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March 25, 2015 - Knot a Problem

In baseball nomenclature, Cordskinz was facing an 0-2 count with us. When they first approached us with their product, we weren't sure what to make of it. A rubberized “skin” to apply over the cord of earbuds to keep them tangle-free? Initially, we questioned whether this was a sports product, until we thought of all the joggers and walkers and gym-goers who wear earbuds. Of course, they tangle. That's just what they do. Take them out of a gym bag and it is a requirement to spend 5 minutes untangling them. OK, we said, we'll take a look.

 

They sent them over and, quickly it was strike two. But not because of anything they did wrong. What comes in the package are two very thin rubber tubes and a plastic device called a “skinner.” It is simple, the instructions say, to pull the tubing through the skinner and over and around the earbud wires. Well, I couldn't get it to work and nearly gave up. But as I've been doing a lot lately, I asked my teenage daughter to have a look. My eyes recently have begun refusing to properly view very small things. Sure enough, in no time, she was able to thread the tube through the small hole and it somehow, magically, engulfed the tiny wire going to the earphones. Here is a video to show you how it should be done. I tried the next one and, while I still didn't do it quite as quickly as on the video, it wasn't difficult. I'm sure with a few more tries I'd have it down.

 

So, to extend the metaphor, after having two strikes, Cordskinz hit it out of the park. I've always despised tangled cords, can't understand how they can just be laying in a drawer or on a desk, and knot themselves up with no one around. And now, this pair will never have that problem. The first thing I did after the installation was try to tangle them. I flopped them around, swung them in the air, dropped them on the floor, bunched them up in my hand...every time they spring back without the slightest intertwining. And, with all of the color choices available, giving your buds a Cordskinz makes them look cool to boot.

 

So it turns out that you don't have to have a ton of moving parts, batteries, complicated assembly or costly materials to make a great product that will positively influence millions of people. All it takes is a problem that needs to be solved, a great idea and a little ingenuity. Sometimes a home run comes when you least expect it.

 

Source: Cordskinz

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 03:27PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

March 5, 2015 - My Achin' Back!

If you're like me, you overdo it...a lot. And the way you can tell is with that lower back barking at you from the moment you wake up in the morning. Mine is usually a result of throwing three buckets of batting practice to my sons or working my daughter out in soccer. Some days are better than others, but I've found that taking pain relivers such as Ibuprofen does no good.

That's why I keep a Pro Ice Back Wrap in my freezer at all times. The small pocket system means it is like placing dozens of ice cubes on your back - but without the mess, the water, the freeze time, the leaks. Pro Ice stays colder and maintains a more consistent temperature and the compression pack means you can wrap it tight so that it almost creates a massage pressure effect.

The pain is relieved almost immediately because it is frozen numb. Then, as the blood flow increases to the cold area, healing occurrs. It doesn't always eliminate the pain 100%, but it sure reduces it more than anything else I've tried. And the wrap is generic enough in size it can be used for almost any other area of the body.

Don't be afraid to work hard. Afterwards you can relax with a cold beverage and a cold back. You'll be back on your feet in no time.

Source: Pro Ice

February 18, 2015 - Perfectly Fit

Years ago, I traveled for business every week. To give you an idea how long ago, everyone wore ties back then, which were a pain to pack. They'd get smashed and wrinkled as other, bigger garments pushed them around like unwelcome visitors. Then my wife got me a tie holder. It was a small rectangular vinyl book-like apparatus which took those abused ties and stowed them away so that one could throw them into the suitcase without any fear of repercussions. The ties came out of any trip looking crisp and unbullied.

 

We've been made aware of a new product, that will provide the same level of comfort and shelter for your main wardrobe. The IamRunBox is a small, lightweight travel case that allows you to neatly fold and carry your day's business attire without the bulk of a full suitcase. This is perfect for the overnight traveler or, especially those of us who bike or jog to work.

 

It is not much bigger than a typical leather portfolio or notebook sleeve, so it will fit easily in a backpack or other bag. You want to look your best at work, fresh – not rumpled – and the IamRunBox is the superior way to make this happen.

 

In the past the world was made up of two types: Those who jogged or biked to work and looked like it, and those who didn't jog and bike to work because they didn't want to look like they did. Now there are no more excuses. Use that commute as part of your daily workout. You'll stay fit and look perfect doing it.

 

Source: IamRunBox

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 04:23PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

January 21, 2015 - Sport Coat

If your kids are like mine, their idea of being well-dressed is wearing a pullover sweatshirt with a team logo on the front.  They don't feel comfortable in a nice sweater and will only wear one if we force them for some kind of special occasion.

We were approached by Soccerloco and asked if we'd like to try out one of their Nike performance soccer hoodies and they sent us the Flash Flood Full-Zip Hoody. We weren't expecting what we received.

The quality was immediately apparent. As was the styling. This garment is better described as “apparel” than “sportswear.” However, as classy as it looks, it still maintains an athletic appearance and feel. My son, a twenty-three year-old athlete now has a girlfriend and they go out occasionally. I doubt he ever had any self-awareness about his Tampa Rays pullover sweatshirt he wore everywhere. But maybe she teased him about still looking like a little kid in it, because he loves the Flash Flood and now wears it every time they have a date. And he looks good in it.

The French terry fabric is durable – thick enough to provide warmth when it's chilly, but with enough flexibility to move around freely and not feel bundled up. In really inclement weather you can zip up the chin region region. Maybe best of all, the jacket holds its shape. this is perfect for my son as I doubt he has hung it on a hanger once, but it never appears wrinkled or worn. It looks great with a pair of jeans and wouldn't be out of place on the sideline over sweat pants.

This is the perfect addition to the wardrobe of any coach or player who wants to dress sharp but athletic, regardless of their sport. There are a couple of pro football coaches you've seen on television famous for their pullover sweatshirts. Do you want to look like that? We dare you to slip into this one and see if you ever want to take it off.

Source: Soccerloco

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 02:28PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail

January 14, 2015 - Take Your Seat

With four children who are all involved in sports, my wife and I attend a lot, and I mean a lot of games. And, until my kids make it far enough that they're playing in sold-out arenas with comfortable stadium chairs, we're mostly sitting on wood or aluminum bleachers. I can remember being at one night game recently when it was so cold that I shivered uncontrollably all nine innings and had to continually get up and walk around because the metal stands were causing numbing pain in the posterior.

Sports Unlimited asked us if we'd like to try their patented, wide stadium chair. We replied in the affirmative pretty quickly. If you haven't gotten a stadium chair yet, you need to do so immediately. And if you do have one already, you'll like this one better.

The fact that it is extra wide means that it works for any type of body. But even smaller folks will appreciate the roominess it offers. It is designed to fit virtually any type of bleacher - wood or metal, new or old and is made of a Cordova canvas that resists mildew and that cleans easily. The bungees on the bottom offer terrific support and keep the seat elevated and provide a cushiony feel. It comes in a variety of colors and is sturdy and durable. And the chair is lightweight, easy to fold up, store and carry. Sports Unlimited will even customize your seat. Adding a school name, logo, team or player's name or number make it a special gift that any parent or grandparent fan will treasure.

We keep ours permanently in the trunk of the car so that we're never stuck sitting on those uncomfortable wood or metal planks. Few things in life are as enjoyable as watching your kids or grand kids playing the games they love. But if you're uncomfortable, some of that enjoyment is lost. Thanks to Sports Unlimited, now you can be sitting in the bleachers while your rear end thinks it is in the owner's luxury suite.

Source: Sports Unlimited