Friday, August 5, 2011

Aspaeris Pivot Shorts Review and Giveaway ...

Recently, I was given the opportunity to test out a pair of compression shorts from a new company named Aspaeris.

Aspaeris, a New Haven, CT based company, is developing products with the female athlete in mind.

"Aspaeris was created because women’s sports are evolving at a lightening pace. In just a few generations after Title IX, the Moms who once played competitive sports like lacrosse in the 70’s now watch their daughters play a much different game. Young women athletes push their bodies to their limit. They jump, turn and pivot with ever-increasing determination and drive. An unfortunate result is that these athletes suffer a wide range of injuries.

Our mission is to create technical performance apparel to address the complex needs of female athletes. Our product designs are built using continuous feedback from athletes. We seek to constantly evolve and improve our next generation of products so that they adapt to whatever standard our athletes seek to achieve.
"

A company that wants to give the consumer exactly what they want and need. Sign me up.

I was sent the first product in Aspaeris's line, the Pivot Shorts (retail for $60) in a size Medium, to test and was eager to try them out. Personally, I am a huge believer in the benefits of compression gear. I wear compression socks and sleeves pretty much daily. However, despite my constant complaining about quad fatigue, I had yet to cave in and buy compression shorts (I have worn them around the store, though).

When the shorts arrived, the first thing I noticed was the size. They were SO TINY. I really didn't think I would be able to put them on. Here's a picture of the Pivot Shorts on top of my very small bike shorts. Note the size difference ...

Somehow, after much tugging, pulling and squatting, I got them on. And jumped on the treadmill for a six mile run.

At first, the compression seemed to be a bit much for my cold muscles, but a few minutes into the run the Pivot Shorts settled into place and my quads felt fantastic. The shorts stayed put (probably because they were basically glued to me) and I had no problems with chaffing. It was awesome.

But like with any compression product, it is hard to assess it's effectiveness until the next day. I knew that if the Pivot Shorts did their job, my legs would feel strong on my long run the next morning, less than 10 hours later.

Do you know how that run went? It was my best run post-surgery. It was one of those days that I could have kept running. Sure, it wasn't entirely due to the Pivot Shorts, but I am confident that they contributed.

And do you know when the Pivot Shorts perform even better? During recovery. I swear that as soon as I put them on post-long run, I felt instant relief. Heaven in a pair of shorts.

How bad do you want to try these? Well, thanks to Aspaeris, one lucky reader will win a pair of Pivot Shorts of their own. Here's how to enter:

REQUIRED: Visit the Aspaeris website HERE. Then comment to let me know one thing you learned.

BONUS ENTRIES:
1. Follow this blog. Leave a comment.
2. Follow Aspaeris on Twitter HERE. Leave a comment.
3. Like Aspaeris on Facebook HERE. Leave a comment.
4. Follow me on Twitter HERE. Leave a comment.
5. Like Racing With Babes on Facebook HERE. Leave a comment.
6. Repost this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (be sure to include @tmbrunnerfirst and @AspaerisPivot in the tweet). Leave a comment.

Entries will be accepted until Thursday, August 11th. Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, August 12th.

Note: I was sent this product free of charge to review. However, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

202 comments:

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abbi said...

I learned the brand is female-centric!

abbi said...

I'm a follower!

Megan said...

I follow this blog. Do you think they were meant to be that tight? Or you ordered the wrong size? I can never tell with stuff like that if I should bump up a size or what.

Megan said...

I like Aspaeris on facebook!

Megan said...

I already follow you on Twitter!

Megan said...

I already like you on Facebook!

Megan said...

I learned that females are at greater risk of ACL injury.

Mustang Sally said...

I liked them on Facebook...I already " like" you...:)

Karen said...

I follow you.

Karen said...

I follow you on fb.

Karen said...

I learned that 70% of ACL injuries are due to pivoting.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I like that the are more generous in their XL sizes than other compression gear. that's a plus!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow you!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow you on twitter

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow you on facebook

Rene' said...

I learned that over 200,000 female athletes a year injure their ACL>

Rene' said...

i follow this blog.

Rene' said...

i follow you on FB.

Rene' said...

i follow you on twitter.

Rene' said...

i follow them on FB.

KT said...

I thought that the various tests you can do to find out if you are at higher risk of an ACL injury were interesting.

KT said...

I follow you!

Kathryn said...

I'm a follower.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I tweeted it at babyweightmfa

Deanne said...

I follow your blog!

Deanne said...

I learned the shorts were developed because of women!

Stephanie said...

I'm a follower!

Deanne said...

I like you on FB!

erindegroff said...

I learned that the pivot shorts can help prevent injuries to the ACL.

erindegroff said...

I liked Aspaeris on Facebook.

erindegroff said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Geodess said...

I learned that the shifting of c.o.g in females can contribute to acl injuries.

Geodess said...

I'm a follower of this blog! Part of morning tea routine is reading the running blogs

Karen said...

