The Battle of the Gridiron is Being Fought Across America
For a sport so firmly entrenched in the fabric of America, football sure has been forced to respond to a lot of criticism — much of it self-inflicted, some mediadriven. Safety concerns certainly continue to impact participation – and, in turn, the money spent on gear and uniforms by schools, town programs, players and parents – but the sport is working hard to write a new playbook. READ MORE >>
Persistence Pays Off for Hastings Cragg
Winning the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles meant more than just a spot on the U.S. Team for Amy Hastings Cragg. It even meant more than vindication after a fourth-place finish in the 2012 Trials kept her from the marathon in London. In fact, it was the payoff for a complete life overhaul she started late last year, when she and her husband sold their house in her hometown of Providence, RI, to move cross-country to Portland, OR, to train with Shalane Flanagan under coach Jerry Schumacher. READ MORE >>
Wonder Women, Lucky 13
MEET THE WONDER WOMEN WHO ARE REDEFINING OUTDOOR ATHLETICS. THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY has always looked up to the tough, the adventurers who climb higher, go faster and who seek out the remote and the rugged. An today more than ever, the athletes setting the pace are women. Here, 13 women who are pushing the boundaries of their sport share insight on what got them started, where they’re headed next and what keeps them forging ahead. READ MORE >>
Published April 20, 2016
The Ankle Bracing Tech That Helped Cause Steph Curry's Career Resurrection And The Warriors Dominant Roster Structure
For an NBA team to go 73-9 the year after winning the NBA Championship, you would presume they are on the fast track to repeating that success in this yearâ€™s playoffs. Their 2012 draft of Harrison Barnes at the seventh pick, Festus Ezeli at 30th and Draymond Green at 35 is exactly the type of successful drafting that gives NBA teams young, relatively inexpensive talented players. The problem with success in a salary cap sport though is ultimately tough decisions have to be made on who you can keep given the strong likelihood that most championship teams have more talent than the salary cap can afford. READ MORE >>
By Morgan Gonzalez Published Mar. 30, 2016
Keep Your Feet Happy During The Workday With These Tips
As an aspiring professional runner fresh out of college (basically the same thing as a starving artist), I took a job working at a running store to pay the bills and support my personal goals. While I was fully prepared to bust my butt to support my dream, I was unaware, after sitting at a desk during the majority of college, that spending hours on my feet in between two runs a day would set me up for issues, like plantar fasciitis.
According to Zamst Senior Product Specialist Dawn Ferreira, “If you view your lower leg as one unit then it is easy to understand how a tight calf or achilles tendon can lead to plantar fasciitis, especially if you are on your feet all day and running regularly. Your calf muscles connect into your achilles tendon, which in turn attaches to your heel bone. These muscles allow you to flex your foot down by pulling on your heel bone. When you calf muscles are tight, your achilles tendon is shortened and you have limited movement when flexing your foot, causing your plantar fascia to be stretched further than normal when you try to walk.”....READ MORE >>
March 1, 2016
Wish You Were Here
It’s time to get out of the office.
Some of the great perks of working in the active lifestyle industry are the endless events to get us on our feet and moving with brands, experts and athletes.
Whether it’s a trade show debuting new bikes, a marathon in the big city, or a kayaking demo at your local specialty retailer, we’re going to bring you a taste every week of the fun industry events happening worldwide.
And for that we need your help. Send us your photos and descriptions of your brands’ most recent events to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll showcase them in SGBToday. Big or Small, we want to see the social happenings you’re supporting and attending to get the community active!
Here are a few highlights from the field last week....READ MORE >>
December 8, 2015
Holiday Gift Guide: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Damon Salvatore
Need some gift ideas for that rugged, spicy man in your life? Damon Salvatore’s sexy, vampire lifestyle would definitely benefit from a few of the items listed below.
For the first time ever, Clarisonic has listened and has created a cleansing device catered specifically to men. Promising cleaner skin and a closer shave, the Clarisonic Alpha Fit ($189), a two-setting cleansing tool— adjusted for the clean-shaven or hairy man – will effectively remove all the dirt, sweat, and oil accumulated during your man’s day.
