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They knit for you and the others too!

21 Jul

Mitscoots socksI discover those socks by their design then I discover the philosophy behind every threads used to knit it.
Mitscoots is an Austin based company that decided to help and give back.Mitscoots socks
Mitscoots proposes quality socks
. from quality fibers,
with
. a low profile seam,
. an elastic arch support
. and a deep heel pocket for comfort.

They are also 100% American made!
Behind the socks there’s a mission, the mission to help people in the streets, people in need.

Mitscoots’s motto is GET + GIVE + EMPLOY:
. Get, the socks are 100% produced and manufactured in the USA. Those are top quality, long lasting products you will wear with pride.
. Give, when you buy a pair of Mitscoots socks, one pair will be given away to a person in need helping him/her feel better.
. EMitscoots socksmploy, Mitscoots helps people to get back on their feet and give them employment on a rotating basis in the Austin area, they also contribute to the project.

The products range goes from the daily smart pair of socks to the sport and even tech ones!

Check it out, and choose well your socks tomorrow morning!

 

 

More infos
. Visit the official Mitscoots website
. Follow @mitscoots
. Instagram Mitscoots

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Skin me!

16 Jun

skins_logo_whiteAre you doing sport ? Whatever sport, running, tennis, gym, biking, … ?
But, after your sessions, you feel achy, achy in the butts, achy in the legs, achy in the arms, … basically in pain and wondering if sport is that good for you?

Stop aching and stiff, start compressing!

Let me walk you through compression clothes.

I’m not talking about contention (the socks granny is wearing that don’t look too cool), I’m taking about the line of accessories and clothes designed for athletes or regular you and me that will help feel and perform better in the practice of our sport.

What is compression and what does it bring new to the plate ?
Compression is a knitting technique that aims to stimulate blood circulation in the limbs and also keep the muscles in their natural position to optimize their activity. The muscles will perform better thanks to a better oxygenation and force oxygenation production thanks to the compression.

This will reduce fatigue  build-up during your work session and  help you  to recover faster when you keep it on after practice.

In short: you will train harder for longer and recover faster as well as look sporty.

Which model for what ? I tried the whole range
. the compression socks,
. the compression calf sleeves,
. the crop,
. the tights,
. and also the short
Either you wear them instead of you regular track suits and shorts or you hide them under your sport or casual clothes.
During the practice of your sport you will feel better because all the muscles stay in their spot.
The material used is
. long lasting,
. breathable, moisture management wicking,
. enhanced body temperature optimisation,
. UPF protected,
. easy to wash
. and will dry fast

While standing for hours and walking around for hours during my day job, I love to wear the short and the sleeves under my casual clothes (nobody sees anything) and when I come back home: no pain, all the gain …

What are the brands on the market: Skins, 2XU, Under Armour, …
The pioneer in this market is the Australian brand Skins and it’s my favorite brand.

When I do my workout session at the gym (running, biking, lifting and core), I love wearing my short and my Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX or my A400 crop. I also love wearing my SKINS A400 Compression socks under my jeans.

My SKINS A400 Compression Run socks, really comfortable to wear daily under the jeans for us (the urban athletes) but it works perfectly with my shorts while running.
. They are made with high-quality yarns (ensuring a controlled compression and advanced durability)
. The feet are dry thanks to the anti moisture management
. Soft cushioning to absorb shock and enhance comfort
. Super smooth and flat toe seams so no blisters guaranteed
. Anatomical left and right socks to increase your confirm and mine too

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My Unisex Compression Calf Tights MX, I like to combine those with thin socks (depending on which shoes I’m wearing).
I don’t run without those!
. It’s great to support my calf muscles sloshing from the impacts while running on a rock-solid base
. The compression reduces risk of injury by supporting my calf muscles and brings more oxygen and improves the muscular pump (it  also helps cleaning the metabolites wastes due to the physical activity) to run faster and longer without being tired
. Right and left legs to insure the perfect fit
Now, I can focus on the road!

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My A400 crop pants, it’s great to run and exercise. I love the paneling that support my tights, buttocks and abs. The textile is thin and light and the control of temperature is great. Unlike my all wet cotton t-shirt, my crop was dry thanks to its temperature management and breath-ability.

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How to chose the right size ?
Check Skins.net and pick the product you like and they will explain you how to find out your size.
I did it and it works! The products compress but you shouldn’t feel any discomfort (each brand manufacturer explains how to find your sizes).
PS: have a look at my Travel Recovery Pants by Skins (perfect when you have to travel more than 3 hours stuck in a seat on a plane, train or car) that will help you fight jet lag and feel better during your journey.

To sum it up, I love my compression products.
I use them for workouts and I feel great
. during the sessions (no more calves pain, cramps, …)
. and after because ache and stiffness disappeared.
I’m also using them under my work clothes while standing up or working outside and walking from 10km/6,2mi to 18km/11,2mi a day).

More infos on
. Official Skins website
. Follow @skins_USA
. Like Skins Facebook page

PS: What is contention?

It’s new technique of conception with a new knitting that follows the muscular fibbers in order to supposedly increase the muscular power. The name contention will be more appropriate for this kind of stuff because it is supposed to have a positive effect on movement.
Special thanks to Dani, @ChuckV and @JBFabre for their help writing this review

Need socks ?

30 Jul

What’s more stupid than a sock ? Two socks ?
Nope, socks can be your ally for better performance while practicing high level sport or simply for comfort when just hanging around.
For many years now compression socks have been around but were targeted to athletes or those having issues with blood circulation.
I found these socks at a golf tournament and decided to give them a try as I walked the 18 holes following players … That could tire anyone even the sporty.
The principle of compression socks is the following: during the effort, the calves play the role of peripheral heart (a 2nd source of oxygenation of your muscles).
During sport, the veins dilate which decrease the oxygenation of the muscles.
This can create tiredness, cramps, … which will lead to lesser performances and sometimes to injury.


The difference with medical compression is that it starts from the calves instead of the ankles. If you don’t have a pathology its better to work from the calves than the ankles.
How to find your size ? Measure the calves diameter and the tibia length.
Lots of athletes use them regularly (Tennis players, soccer and golf players, …).
Being a daily hero, you can use them during sport sessions, or after for recovery or while working on your comfort. Give them a try, you might be surprised as to how effective they are.
Pick your style between recovery socks, booster (no foot) and socks.

I bought 2 invisible running short socks, 1 pair of running ankle socks and 1 pair of multisport socks.

Check this small French company located in Saint Etienne called BV Sport which is manufacturing them since 1998.
More infos on www.bvsport.com

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