Product Reviews

Lowa R-8S GTX Patrol Boot

This rugged boot’s 8” shaft offers ankle support and protection on rough terrain in a plain-toe design that meets AR 670-1 and AF136-2903 (7.4.3.2.) requirements. The LOWA Patrol outsole features 5mm deep lugs for reliable traction on dirt and mud, and it’s also slip-resistant, heat-, fuel-, and oil-resistant, while insulating against heat and cold. The PU MONOWRAP® frame delivers superb lateral stability and long-lasting underfoot support, and features shock-absorbing heel design for all-day comfort. The closed lace-loop system features a locking lace loop to allow the user to customize different tensions between the ankle and foot for walking comfort. Durably waterproof/breathable. $275. Made in Europe.

  • Upper: Split Leather/Fabric
  • Lining: GORE-TEX Performance Comfort – Tech Performance
  • Insole: ATC
  • Midsole: DuraPU®
  • Outsole: LOWA® Patrol
  • Stabilizer: Hard
  • Weight: 660 g/Single Shoe

Favorite Vibrating Massage Rollers

My current workout routine combines daily functional strength training with a lot of running. I’ve been using the newest vibrating massage rollers both before and after workouts as part of my warm-up and cool down. I’ll show you the 3 I use and why I like each one.

The first one I use a lot is the Triggerpoint Grid Vibe Plus. It’s 12″ x 3.5″ and weighs 2 1/2 lbs. It has 4 vibration speeds and can run up to 2 hours between charges. This is a great size- big enough to use for standard foam rolling routines but small enough to carry in a gym or overnight bag. I even use this one on my lower back when Im driving long distances. This is a solid roller with a powerful vibration unit that feels heavy in your hands.

The next one is the Pro-Tec Athletics Orb Activate. This one (like most spherical rollers) works to pinpoint areas like piriformis, glutes, hip flexors & high hamstring tendons. Great for upper back as well. You can use it with or without the vibration but if you want to break up the adhesions and knots, you’ll want to use one of the 3 powerful vibration speeds. This is a 4.5″ diameter ball with a contoured surface. Again, this one is easy to slip inside your gym bag or purse to take along for a race weekend.

The last vibrating roller is another one from Triggerpoint, the Charge Vibe. I like this one for achilles tendons, feet, and IT band. It also works great on the lower back. 7″ x 4″ and weighs 2 lbs. The Charge Vibe has 3 speeds and like the other Triggerpoint roller, the vibration on this one is rock solid. This is a heavy unit with strong vibration.

Charge Vibe