Heads Up: BUFF® USA Pack Run Cap

Disclaimer: I received the BUFF® Pack Run Cap as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I am the type of runner that has to have something on his head when out for a run. I am fan of headbands and caps. I have been a BUFF® USA Headband wearer for a long time now, so naturally I wanted to try out their new Pack Run Cap.


I wear caps all the time, mainly on days when I don’t want to shower and my hair is kind of scary looking, so I was pumped to add the run cap to my collection.


This was my first official running cap so I was excited to get it. The first thing I did was wear it to the farmers market. Of course, that is the best way to test it out a running product. It passed my test of making me look good without showering. Super comfortable to wear. It was hot so it was nice that it was breathable.


The true test came during my runs. Grabbed my Brooks, grabbed my Aftershokz, quick download of the newest BibRave Podcast, and I was out the door with my new BUFF® USA Pack Run Cap. It was a billion degrees out and super sunny.


The cap is like one ounce so it weighs nothing on your head. It is made from ultra lightweight material. Three main things about the run: it stayed on my head, it covered my eyes, and it wicks away moisture. That pretty much crosses all the important things off my list.


The cap is stylish, its light weight and it’s made out of high quality materials. I like that I can just throw it in my car, bag, or back pocket and be on my way. I also ride my mountain bike all the time, and this hat fits perfectly under my helmet. When you are on the trails there is a lot of trees and light can break through the trees and smack you in the eyes. It’s really nice to have the brim to cover the eyes on the trail.

Check out what other BibRave Pros thought of the Pack Run Cap:

Scootadoot.orgRoad Tested Buff Pack Run Cap
Runwithnoregrets.comBuff Pack Run Cap Review
Marathang.com – Buff Pack Run Cap
Heatherrunsthirteenpointone.comPack Run Cap Review
Livinglovingrunner.comBuff Pack Run Cap Friday Five
Magicofrunning.com – Can Never Be Too Buff

Try it out and let me know how you like it!

Keep The Run On!


Orange Mud Makes Your Run Easy

Disclaimer: I received the Orange Mud P.F.V as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

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One of the main things that makes runners annoyed as can be is having to carry a bunch of stuff with them Ok, ok, maybe it’s just me that gets super annoyed. I am a pretty minimalistic runner. I hate having to carry my phone, keys and water on me. That’s three more things that I have to carry on top of already wearing shoes, shorts and a tank. So when I saw Orange Mud’s new Phone, Flask, Vest I jumped on the opportunity to give it a shot.

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When I got the vest I was a little confused on how to wear it. It seemed small and a bit uncomfortable. Luckily, Orange Mud has a bunch of pictures to show you how it works. I started to fiddle around with it and decided that the best way to see if it works is obviously to go for a run. I threw on my shoes and packed my phone, keys, a BibRave Buff and the water flask in the vest and took off.

At first, it felt kind of weird. I realized that I did not tighten the straps on the side or the back. Once I did a little trouble shooting, the vest stopped bouncing while I ran and the flask’s straw was out of my face. The vest sits up pretty much covering your chest. The flask is the biggest compartment, but there is another on that holds your phone. I have an iPhone 6s and it fit in there perfectly. Over the right shoulder is another area to stash something and below the flask is a small pocket for your keys. in the back is a pocket where a larger item can go. I was able to stick my rain jacket in there.

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I am really impressed by the design and features of the Orange Mud P.F.V. It is simple and holds all the essentials. It takes a little bit to get used to the way that it sits on your chest but after you get passed that point you can enjoy the run without having a bunch of stuff bouncing on you. The price is a bit on the high end, but considering your are eliminating 3-5 other items I would say that it is worth it.

If you want to try the PFV out, let me help you out with the price! Use “BRPPFV” code at checkout and receive a 10% off discount. Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments below!



