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Honey Stinger Gel

July 12, 2011

A gel that’s made out of Honey?  It’s true.  Honey Stinger Gel is a gel with one of its main ingredients as honey.  I got a chance to try it a few days ago, and liked it!The gel itself has 120 calories, making it stack up to its competitors quite fairly.   It’s gluten free, so if you’re on a gluten free diet, it’s a perfect gel for you.

The taste and texture?  Surprisingly thin.  It’s thiner than the most popular gels out there, but perhaps thicker in consistency compared to Power Bar’s gels.

Interested in more gels?  Check out this nutrition page to see more energy gels.

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Gatorade Pro G1 Prime Pouch

July 5, 2011

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!

Zoot CompressRx Recovery Tight

July 5, 2011

Ironman on the horizon?  Planning on beating you lower body up and sitting on the plane across country?  You’re going to need compression, and compression that covers all of your lower body.  The Zoot CompressRx Recovery Tight is one of the mac daddies when it comes to compression recovery for athletes that put their legs, quads and butt through the ringer.

There’s been much talk about compression in the past months in magazines.  The well settled fact is that compression as a form of recovery helps relieve a lot of the delayed soreness.  You’re able to recovery faster, and get back to normal activities a little more fresh than without it.   I’m not a scientist, and I won’t pretent to be on here (you can goggle the virtues of recovery compression), but these tights, from the standpoint of a consumer looking to maximal coverage, are great.

I like the fact that these tights cover up every area that needs to be covered, and that they’re also well constructed.  Putting them on is difficult, especially if you’re not used to putting on tights of this nature, so you’re going to have to be careful – using too much haste and force in putting these things on will risk damaging them.

Interested in looking at more compression?

Zoot Conduit Review

July 5, 2011

Last Thursday, I went out for a group swim at Corona Del Mar with some work peeps, and grabbed the Zoot Conduit to use.  I’ve always liked (rather, I hated the least) helping people put this suit on because it fairly easy to do so.  It has stretchy flex panels, and the arms are thin yet durable to where I’m not afraid to put a puncture through it.

The verdict?!  My thought was… Why would I ever need another suit?  And, what would an extra 200 bucks buy me?!  The suit’s amazing for the price point.  My favorite feature are the arms.  Relatively speaking, I’m barely able to notice that I have a giant rubber band wrapping around my body when I’m out swimming.

This suit has the mark of Karen Sing, the queen of neoprene, who is perhaps the most well known wetsuit designer in the industry.  If you’re a wetsuit nerd, the Conduit, resembles Profile Design’s Marlin in that it also has flex panels through the suit.  It’s no surprise, as Ms. Sing is currently at Profile Design working her magic.

This is a great suit for a “mid-level” price point.  If you’re looking for something better than a base model, the money you spend on this wetsuit is worth every penny.

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Bellwether Aires Bike Jersey

June 29, 2011

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 their product page here.

110% Compression Knickers

June 29, 2011

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.

2XU Endurance Aero Tri Short

June 22, 2011

This is the 2XU Endurance Aero Tri Short.  Indubitably a 2XU classic, the Endurance Aero Tri Short has all the comfort and features of a short that’s enough to withstand long courses and long training days.

This short’s inseam is 9″ long, and features 2 pockets for all your nutrition needs.  Updated for 2011, this 2XU Endurance Aero Tri Short boasts the compressive yet breathable properties of 2XU’s revolutionary ICE X fabric.   This short has a silicone elastic leg hem with adjustable waist drawstring and Italian long distance chamois combine to deliver an optimal fitting, long distance race short.

Compared to other shorts in its class for the length and 2 pockets, it’s a great value.  Check out this short and others like it by checking out our comparison chart.

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