Early on in the year I’ve contemplated on replacing my Vibram Five Fingers and recently the retail therapy bug has bit me once again so I made the trip down to the local shoe shop and got me a pair of Inov-8 Road-X lite 155

They only come in bright yellow, which I don’t really mind that much. In fact I kinda like the bright color. One of the main reasons I wanted to have a more ‘traditional’ shoe was because I injured my ankle slightly a couple of weeks back (not a fault of the shoe mind you) and I wanted something with a little bit more support than the full barefoot experience of the Vibram Five Fingers. While not fully a barefoot shoe, this one has a very minimalist approach in its design. Our workout included running, box jumps and some deadlifts and I did notice that running and box jumping were definitely more enjoyable in the shoes. I may need some getting used to lifting with them on a pure strength session but overall I think they do just fine. Either way I can always go barefoot if I need more contact with the ground for really heavy lifts.

The other reasons for replacing the Vibram Five Fingers was that it was kinda getting smelly, although I did buy some Injinji toe socks so I might still wear them occasionally without having to worry about getting smelly feet. Plus they’re somewhat becoming a fad now, and I’m a hipster so they’re no longer cool for me. So I’m going for Inov-8s which are now the cool thing… so I’m no longer the hipster… (I’m not making sense am I)

Second Skin

In the hopes of adding a bit of variety to our blog I am posting a product review. It may be related to CrossFit and working out, but hey give me a bit of credit here. Anyway here it goes…

I’ve had a bit of a knee problem for a while now, in fact that chronic pain was what lead me to ‘a path of fitness’. Initially, I relied mainly to knee support of types… simple neoprene ones, those with plastic supports, and knee/calf support as well. However it got to a point that standing was a pain not just on my knee but on my lower back as well. Long story short, I realized that the stronger I got, the lesser the pain was. I still get that niggling discomfort once in a while, especially if I stay away from the gym for an extended period.

A few years ago I saw Skins through all the research into CrossFit. I wasn’t really into the whole compression thing from the beginning, but the usual knee supports were not really comfortable and I ended up not wearing them most of the time. Despite these things being a bit expensive, I decided to give them a try. They were cool looking and it was coming up to winter at that time so an added layer wasn’t a bad idea.

As soon as I tried them on a light bulb went on. They were amazing! You can really feel the support on the right muscle groups, the butt, quads, and hamstrings were fully supported. The only concern was the calves as I was a bit short for the length (5’8″ at around 65kgs on a size small). But overall I love them.

So much that I bought the matching compression shirt (I know)! I was not disappointed with them either as they fit perfectly. I usually have problems with tops as I have pretty wide shoulders compared to my waist, my rash guard at home would fit me perfectly in the chest/shoulder area but is quite loose on the mid-section. I only bought these as I was having issues with my left arm/elbow area at that time and figured some good old compression would help and it did.