Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cool Runnings: Carve Designs

Carve Design's new Zipper Line Hoodie in Graphite is cool cover for hot workouts.
I really love this time of year. It's so unlike the summer heat when I have to get up before dawn to workout because it gets blazing hot by 10 am.  Usually a tank top is perfect but I want to be sure to keep my skin protected from the harmful rays of the sun.  I use sunblock but sweat and rubbing often leaves you less protected than you think.  So I've found walking, running and cycling in the hours of predawn and twilight to be my best bet at beating the the sun and heat.

Taking Cover: Carve Design's Zipper Line Hoodie

Zipper Line Hoodie & Pearl Izumi running shoes.
I don't just mist...I sweat during my workouts.  Most of my hoodies and cover ups are just too thick and heavy for any serious exercise.  That's why Carve Design's super lightweight cotton Zipper Line Hoodie was such a cool change.

Zipper Line in Thistle

Carve Designs of California specializes in surf-wear for active woman.  So they know a thing or two about staying comfortable despite the sun's heat. In a slub jersey knit, it's just the right weight with a semi fitted cut that looks feminine.  The Zipper Line Hoodie is very soft and sheer, so it lets the breezes through.  It can also be used as a beach cover.  One of the lovely accents of this piece is the contrast print lined hood.  Just taking a walk in the Zipper Line was so comfortable and NO sweat buildup underneath.  I came home refreshed, not damp from perspiration.  The full length zipper allowed me to regulate my body temperature while the cover itself gave me some sun protection.  This is where fashion meets function. 

Road ID's Firefly Supernova - visibility before dawn, after dark

See the Light: Road ID's Firefly Supernova
As the season heats up, you may find yourself walking, running or cycling before the sun rises or after dark.  Aside from being comfortable, the one thing you want to be out there is visible.  Walking or running near traffic can be much safer if drivers can see you.  That's why in addition to reflective panels on my athletic shoes, I would recommend clipping on a blinkie like the Road ID Firefly Supernova.

It is small so it can clip onto your wrist, hoodie, cycling jersey or helmet.  It is also VERY BRIGHT.  You can see this thing from about a mile away.  Available in clear, blue, green and red, you decide which colors to attach to what.  It uses a little watch battery that runs for about 250 hours on flashing and weighs only 1 ounce. Be sure to have a few of these on board and your Road ID Medical / Identification tags.  It could save your life.

Road ID Fixx ID Tags

Road ID's Blue Firefly Supernova wrist model.  Be seen out there!

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