Gear Break: More new cycling related kit: DeFeet introduces socks for health care workers and medical professionals, Stolen Goat Raggamuffin Orkaan cycling jersey, new Shimano IC1 shoes set the standard for indoor cycling, new Michael Blann prints available – Mangart & Vsric, Slovenia, Smith Optics Attack Max Rx long term review video by Adnan Kadir and Giro Xnetic H2O gloves.
DeFeet Introduces Socks For Health Care Workers and Medical Professionals
DeFeet announced it has completed development on a new sock design, the Decompressor Medical. Made specifically for those who work in the medical and health care field, the Decompressor Medical has features to help medical workers deal with the unique demands of the workplace.
As the Covid 19 virus spreads, DeFeet has readied it’s first shipments of Decompressor Medical socks. “With our long history making socks and accessories for endurance sports like cycling and running, we knew we could craft socks that help medical workers be more comfortable in their jobs,” said Shane Cooper, Founder and Chief Sockologist of DeFeet. “We pushed hard throughout 2020 to develop socks that could also help keep our health workers MORE COMFORTABLE and safer.” Cooper added “We experimented with a lot of fit and fiber combinations, and we found what we were looking for.” DeFeet chose anti-microbial, anti-fungal Copper Zinc yarn from Copptech. “Copper and Zinc have amazing natural scientific properties,” says Cooper, “Which makes these socks even more ideal for health care application.”
While many companies joined the fight against Covid by switching their production to make facemasks, DeFeet chose to stay with its core competency: knitting socks at its own factory in Hildebran, North Carolina. The choice was based on where the company believed it could contribute the most. “Long workdays, standing and walking for hours at a time, that’s really hard on the feet and legs. That fatigue affects the whole body and our ability to focus on helping others,” Cooper said. The Decompressor Medical has a lightweight sheer knee high fit using DeFeet’s world renowned Aireator® mesh fabric. The result is a subtle compression that supports the entire lower leg, making it better suited for the rigors of the medical profession.
The all new DeFeet DeCompressor employs comfortable 15-20mmHG compression providing all day support to help keep medical workers comfortable. The natural Copper Zinc yarns hold feet in a healthier, low-moisture environment. Decompressor Medical is available in 3 lengths and 4 sizes. DeFeet is known worldwide for quality and covers every pair of medical socks with a Five Year Satisfaction Guarantee. The company is even offering the Decompressor Medical direct to medical professionals for 50% off the retail price for a limited time. MSRP is $40.00 and currently $20.00 to those with a medical card. There is a five pair limit per customer.
Quotes from medical professionals:
“These DeFeet DeCompressor over-the-calf socks are the best product I have found in over 40 years of using this kind of sock for support during long hours of medical care in ERs, ORs, and clinics. The amount of compression seems perfect. My legs are not swollen, they do not feel fatigued at the end of shift, and these socks are comfortable throughout the workday, or work night. The new technology developed since I first began wearing this kind of sock is impressive. I appreciate the benefits of these socks, including that they do not seem to trap heat, my legs stay comfortably cool during wear. Their copper-zinc component adds to their health benefits and helps to prevent odors.” Dr. Nick Frankel.
“Nurses and healthcare workers have been tireless heroes through this pandemic. They spend most of their time in motion. We are so fortunate to have a local manufacturer who is making a comfortable compression sock using Copper Zinc. This sock contributes to healthier, happier legs and feet. Try them!” Allister Morris, RN, MSN, NEA-BC.
● More information at: https://defeet.com
• Shop Defeet socks at Amazon here
Stolen Goat Raggamuffin Orkaan Cycling Jersey
Designed for Autumn/Spring temperatures and weather, Stolen Goat’s Orkaan range is water-resistant, wind-resistant, breathable and features a soft thermal liner to help protect you during cooler rides. Using Stolen Goat’s Tempest fabric, with its excellent weather-resistant qualities, creates a long sleeve jersey giving superb performance in a wide range of cooler temperatures (from 6-16°c) perfect for three seasons of riding. Paired with super soft brushed “roubaix” lining and an all day performance fit, the Orkaan Jersey offers comfort on the longest days in the saddle.
● See more here: stolengoat.com
● RRP – £125
New $90 Shimano IC1 Shoes Set the Standard for Indoor Cycling Shoe Comfort, Ventilation and Pedal Compatibility
Purpose-built for the booming indoor cycling community, Shimano delivers the mic-drop of indoor shoes with its new $90 IC1 shoes. A complete mesh upper construction delivers both unmatched ventilation and quick drying properties while Shimano’s new Cross Strap Closure and Adaptable Arch Support wrap the foot so riders can optimize personal fit and stability. Originally designed for studio use and the rental-shoe market, Shimano’s new budget-friendly IC1 (SH-IC100) shoes are as apt for the studio as they are in your own workout hub at home.
