can gain speed by using them. How? The laces allow the foot to move through natural range of motion and expansion, so your muscles can develop. And as muscles grow stronger, you improve your power and balance!

Oh… and they look nice and come in 10 colors!


How did they perform for me? I actually went for a run with my regular laces on one shoe and the Racing Laces on the other. Just from that little test I was able to tell how the stretch actually improved the comfort of my shoe. And after running in them several times (yes, I moved to having the Racing Laces on both shoes) and then going out for a run in shoes without the Racing Laces I was really aware of how much more restrictive my shoes felt. It kind of surprised me!

Racing Laces sell for $11.99 a pair on their website and they offer free shipping on all orders.

If you want to order some, you can get 15% off everything in your cart at RacingLaces.com using code: jillslaces15

The ultimate way to try something new is to get it for free, right? I’ve got 2 pairs to give away here. So enter into via the Rafflecopter widget for your chance. Giveaway is open for 1 week. Er… 1 week and a couple of days. I’m not picking a winner on Thanksgiving, sorry ya’ll! I am taking my holiday and you should too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I received a pair of Racing Laces free to review on my site, but opinions are always my own. And full disclosure, I’m going to order some more.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19


I was sent a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 19 shoes to test. After spending a week running in them, I can say that they’re not the shoes for me. But there are some mighty nice things about them.

The basics:

  • Classification: Neutral
  • Weight: 8 1/4 oz.
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: 12oz
  • Retail: $120


The shoe laces seemed longer than other shoes… I didn’t lay them out next to another pair of shoes, just a random and unverified observation. The shoes are definitely attractive, earning lots of “ooohs” and “aaaahs” when I posted them on Instagram. The upper felt soft, flexible, and comfortable. But once I started to run I felt like the shoes were pretty firm. I’ve heard reports from some that the shoes started out firm and softened up over time but I want my shoes to feel “right” from the beginning. My footfalls were a lot louder in these shoes, I think due to the more inflexible sole.


The shoes are available from most online retails.
Buy Mizuno Wave Rider 19 on Amazon (<affiliate)

However, if you are completely new to these, you may want to hit up a specialty run store where they should let you run around the store/block a bit in the shoes to get a feel for the shoe. If you are already in previous versions of the Wave Rider, it’s similar but with some minor adjustments.

I will find a good home for these to live, I have plenty of running friends who will probably enjoy the feel. That’s the beauty of running shoes… there are options for everyone!

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.

Lumo Lift – Wearable Posture Sensor [Review]

Another gadget that I played with in my Lumoid box was the Lumo Lift. It’s a little clip that hooks onto your shirt and tracks your posture. When you slump, it sends you a little vibration to wake you up so you stand up properly again.

Inside the box: you get the device, a charging base, a couple of magnet clips and a bra strap clip.


The first day I tried using it on my bra strap, thinking to myself “This is great because it puts the entire thing hidden out of site! Nobody knows I’m wearing wearable tech this way!” But it kept buzzing me, even when I felt like I was sitting up straight. I finally figured out the problem as I was pulling my bra strap up as it buzzed me.


Maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time with bras and they always fall off my shoulders. That’s an entire topic that could be covered in a post (or a multitude of posts) separate from this. So to sum that up quickly for this topic… ill-fitting bra means no solid measurements from Lumo Lift.

So I watched their little video about how to wear it, to make sure that I had it positioned properly.

Once I figured that out, it was easy to clip into place. The silver clip would be less noticeable with this shirt, but I wanted to make sure I got a photo that kind of showed the scale of the clip when it’s attached to your shirt.


Sitting at my desk, I had few to no alerts telling me to straighten up. Playing with my daughter I got a lot of vibrates. Apparently it doesn’t recognize crawling on the floor, climbing up ladders and going down slides as good posture.

It charges easily via the USB charger. And the charging was pretty fast, I’m pretty sure it was just a couple of hours to charge it all the way.

There is an app available so you can set goals for yourself. Maybe a goal for 2 hours straight of good posture. You can also change the interval at which it bugs you about bad posture. So maybe for playing with my kid a longer interval would be smarter than the interval for when I’m at my desk.

Also, it’s important to note that it can be used as a daily activity tracker. Like any other tracker, don’t use it in conjunction with another step counter and expect them to match, especially given that this one is worn in a very different place than other wearables. (wrist vs. collarbone)

It was fun to play around with it for a few days, but I don’t see a need for it long-term for myself. But if you have posture struggles, this could be a handy little tool. Particularly if you’re in the same spot for long hours (desk work!), it will keep you in check.

They’re available for order via Amazon for $79.99.

Disclaimer: I bought the Lumoid box myself, nobody asked me to post anything this was all my own interest. Opinions here are always my own.

Skulpt Aim [Review]

I ordered a box of gadgets from Lumoid a while back [here’s my more detailed explanation of the service] and another item I chose was the Skulpt Aim.


My description: 
It’s a doohickey that lets you measure your body fat % or muscle quality by spritzing a little water on it, then holding it against certain muscles. It spits out a reading and syncs it into your smartphone for safe keeping and future comparisons.

Their description:
This portable, lightweight device tracks the result of your fitness progress. It measures when you’re losing fat and gaining muscle, by providing a measure of Muscle Quality (MQ) and fat percentage for individual muscles or your whole body. Aim’s mobile app tracks your progress over time, and lets you see which are your strongest muscles or which muscles need work.

Same thing, one is less marketing-ese.

The device is easy to use, it communicated easily with my phone (iPhone 6), and measurements are fast. Instead of purely focusing on body fat%, it analyzes your muscle quality, which is a more in-depth measurement. It tells you how you’re improving individual muscle groups when you are immersed in a fitness regime.

To use: Spritz the back with a little water. (It even comes with a handy little water bottle.) Put the device sensors on the specified muscle group (the app walks you through the process) and wait a few seconds for the measurement. Repeat on the next muscle group. Fast, easy, no tech or health background needed.


They’ve got Tony Horton prominently featured on their home page right now… there’s an option of seeing Tony’s numbers with the Skulpt Aim… I elected to not look. I’m sure he’s amazing. I assume he does P90X workouts a billion times a day to put out all those DVDs and I feel a little queasy inside just watching some of those workouts. 😉

The device/app did tell me that some of my muscle groups are just average. (Biceps, we’re looking at you here.)


But some of my muscle groups are doing pretty well. (Go abs!)


So, what do I do with this information? Well… not much. Given the fact that I had this for a short trial period via Lumoid, there isn’t room to watch change. I do think it would be interesting to measure as part of an on-going plan. Especially if I figure out what I’m doing next in my fitness life. (Am I just going to find more races to run? Am I going to run less and focus on some other exercise? Am I going to become a couch potato? The suspense… the intrigue! These are the days of our lives?) But since I sent the device back to Lumoid, I now have this app on my phone with just a couple of measurements and uncertainty if I should just delete it or if I will purchase one.

The device says it’s normal price is $199… but it’s on special for $149. And since I signed up for an account to test this, it gave me a special URL for $20 off… which makes it work out to a price of just $129. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot better than $199! So if you are embarking on fitness/health change (or just curious if your current plan is helping) this would be a useful tool in that journey.

And if I revisit this device, I will definitely share more insights. This is an exciting time for personal health/fitness technology. I’m fascinated by the developments that have emerged and it will be interesting to see what comes next!

Okay, disclaimer time… I didn’t receive this for free. I paid for my Lumoid box and I chose which things I wanted to review based upon my own personal interests and what would make me happy to play with/write about. But since I’ve received freebies in the past, people reading my site always wonder. So there you have it. Not free, still my opinion as always.