Monday, June 30, 2014

ZENSAH+SKINS Compression/Fitness Socks-Apparel

We feel sorry for all those athletic or on their feet all day people who don't know about the benefits compression wear socks/leg cuffs. It's easy to say the benefits-improved circulation, recovery musts during and post endurance activities-but once one gets on a pair-chances are high that some version will be part of an everyday wardrobe.

ZENSAH makes colorful compression wear for the knee down---including World Cup ready country flag styles. FUN!

Engineered performance-targeting key areas for graduated compression where needed. The superior support is all made of moisture wicking/anti odor textiles-and no chafe seamless technology. The fit is super-and left/right specific for socks…we have several pair we wear in rotation.
we have a pair of these we wear with recovery sandals.

close up of this ankle calf sleeve-shows the different zones...
 Compression wear apparel is supportive and functional…and athlete input is clearly apparent in the new to us SKINS collection…with gradient compression requirements taken into account for muscle groups, and serious sizing choices---in the SKINfit A 200 range that uses a unique BMI sizing algorithm  (novel!) …and the 400fit-that takes into account body shapes based on 3D body scans of hundreds of humans-athletic and regular….resulting in 400 key fitting points. Holy cow!

Smartly made-with warp knit technology using multiple fine quality yarns for added strength, perfectly controlled compression and importantly too-shape retention. PLUS Memory MX fabric in the A400 garments in key areas for movement and consistent compression/ support (Achilles, quads, hamstrings, ITB+TFL areas), and all with SKINmuscle+ constructions that reduces muscle vibration resulting in less tissue damage. Active and recovery collections are available now.

What also really caught out eye balls-the print and colors…def. eye catching-something we see in other fitness brands but not as high performing as this line is. AND of course-temeprature regulating and woven 50+ UV protection-as befits a an Aussie brand-skin cancer capital of the world.

A200 Women's Speed Crop support, comfort breathable with removable cups, moisture wicking extra at band where women sweat-medium impact support

fine power mesh -extra ventilation-black/acid print
A200 3/4 tights--matchy match up=LOVE! 
Plus there's a thermal line launching in August 2014 made of pill+abrasion resisting material for temps down to -4Fº-pictured women's Thermal long sleeve top w/ round neck-stretch airflow mesh under arm for increased motion and breathability, internal silicone gripper at hem for perfect garment positioning and hold, , reflective logos. The Thermal long tights have elastic waistband with internal draw cord for customized fit, integrated key pocket and reflective tape/trim

men's----Thermal all in one -long front zipper ez on/off, shaped for comfort, articulated elbows+knees. Can see the stretch air mesh zones under arm for increased range of motion and visibility, internal silicone gripper prevents ride-up, thermal fabric is warm. 

back view of men's Thermal L/S and tights that come in ¾ and long versions both w/ integrated key pocket, shaped for comfort, jacquard elastic waistband w/ 3D silicone SKINS logo treatment
 Essentials…active compression and recovery socks…AND... dedicated snow, golf, cycling and triathlon A400 collections-

light weight compression socks with engineered gradient compression, superior moisture management, low profile toe seams eliminate annoying friction, left/right construction, anti chafing yarns in heel+toe, durable-w/ targeted calf support reducing fatigue and risk of injury
midweight compression socks-w/ soft fall cushioning absorbs  shock---sold by calf circumference size

GORE RUNNING Fall 2014 Athletic/Fitness/Running Apparel

Mythos Running Collection-w/ Gore Tex® Active+-close fit-Mythos 2.0 Jacket w/ adjustable collar  and hem w/ one hand operation, pre-shaped elbows, front zip w/semi-lock slider, reflective pops all over-Mythos tights-3 versions including a cozy thermo-regulating stretchy one we wish we had this past winter.

Having trained for marathons/triathlons outdoors in polar vortexes, we can vouch for the heavy duty must haves for top of the line performance clothing - in freezing weather.

GORE RUNNING-obvi makes use of the parent company's state of the art fabrics as the basis for multiple lines of layer able separates for the urban and trail runners. The assortment for Fall 2014-is sub divided into several collections-which is retailer friendly…but for us, it's more about the fit---with looser and close fitting silhouette options available…in great assortment of neutral and brighter tones.

Mythos Glove -Windtopper® touchscreen friendly, fleece lined, long west cuffs, absorbent material key locations wipe away sweat (so smart)
As mentioned in an earlier post-visibility is a big theme in apparel -for those on the go…coupled with moisture management, wind+waterproof, the fit-stretch-and multi-tasking abilities (especially for $). PLUS good looking/flattering cuts too---in addition to functionality, ease of use (one handed adjustments…) durable, and -easy to clean!