In the brisk town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, Damon would definitely be caught wearing Columbia’s Heatzone 1000 Turbodown Hooded Jacket ($450). Outfitted with Columbia’s trademarked 100g Omni-Heat synthetic insulation and revolutionary wave baffle construction, his body would never be as cold as his vampire heart (or, TBH, never cold at all).
After using his hyper-speed, you’d think Damon’s calf muscles would experience vibration and fatigue. Nah honey, with Zamst’s HA-1 Compression Socks ($59) are designed with G-Fit technology, the compression construction. It improves blood and oxygen flow and stabilizes the heel. It will definitely leave the sporty man feeling good after his hearty workout. READ MORE >>
Out for a Run
November 22, 2015
Two Days in a Row & Week Update
I’ve transitioned into running two days in a row, followed by one-two days off running. I’ve somehow managed to workout every single day this week- which I haven’t done since I hurt my foot. Thursday it was literally 20 minutes of rowing and stair master but it was something. I set up at the Y and worked for a bit and had 40 minutes left of child watch to workout and shower, so I got a little baby workout in. Proving that theory that consistency is better than one big workout a couple times a week. Even 20 minutes makes you feel better than 0 minutes of exercise. So no time, is no excuse to at least do a little sumpin’ sumpin’. I am happily taking a rest day today though. ￼
I’ve been really good keeping up with the ice bucket and having Glenn massage the scar tissue everyday.
I’m really into making the foot comfortable. Every morning I go straight to my trusty little ball and roll it out before hobbling down the stairs like an 85 year old woman. I think I’m destined to have the 85 year old woman morning hobble until I make it to 85.
I have recently been wearing these Zamst socks that give my arch a little support. It feels tight and secure right around the plantar fascia and I really like how it feels. It’s not like the sock is aiding in breaking up the scar tissue or making my foot stronger, but the snugness makes it feel all nice and packed in, if that makes sense…. which I like. This paired with my new orthotics that just came in will give that little foot all the loving.....READ MORE >>
Oct 27, 2015
Zamst Arm Sleeve
Zamst is a company that wants to protect the elite athletes of the world! Zamst has products that allow the human body to recover from hard workouts, games, or events so that they can come back the next day and feel fresh! They are truly an injury prevention technology based company.
The one thing that I enjoyed about this company and their products are that you can use them in almost every sport imaginable. If you are a golfer, a baseball player, tennis player and beyond, these products that Zamst has discovered can help you right now in injury prevention and soreness.
What it does!
In my particular product, the Arm Sleeve, allows for circulation throughout the arm! It enhances the flow of oxygen to the muscles which in turn eliminates the product that is “lactic acid.” Lactic Acid is the, sometimes un-bearable, soreness you get in your muscles after a hard workout. Because it eliminates the lactic acid, the Arm Sleeve will reduce the muscle fatigue you might feel after working out your arms for a long period of time! I should also mention that it has 90+ UV Protection technology.
Zamst does not only have arm sleeves! They have products for your Achilles tendon, ankle, arm, back, calf, elbow, foot, knee, shin, shoulder, thigh, thumb and wrist. Take a look at all the products at www.zamst.us today!...READ MORE >>
October 12, 2015
Zamst Filmista Ankle Wrap
Zamst, leader in support braces and body-care accessories, released its ultra-flexible Filmista Ankle Wrap that can be worn both as support prior to or as therapy following an Achilles injury. Three layers progressing from soft film closest to the skin, a middle hard film, and outer main unit, come together in a thin brace that can be worn under socks. Don’t be fooled by its light feel: Zamst develops all products from science, in collaboration with consulting doctors, trainers, and pro athletes. The brand is actually a child of the Nippon Sigman group, a leader in Japanese orthopedics since the early 70s. The new Filmista Ankle was awarded a 2015/16 ISPO Award, which honors the most innovative sporting goods products coming to market. The wrap will increase stability during awkward landings and trips (which account for the majority of group exercise injuries) while still being highly flexible for unrestricted mobility. Also great to wear during indoor basketball, soccer and tennis.
