Random Samplings

It seems like all of a sudden I have a whole whack of things to review, so today is going to be a mish mash of various products from the world of cycling.

Clif Bar – CLIF SHOT

I’ve just recently become an Ambassador for ClifBar and I’m pretty stoked about this….so I’m sure you’ll be seeing me review a lot of products from them over the coming months.  Even though I’m an Ambassador, rest assured that my reviews of their product will remain as open and honest as they are for any other products.  Believe that.

For today I’m focusing on their version of the ever popular energy gel, the Clif Shot. There are countless companies making similar products out there and I’ve tried at least 5 of 6 different varieties.  I’ve seen a lot of reviews where people pick their favorite brand or flavor….but I don’t share the same trend.  In my opinion, all gels taste pretty much the same and achieve pretty similar results.  Sure there are slight variations and they tantalize different taste buds, but to me…a gel is a gel.

But there is one cool thing about the Clif Shot that really impressed me.  Check out this picture on the right and see what happens when you rip off the top of the gel. Yeah, it stays attached so you don’t toss it to the side of the road while out on the bike.   I love this feature….and I’m pretty sure the environment likes it as well.

YMX by YellowMan

The letters YMX stand for YellowMan Expression, a company launched in 2009 as an extension of the original, high-end tattoo clothing brand, YellowMan. YellowMan makes a bunch of products, including cycling jerseys, and pride themselves in offering collectible, limited wearable art prints to its customers.

About a month ago I was contacted by YMX to see if I was interested in trying out one of their sleeveless jerseys.  We’re in the middle of a very hot and super dry summer here in Texas and I don’t currently have any sleeveless jerseys, so you just know that I had to say yes.

I was really excited about having a sleeveless jersey, but when my sample arrived…it was a regular jersey with sleeves.  I was pretty bummed, but wanted to give them the review that I promised.

Being a guy who digs tattoos and has a few of my own, I was sort of shocked that the design didn’t really do it for me.  I think if you’re one of those people who totally loves full-out tattoo sleeves, or you find yourself admiring this type of tattoo art…then these jerseys are totally for you.  To me, they are a little too loud and wild to match my cycling style and preferences.

The design they ended up sending me instead was the Flying Fish Cycle Jersey….please leave your comments below letting me know what you think.  It’s comfortable and all that, but just not my idea of cycling fashion.

PureFit Nutrition Bars

As I already mentioned, I’m a proud Ambassador of ClifBar now….so I won’t be reviewing many products in the same category as what they have to offer.  But I was contacted by PureFit just prior to the ClifBar deal so I wanted to provide a review seeing as they were nice enough to send me some samples.

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