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October 5, 2011

The Louis Garneau Tri-Lite Cycling Shoe

Louis Garneau makes several different triathlon cycling shoes, including the tri lite, which is a mid to higher end shoe.

I updated to the Louis Garneau Tri-Lite last year from a generic regular bike shoe I bought at a big chain store when I first got started in cycling a few years before.   After a bit of installation to line up the cleats as I had them, I went on the bike for a ride and immediately felt the difference.  This was the first thing I bought with carbon for biking.

By far, one of my favorite features on this shoe is the carbon composite sole.  Because it’s stiffer than the last shoe, the power transfer is significantly more efficient, and my feet are much more comfortable when riding.  These shoes feel much cooler, as Louis Garneau’s Tri-Lites have vented soles to help…

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September 8, 2011

Profile Design Aerodrink Base Bar. Simple and basic, this new bracket by Profile Design is probably one of my favorite new products.

  With this new bracket, your aero drink mounts directly onto your base bar, freeing up space from your cockpit and brings it closer to your body.  For a lot of people, it makes it easier to drink from this new position.  This bracket is also…  [continue reading]

 

Zoot Z-Pack Tri Bag

September 1, 2011

Zoot Z-Pack Training Bag

This Zoot Triathlon Bag is what you need for a streamlined race day or training session.  The Z-Pack features:

  • The ability to attach a Race Travel Bag for complete travel ensemble
  • An expandable helmet storage panel
  • A Separate wet/shoe storage pocket with external access
  • An external ID/business card window
  • Two mesh cargo pockets for easy-access storage
  • An interior CD/MP3 pocket with rubber headphone jack
  • A large main compartment with top access
  • Two external zippered, fleece-lined pockets
  • Cell phone pocket on shoulder strap
  • Vented back panel for breathability and comfort
  • Memory foam shoulder straps for comfort
  • Adjustable sternum and shoulder straps for different torso lengths

Read more about the Z-Pack on Trigearreviews.

Profile Design T2+ Aerobar Extensions

August 23, 2011

The Profile Design T2+ Aerobar Extensions uses a system that fits both 26.0mm & 31.8mm bars, making the Profile Design T2+ Aerobar Extensions one of the most practical S-Bend extension on the market! These aero bars are ideal for triathletes and time trialists.  These are an excellent replacement if you’re looking a flatter bar that puts you into a more aggressive riding position.

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New 2XU Compression

August 4, 2011

There have been numerous articles and endurance sports  press on compression, with questions asking how it works and whether it works.  But notably missing are the answers by the manufacturers with clear instruction what is for what and when.  2XU, the craftsmen of products multiplying human performance, aim to demystify and answer those questions with their new line of compression.

What’s new about it, and why is it cool?  In short, the fabric has been updated with the latest technology from the test labs in Australia.  Scientists and researchers were involved every step of the way at the Australian Institute of Sport in the design of this new compression wear.  The end result is that it’s also been categorized, giving you a clear understanding and guide as to what to wear, and when.

Perform – this is the performance fabric used during athletic competition.   You use this while you’re running, doing a triathlon, and being active.  You can also use this while you’re paddle boarding, skydiving, snowboarding and Cross-fitting.

Refresh – this is for pure recovery.  I’m talking workouts that push lactic acid to say “hello” during those long and hard work outs or competitions.  Just finished a Cross-Fit competition?  How about finishing an Ironman across the country, and now you’re flying back home on a red eye to the West Coast to get back to work for Monday?  This is for you.

And for the combined, you have Xform, a cross between pure recovery and active compression.  The ying and yang, the swirl of frozen yogurts.

CEP Compression Socks

July 12, 2011

CEP Compression Socks are worth your buy.  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 awhile, 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?

Bellwether Forma Bike Short

July 12, 2011

It’s all about the short, the short, the short!  The bike short, that is.  Bellwether’s Forma Bike Short answers the call with a quality chamois, and durable fabrics that’s able with withstand the most aggressive rider on the road.

I’m careless when it comes in washing my athletic apparel, and I usually just throw these in the washer/dryer because I hardly have the time to hand wash this stuff.  After about 6 cycles now, the fabric and chamois has held up quite well!

The bonus is that the fabric, as is the case with all Bellwether mid to higher end shorts, is that they have a compressive property to it.  In theory, this could possibly be the best value for a compression cycling short!

Check out Greg’s take on the shorts below:

Features:

  • LYCRA POWER™ fabric supports muscles
  • Ribbed surface improves airflow
  • High-density 3D molded seat pad
  • Soft elasticized waistband
  • Externally sewn silicon leg gripper
  • Flat-locked seams
Fit: Ergonomic ten-panel design
Fabric:  Aenergia™, Axial™
Chamois:  Physio Pro™

See more Bellwether goods by checking out its product page.

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