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September 25, 2015
Zamst RK-1 Knee Brace – Review
For any athlete who has suffered from chronic knee pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. And at least two of us here at AeroGeeks feel that pain on a regular basis—especially when it comes to pain related to IT band syndrome. Fortunately for us, Zamst has a solution for that.
The Zamst RK-1 knee brace is specifically designed to relieve pain associated with runners knee and IT band syndrome—all too common injuries in endurance athletes. So, how does it work? As anyone who has endured IT band pain knows, the pain itself is the result of the IT band compressing against the side of the knee during motion. That’s what causes the dreaded sharp, burning pain on the outside of the knee. The RK-1 is engineered to keep the lower leg from rotating internally, while maintaining proper alignment.
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September 11, 2015
How To Deal With IT Band Issues Before They Halt Your Running
Usually a runner will complain of the knee pain a few miles into a run. It’s most likely due to a tight iliotibial, or IT, band, one of the most common pains among runners. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to treat it; unfortunately there are several misconceptions about what the IT band is, why it is a problem and how to address it.
“There are several parts and angles to keeping this issue under control,” explains Dawn Ferreria, Senior Product Specialist at Zamst. “First off it’s important to know that ITBS, aka ‘runner’s knee,’ is focused on the outside portion of the knee over a bony protrusion called the lateral epicondyle. The IT Band is a fibrosis tissue on the outside of the leg that begins from the hip and attaches to the lower leg (tibia).”
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September 8, 2015
Overall knee brace technology from Zamst is focused on getting lighter weight for performance with enhanced stabilization. The company believes that it is best for retailers to offer a narrow assortment that servest eh broadest range of injury prevention because this will not overwhelm customers. In addition, with players performing at higher speeds, athletes are looking for products that won't weigh them down and will provide full range of motion while stabilizing and supporting the area in need. With this in mind, Zamst has developed the ZK-7, what it bills as the stongest knee support for moderate to severe sprains of the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL.
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Muscle & Performance
SQUEEZE PLAY So what’s the deal with compression garments?
Q: I’ve been reading a lot about compression garments lately. What do they do and should I be wearing them when I work out?
A: Compression garments have actually been used for years in the medical field for people with poor circulation and as an aid to recover from surgery. You may even remember an elderly relative wearing compression stockings to ease varicose vein pressure or to help boost circulation. That technology has since been adopted by the athletic community with many of the same principles in mind.
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Healthy Living in a Hectic World
Because You Have a Lot on Your Shoulders
Now, speaking of shoulders…my pals at Zamst reached out to me to tell me about their compression products, which can help everyone from beginner athletes to competitive superstars (hello, Stephen Curry, Annie Thorisdottir, Amy Hastings) stay healthy and fit.
I got to pick a product to test out from their long list, and it was a hard choice! I decided to go with the shoulder wrap. While I thankfully don’t have a shoulder injury, per se, it’s definitely the area of my body that suffers the most (hello: carrying around a 35-pound child).
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IN A BIND
Think of it as a full-body hug that doesn’t quit. But instead of being creepy, compression garments can benefi t performance and recovery by improving circulation and keeping muscles warm. Here are some options to choose from.
Zamst LC-1 Calf
This snazzy footless sock is really a compression sleeve that aims to improve muscle endurance during workouts and recovery after exercise. It boosts circulation to encourage blood and oxygen fl ow to muscles, assists with flushing out exercise byproducts like lactic acid, and reduces muscle vibration and fatigue.
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How to HIIT Without Getting Hurt
High Intensity Interval Training, or HITT, is one of the hottest trends in the fitness world right now, and with good reason. It provides aerobic and metabolic benefits without requiring nearly as much time and equipment as you might need for a typical cardio and weight lifting routine at the gym. The trouble is, sometimes doing the fast-paced movements involved in these workouts can lead a person to injure his or her back—especially if he or she spends most of the day sitting at a desk. To avoid this injury, perform a dynamic warm-up prior to your training session; do a lot of core exercises within your HITT session; and concentrate on keeping your core tight at all times.
