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While speed is the quintessential element of victory, there's no Speed Fairy flying around, handing it out for free. As good as that might sound, you simply have to work for it. And when it comes to maximizing your output, while shortening your recovery time, the Zoot Performance CompressRx Tights are the solution for making the most out of your efforts.
Now, we know that the term 'compression' is thrown around rather loosely within the industry, but there are a handful of true compression-driven designers out there, with one of the foremost being Zoot. Accordingly, you'll find that the pieces like the Performance CompressRx are actually close to medical grade. In fact, prescription grade compression pressures run from 25mmHg and up, while the Performance features pressures ranging from 10 to 20mmHg. How is this possible from a sports piece? Well, to start, the Performance uses a 20 x 10 compression level that specifically targets the muscle groups used in endurance exercise. So, according to Zoot's graduated compression ideology, each group, or zone, of compression work to stabilize the core areas of exertion within the legs. Effectively, this improves blood flow to the heart by accelerating the circulation. These core principle encompass what Zoot calls its BIOwrap and CRx graduated designs.
Of course, maximizing circulation is vital to both long, top-output exertions and recovery. But, we've found that most compression pieces are lacking is the field of muscle support. Over a run or ride, your muscles are constantly under assault from the detrimental effects of road or impact vibration. Over time, this variable will cause major muscle fatigue. So, to minimize this effect, the Performance features Zoot's proprioception paneling. That's a big word, we know, so let's break it down. Basically, this means that the paneling is designed to account for the sensations that are enacted from within the body itself. Everyone has what are called 'proprioceptors.' These are cells and nerves that emit stimuli to account for your body's position in movement. Or, in more basic terms, think of balance. Your unconscious sensory correction of staying upright is attributable to these cells. And when your body is performing repetitive, practiced movements, their impact on the required muscle groups also become predictable. So, Zoot's design uses specific paneling to account for your body's internal movements. Even more impressively, over time, this localized support will train your muscle's non-visual sensory movements, and accordingly, it will enhance your body's proprioception.
You might have noticed that while this design supports the muscles, it still creates a graduated compression system. We've already mentioned the importance of rapid circulation, but where most compression pieces go astray, is that the same pressures of compression are used throughout. So, the Performance instead opts for a graduated, or gradient, design. Think of a value scale of shading -- darkest to lightest. Basically, graduated compression works the same way. With the Performance, you'll find that the highest pressures fall at the bottom of the tights, and then get gradually less constrictive towards the top. Essentially, this puts pressure on the muscles, arteries, and veins that are farthest away from the heart, ultimately forcing the body to circulate blood through narrower circulatory channels. So, almost like kinking a hose, it creates arterial pressure, and like when you finally release the kink, blood circulates faster to the heart.
Ultimately, these processes equate to comfort, which is only further accentuated by the tights' soft-to-touch nylon face and SeamLink stitch construction. So, you can expect a next-to-skin fit that aids in the pinnacle of compression assistance.
The Zoot Performance CompressRx Tights are available in the color Black and five sizes from Small to XX-Large.