● Adaptable Fit, Ultimate Comfort
The IC1’s mesh upper construction provides exceptional breathability as well as a sock like fit that cradles the foot for optimized comfort and stability. Providing support and structure to this soft upper design is Shimano’s new Cross Strap Closure System that utilizes a single strap to control the shoe’s volume so riders can dial in their perfect fit.
The strap travels across the toe box and then reaches over the shoe’s instep, delivering rigidity and structure to help hold the foot in place while maximizing comfort. Additional reinforcement comes with Shimano’s Adaptable Arch Support that works in coordination with the Cross Strap Closure System. Pulling the strap to tighten the shoe, the upper wraps around the foot and enhances the shoe’s arch support for a truly personalized fit.
● Mixed-Last Sizing for Men and Women
Shimano introduces a new mixed-last sizing design for targeted fit based on foot size rather than wholly focusing on gender. Smaller IC1 shoes (size 36-41) feature a narrower last similar to other Shimano women’s specific fits while larger shoes (42-50) offer a wider last closer to men’s or unisex designs. It’s also the only true indoor cycling shoe available up to size 50 (US size 14).
● Pumped Up Ventilation
Designed for indoor cycling, where conditions quickly become sweltering with the heat and humidity of a packed studio class, the Shimano IC1 shoes deliver class-leading ventilation thanks to a ventilated outsole design. The front of the sole features an intake port that channels air down the center of the shoe toward an exhaust port at the back. The IC1’s shoe’s mesh upper construction also promotes airflow and ventilation across the top of the shoe and offers quick drying capabilities – an important feature for cycling studios or riders who routinely jump on the bike for their daily workouts.
● More Pedal and Cleat Compatibility
Also new for the IC1 shoes is expanded pedal-compatibility with both 2- and 3-bolt (SPD and SPD-SL) cleat mounts. While SPD pedals remain the standard across the industry, indoor studios and at-home bikes now offer both pedal options. With the IC1 shoes, riders can easily set up or switch their pedaling system to suit different studios or indoor bike compatibilities.
Whether using SPD or SPD-SL pedals, the IC1 shoes offer great walking stability. The wide, stable heel pad keeps riders planted on the ground when crossing the treacherous, slick studio floors pre-and post-workout. Additionally, the snug, slipper-like fit hugs your foot for added stability on and off the bike.
Just in time for the New Years fitness buzz, Shimano delivers the bling with “oil-slick-black” IC1 (SH-IC100) indoor shoes that are available immediately in stores and online here: https://shimanoindoor.com/
• Shop other Shimano Indoor Cycling shoes at Amazon here.
Michael Blann: New Prints Available – Mangart & Vsric, Slovenia
After such a prolific year for Slovenian cycling, with Tadej Pogačar winning the Tour de France and Primož Roglič the Vuelta a España, it’s time to throw a light on a few of the country’s most famous climbs – Mangart and Vsric, two stunning climbs in the Julian Alps. Located on the Slovenian border with Italy these climbs equal any of the most famous ascents in the world in terms of beauty and severity.
A range of limited edition prints are now available to buy as limited edition prints and also available in the new smaller print size – 450x600mm. Prints start from £245.
● Click to shop prints below.
• Shop Michael Blann’s Epic Cycling Climbs Book here
Smith Optics Attack Max Rx Long Term Review by Adnan Kadir
Now that I’ve been riding these for the better part of a year, I have some fresh thoughts about them.
The Attack Max is faster in every detail, with a larger lens for maximum visibility and increased fit than the Attack. Experience the sound of speed with Smith MAG interchangeable technology; the lens change innovation that enables fast ChromaPop lens swapping for varying light conditions. Two ChromaPop lenses are included, and have been crafted with a raised-brow design for increased coverage. The Attack Max also features our two-position nose piece that is engineered to give you perfect fit and all day comfort. Megol temples ensure that your glasses are secure at your fastest velocity.
● Two ChromaPop lenses
● Hydroleophobic lens coating
● Extra ChromaPop Contrast Rose lens
● Custom case
● Medium fit/large coverage
● Two-position adjustable nose pads
● Hydrophilic megol temple & nose pads for a secure fit
● Interchangeable Attack/Attack Max replacement lenses provide options for every condition
● MSRP: $259.00
● More info at: www.smithoptics.com
• Shop these Smith Glasses at Amazon here.
Giro Xnetic H2O Gloves
The Xnetic H20 brings waterproof performance and breathable fibers together in a design that provides the highest level of flexibility available in a waterproof glove. The unique three-layer construction fuses our RainGuard membrane between a durable nylon outer shell and hypoallergenic liner, for use in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit / 5 degrees Celsius.
● No Slip Silicone Grip
● Protection and Warmth without the bulk
● Perfect for All Riding Styles
● MSRP: $50
● Shop these Giro gloves at Amazon here
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