Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox

Goldtoe Powersox

I haven’t written a review in quite a while, but that’s because I have been putting all the products I’ve received for review through their paces!

I lived out of a suitcase for most of the month of March, which meant that I had to use and reuse a lot of clothing (I did laundry while I was away). I packed two sets of running gear which I managed to use several times during my stay in Oz. Doing a lot of walking meant I preferred to use closed-toe shoes most of the time as well.

So for the entire trip, I brought five pairs of socks which meant most of them had to pull double-duty as running socks as well as casual socks. These socks were all from Goldtoe Powersox, which I had been sent by Lloyd Palconan of Manila Bay Hosiery Mills (the licensed manufacturer of Goldtoe socks in the Philippines). I’ve been using them for a few months now.

Powersox by Goldtoe
Powersox by Goldtoe

Goldtoe is the most preferred dress socks in the US, the most-ordered brand of socks on Amazon and eBay, and their athletic socks are rated #1 in the US. I’m pretty sure our dads all own a pair of Goldtoe black dress socks with the gold toe.

Powersox is their sports socks line, and like Goldtoe is available in almost every major department store in the country. The product is quality but the price point is very pocket-friendly. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Goldtoe Powersox”

Activewear from Fashion Brands

I haven’t been shopping in a long while, but last weekend while doing some Christmas shopping I stumbled upon some fashion brands that have come out with some great-looking activewear. In a previous post I mentioned that athletic wear was featured in this year’s New York Fashion Week, and it’s great to see that trickle down into some of the international brands that are present here in the Philippines.

For the last few years Forever 21’s activewear section is one of my go-to’s for yoga and dance wear. Many of these are multi-purpose activewear separates, so you can use them for almost every sport or workout.

Activewear
not shown: a whole rack in pink

Old Navy is more known for its denims and comfy casual wear, so I was surprised when I found some great activewear. They also have some promos happening, such as price reductions when you buy two pieces or more.

Activewear
great color palette this season

With H&M recently opening a three-floor store, there was bound to be something along the lines of workout wear. What I found there made my fashionista heart beat faster: shorts, skirts, tights, sleeveless and sleeved tops, bras, thermal innerwear and outerwear. They even have yoga mats!

Activewear
for whatever kind of athlete you are

The selections are reasonably priced so if you’re a woman just starting out an active lifestyle, these are pretty fashionable all-around gear. Men, you’ll also find gear for you at these stores, although the selection isn’t as wide as the women’s are.

I did notice a lot of the tops are made with cottony fabrics, which won’t lend themselves too well to repetitive motions such as running (chafing galore!), though there are also options made with tech fabric. It’s important to find breathable, sweat-wicking fabrics that fit properly to avoid chafing and discomfort, whichever store you buy your running gear at.

It’s always great to have options, and I’ve already bought some yoga pants and dance tops from Old Navy. For my running gear though, I will still go for performance gear provided by sport-specific brands such as Mizuno.

And of course, the above fashion brands still don’t have proper sports footwear. ;)

Are You the Atleta Ako Woman?

At one point or another you may have seen me tweet or post about Atleta Ako, a soon-to-be-launched online store that’s the brainchild of Pinay Ironmom Ces Hufana. They carry the following accessory and apparel brands: Headsweats caps and visors, RunningSkirts shorts, skirts, and compression socks, SOAS premium tri apparel, EZ laces, and Flipbelt.

Atleta Ako online store

With the demise of the store G-Stop where active females like myself used to shop, Atleta Ako will be my go-to online store. Shopping at their booths at TRIpalooza last year and the IM70.3 expo in July I absolutely drooled over the nyort-nyorts from RunningSkirts.

Atleta Ako is where I got this cute Headsweats visor with a unique design for Ironman 70.3 Cebu!

Ironman 70.3 Cebu
with Pinay Ironmom Ces!

Prior to the launch of the Atleta Ako online store, they are now looking for their Atleta Ako ambassador!

The Atleta Ako woman must be:

  • fit. Duh!
  • 18-60 years old. Age doesn’t matter, as long as you feel great and confident :)
  • not the usual “X-factor”. They’re not looking for model types, but rather real people, real athletes. The kind of people who walk into your gym or you see training out on the road.
  • definitely into her sport for the past 2 years. Swimming, biking, running, surfing, Crossfit, Zumba… Do you love it and live it? Then you’re perfect!
  • not a professional athlete/coach. Apparently, I don’t qualify. But I know you do ;)

Atleta Ako ambassador

To apply, please send the following to info@atletaako.com, or drop it off at the Atleta Ako office (4th Floor Aguirre Bldg. 812 Arnaiz Avenue Makati 1200, phone (02) 7529087):

  • full body photo – arms and legs visible
  • close up shot, smiling necessary
  • a brief “tell me about yourself” with information on how long you have been in your sport
  • birthdate and contact details

You may also recommend an applicant (with her permission, of course!). Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014!

