Monday, June 14, 2010

BV sport booster - Compression calf guards


Welcoming new running attire to my wardrobe, the BV sports black booster compression calf guard. Just got it from Runnerz Circle Store (http://runnerzcircle.blogspot.com) yesterday, this calf guard arrives just in time, to be tested and to be used during KL Marathon 2010. I will be running for half marathon distance this year. Last year I’ve attempted full marathon but stop at 30 km as I made a decision not to continue due to some minor calf injuries that cause a lot of discomfort during the run.  
Since then I’ve been using a lot of compression attire , for example compression tights, compression socks and this year it will be my first time trying on compression calf.
Photo taken from : http://www.bvsport.com/eng/fiche_produit.asp?proid=68&rub=29&titre=PROGRESSIVE%20COMPRESSION

Just got some tips from frank in advance before i wear this calf guard upside down. He told me there is left side and right side of the calf due to the design philosophy and it's based on your human anatomy of the calf. http://www.fitstep.com/Advanced/Anatomy/Calves.htm
How to wear
1) Each leg will have it's own sleeve, left and right. Make sure the word Booster is facing out to determine which is which side.
2) Make sure the BV Sport logo is facing front too, and located just below the small little bone below your knee cap (Tibial Tubercle).
3) To determine where to wear to (height), make sure the spandex covers the Tibial Tubercle as the spandex does not have any compression material.

Tips and care
1) Hand wash preferbably. If machine wash, put it in washing net and seperate it from other clothings.
2) Can soak it overnight in detergent too, and just rinse it the next day if not too sweaty or dirty.
3) Booster word will crack eventually as it is not able to stick well on the calf compression material call Elastane and Polyamide.

Design philosophy
1) BV Sport design philosophy is based on the human body's anatomy. Therefore, the BV Booster designed is based on the calf muscle. Notice one grey area is longer than the other. Take a look at your calf muscle and you will understand.

5 comments:

  1. They look like motorcycle gear... hehehe... all the best at KL Marathon!

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  2. What is the diff between this one and the other brands like 2XU or Zensah?

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  3. 1) BV Sport compression is on the calf area (the grey part). 2XU, Zensah, Skins, etc... compression is on the ankle area where that area is actually made up more of tendons and ligaments.
    2) Normal compression calf sleeve compress only the superficial veins which is only 14% from the total veins on our calves. BV Sport penetrates into the inner veins.
    3) BV Sport's material are made of elastane and polymiade while others uses Lycra (Giordano also uses them to do their slacks). Lycra will have to depends on tightness to compress.
    4) BV Sport is medical graded hence endorsed by doctors. Both their creators are doctors, one of them is an Olympian.
    5) Medically proven using MRI scan and colour doppler.

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  4. Ahhhh... understand. Thanks for reply, Mich. Shall get a pair and try on but not in time for the KLIM liao :(

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  5. Hi, how tight are these compression sleeves meant to feel? I purchased one recently and they feel comfortable with little compression but not as tight as my 2xu recovery socks. Cheers

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