The words ‘whole food’ are not just reserved for the name of a grocery chain, but is a term referring to food that is eaten in its purest, unprocessed form. Without ingredients like partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, or many of the chemicals that we can barely pronounce, the body can digest whole foods much easier than those containing processed ingredients. As a bonus, whole foods often taste much better than their processed counterparts and are much easier to stomach during a physical activity lasting several hours.
There are many solid, whole food type of energy bars on the market that can be carried easily in a pack or cycling jersey pocket. There are even unprocessed drink options. But when it comes to gels, there are not many choices for those wanting a compact, easy to carry, quick energy boast. While strolling the floor at Interbike this year, I was able to sample a number of different flavors of the whole food type of energy ‘gel’, PocketFuel, a 100% all natural energy product. Video after the jump
While bling isn’t a feature we look for in performance wear, sometimes it helps give us inspiration. Rudy Project just unveiled its limited edition “The Will To Win” Diamonds Artist Series sunglasses, which is available on select products with Rudy Project. It’s a series of glasses in the company’s line taken up a notch with Swarovski crystals. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever finished a run or ride and your legs feel heavy or sore? That feeling is due to the breaking down of the muscle tissues and ‘toxins’ like lactic acid that build up inside the muscles. A massage is one of the best ways to flush those toxins and improve circulation which in turn will speed recovery and rebuilding of those muscle tissues. Unfortunately not everyone can afford their own personal masseur, the cost of paying for a daily massage, or they simply are not close to a Massage Therapist. There are a number of different devices on the market to help an athlete perform a massage on their own aching muscles when they can’t get a massage. While down at Interbike this year, we had a chance to checkout a new entry in the personal massage market – the R8 from Roll Recovery is a roller type of device that is designed specifically for use on an athlete’s legs. Read the rest of this entry »
During our annual pilgrimage down to Las Vegas for Interbike, we had a chance to stop by the Bushnell Eyewear booth to checkout their current lineup. For those of you who are not familiar with the Bushnell Eyewear name, they are the parent company of Bolle and Serengetti – two high end eyewear lines. But it wasn’t the offerings under those two names that piqued our interest, it was a third name in the booth, Cébé, which caught our eye. Read the rest of this entry »
Helmets and Weather
From The Weather Channel: Extreme Weather Connected to Helmet Safety
For most sports fans, the first image associated with that jarring word is a football player lying motionless on a field. It’s a harsh reality that the violent sport has an epidemic they need to conquer, for the safety of its players.
Recent research suggests there’s a correlation between extreme weather and the likelihood of head injuries.
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Custom team clothing is quickly becoming a popular choice among team sports. In fact, KineticShift recently had custom cycling jerseys made to wear during the Demo Days at Interbike. At the same show, 2Xu will be introducing its Teamwear line of custom performance garments. Read the rest of this entry »
Registration is now open for the Electric Run Tour in San Diego. The 5k nighttime run series will be the first of a multi-city tour. What’s an Electric Run? The course will be lit with lights, lasers and music. Promoters say lasers will trigger sounds and changes in the music, and runners will have black light tunnels to run through. Read the rest of this entry »
This year at Interbike, Paris-based Kinetik Compression Gear will make its U.S. debut, showing its compression garments for cyclists, runners and triathletes. You may have seen Kinetik in the Tour de France. The company is the official compression sponsor of Team Saxo Bank.
Kinetik strikes a balance between comfort and performance with a fabric mix called SupraKomp and XPower technology.
Kinetik Compression Gear Official Website
A company on a mission to keep sweat from rolling down your forehead and into your eyes while working out is Headsweats Perspiration Technology Headwear. The company that started out with performance hats and visors is now venturing into beanies, and even keeping you free from sweat – yet still warm – in the winter. The company just released a winter line that includes the Super Duty Headband, Toaster Beanie, Fleece Cycling Cap and Fleece Race Hat. Read the rest of this entry »
The Ending Summer
From Surf Magazine: Summer’s End
They say Labor Day marks the end of the summer, and what better way to end it then with a sizable south swell tearing through California.
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Should Lance Face “Repay” Day?
From Fortune: Sports stars should be subject to clawbacks
Much has been made of Lance Armstrong’s loss of future earnings. But his past earnings should be at stake too. Read the rest of this entry »
Not sure if the natural running shoe thing is for you? Well, now you can try the shoes for two months and decide if it is right for you!
Newton Running has introduced a special program beginning this week, which will run through October 31. It is the “60 Days of Better,” a program to encourage runners to try out the natural running shoes. Customers purchasing a pair of Network Running shoes from now until the end of October has 60 days from the date of purchase to return the shoes if they aren’t satisfied. Read the rest of this entry »
LYCRA has been around since 1958. Since then we’ve had time to see what a revolutionary material it is. The company that owns LYCRA just developed a three-tiered system for its fabrics: LYCRA SPORT, LYCRA SPORT BEAUTY and LYCRA SPORT ENERGY.
LYCRA SPORT is a fabric for active performance. LYCRA SPORT BEAUTY is a fabric that combines performance with beauty and style. LYCRA says this tier is for “looking in shape while getting in shape.” LYCRA SPORT ENERGY fabric is innovated for compression fabrics. This top tier will be used in high-intensity and high-energy-sports garments. We bet we’ll see this label on a lot of cycling and running shorts as more and more of that is getting the benefit of compression. Read the rest of this entry »