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I'm pretty excited to bring this next product to the WODville readers; whether you're in the tactical or Crossfit community, I've got a great backpack for you at a phenomenal price. 

First Tactical has produced a great one day backpack that I have been using every day as my primary backpack to and from work and have had multiple people inquire about the backpack. For starters, it is a clean, good-looking backpack. 

For me, it immediately receives an A+ when it comes to appearance. Beyond that, let's talk about some of the other sweet benefits this pack provides. The mollies on the front are not the thick, bulky, old-school style; but rather sleek as you can see in the photos. It is very easy to slide other pouches on and off using this system.

I currently carry a 15" laptop and my it slides in and out of the laptop area of the backpack easily there is plenty of space inside for additional carry. One of the features that I like is that the front pouch zips on both sides, allowing you to keep them separated. The straps and stitching are very sturdy and heavy duty. Though I've only been using it for a short time I do not doubt in the least that this bag will last a very long time. My only issue is keeping it hidden from my 15-year-old son who loves tactical equipment and now wants one for school. 

I'm sure a majority of you reading this are similar to me in that when you pick up an item and look at it, you're able to do a quick assessment and determine whether something is a solid product or not. This backpack is an excellent piece of equipment in every aspect and I cannot think of one area that you will be disappointed in. Especially when it comes to the appearance, structure, durability and functionality of this backpack.

First Tactical once again scores high marks with WODville. For those of you in the tactical community or CrossFit community looking for a great backpack this is the product. Log onto their website and see the other awesome stuff they have for sale.  We here at WODville are now big fans of First Tactical and will be looking forward to purchasing and wearing their products in the future.


Months ago now, we received a few items in the mail from First Tactical. I had noticed them coming on the scene while searching tactical gear and accessories a few months ago. Then, while at a law-enforcement training, I noticed another agency wearing their shirts, pants and shoes; so of course I had to see what the buzz is all about. 

Over the next month or so, you'll see a few reviews from us regarding First Tactical. Today, though, I want to talk about their boots. I've been wearing them now for about a month and I will be up front with you, I have zero complaints. They are very much a boot but have the comfort of a tennis shoe. The one part that I love most about the shoes is the wide toe-box seeing as many tactical boots are created narrow and very uncomfortable. Because of this, after a 10 to 15 hour shift your feet are toast, but not is such the case with First Tactical boots. 

As for appearance, they're very sleek and modern looking and have a couple of cool features. One is the back pull-tab: traditionally, your pants will get caught on the tab that you use to pull the boot on. With these boots, there is a bungee like material which allows it to sit firm against the boot, this prevents your pants from riding up above that hook. 

I work in the central valley of California where it is very hot, but these boots breathe very well, allowing your feet to remain comfortable throughout the shift! I also tend to be rough on my equipment, especially the equipment which I am reviewing. Though I've only been wearing them for a month, they are holding up very well; the zipper is strong, firm and durable.

I have not yet attempted to polish the boots, but the leather appears to be of high quality and be a slick, smooth surface for those of you that do consistently polish your boots. On top of this, I've had to spray mud off of them multiple times and they hold up very well. Another feature that I absolutely love about these shoes is how white they are they are, not a typical patrol boot. 

Let me wrap up by saying this: you will not be disappointed in these boots whatsoever, they receive very high marks from us here at WODville and are definitely a boot that I would purchase in the future. As for my impressions with First Tactical, they definitely score an A+. Heidi will be reviewing a pair of boots and pants soon and I will be writing a review on their backpack. So far, all the products are scoring very high with us.



Today, we have a new shoe company to bring to you. We have heard your complaints over the last year about the change in the Reebok Nano's and how the new Nike Cross-Trainers are falling apart. With that being said, we have the ultimate solution for you. Welcome to LALO Tactical.

They make an amazing tactical boot as well as a cross training / Crossfit shoe. So Crossfitters, here's you a product that you will not be disappointed in. Their shoes are built well and are very durable.

