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March 25, 2014 - Elite Feet

Their slogan is “What Hard Work Looks Like.” Well if you are going to do hard work on the playing field or anywhere else, your feet will enjoy it more in a pair of true athelite Highlight Elite socks.

 

Comfortable, stylish and with a super-snug fit, these socks are designed to provide UV protection, odor reduction and sweat wicking. They sent us a pair and we really love them. It's been a long time since we were excited about socks, but these give us happy feet.

 

There are a ton of other products to choose from on the true athelite site, and we hope to bring you reviews of more of them as time goes by. In the meantime slide into a pair of their fresh socks. Your feet will be saying “thank-you” all game long.

 

Source: true athelite

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11:19AM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References15 References | EmailEmail

March 17, 2014 - Less (Heat) Stress

Preventing exertional heat stress in athletics has become an important responsibility of many athletic trainers, coaches and other sports-related health-care providers who rely on Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters. At every athletic endeavor, from Little League to professional sports, lives depend on the accurate measurement of environmental conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, heat stress index, wet bulb temperature, wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT ) and several other environmental parameters.

 

To prevent athletes from suffering exertional heat stress, athletic trainers, coaches and sports medicine professionals can look to a Kestrel Meter for real-time and accurate weather data. Monitoring and recording these outdoor conditions are crucial steps when ensuring heat safety for athletes practicing or playing outdoors. Using a Kestrel 4400 Heat Stress Tracker, athletic trainers and coaches can record data during practices and games throughout the season. With 2300 storage points, users can wirelessly transfer the information captured to their PC or android phone for future reference via the bluetooth wireless data option in the Kestrel series.

With its tripod mountable set-up, the Kestrel Meter provides an easy and accurate hands-free option for gathering crucial weather data. Weighing just 4.5 ounces, the Kestrel 4400 is extremely portable and can also be carried around in a user’s pocket or hand.

 Unlike other WBGT-monitoring instruments, there is no time-consuming setup required. Users get accurate readings within minutes of exposure to the environment. The Kestrel 4400 has the ability to store 2300 data points in its memory allowing athletic trainers and coaches to record information throughout several practices and games to refer back to later. In addition, the data can be transferred at any time via the bluetooth wireless data transfer model option. The Kestrel 4400 automatically stores measurements even when the display is turned off.

 

In many parts of the country it still may seem like the dog days of summer are miles away, but we all know they'll get here eventually. Make sure your organization is ready so that those grueling practices under the baking sun can be run with lots of water and peace of mind.

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 04:57PM by Registered CommenterSports Product Review in , | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References | EmailEmail

January 29, 2014 - That's a Real Stretch

I can hear gym teachers everywhere: “All right. Sit down, legs out. Grab your toes. Legs straight! Don't bend those knees! You're cheating!” When's the last time you tried the old 'grab the toes and pull back' to stretch your calves. Unless you're under eighteen years-old, a competitive athlete or a compulsive stretcher – in other words like most of us – you'll find it isn't so easy. Plus we all know that bending that way can also be tough on the back.

 

There's a product called the Hatfield Strap that is as revolutionary as it is simple. It was originally designed to treat Plantar Fascitis. This discomfort of the foot can only be alleviated by stretching. But traditional calf stretches weren't effective. With the Hatfield Strap, simply sit on the strap, place the foot on it, and pull back on the handled. You are instantly stretching the foot and calf, all the way down to the arch.

 

They sent us one to try and it is remarkable. You won't believe how you can stretch those parts of the leg like you used to long ago, without any discomfort. And its not just limited to below the knee. Lay back and pull the leg over your head and now you're getting the best hamstring stretch of your life, without the need of a partner. And, the best thing about all of these stretches is you control how far, how long and how deep you go.

 

Those of you who read our reviews know I have four children playing sports. The youngest, a soccer girl, plays every second of every game for her high school team. By the 70th and 80th minutes, it can be grueling even for someone as fit as she is. Three games ago, with only about ten minutes to go in the second half, she went down with severe calf cramps. It was the first time she'd ever had to come out of a game. She now uses the strap before and after games to keep those calves loose and pain-free. My oldest, a baseball player, is big, 6' 2”, 210 lbs, and he needs to keep that large frame limber. But he doesn't always stretch as much as he should. Why? The same reason most of us don't: It isn't enjoyable. It hurts. He now loves the Hatfield Strap because it allows him to get in great lower-body stretching with a minimum of effort.

 

If you suffer from Plantar Fascitis, The Hatfield Strap is a must-have. If you're an athlete looking to keep your leg muscles at their explosive peak, it is a necessity. And even if you're like me, a guy who didn't realize how stiff he was until he tried to touch his toes, you should try it. Spend a couple minutes a day getting that old (or is it young?) flexibility back. You, your back, calves, hamstrings and feet will be glad you did.

 

Source: Hatfield Strap

January 7, 2014 - Game-Flavor

If you or your kids have ever played football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey or any other sport where there is a chance to sustain a blow to the teeth, you've had experience with the mouth guard. The old-fashioned versions were little more than U-shaped pieces of plastic you'd mold by dropping them into hot water until they softened and then pressing around your teeth to fit. In recent years, we've noticed mouth guards getting more sophisticated, promising better protection from tooth damage and concussions. What we haven't seen, until now, was anything that would get someone excited about actually wearing it. Until now.

MoGo Sports decided that if you've got to wear something in your mouth, it might as well taste good. They've developed the world's first flavored mouth guard, in choices of orange, fruit punch, mint, lemon and bubble gum. The flavor is embedded in the EVA plastic so it tastes good game after game. They sent us a few to try.

Our first concern was if they really would taste good, and like they were supposed to. We also wondered if the taste might just be a one-time thing, kind of like chewing gum that loses its flavor after a minute or two. We were pleasantly amazed on both fronts. First, the samples they sent really, really tasted good. Not only did they have bold and delicious flavor, but it never did go away even after many uses and much chomping.

Everyone will love the way they taste, but there's more. As much as MoGo's flavor, we like that they are engineered to create spacing between the jaw bone and skull for additional protection. So they protect teeth and absorb impact from blows to the jaw. They are designed for ultimate fit, comfort and protection.

MoGo's are being used from the youth level all the way up the pros. And it makes sense. Because if you are going to put a mouth guard in your mouth and you could have it taste delicious, why wouldn't you? They're guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face. And keeping those smiles healthy and beautiful is what they're really all about.

Source: MoGo

December 29, 2013 - 2013 Sports Product Review Products of the Year

The votes are in and the winners have been notified! Of all of the great products we've reviewed this year, the following five have emerged as the creme de la creme...our 2013 Sports Product Review Products of the Year and our reviews of each are, in alphabetical order:


Bangerz sports glasses
. Bangerz are the perfect combination of top-of-the-line quality at an economy price. You can't beat the value. BiGR Audio headphones. The carved, wooden earpieces and superiour audio quality make these nifty headphones a huge hit with any sports-fan audiophile. JUGS Complete Practice Screen. This huge beauty goes up and down in a snap and stores in a portable carry case. You won't believe how easy it is to pop together. Varo ARC bat sleeve. It doubles as a bat weight for training and on-deck swings, while protecting those expensive bats. A must-have for any serious hitter. XProTex Attack football gloves. The leader in protective baseball batting gloves has gone over to the gridiron -- with the expected fabulous results.

We've enjoyed bringing you our weekly reviews for seven years and look forward with excitement to continuing on in 2014. We've got many more new and fantastic sports products lined up to bring you in the months to come. And as always, we thank our loyal readers for their patronage. Happy New Year!

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