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She Rocks Fitness
July 18, 2015
ZAMST Compression Socks Product Review
As you all know, I love to run…I do it because I love the way it makes me feel, both physically and emotionally. It is my time to clear my head; enjoy the alone time; the peacefulness (yes running without music lately has been very refreshing); and to just sweat it all out. I do not do marathons…or sign up for races every weekend…I do Half Marathons, because they are my “jam”. I like the distance, the training, and the way I feel after running one. I run when I want to and train when I want to. Right now, I just run and I am happy with that!
Since moving to Houston 2 years ago, I have noticed that after short and long runs, sometimes my legs were swelling due to the intense heat, humidity, and yep probably getting older too…DOH! I started asking around about what I should do and whether or not I needed to try compression socks. So when I was out in San Diego with my other half, Eli gave me the lowdown on ZAMST!
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IT’S JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER DAY: You walk into your box, complete a nice warmup, and work hard for the next 30 to 60 minutes. You get after it. You’re feeling strong, ready to beat your personal best, when you push yourself too hard and that’s when you feel it: an excruciating pain shooting down your body. And just like that, your workout is ruined.
Injuries happen, especially in CrossFit. It’s a demanding sport that puts a lot of stress on your body. Fatigue can cause poor posture or form and lead to injuries. In fact, about 20 percent of CrossFitters injure their lumbar, shoulders, or knee each year, according to Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. These injuries are mainly due to little recovery time, improper form, or lack of coaching.
“It’s not uncommon for an athlete to develop a chronic injury over a period of time,” explains Dawn Ferreira, senior product specialists at Zamst, a manufacturer of support products for athletes, “especially if you consider the amount of stress that can be placed on a joint such as the knee when lifting heavy weights. The athlete may not feel the pain at first but over time the pain will worsen to the point where their activity may be limited.”
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My Golf Spy
July 8, 2015
Zamst Compression Gear - Fitness Product Review
Let’s face facts; our bodies are not always 100%. There are days when the old bod gets a little creaky, swollen, and sometimes downright sore. Golf is a physical activity permeated with repetitive swing motions. Isn’t that what we shoot for? Don’t we all want to swing the club the same way every time? Repetitive motion is a dangerous goal though. Just ask anyone who fights off the hell that is carpel tunnel syndrome.
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Grinder's Gear Review
June 16, 2015
Zamst Gives The Support You Knee’d
What is it? Zamst might not be a name you’re familiar with, but if you have any nagging knee issues, you should be. I was able to train with both the Zamst ZK-7 Knee Brace and also the ZK-1 which is more of a padded knee brace. The ZK-7 is a product that, according to Zamst is, “Exo-Tech QUAD provides 4-way ligament support with resin stays to support medial and lateral stability as well as x-strap and parallel straps for effective anterior and posterior stability to the ACL/PCL.”
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Essentials for the Ultimate Gym Bag
....So whether you’re into lifting weights, or prefer a few rounds of high-intensity racquetball, here’s the best gear for a holistic workout to get back in shape and enjoy your time doing it. In six months, you’ll realize that you’re already on your way to a better you.
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SGI Weekly Intelligence
Zamst sponsored athlete Stephen Curry of NBA's Golden State Warriors was recently named the league's MVP for 2014-15. Having suffered severe ankle injuries in the past, the 27-year-old point guard credits the brand's A2-DX ankle brace with giving him the confidence to play without fear of re-injuring his ankle.
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May 11, 2015
Sheding Light on Compression Gear
The tighter compression in performance pieces reduces muscle vibration duing repetitive impacts like running or box jumps. A 2011 study published in Portuguese Journal of Sports Sciences found that muscles supported by compression gear experienced less vibration, less tearing, and less breakdown than the control group.