I love them because they have a wide toe box, they’re firm around the instep and ae comfortable to wear around town. I own about four pairs of Nanos, New Balance and Nikes, but none of these shoes have been out of my closet all summer. My shoe of choice is the Bugs made by LALO Tactical! 
They get a 100% endorsement from us, you will not be disappointed and I can almost guarantee that your Reebok's and Nikes will find their way to the back of your closet after sporting these kicks. 

For those of you in the tactical community, their tactical boot is designed for all kinds of weather including intense rain. It also has the small connector on the back which allows you to attach fins for our friends that spend even more time in the water. It's an awesome looking boot and even more practical than its appearance.

I currently wear the tactical boot on patrol here in the central valley of California,  A+ rating from WODville. 

Their story..


At LALO Tactical, we honor those who choose a path of purpose, a path of hard work, grit and determination.

Our company was founded to serve the needs of Special Forces Operators. Our award-winning designers and developers have been creating innovative footwear for some of the world’s most popular brands for over 30 years.

We use top tier materials to create some of the best and hardest working tactical boots and athletic footwear for those that rise to the toughest occasions.

Our Mantra

We believe that a professional athlete and a Special Forces Operator have much in common, both extraordinary individuals who never ring the bell.

Companies have been collaborating with professional athletes for years in an effort to make specialized performance footwear. At LALO, we not only listen carefully to our professional athletes, we listen to our Operators on the front lines.

Our Products
The LALO Shadow, our ultimate Special Forces tactical boot, features a unique patent including a drainage system, a composite forefoot plate, a fast-dry component and the lightest weight materials on the market.

The LALO Tactical Athletic line is a direct result of briefings we received from our Special Forces Operators. The need was to build a lightweight, packable, breathable shoe they could cross train and run in – a shoe they could count on, whether training or deployed. Our tactical athletic designs put an emphasis on noise reduction, support and game day performance; gear that hits the mark time after time.

LALO was created for the best of the best but why shouldn’t every day athletes, busy parents and weekend warriors also benefit? Every pair of shoes we create is for the end user who refuses to settle for the status quo.

Whether your path leads you to a career in the military, competing in an adventure race, cross training, tackling an urban athletic workout, or running a 5K, we’ve got the shoe for you.
What path will you choose?

221B Tactical

A few months ago, I received an unbelievable piece of equipment in the mail from 221B Tactical. They sent me an item that, for all my brothers in police, fire and military, goes underneath your tactical vest. Simply put, the Max-Dri Vest is an invaluable piece of equipment.

When I first read the benefits listed on their website, I was skeptical regarding the promised technology. However, upon its arrival and wearing it over the last few months, I have come to truly love this product. I work in the Central Valley of California and over the last couple months we have had 100° weather consistently. This product actually delivers on what it says it will!  I can honestly say that the amount I sweat each shift drops by about 70% while I am using this.

Obviously, I have not worn it in the cold environments as of yet, but for $70 it is so worth the purchase. You wear your undershirt with this item on top and then put your ballistic vest over the top of that. What the Max-Dri Vest does is it creates an airflow between your undershirt/skin and your vest. It is truly money well spent.
As for a way to even further bolster the effects of the vest, I discovered over the last week that if you use Cool Cop’s Air Hose in conjunction with the Maxx-Dri Vest, it creates a fully functional Cop Conditioning Unit. Putting the two of these items together is truly a grand slam. This would work for police, fire or anybody that works in the hot environment in and out of a vehicle. Wearing the Maxx-Dri Vest creates ventilation whether you're in or out of the car, but when you get inside the car and place the cool cop air hose from your air conditioning down your vest while wearing the Maxx-Dri Vest it allows the air to flow throughout the upper torso uninhibited. In the past, when I've used the cool cop it only blows cold air in the front and your back is still sweaty and wet, but with this dispersal vest, that’s no longer the case.

I give Maxx-Dri Vest an A+ all the way and wish that I would've had this 15 years ago when I first came into the law enforcement. 

