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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Product Review 4: Zensah Compression Shirt

Compression Shirt



This I didn’t get at all. A compression shirt? For running? Uh… ok? I’m not bench pressing, I’m not pushing people around, why do I want to wear a compression Shirt to run? But I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a go.
(*note: some people say that wearing a compression shirt increases the blood flow in your upper body, ie your heart, and also helps with fluid retention on long runs – I am not reviewing on said basis)
Here’s what I did find: the Zensah top, just like the shorts, was perfectly seamless! No seams, no lines, no tags, nothing – it was like wearing second skin. A+. Secondly, along with the second skin fit brought the smoothest arm glide I’d ever had (just like glass - zero chafe or even resistance). Also, the top wasn’t hot. My biggest concern was that it would roast me (I’m one of ‘those’ runners who always runs shirtless), but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t. The moisture wicking was truly second to none, and everything I wear is dri-fit. The top handled moisture wicking better than anything I’ve worn to date (which, of course, helped a lot in keeping cool). The shirt was a compression fit (I looked just like one of those Under Armour models…. Or something…. ;) ), but it fit in such a way (well done Zensah) that it did not restrict body movement at all.
Lastly, I ran on my lunch break wearing the shirt, got back in my office, peeled the shirt off of me and threw it in the corner behind one of my chairs and…. Forgot it. I was already dreading the funk that would knock me over when I opened the door to my office the next morning… but it wasn’t there. I went and picked up the shirt, nothing. After sweating in it on an extremely hot day, and it doing such a good job of pulling all that moisture off me to the outside of the top, it didn’t smell – very neat trick (I wish I could say the same for my fivefingers…)

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