Mythos 2.0 -a Windstopper® soft shell-w/ fleece line close fit high collar, 2 zip pockets, reflective pops, adjustable hem -1 hand, front media pocket-Mythos WS Tights-tight legs closed by long zips, Windstopper®-adjustable waistband w/ flat cord, zip pocket on back. lots of reflective details

RED will alert driving humans you are not deer---Gore-Tex® Active-Mythos Jacket for ambitious urban runner-reflective details…like the longer back hem too-double as bike wear
Jackets range $179.99-$279.99
love this new Brilliant Blue-Windstoper® Mythos jacket

media pocket...

back reflective details

Mythos Thermo Shirt-handy item we'd wear snowboarding too-close  fit collar, short zip w/ semi-lock slider+underflap, thumbholes for great fit, small zipped pocket on back, reflective details all over

Mythos Thermo Lady Tights…material mix w/ flat lock seams no chafing…reflective details…adjustable waistband

griper elastic on bottom hem, …zip pocket on back

head coverings are key to warmth…Mythos Lady Beanie -Windstopper® protection w/ pony tail opening, lots of reflective details
Jacket, Shirt=YES. Zip-off sleeves-slim cut soft shell Magnitude-urban runners Windstopper®soft shell +fleece lined collar

Sunlight Lady for women-female fashion savvy fitness and occasional runners-multi-tasking jacket with looser fit, Gore-Tex® Active fabric

Sunlight Lady tights-stretchy material, small zip pocket, comfy elastic waistband, shifted seams for less chafing

Sunlight Lady Slim Pants-thermo stretch functional  fabric

2 hip pockets+inside pocket

Sunlight Lady Pants ¾ ha a knicker style-losse fit , wide adjustable waistband, wide elastic cuff, reflective pops

Vests are super versatile items for cold weather-X-Run Ultra AS Light Vest -Performance Trail Runner Collection-off center zip, close ft solar, abrasion resistant elastic binding on hem, reflective details-Windstopper® Active shell. Fresh Green color is new for 2014

Napoleon pocket with zip-room for gels

Polymaide fabric with Windstopper® membrane=highly functional

plenty of basic layers-some with mesh insets for extra venting, moisture wicking, non-chafing construction-men's tops $79.99-$99.99…in back Magnitude Windstopper®Shirt highly functional material mix Soft Shell

Sunday, June 29, 2014


New Spa infuses Traditional Services with Latest Technology in Cosmetic Treatments-Media Preview

WHAT: A super convenient midtown locale-decored out like a cozy wood paneled library…with several surgically neat private treatment rooms…offering skin and laser services by experienced nurse practitioners, physicians and a Board Certified aesthetician.

MOST WANTED: Proven winners- Fraxel® Restore 1550-collagen boosting/fine line wrinkling busting treatment that works by creating a thermal response in the skin…LILA® Strawberry laser (pictured above)-a non-invasive/non-surgical body slimming/fat cell reducing treatment that's popular in Europe---and making its debut here…and what got a lot of interest at this event---FEAR NO MIRROR™ CoolSculpting (one of four facilities in NYC)-a pretty chill way-literally- to permanently get rid of fat cells on the tummy+inner/outer thighs…by freezing -then eliminate unwanted fat cells. Non-surgically.

this gal was chilling out with a CoolSculpting treatment on her tummy---takes a few hours - and since its numbing, not painful-good opportunity to catch up on work or reading.
WHAT ELSE: Injectable procedures such as Botox and other fillers. Waxing and facial services-plus cult fav products like NIA 24® , iS Clinical® and Oxygenetix® available  too. Free consultations encouraged!



integrates speakers, surround sound module, optional hard disc and Smart TV, 360º sensor analyzes light in room-ensures viewing is optimized =BEOVISION 11


Not surprisingly, a media event we recently attended at the just off MADISON AVE. NYC Bang&Olufsen store---was filled with our colleagues-social media mavens that usually review fashion/beauty…but here to take in the stunning and technology tops audiophile/visual offerings of the high end Danish brand Bang+Olufsen.

Beolab 5 2500 watts of exceptional digital  amplification that self adjusts sound of the room  (kind of magically, imo)
As fanatics of Scandinavian design, in general… we expected exceptional eye candy. But bonus points get awarded too- as these top-of-the-line stunners comply with international environmental standards- manufacturing and contents-including use eco materials that are durable -like  aluminum (that can be recycled), and sustainable woods.

Pretty sure no one else asked…but we figured a Denmark based company would care too…as stated on their website.

ALSO noted…the designers and engineers are named and acknowledged.

BIG NEWS: The new BEOVISION  AVANT with 3 channel stereo system built in and VisionClear technology, wireless sound, multiple stand options...

controlled by smart phone apps-now you see it …now you don't-panel turns to integrate into any decor…as simple as switching on a light BeoSound Essence remote sound system…

Wireless speaker systems double as sculpture. 

loudspeakers, personal electronics-headphones

most wanted and priced at $399---plush lambskin, high quality materials-tactile aluminum =surprisingly lightweight and comfy-  headphones "honesty in form and function"-Jakob Wagner, Designer...BEOPLAY H6 . fyi limited editions…available too

stylish portable compact speaker w/ "simply awesome sound" built in battery-stream music via AirPlay from mobile device. Designer Cecile Manz

rather feminine shape-BEOPLAY A8 can connect or stream-supports both Apple+Android

even a desktop mirror=beautiful

BEOPLAY  V1 hang from ceiling or mount on wall, premium picture, excellent sound quality, adaptive light sensor built in