Chosen Atleta Ako ambassadors will receive a token and items from Atleta Ako and be featured on the Atleta Ako website.

For more information about Atleta Ako, check out their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page.

The Obligatory Fashion Post

Fashion-related stories have been popping up on my social media feed lately. It must be because it’s New York Fashion Week. Runner’s World came out with an article about athletic trends showing up in collections.

Gap Atletica show (photo from Getty Images)
Gap’s Atletica brand stormed the runway (photo from Getty Images)

Active apparel brand Oiselle also used elite runners like Lauren Fleshman to strut their latest designs on the catwalk.

Not all was roses fashion-wise; the Colombian women’s cycling team turned heads for all the wrong reasons when they debuted their latest cycling kit at the Giro Toscana in Italy. Here, take a quick look, then look again:

Colombian Womens Cycling Team at Giro Toscana
No words. (photo found on Twitter via Ultimo_km1)

That’s not see-through nor a cut-out. It’s just flesh-colored print in the wrong place. Not sure if intentional (OMG!) or accidental (even bigger OMG!).

My favorite fashion story of last week was about Maggie Vessey, a middle-distance track runner. After she lost an apparel sponsorship she started collaborating with a designer to produce more stylish things to wear. I loved loved LOVED this eveningwear-inspired onesie with cutout and bow, which she wore to the USATF Championships 800-meter semifinal held in the evening.

Maggie Vessey fashion (photo Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Maggie Vessey turns track into runway (photo Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

When I shared this story on my Facebook wall, someone asked me if I had any intention of doing a race in similar gear.

I’ve already run in a sports bra top and shorts in a few races (mostly those held on a beach), and the thought of doing a triathlon in old-school gear of Speedos instead of tri shorts has crossed my mind. But running on a track for 800-meters is far less exposure than running on open roads for kilometers! I don’t think I want the kind of exposure that this woman got when she did Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines last month wearing this:

the Iron Butterfly in Cebu (photo by Running Photographers)
Gentlemen, look where you’re going please. ;P (photo by Running Photographers)

I only know her as the Iron Butterfly (the name written on her bib). I saw her roaming the transition area before the race, but thought she was just doing the swim relay. Then I saw her on the run course and realized she was actually doing the whole race in that swimsuit — which I hear isn’t even an activewear swimsuit, but a leisurewear one from Victoria’s Secret. I just remember thinking how much chafing was involved from riding the bike without seat chamois or padding, and how bad the sunburn would be from those peek-a-boo cutouts. Not to mention, no real support or coverage for “The Girls” or for much else, for that matter.

What you choose to wear is an extension of how you express yourself and how you want the world to see you. I like not worrying about wardrobe malfunctions when I’m trying to beat my personal best times or gunning for a podium spot.

That said, I wish I had the abs to race wearing sports tops, like Coach Ani. AND I also can’t wait to see the photos from the Kona Underpants Run in the lead-up to the Ironman World Championships.

I’ll leave you with this visual:

Kona Underpants Run (photo by John David Becker)
I see London, I see France (photo by John David Becker/Triathlete.com)

Kikay Reviews: Zensah Compression Wear

As I type this, I’m wearing Zensah compression socks recovering from my first run since Ironman 70.3 Cebu. My feet and ankles have been complaining from all the abuse I’ve put them through, and the mild compression and support from the socks relieves the discomfort.

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Zensah compression arm and calf sleeves and socks in pink — just my style!

I’ve been using Zensah compression wear since June for post-race recovery, and decided to use the arm and calf sleeves for Challenge Roth. I wore the calf sleeves under my wetsuit (definitely made getting into and out of the wetsuit much easier!), and then slipped on the arm sleeves for the bike leg. I took the arm sleeves off during the run leg but kept the calf sleeves on.

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Kikay Reviews: Tune Belt

With the size and weight of most smartphones today, I often opt not to bring mine along on runs. My running shorts don’t often have pockets that can fit my phone, and running fast with a phone in my pocket often leaves me with bruising on my thigh from the phone smashing against it. That’s a real shame because there are so many fitness and workout apps available on smartphones that can really help you in training.

So I pounced on the opportunity to review the Tune Belt, which is distributed locally by Cascos, Inc. (same people behind Yurbuds and Salice in the Philippines).

Tune Belt
Accessorize! Salice sunglasses, Yurbuds signature series, Tune Belt

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2XU Philippines Store Now Open

When international sports brands open in the Philippines, it means they see a market for their products because our athletic community is growing. The opening of the first 2XU store in the Philippines is great news!

2XU Philippines Store Now Open
2XU Philippines store now open

The 2XU store is located at the 2nd level Glorietta 2 (near Shoe Salon) and carries a great range of their products. 2XU is best known for their compression gear, which provide support to muscles both for performance and recovery. Continue reading “2XU Philippines Store Now Open”