You really don't notice it or feel it while you're working, it only weighs a total of 8 ounces. You can get it in white or black and if you log onto their website it will tell you what size to order for your regular shirt size. Another note, one of the guys that I work with has suffered from rashes caused by heat and sweat. This summer he has not experienced any rash as a result of wearing this product. is the website and I strongly encourage you to log on and order yours immediately. You will not be disappointed !!

Ladies review of Born Primitive

Ladies review of Born Primitive

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Today I get to review a couple items from Born Primitive. Definitely a company that focuses on the functionality of their products. I got to wear and workout in the capris and the snatch shorts.

I loved the capri design! They have a great cut with a low enough waistline to sit just below the hips, but high enough for "no show" squats. Great combo!! The camouflage is a nice subtle print, but my favorite part is the logo down the leg. I don't know why more companies don't do that, it is such a cool look. These are my go-to pants, durable and wash great. They stay put for a run, a squat, double unders and even at the heaviest sweat point are not see through.

Next is the ladies snatch shorts. Definitely a functional part of the wardrobe! If you have ever hit yourself with a bar doing a snatch, you will be an instant appreciator of these shorts, they do what they are supposed to do for sure. Like the capris they have great logo placement, and the perfect waistline cut.  For those who love shorts, they will be your favorite. I wish the padding was removable so that after snatch you could just wear them as shorts, but I am sure there is great reasoning for that with the durability and placement. I have used them and love them, and hopefully they will eventually make them in a capri. (hint hint ;) Until then I will happily rock these on snatch days.

Both of these (and a ton more) can be found at 


Up next is an awesome piece of equipment that we have had in our gym for the last 3+ months. The piece of equipment that I am referring to is the Stud Bar.

There are a couple of things that right off the bat I would like to point out. They haven't just made one size fits all and hope that works for you. They make three different sizes; they have their small size that is designed for an 8 foot ceiling, they have their standard size that is made for a 9 foot ceiling and then they have their large size which is made for a 10 foot ceiling. It is an excellently constructed piece of equipment. I have done a ton of pull-ups and other related movements with this piece of equipment and it is extremely durable.

The material used is 12 gauge steel and has a 600 pound weight capacity. It stretches 48 inches, wide allowing for wide grips.

For most of you that know me know that I'm not the most mechanically inclined. As a matter fact, there are times that when I'm putting equipment or things together I get frustrated and tools begin flying across the garage

From start to finish, it took me about 15 minutes to completely install this piece of equipment. In my opinion the 1.25" diameter bar that is used for the actual part of doing the pull-up is the perfect size.

Let me just be clear with my feelings about this product; it’s superior, durable and well constructed. As for their website, you can purchase it for $140 to give you instruction on how to put together a gives you a variety of different exercises that you can do.

So as you can tell, Stud Bar gets a solid A+ with us and anything that they produce in the future is something that we will support as long as they maintain their same high standard of quality!

From their web Site:

·         If you are serious about pull ups, chin ups, or kipping pull ups, you need a sturdy, fixed-mount pullup bar.
Stud Bar is a gym-quality pull up bar made from welded 14 gauge steel with triangular gussets for added strength. 600 LB. weight capacity.

·         The bar is 1 1/4″ diameter for a comfortable grip.

·         Stud Bar comes in 3 different sizes to accommodate different ceiling heights.

·         Our mounting holes center on your existing ceiling or wall studs at 48 inches for easy mounting. (Grade 8 wood mounting hardware included).

·         Stud Bar’s 48″ width allows for wide grip pull ups.

·         Add gymnastic rings or fitness bands for added exercise options and you can turn your ceiling into a gym.

·         Hammertone powder coated finish. Lifetime warranty.