For hotter weather, Zamst's Arm Sleeves compress the arms, increasing circulation and reducing muscle vibration during workouts.
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The Top Compression Garments for Runners
Compression apparel is a constantly evolving category that has gained popularity among runners in recent years. The reasons for this are likely two-fold: many runners find these products to be fashionable workout wear and research has backed up the use of compression by athletes.
One recent study found that post-workout compression gear enhanced recovery by reducing muscle swelling and soreness. Another study published in 2015 discovered that when runners wore compression socks for the two days following a marathon, they logged faster times on a treadmill test two weeks later.
We tested many of the compression garments to bring you some of the best products on the market this season.
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Zamst Product Review
If you are looking for your next knee, ankle, wrist brace, socks or compression sleeves, then you should check out Zamst.
Zamst was created to reinforce and protect athletes of the world by allowing them to push harder than the body can endure.
Zamst has a diverse line of products, but what caught my attention from the start was how comfortable they are to use. Many runners suffer from IT band issues, myself included, and I was able to test out the RK-1 knee brace that was made for those with IT band syndrome. While wearing it, I didn’t feel any pain, and I felt secure during my workout. Throughout all of my exercises, I had my typical range of motion.
The RK-1 is made with a-Fit technology, which means that each piece is anatomically correct, providing the right amount of support for each specific body part. The material is made with an advanced fabric and lightweight construction called Flyweight Tecnhology. It truly is incredibly light but also very comfortable. Each brace is made with ROM-TECH, which allows for a full range of motion so that athletes can continue to push as hard as possible without feeling stiff to the point that they can’t move that body part like other braces do. Above all else, each brace is made to allow a ventilated flow that will keep you cool while in use.
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ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Zamst RK-1 Review
Most endeavors that promise gains also entail risk. In athletics, physical gains from training come with the prospect of injury, the most insidious of which are harms from overuse.
Painful and often debilitating, overuse injuries are serious. But they’re rarely crippling enough to sideline committed athletes. Instead, the pain becomes part of the background of training. It grows more troublesome over time, but for months or years it’s never quite bad enough to put a stop to more overuse. This is the real danger of overuse injuries: they’re easy to dismiss until they result in significant long-term harm that can’t be quickly undone.
.....So I took great delight in receiving the sleek Zamst RK-1 knee brace. I hoped it would help me out, and I figured if it could help a case like mine, it might be useful for just about anyone with overuse injuries to the knee. After all, this knee brace is specifically designed to help alleviate pain associated with runner’s knee and IT band syndrome. It’s also engineered to provide functional and biomechanical support to actually correct the issues leading to those problems. I hoped a month or so of using the brace would erase some pain and maybe turn back the clock on my aging knee.
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The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence
Stephen Curry debuted his signature Under Armour shoe on Friday night, dropping 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
The “Curry One” high-top sneaker features new performance technologies designed to enhance Curry’s quick bursts and cuts on the court. Don’t be fooled by the ad copy. It’s not just the shoes that have elevated Curry’s game to new heights this season.
Shaun Powell of NBA.com writes that Curry is playing with a newfound confidence, and he appears to have shaken off a series of ankle sprains that formerly beset the Warriors star.
On the resurgence of Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook, Powell writes, “their movements are sure and quick, without the slightest bit of hesitation—the sign of players who trust their bodies won’t betray them again.”
After undergoing surgery to his right ankle in 2011, Curry discovered the form-fitting Zamst A2-DX ankle brace, which he now wears on both ankles. The brace is designed for an anatomically correct fit, which prevents the ankle from rolling and the foot from shifting forward.
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Superstars Curry, Westbrook rise above injury concerns
The point guard party starts at 10:30 ET tonight (on TNT) when a basketball game at Oracle Arena will seem like a blur. You can't go wrong whenever Golden State's Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook share the same floor, and even better, the same reassuring confidence about their physical well-being.