Would love to try a pair! Interesting that they were developed to help prevent ACL issues. Hmmm....

Karen said...

Following!

Karen said...

Like you on FB too :)

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I'm already a follower here!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I already like "RWB" on FB!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I "liked" Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on FB!

jamie@sweatyhugs said...

I am now following you on Twitter!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I learned they can prevent ACL injury.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And I'm a follower of your blog.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

And I follow you on Twitter!

stephchows said...

I learned these would be perfect for when I play ultimate frisbee since I'm pivoting all over the place :)

stephchows said...

following you on twitter @steph_chows

stephchows said...

tweeted :) http://twitter.com/#!/steph_chows/status/99480202484256768

justmeandthebirds said...

follower of your blog

justmeandthebirds said...

i already follow you on twitter :)

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I learned that "The Pivot Short was invented because over 200,000 female athletes a year injure their ACL."

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I follow your blog

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I follow you on twitter

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I have liked Racing With Babes on FB.

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I reposted this on Twitter. @cajacrosby

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

I am following Aspaeris on Twitter

DEM said...

I follow your blog!

DEM said...

I follow you on twitter (@nello33)

DEM said...

I am following Aspaeris on Twitter

DEM said...

I "like" Aspearis on FB!

DEM said...

I like RWB on Facebook!

DEM said...

I tweeted this!!

DEM said...

I reposted the giveaway on my blog!

Runners Fuel said...

I learned this is brand that helps rotect females from injury.

Runners Fuel said...

Already your follower

Runners Fuel said...

I follow them on twitter

Runners Fuel said...

I follow them on fb

Runners Fuel said...

already follow you on twitter

Erica said...

Thanks for offering the giveaway! I follow your blog

Erica said...

Follow you on Twitter

Erica said...

Like you on FB

Erica said...

Follow Aspaeris on Twitter

Erica said...

Like Aspaeris on FB

DEM said...

What I learned from the Aspearis site, is that compression shorts could have saved me from going through 2 difference ACL repair surgeries...and that the cause of each tear was called "valgus collapse"...

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I learned that 500 female athletes a DAY are injured! Wow, I've been lucky. But my sore thigh was beyond excited when I saw your post today....fingers crossed...or should that be thighs?

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I follow you!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I follow you on FB too.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I liked Aspaeris on FB too.

Marlene said...

It takes a confident woman to put on a pair of tiny spandex WHITE shorts!! lol

Caroline said...

I am a follower

Caroline said...

I follow them on twitter

Caroline said...

I follow you on twitter

Caroline said...

I like you on FB

winelush said...

I already follow the blog

winelush said...

I follow Aspaeris on Twitter

Caroline said...

I learned that women are at greater risk for ACL injury

winelush said...

I liked Aspaeris on FB

winelush said...

I follow you on twitter

winelush said...

I liked RWB on FB

winelush said...

I retweeted the giveaway! :)

BigHappyFamily said...

I learned females are at a greater risk of ACL injury.

BigHappyFamily said...

Follow you.

engineergirl said...

Well, pretty much everything I read on the website was news to me. I didn't even know what an ACL injury was until today!

engineergirl said...

I now follow you in my google reader!

engineergirl said...

I liked Racing with Babies on FB.

engineergirl said...

I liked Aspaeris on FB.

engineergirl said...

I now also follow Racing with Babies on Twitter.

engineergirl said...

...and also follow Aspaeris on Twitter.

~K~ said...

i learned that over 200,000 female athletes a year injure their ACL!! wow, that's a lot of injuries!

~K~ said...

i follow your blog!

~K~ said...

i liked Aspaeris Pivot Shorts on fb

~K~ said...

i like racing w/ babes on fb

~K~ said...

shared a link to this giveaway on my fb page

Rad Runner said...

Look at those hot LEGS!
I did look at the site, but I still cant get over the great tanned legs. sorry :)

Penny said...

I learned about the dual sensory compression shorts that have bands woven into the fabric to signal that your body should be in the correct knees over toes position that umproves your performance and helps prevent that position known as valgus collapse which causes acl trama.

Penny said...

I follow your blog

Penny said...

I like Aspaeris on fb

Penny said...

shared on my fb page

Penny said...

linked on my sidebar of my blog

Penny said...

I follow Racing with babies on fb

Alex said...

About 70% of these injuries are due to non-impact pulls, tears and snaps

The Zookeepers said...

I follow this blog.

Six Pack Momma said...

I follow this blog.

Six Pack Momma said...

I liked Aspaeris on facebook.

Six Pack Momma said...

I like Racing with Babes on facebook.

Six Pack Momma said...

I learned that The Pivot Short was invented because over 200,000 female athletes a year injure their ACL.

Kelly said...

I am a follower.

SupermomE12 said...

I am a follower. Love compression shorts and tights!!

SupermomE12 said...

I follow Aspaeris on twitter

SupermomE12 said...

I liked Aspaeris on facebook

SupermomE12 said...

I follow you on twitter

SupermomE12 said...