Running With Style & Safety

Disclaimer: I received The UV Reflective Half BUFF® as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Running Hills w/UV Reflective Half BUFF

When I am getting ready for a run, I am looking for comfort and simplicity. I want to wear the least amount of clothing but it needs to keep me safe, keep me warm or cold, and it needs to make me look good on Instagram 😊. Any combo that fulfills those requirements is a combo I am looking for. The past couple of weeks I have been running with the UV Reflective Half BUFF®. This thing has been awesome for me. The BUFF® is a tubular headwear accessory that protects you from the sun, keeps back your hair, keeps you warm, and well there are a ton of other uses for it. Wrist band, that’s a good one when you get hot. Face mask, another good one for when you are running in Minnesota and its zero degrees with -14 degree wind chill. For me, the BUFF® keeps my hair organized, makes me visible with the reflective, and it is super simple.

BUFF = Messy Hair Solution

The UV Reflective Half BUFF® is perfect because I am kind of getting long hair and it bugs the crap out of me when it’s bouncing around. It is also a great solution for when I am playing volleyball and I did not shower that day. A couple weeks ago, Paul said to me, “Andrey, what is happening with your hair?!” Luckily, the BUFF® can neatly tuck it all back and not get in my face when I am killing it on the court. BTW team name in volleyball is “Sloppy Sets” (nbd).

Reflective Half BUFF w/Flash

Being a runner that runs in the early mornings or late evenings, visibility is extremely important. I run in downtown Minneapolis and I am crossing roads on every one of my runs. The reflective logo and the reflective pieces on the BUFF® are great for making me reflective and more visible. Pairing the half BUFF® and other reflective clothing and gear is great for morning/night time running.

The UV Reflective Half BUFF at Night

The BUFF® is such a simple accessory, which I absolutely love. I hate anything that gets in the way of me running. The UV Reflective Half BUFF® is small enough that it does not get in the way of my headphones but made from high quality material. It adds a layer of warmth in the winter but it’s breathable material so that I can wear it during volleyball and in the summer.

This multi-use accessory is a pretty cool addition to my collection of running gear. I have been able to find ways to use it outside of running and that is a nice feature that is not always outlined.

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Must Have For New Year: Rudy Project

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Rudy Project Fotonyk sunglasses as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!


I am very skeptical when it comes to sunglasses. I have had maybe 30 different pairs. They usually break, get lost or get donated away because they don’t fit. It becomes frustrating that it takes that much effort for me to find a pair that works. I have been running with a crappy pair that I stole from my buddy. They are not even meant for running and they kill my ears.


Lucky for me, I was able to snag a pair of Rudy Project Fotonyk shades earlier this month. Once again skeptical, I told myself that I needed to give these a fair chance. That was before I received them in the mail. All the skepticism went into the trash, just like my other sunglasses.


There are two important things when it comes to sunglasses for me; the need for them in Minnesota and the fit/quality of the product. It may seem that sunglasses are not needed in MinneSNOWta. Heck, it snows all the time here right? Not quite. Since there is so much cold in Minnesota, it is important to be protected. The Fotonyk’s delivered on that front. They covered my eyes from the cold so that when I ran, the wind and the air would not cause me to tear up or hurt my eyes. Also, it is extremely bright here when fresh snow is on the ground. So even when you are running and not staring at the sun, you need to project your eyes from the bouncing reflections.


Quality of the product has always been an issue for me. Everything from the fit, to the lens quality, to the material that the frame it is made from. These sport sunglasses get the job done. You can feel that the material the frame is made out of is quality material. The frame is also adjustable, The nose guard can be adjusted to the needed fit and the needed size away from your face. This was really helpful. Also, the frame’s lower part that goes below the lens can be removed. This helps to adjust to your style and it allows for changing out the lens. Speaking of the lens, this is where you cannot put half the effort into. The Fotonyks kill it on the quality of the lens. The lenses use Rudy Project’s technology to allow you to utilize the maximum surface of the lens and they are interchangeable so that you can put a new color on or a clear lens when you are running in cloudy conditions.


The only criticism that I have is that they are a little tight on the face. That boils down to the fact that I have a weird face. They fit great on a medium sized face and even for they still do what they are intended to do. Each pair of sunglasses that they have is labeled with specifications and what face they fit best. For me, I am going to continue to wear them and run in them. I am not looking in the mirror when I run so it does not bother me that they are a little small looking. The quality is great and so is the performance. If they took them away from me, I would spend the $150 on them.

Keep The Run On!