This is evident when Westbrook makes an angry, mad dash to the rim, leaving behind a scattered trail of defenders. It's also evident when Curry breaks down his man to create space and get open from deep. Their movements are sure and quick, without the slightest bit of hesitation -- the sign of players who trust their bodies won't betray them again.
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December 2, 2014 • Vol.6, No.22
It used to be that the running business was only about shoes. But as the new products being showcased by the 300-plus exhibitors at The Running Event’s ninth annual conference and trade show prove, it’s also about accessories. Wearable technology, high-style reflective apparel, chic race-themed jewelry, nutritional supplements and off-the-track fitness and wellness equipment are all quickly becoming standard for athletes who want to be winners.
Oh yes, about the shoes. They, too, are running into the future, taking the technologies pioneered in minimalist footwear – lightweight meshes and knit designs – with them to the finish line.
Here is a preview of some of the daring new things that will be debuting December 2-5, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.
Zamst’s EK-3 is a moderate knee support that offers Exo-Tech Dual Technology providing medial (MCL) and lateral (LCL) stabilization. The EK-3 incorporates a flyweight fabrication with i-Fit Technology for individualized compression. The i-Fit Technology has a dual front open panel design with Velcro fasteners that wrap around the knee to create a custom fit with adjustable compression. The backside V-Tech Ventilation material enhances cooling during movement.
Zamst JK-Band Review
Backpacking with Patellar tendinitis is a painful process. If you’ve ever had to deal with the injury, you know what I’m talking about. This is why I’m reviewing the Zamst JK-Band. Anything that can provide relief is certainly appreciated. READ MORE
ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Initial Thoughts on the Zamst JK Band
The Zamst JK Band is a great product for those who have patellofemoral pain syndrome that presents as anterior knee pain. Patellofemoral pain Syndrome is pain in the front of the knee, and frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. Sometimes it is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. When you find yourself with a sudden or gradual onset of pain and need relief, this band is a great product to try. It provides just the appropriate stability that rebuilds and strengthens the problem areas around your knee. In turn, this allows you to continue your training while healing from your ailment. READ MORE
August 11, 2014 issue 1432
Zamst introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market the HA-1 Compression, combining the dual benefits of both the HA-1 Run LE and a compression calf sleeve. Besides addressing plantar fasciitis, the G-Fit technology delivers vertical gradual compression from the ankle through the calf muscle to improve circulation and encourage blood and oxygen flow to the muscles to enhance performance. Also, it flushes away bi-products (lactic acid), reduces muscle vibration and fatigue, and improves muscle endurance and recovery. Built in a-Fit technology, (anatomically correct support and fit for left and right feet), is also featured. READ MORE
February 24, 2014 issue 1408
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014
Zamst HA-1 Compression with G-Fit Technology improves circulation to encourage blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Aids with flushing out bi-products (lactic acid), reducing muscle vibration, and fatigue for improved muscle endurance and recovery. Built-in-a-Fit technology provides anatomically correct support and fit. Functional support and knitting technology stabilizes the heel in a neutral position and lifts the arch to minimize stress from repetitive impact to reduce plantar fasciitis. READ MORE
ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Zamst HA-1 Compression Sock Review
The ZAMST HA-1 Compression socks with G-Fit Technology are a great addition for any athlete. A key piece of equipment for runners, hikers, cyclists and individuals who are on their feet all day. Upon opening the package, I immediately fell in love with the vibrant pink color. Subsequently, many of my running partners and colleagues complimented on my socks. I really wanted to test these compression socks during some longer mountain runs. Since I am in the medical industry, the benefit of being able to test them at work came in quite handy. READ MORE
Future Fabric to 'Power Shoes'... Wild Footwear Coming In 2015
September 11, 2014
Planter Fasciitis Compression Sock — Designed to provide plantar fasciitis compression, the HA-1 from Zamst is a special sock made for sufferers of this most annoying of foot ailments. It also gives “vertical gradual compression from the ankle through the calf muscle,” as the company puts it, ostensibly improving circulation and encouraging oxygen flow to the muscles. $59.99. READ MORE