Archive | July, 2011

Honey Stinger Waffle

This is the Honey Stinger Waffle.  Tasting more like a cookie or snack than a “nutritional” product, the Honey Stinger Waffle is great for rides, and can be easily tucked in a jersey pocket.  Dense and kind of chewy, it doesn’t crumble easily.



The Honey Stinger Waffle comes in a single serving wrapper and is made with USDA certified organic ingredients.  Your kids will love them, which could be an issue if they end up eating all of your nutrition.

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Aqua Sphere Vista Swim Mask

The Aqua Sphere Vista Goggle.  This swim mask provides the greatest viability while swimming indoors or low light situations.

Featuring a contoured and stylized frame, the Aqua Sphere Vista has a low profile that reduces the drag existing in other swim masks.  One of the biggest benefits of the Vista is that it has a 180-degree visibility, giving you a great range of view.  As with all Aqua Sphere Goggles, it’s virtually leak proof as a result of having an excellent seal.

FEATURES:

  • Wraparound, 180-degree visibility
  • Quick-Fit™ one-touch adjustments
  • Comfortable, leak resistant Silicone skirt
  • 100% UVA & UVB protection
  • Anti-fog and Scratch resistant coating
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CEP Compression Sock

CEP Compression Socks are worth your consideration.  Especially after beating yourself up during a race, these are probably one of the most cost-effective things you can do to your legs and calves to recover.

These are green, but they come in all sorts of colors if you’re not so inclined to be decked out in alien.  I’m just saying.

In all seriousness, there’s sound science in compression wear for recovery.  One of the best things about CEP is that they’re part of Medi-USA, which has its roots in medical compression for treatment of conditions that require the most technical knit fabric, as such, the brand has been around for a while, and is very reputable in the compression industry.

CEP compression is also novel in the fact that it deliveries graduated compression that differs from the toe to the top of the calf.  With levels being measured in mmHg, not every single area of your leg requires the same amount of compression, so CEP addresses this problem by making a knit that serves different parts of the calf with different levels of mmHg.

Brilliant huh?

TYR Competitor Triathlon Apparel Line

TYR has debuted a new line this year called the TYR Competitor Line. The line of tri shorts as well as triathlon singlets were designed particularly for comfort so that athletes could reap the benefits of their hours spent on the road training. What’s so great and different about this line? Let me explain….

Beginning with the TYR singlet, I’d like to note the fact that it’s white. No other company makes a top for women in this color. Why white? I get asked by countless people in the shop for white tops in general. After 4, 5, 6, hours on the road you’ll understand why a black top (in pretty hot weather mind you) will feel most certainly warmer. Beyond the fact that it’s white, it still offers 50 SPF and UV Protection. It conveniently has a zipper pocket on the back to store your necessary nutrition (my favorite part about the top, other than it being white). A front zip can be found on the front of the top, which is again perfect for adjustability in warmer weather.

On to the short..I realize that I have raved about the De Soto Carrera in a previous post. The only thing the De Soto Carrera tri short is missing is a decent tri pad. The Competitor Tri Short features the newly designed and advanced TYR Tri-Pad to help with even weight distribution and chafing, as well as irritation prevention. It’s hard to find a decent tri pad that’s perfectly in the middle of not-too-bulky-like-a-diaper, but still offers some padding. Fleece liners don’t quite cut it for me after miles 30 or 40. Another note-worthy addition of this short is the gripper. It is lined with a silicone beading, which keeps the short from sliding up and down, while leaving you WITHOUT irritation and sausage legs! A zipper pocket is also featured on the back of the short to store even more of your goodies. The shorts come in both a 6″ or modest 8″ inseams.

Zoot Conduit Wetsuit Review

I had the joy of swimming in the Zoot Conduit wetsuit, (formerly known as the Synergy), last weekend in an ocean swim. Quite frankly, after experiencing superior range of motion and essentially feeling like Gumby, I came to the conclusion alongside my co-worker that there really shouldn’t be any other triathlon wetsuit on your radar in this price range. That’s a bold statement coming from somebody who comes from a strong swim background and has swum in some of the best wetsuits on the market.

Here are some factuals on the Conduit as to why I most likely came to this wetsuit conclusion:

The tri wetsuit is a combination of 5mm, 4mm, and 1.5mm. What importance is this? The 5mm in the body gives you supreme buoyancy while the 1.5mm in the arms and shoulder makes for unsurpassed flexibility. The grade of neoprene is c39 with scs nano coating, which is on the higher end grade of materials. GLIDEflex panels can be found around the center of the chest where the arms stem away from your sternum, as well as down the ribs and continuing down the side of the legs. This feature is specific to this wetsuit, and one of the reasons I felt like I could move so well. The paneling allows for easy stretch and give where the limbs branch out from the core, allowing for free flowing movement.

