Sigvaris Recovery & Compression Socks

 Posted by on October 19, 2012  1 Response »
Oct 192012
 
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I know what you’re thinking, why are are we talking about socks and what the heck is a Sigvaris?  Well, to start, socks are a much more important factor than most people may realize as I mentioned in an earlier post where I highlighted the benefits of compression socks and sleeves in deterring the pains of the infamous Calf-ocalypse that can occur during the transition period from traditional to minimalist shoes.  Sigvaris is a company founded over 100 years ago, but found its real place in the medical field with the development of the medical compression stocking.  These stockings, and now socks, can be used for various purposes, including for patients with varicose veins and even more serious ailments such as diabetes or leg ulcers.  Sigvaris didn’t make the move to fitness related compression gear until 2009 where it opened a whole line of fitness related products.

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Aug 062012
 
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For those of you who have only recently begun to read our posts, you may be asking yourself “what the heck is a calf-ocalypse?”  Calf-ocalypse is a term Meagan and I coined after our first foray into minimalist running.  I won’t go into vivid detail (check out Chapter 2 of our Vibram Transition series if you are interested) but the pain, stiffness, and discomfort  in your calves after running barefoot/minimalist for the first time (and overdoing it) can be so unbearable that you’d almost prefer not to have legs at all.   With that said, Meagan and I have continued to try to find solutions in order to relieve, recover from, or even eliminate calf distress by using foam rollers, heat pads, The Stick, and just good old fashion massage.  More recently, our friends at Berkeley Running Company in Madison, WI introduced us to compression sleeves, compression socks, and recovery socks.  Pictured to the right is a Sigvaris Compression Sock (in black), and a Sigvaris Compression Sleeve (in orange), both of which have proven well in the battle against the calf-ocalpyse (review to come).

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Jan 312012
 

If Gandalf or Dumbledore were cold-weather runners, they would undoubtedly be wearing a Marmot jacket. Meagan received her Power Stretch Hoody for her birthday and I purchased my Variant Jacket during the after-Christmas sales at Fontana Sports. I don’t know what kind of wizardry Marmot uses on their coats, but apparently it has something to do with the Polartec Power Stretch fabric, which is the warmest, lightest, and most comfortable fabric I have ever encountered in a piece of clothing. To top it off Marmot manages to make their clothing very stylish. In fact, they are so stylish, that after purchasing it for running, I no longer wanted to run in it! It took about a week before I was finally ready to say good bye to the coat for casual use. I wore it out for my first run where I noticed one of the coolest features of the fabric (also mentioned after the break in the block quote). It not only wicks sweat, but it is engineered in a way that as the sweat or moisture reaches the outside of the coat, it spreads over a larger surface area in order to increase the speed of evaporation. When I came inside from my run, I was able to see this feature in action–yes, thats right, I actually caught my coat wicking sweat and drying itself!

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Tights Are Right

 Posted by on December 30, 2011  2 Responses »
Dec 302011
 
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Even Superman knows the benefits of compression clothing! (courtesy of supermanhomepage.com)

Making a decision when it comes to finding the right running clothing can be difficult.  You are presented with all different shapes, sizes, colors, and fits.  From a man’s perspective, it only becomes more difficult when you get to the pants.  I decided to go with what is currently the most popular trend in running gear: compression running tights.  I find that they offer many benefits, aren’t constricting, and are extremely comfortable.

Comfort is king, fashion is a plus…

It isn’t rocket science that if you don’t feel comfortable in what you are wearing, then your workout will lag.  Comfort, in this case, applies to both the look and feel of the clothing.  Even becoming comfortable with the idea of compression gear (for a man) can be a bit of a chore.  This is difficult because not only do you have to confront the idea of wearing tights, but most men are also unaccustomed to wearing anything that is so snug around the calves, thighs, butt, and groin.  In order to become comfortable in wearing running tights, I needed some words of advice from other men who had similar reservations.

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