Friday, July 6, 2012 11.00am
By Ben Delaney, US editor in chief
Whether or not you buy the argument that cold water submersion speeds recovery, you can’t say that it doesn’t feel good. Enter 110% Play Harder’s Double Life Shin/Calf Sleeves, which can be used as regular compression garments but also come with reusable Ice Sheets.
Most companies’ compression kit is accompanied by a tall stack of claims, and 110% are no different: enhanced circulation, increased oxygen update, limited muscle vibration… We’re no physiologists, but the Double Life Sleeves feel great after a long ride.
We’ve found that compression calf sleeves in general work fairly well at reducing post-ride soreness. Adding ice to the package in a convenient format greatly amplifies the benefit.
Here’s how it works – the Ice Sheets are pieces of absorbent cloth that you soak in water and then freeze. A double layer of the compression material then provides a pocket for the Sheets to slide into. Each pair of Sleeves comes with four Ice Sheets, and a thermal bag that claims to keep them frozen for up to six hours.
The end result is real-world recovery. You get the benefits of compression and that cold-water soak while still being at home, on your feet and present for duty.
110% offer similar products for the quads, and in the form of tights, knickers and shorts.
The Double Life Sleeves filled with Ice Sheets – they work better than they look!
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