Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sugoi Midzero leg warmer

I've worn more than a few pairs of leg and arm warmers over the years with limited success.
Recently I got these Sugoi midzero leg warmers, or knees as I call them, and they do what they are supposed to do.
I don't ask much from my gear really, just for results. If my stuff works and I don't notice it, I'm happy. But that smile turns upside down when gear fails the basic tasks.
Sugoi is one of the few companies I've found that use a tape gripper at the top seam to hold the 'knees' in place.
When they are tucked into the shorts they are bomber and never move. Simple task, done simply.
In fact I use them for running, instead of knickers or pants weather permitting, and if find the support around my knee comforting and beneficial.
They are lined with with soft fleece and articulated for ease of movement at the knee.
These 'knees' are a must and I find I wear them more than I ever imagined.
Recomended buy

about $40 CDN.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Olympic Torch Relay kit

Ok first of all look at the emotion on my face. Happy, really happy and proud.
But I want to put the emotion of the day aside and focus on the garments torch bearers for this Olympics have been wearing for 78 days now leading up to the Vancouver winter games.
They are a large fit to allow bulky winter clothes underneath as they glowing white lined nylon suit is uninsulated. The polyester Chinese made suit is windproof to its credit, as the winters winds howl across this country, but on a day hovering around the freezing mark when I ran, the lack of heat management made me a sticky, smelly mess after only 300 metres of walk/running. Although organizers assure me there have been no incidents to date, I can't imagine a worse fabric to wear especially on my head than acryrlic. Spot the danger.
Don't get me wrong here, I was honoured to carry the Olympic flame for a few minutes, but outfit is not a legacy piece for me.
I can't imagine me wanting to pull on the white suit again on my way to the grocery store or before a race. But I now have a great halloween costume.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The review is coming for the white suit, matching hat and red mitts.
I'm running on January 15, in a complete suit made in China, for a Canadian Olympic games.
Wonders never cease.
Garments like these ones make me wonder if the designers have tried these threads on, because it's like wearing landfill.
The mitts are slightly different from the ones available commercially. The maple leaf on the palm has raised rubber knubbies making it easier to hold onto the torch.