If you're like us, the rhetoric and claims of 'compression' have become more tiring than a triathlon itself. These days, it seems that 'compression' is more of a buzz-word than an actual characteristic, or maybe it just seems like this because we've gotten burned so many times. However, race-day compression does exist, and it takes form in the CEP Dynamic+ Women's Triathlon Shorts. These shorts actually feature graduated, medi-grade compression that will stabilize your muscles and joints, improve your blood circulation, and increase your stamina. Sound too good to be true? Read ahead.
And on the subject of fatigue, we'll jump into the main draw of the Dynamic+ shorts, their compressive qualities. You hear the term 'compression' thrown out there often. However, its true meaning, especially for race-day applications, is typically shrouded in ubiquity. So, forget what you've heard about lactic acid suppression, and enter into the world of enhanced blood circulation. Without getting too scientific, CEP designed the Dynamic+ shorts to have different strengths of compression in accordance to a position's distance from the heart. This is also known as graduated compression. So, the further from the heart, the stronger the fabric compression, and the closer to the heart, the lower the compression. Basically, this design places a pressure on the veins and arteries that forces the circulatory system to work faster. Accordingly, your muscles receive more oxygen, and thus muscle fatigue is thoroughly reduced, while power outputs and thresholds are increased.
Not surprisingly, while the aforementioned attributes would be enough for most to call it a day with, CEP was just getting started. For the actual fit of the Dynamic+ shorts, CEP approached the cut with an anatomic, multi-paneled, and contoured designed. This means that the panels are meant to support specific muscle groups, while the shape perfectly conforms to the female body throughout the various motions of a triathlon. In fact, CEP claims that these shorts have been proven to reduce injuries ranging from pulled hamstrings, injured quads, and IT band issues.
And while, yes, the shorts feel quite tight at first, you'll quickly notice that they don't inhibit movement at all. This is due to the selective placement of two fabrics with different deniers and compositions. Additionally, the legs feature a seamless construction, while the few seams that actually do exist have been designed to lay flat. Furthering the comfort, CEP engineering its fabrics to be highly breathable, moisture managing, and UV 50+.
For the chamois, the Dynamic+ shorts feature CEP's triathlon insert. Developed specifically for triathlon, this chamois uses a thin, yet ample, 3mm variable density padding. This design provides the necessary support while in the saddle, but it won't become irritable over the course of your swim or run. In fact, CEP selected this chamois because of its impressive ventilation and quick-drying characteristics.
The CEP Dynamic+ Women's Triathlon Shorts are available in the color Black and five sizes from I to V. Please note that these shorts are intended to fit tightly. However, they are true to size, so don't be afraid of the small leg opening when you pull them out of the bag.