Hitting the saddle is something that’s become increasingly popular within the UK over the last five years, and a lot of those people are heading into competitive cycling. UNBOWND, the compression wear brand who hit the sportswear market late last year, are keen to explain the benefits of their unique gear specifically for cyclists, and why it’s being coined as the next big thing for performance sportswear within the cycling world.
The research study of UNBOWND’s compression wear has claimed to show reductions in time of completion of up to 6.13% during an 8km bike ride, peak power gains of up to 4.5%, and 77% more blood lactate removal after a 30-minute recovery period, compared to no compression. In addition, the brand’s studies also claim that it reduces your diastolic blood pressure by 5.48%. These benefits are said to all add up to create a fully rounded, incomparable training experience, leaving you to focus on your goals.
Oscar Ryndziewicz, founder at UNBOWND said, “after suffering a sports injury back in 2015, I realised that, whilst having to tape my knee and invest in compression sleeves, recovery can be laborious, and expensive – that’s when I came up with the idea of UNBOWND. There are so many benefits for using compression wear for cyclists, and proprioceptive benefits of K-Tape, and we’re excited that the UK market is taking us seriously. Anyone who uses compression wear in their cycling regime already knows the benefits, but we thought we’d give people who’ve not yet come across it, some facts”.
Here’s UNBOWND’s breakdown of what compression wear is, and how it can help people to perform at their best:
What is compression wear?
For a long time, compression has been used in the medical profession with the aim of treating circulation issues like lymphedema, post-surgery swelling and deep vein thrombosis. Now, it can be seen used in sports in the form of ‘k-tape’, as it can aid in muscle recovery and increase performance (and even a cyclist’s aerodynamics).
There’s a whole host of published research which impressively states the effects of compression, [there’s a curated selection to explore on UNBOWND’s technology page], and how it helps athletes during and post-exercise. In fact, there are many photos out there of professional cyclists post-race in their compression clothing – and they’re not wearing it for no reason.
What is K-Tape?
It’s that blue tape you see pro-cyclists wear, which requires a trained individual to apply. It is used to help reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. With UNBOWND compression wear, the stress of needing to continuously apply K-Tape is removed; their compression wear has it designed into the structure of the garment, so you can apply it time after time as you put your compression wear on. By integrating K-Tape technology into sportswear, customers also benefit from the additional support and security it creates, along with improved balance, greater body awareness, and the possibility of increased aerodynamics.
What are the benefits of compression wear?
Well-designed, graduated compression wear can improve blood and lymphatic flow, which increases delivery of oxygen to the muscles. UNBOWND boast that their measured graduated compression can help guard against muscle injury and speed up recovery allowing you to train again sooner with less aches and pains. It improves circulation which reduces muscle fatigue and soreness felt by the build-up of lactic acid.
What is unique about UNBOWND’s compression wear?
UNBOWND compression wear is designed and developed with qualified physiotherapy and industry experts, ensuring that the tape is scientifically positioned so you can be guaranteed that it is placed correctly to cover the right joints, muscles and tissues that need it most to guard against injury and promote recovery. It is the only patent pending integrated tape compression wear to be backed by independent scientific research by the University of Birmingham.
UNBOWND’s graduated compression profile is designed to replicate the levels that elite athletes wear so you can reap the additional benefits of reduced muscle vibration and improved blood flow. Their unique fabric is rigorously tested to the highest textile standards, and for their on-body compression delivery, they are designed to wick sweat away from the body to leave you dry and comfortable.
UNBOWND believe that, in order to achieve the best results, what cyclists wear should be a crucial part of any training regime. The UK brand have seen a huge surge in sales of their men’s compression wear this year and are due to release their women’s range in Spring 2019.
To find out more about UNBOWND, visit their website www.unbownd.com