Assault Bike by LifeCORE Fitness

I am so unbelievably pumped and excited to bring this next piece of equipment to our readers. Just a few months ago, we received the Assault Air Bike at our doorstep. Within a few hours, I had that thing put together and ready for the evening WOD. I have visited other CrossFit gyms that sang the praises of the Assault Bike. I remember when we visited Paris, France and got a tour of the CrossFit Louvre. The owner had told me that he had just done a squat / Air Assault Bike workout. He went on to tell me that it was one of the best workouts for the legs. So that evening I did a workout of:
10 squats at 95 pounds
10 cal assault bike
10 Rounds for time

This crushed my legs to say the least. I walked around for two days looking like a drunken fool. That's how I knew right away that this was an awesome piece of equipment. Since then, Heidi and I have included the Assault Bike in a ton of our workouts. It is also an item that is regularly used for warm-up as well. I have used rowers since starting CrossFit four years ago, but in my personal opinion, if you were to ask me which one would you choose I would pick the Assault Bike over a rower.

Two items that they sell in the accessories department is the water bottle holder and the awesome wind screen. The wind screen is great to have if your in a cold location during the winter months. Its a great $40 investment.

Click here for all Assault Bike accessories
easy to use display
This product is well built, has a full digital display on it, and you can sync it with the Bluetooth heart rate monitor.

The people at LifeCORE Fitness have truly hit a homerun with this piece of equipment and understand it is more than just a wind bike.

You will not be disappointed in the least with this product, for there is not one negative thing that I could say about it. If you're looking for something to add to your home gym or your local BOX, this is the product! Assault Bike scores an amazing A+.

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Three weeks ago, we received a shipment from Before I go any further, let me start by saying that we have been CrossFitting for well over four years and I have done a ton of Olympic lifting during that period of time. In that time, I have only used the elastic wraps which provide some support, but absolutely nowhere near the support that Tough Wraps provide. The elastic wrap material allows you to slam them on your hands quickly but the material of these things are made out make sure there is no give and provide superior support to your wrists. I have worn them during push press overhead squats and snatches and I am completely blown away by the support that they provide. The amazing feeling is that it is almost like a platform underneath your lift which just allows you to concentrate on pushing through with the arms and shoulders.
They have a variety of different patterns for those of you that like to have your reps with a little flare to them. The thumb wrap and string design allows you to send down your reps very quick. And to top it off, their logo is red, white and blue, sporting a patriotic panache which, as you knows; I absolutely love anything with the American flag in it!
I'll let you know right now you will not be disappointed with the Tough Wraps product. They're high-quality (strong and firm) material prevents any give while throwing heavyweight up over your head. We here at WODville give them solid marks all around! And for what it matters, this will be my primary wrist wrap from now on.
From Tuff Wraps Web Site:
TuffWraps have taken the “old school” wrist wrap design and kicked it up a notch! We have created a newer and easier way to use wrist wraps.
How are TuffWraps different?

  • We have over 40 years experience in Industrial Sewing.
  • Designed to provide superior wrist support.
  • A special fabric blend has been chosen to provide optimal, structure and function to its design.
  • Offers a thumb loop design for quick application.
  • Reinforced Stitching .
  • TuffWraps1Durable, washable cloth wraps.
  • Twist to tighten and/or loosen to desired support.
  • Comfortable to use throughout any workout.
  • Used by all types of athletes in the fitness industry
  • Made in the USA.
TuffWrap your way to a stronger you….Simply loop, wrap, twist and DO WORK!

Fitness Sanctum WODmaster 22lb Weight Vest

Fitness Sanctum WODmaster 22lbs Weight Vest

A few weeks ago we received the WODmaster 20lb Weight Vest, sent to us by Fitness Sanctum. Fitness Sanctum is a new distributor of CrossFit equipment, apparel and accessories, and, from everything that we can see, they're doing it right.
In the past, I've used basic weighted vests that fit more simply like an actual vest. Those prior vests would bounce and slide all over the place if you were trying to do any other movements other than pull-ups or your running. So when they asked us to do a review on this product I was a little skeptical but was willing to give it a shot nonetheless.
I've now worn this product for five workouts and, during those workouts, it was performing movements such as box jumps, burpees, running and other related movements that normally would've caused the best vests to bounce around and be annoying and uncomfortable as if it were an augmentation to my core. Simply put, this product is fantastic. The way that the weight is distributed across your back and chest area, strapping down firmly around your sides and over your shoulders, creates a firm fit and allows you to use it while doing a variety of different and dynamic movements with extra resistance.