I liked Racing W Babes on Facebook

SupermomE12 said...

I posted on my blog and on twitter

carrie said...

I am a follower!!!!

carrie said...

If I were on Twitter, I would follow Aspaeris!

carrie said...

I "like" Aspaeris on FB!!!!!

carrie said...

If I were on Twitter, I would follow you!!!

carrie said...

I "like" Racing With Babes on FB!!!!

carrie said...

I re-posted this giveaway on FB!!!!

BranDee @ Kickin up dirt said...

I am a new follower of your blog!

BranDee @ Kickin up dirt said...

Lots of great information on their website!

BranDee @ Kickin up dirt said...

I like Aspaeris on Facebook

BranDee @ Kickin up dirt said...

I now follow you on Facebook, too!

Laurie said...

Those shorts sound so great right now. I've been thinking how lovely it would be to have some good compression shorts for after long runs...

I visited their site and then spent a while reading their blog. I learned that their shorts are specifically designed to help your body maintain proper position during repetitive motion... ie running mile after mile after mile.

Laurie said...

Now follow Aspaeris on twitter...

Laurie said...

I like them on Facebook too.

Laurie said...

I already follow you on Twitter. :)

Laurie said...

I also like you on Facebook.

Laurie said...

I tweeted and will link you on my blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurie said...

Oh, I missed one. :) I already follow your blog of course.

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow your blog :)

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow Aspaeris on Twitter

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow Aspaeris on on facebook

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow you on Twitter

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I follow you on facebook

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I learned that the Aspaeris brand is owned by a company that is based of New Haven, CT... like 20 minutes from me :)

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I tweeted the give away

CupCake@ Bigger Girls Can Run Too said...

I posted the giveaway on my facebook

Lisa said...

I learned that just being female puts me at higher risk for ACL injury. While I don't play soccer etc., I teach fitness classes and do some of the same moves.

Lisa said...

I follow your blog!

Lisa said...

I follow Aspaeris on Twitter

Lisa said...

I follow you on twitter

Lisa said...

I like you on Facebook

Lisa said...

I tweeted the giveaway!

Elisabeth said...

I visited the Aspaeris website and learned that they developed their first product, the Aspaeris Pivot shorts because in the US over 200,000 female athletes injure their ACL every year.ause currently in the U.S. alone, over 200,000 females athletes injure their ACL each year.

Elisabeth said...

I follow your blog! =)

Elisabeth said...

i follow aspaeris on twitter

Elisabeth said...

i follow aspaeris on twitter

Elisabeth said...

I follow you on twitter (@ewallerscott) =)

Jennica said...

I learned that the shorts were created to prevent ACL injuries. Cool.

Jennica said...

I already follow (and love) your blog!

Jennica said...

I am now following Aspaeris on twitter!

Jennica said...

and on facebook as well!

Jennica said...

I already follow you on twitter

Jennica said...

and I like you on facebook!

Jennica said...

I tweeted about the contest!

Michelle said...

I learned that 70% of female ACL injuries are from non-impact.

Michelle said...

I'm a follower!

Michelle said...

I follow Aspaeris on Twitter!

Michelle said...

I follow you on Twitter :)

Michelle said...

I already like RWB on FB!

Adrienne said...

I learned that I do not want to injure my ACL and that I need these shorts for my aching quads!

I follow your blog, you on Twitter and them on Twitter

Allyssa said...

I learned that 70% of ACL injuries are during pivot moves. Wow!

Allyssa said...

I follow you....

Allyssa said...

Following Aspaeris on Twitter.

Allyssa said...

Liked Aspaeris on FB :)

Allyssa said...

Follow you on Twitter.

Allyssa said...

I like you on FB

Allyssa said...

Tweeted about this giveaway!

Earth Momma Mer said...

I learned that there's actually a blog they have set up to learn more about ACL issues. Good to know in case I need that in the future!

Earth Momma Mer said...

I'm a Racing with Babes blog follower.

Earth Momma Mer said...

I "like" Racing with Babes on FB. I'm very curious about this new adventure in Beach body. Must find out more.

cql said...

The shorts have control without restriction

cql said...

I follow your blog.

cql said...

I follow you on fb

Run with Jess said...

I learned a lot more about ACl issues!

Run with Jess said...

I already follow you... happily!

Run with Jess said...

I already like you on FB.

Run with Jess said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Run with Jess said...

I know follow Aspaeris on Twitter.

giraffy said...

I'm a follower

giraffy said...

I follow Aspaeris on Twitter

giraffy said...

I like Aspaeris on FB

giraffy said...

I follow you on Twitter

giraffy said...

I like RwB on FB

giraffy said...

Linked on my sidebar!

bethanyfehlinger said...

I learned that Aspaeris is female-centric as more than 200,000 females athletes injure their ACL each year.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I follow your blog through Google.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I follow you on Facebook.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I follow you on Twitter.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I now follow AspaerisPivot on Twitter.

bethanyfehlinger said...

I now like Aspaeris on Facebook.

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