Zoot has won me over with this suit. Perfect solution to upgrading your entry level wetsuit.

Get the Zoot Conduit Tri Wetsuit at One Tri.

Gatorade Pro Series Prime G1 Pouch Review

Finally got around to trying one of these before our group swim out in Corona Del Mar before work.  The Gatorade Pro Prime Pouch might look like an oversized gel packet, but nutritionally, it’s so much more.

This stuff tastes good, was easy on my stomach, and provides the calories, carbs, and electrolytes I’ll need.  It’s a winner when it comes to hydration/nutrition category.  The reason I like this is that you can easily consume this just like a gel packet right before a race or a workout, and there wouldn’t be much worry about any digestion issues.  The bonus is that because it’s in a liquid form, it’s a lot easier to put down than a gel!

Bellwether Aires Cycling Jersey

It’s all about the fit, the fit, the fit.  The Bellwether Aires Bike Jersey is currently one of my favorite cycling jerseys I have.

It features three slanted pockets on the back, and an extra zippered pocket in the center for the extra “can’t lose” valuables, like cash or cards for buying coffee or a sandwich post ride (a favorite activity of mine).

Features:

  • Multi-fabric with mesh inserts
  • Bottleneck collar and ergonomic sleeves
  • Elastic-free arm opening
  • Flat-seam construction
  • Silicon elastic gripper at the hem
  • Three slanted pockets and 4” zippered pocket

Fit:  Competition Fit
Fabric: X-Forma/X-Factor

Bellwether Comfort Control System

Clothing physiology is the interaction between the layers of clothing and the body’s own micro climate. Air temperature, humidity, skin temperature, rate of perspiration, and other factors all effect clothing performance. Technical fabrics and products only work well if they allow the body to achieve equilibrium between the input and output of heat and moisture.  With the Bellwether Comfort Control System, the correct balance of breathability and moisture transfer is achieved. The properties of each fabric are chosen to support the thermoregulation of the human body to insure maximum performance and optimal comfort.  At Bellwether we understand the functional design of our products. Using our Comfort Control System as a guide, we can ensure that each item is designed to excel for its intended purpose.

Xforma

The most advanced and technical fabric in our arsenal. X-Forma uses a lower denier (high filament) yarn on the outside to draw moisture through from the higher denier (low filament) yarn on the inside. In addition the inside yarn transports water through its capillary action. This dual combination multiplies the moisture management performance keeping you comfortable and dry.

Xfactor

The most technical mesh fabric we use has Mircopoly yarns which spread water droplets over a larger surface area to allow for quick evaporation, while open knit design maintains significant airflow also accelerating the drying process.

Interested in this jersey and other Bellwether products?  Check out the Bellwether product page for more bike apparel.

110% Compression Knickers

One of the most versatile compression/recovery product on the market today is 110% Compression’s Knickers.  These are special because they provide two functions.  Namely, compression and cold ice pack therapy.

With roots and experience in exercise science, the people behind 110% constructed a garment that’s ultra technical and comfortable.

The features:

  • It’s seamless, meaning you’re able to put it on as a second skin without much compromise to comfort.
  • It’s more “Powerful” in that 110%’s garment technology uses a 360 degree Stretch Knit with 50% more spandex, meaning higher levels of delivered mmHg (compression) on the treatment area.
  • Odor resistant.  These garments are made of 70% polypropylene, retaining 300% less nylon garments, helping you keep cool and dry.  Individually treated with silver, the EC3D fibers helps destroy almost all odor causing bacteria.
  • Ice packs.  The fact that you can easily slip on ice packs on the knickers or other 110% Compression products is pretty awesome.  You can essentially go about your business running errands wearing this under your bottoms without people giving you odd looks.  Bonus points in my book.

Interested in 110% Compression?  Check out the 110% compression page to see the knickers and other 110% Products.

K Swiss Kwicky Blade Light

This is a the K-Swiss Kwicky Blade Light.   It’s a lightweight, stability shoe with some awesome features to make it worth every penny.  Composed of gore-tex material, the upper is waterproof, and will block out all the unwanted moisture and water from those aid station stops.  As with many triathlon running shoes, the Kwicky-Blade Light also has drainage holes as well.


Features:

• Guideglide dual-density construction featuring Blade-Light cushioning and side drainage.

• Superfoam heel crash pad and footbed.

• Aosta II heel outsole and Duraplush forefoot outsole.
• Dynamic TPU arch support and 3D medial posting for enhanced stability.
• Seamfree technology heat welded seamless upper for total comfort.
• Ion Mask hydro-phobic technology for state of the art water resistance.