Fitness Sanctum has been excellent to work with and they have many other CrossFit style items that you can purchase to add some spice your training. Fitness Sanctum has the widest range of functional fitness products out there. From the "traditional" crossfit equipment to the newer products.   They are a one-stop shop for functional fitness, they offer quality workout apparel, workout gear, fitness accessories, weights, kettlebells, sports-specific training devices, push sleds and mobility gear. So you can truly outfit your box or garage gym from one location. And if you are questioning about the product they offer they stand behind their gear with a 365 day return policy! Bam that's awesome!  They also offer super competitive shipping rates!!
Now you may say adding 22 pounds to your body isn't that big of a deal.. Let me assure you, good sir or madam, you couldn't be less correct. Man, does this kick my butt. I've used it for a 10 minute WOD of burpees and box-jumps as well as during a much longer WOD with running, pull ups and air squats, and both times, the drain was real.

So far our exposure with Fitness Sanctum has been excellent and fantastic communication. The pricing on their site is extremely competitive so for those of you that are box owners and for those of you who are also building your own home Box, it’s a great place to check out as well.
If this vest is any indication of the other products that they have on their site, you will not be disappointed with the rest. Fitness Sanctum scores a strong A+ with us.
This is our first review! Keep an eye out! our next review with Fitness Sanctum we will be doing a 5 minute WOD contest for a specific product from their website!!! This will be awesome!!!   
From their website:
 Don’t limit your challenges---challenge your limits!
Fitness Sanctum is much more than just your one-stop shop to get the most out of your WODs---and look great while doing it. Sure, we’ve got everything you need,---from the hottest workout apparel, to fitness gear that helps you get that little extra from your workouts, and training equipment to help you get that edge on the field or on the court. But we’re much more than that.
We’re about creating a community, if not a sanctuary for, those who not only seek to make fitness a priority in their lives, but to continuously improve and push past their limits…real and perceived. We’re about giving those who relentlessly push past barriers in order to continuously create, meet and exceed new goals, the support they need to become accomplished.



Extreme Valor Apparel

Extreme Valor Apparel
Up next on our agenda is Extreme Valor Apparel. Traditionally, there has always been a fun rivalry between firemen and police officers. As a police officer, I have a great respect for my brothers that drive the big red truck. From time to time we enjoy razzing one another but I want to get right to it; whether its going into a house with a guy with a gun or going into a house that's engulfed in flames, we both put our lives on the line to protect others.

With all that being said, I want to take the time to introduce our readers to Extreme Valor Apparel. Let me start off by saying that some of their designs are absolutely awesome! There are new SEAL shirts that they are in the process of rolling out and they have one of the best designs I've seen in a long time.
Recently I received a pair of their shorts and a shirt in the mail, and yes my law-enforcement brothers razzed me for wearing my fire workout gear, but this is some awesome stuff.
The shorts are flexible, comfortable and aren't restricting during any movements that I have used them in, i.e. squats, Burpees, box jumps. I also love the full-size pocket that is on the side which gives you the ability to put your wallet or cell phone or both in the shorts.
The shirt that I received has an awesome graphic on it as you can see below and is soft, stretchy, movable and of excellent quality.
For all my firefighter buddies out there, you need to be ordering early and often from these guys. But the cool part of their apparel and gear is that they also make stuff in support of all first responders and our military personnel. It is very apparent that they are extremely patriotic,  which scores big with us. A lot of their product has red, white and blue/ American flag colors on it, and they have other products that pay tribute to 9/11 and other areas of support to our military.
Any company that shows loyalty and allegiance to their country gaines my respect and support.
To our friends at Extreme Valor Apparel, keep the awesome designs coming, because you score a major A+ from us, log onto their website at: