COMPRESSPORT Trail Running Postural SS TOP Review

Introduction

The small Swiss-based company Compressport, quite often at the forefront of innovation in terms of compression material, continuously innovates its products, quite often reaching really impressive technological levels.

Known more as a reference brand in running, triathlon and increasingly in Trail Running, currently supporting races such as UTMB, Matterhorn Ultraks, Lavaredo Ultra Trail. Compressport recently launched a whole new, very exciting, trail running collection.

Within its specific range for Trail Running, I present the Trailrunning Postural SS Top. Very advanced and light material is used, special ventilation, and compression in the right areas.

First Impression:

The package and products description cannot go unseen! Really fancy and professional packaging, rarely seen within the sports industry.

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The color of the shirt is great, and the design too. The model I have is black with the Compressport logo on the chest in Red and a nice writing on the right sleeve, giving it a very PRO look, that always helps, doesn’t it?

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As soon as you can touch it and observe it carefully, the first thing you notice is its pleasant touch and differentiated to other shirts from the market, use of differentiated fabrics by zones, thick and perforated wefts together with other lightweight ones with absence of seams, multiple pockets, silicones in exterior and interior, high profile neck and zipper.

LIGHTNESS AND BREATHABILITY

  • A new lighter fiber, more hydrophobic makes it the most breathable top.
  • It does not stick to the skin and conserves a silky feel.
  • It is very well ventilated for total freedom of movement.
  • An interactive fiber On/Off adjusts ventilation with your effort.

STRENGTH AND PROTECTION

  • A lightly compressed postural weave provides excellent spinal alignment.
  • Better muscle alignment improves oxygenation.
  • Thermoregulatory fibers protect against the cold and the heat.

FUNCTIONAL AND INTELLIGENT

  • The back pocket provides other storage spaces.
  • Full autonomy is guaranteed on long-distance races with all your essentials at reach.
  • An innovative zip, highly resistant, fluid and self-locking open and closes easily.

What I like:

The breathability of the shirt is something impressive that I have never experienced with any other products, when hot it feels like you are running topless, but when at the top of the peak it keeps you warm and does not make you feel wet.

Back pockets: I really like the positioning of 4 small back pockets, similar to a bike jersey. They are perfect to store the compulsory material for a Skyrace without the need to carry a backpack and more weight. The shirt will not jump up and down while running even with full pockets.

Silicon inserts: they are cleverly placed at the bottom of the shirt so that the shirt will not slide up while running and on the biceps for the same reason.

Compression: the shirt has the perfect compression, not too tight nor too lose, it compresses in the right spots and it feels very comfortable.

Conclusion:

Great shirt for Skyraces up to ultramarathon, super light materials and impressively light and breathable, you will also be impressed by the technology, quality of materials and attention to details.

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Pizzo di Vogorno

On the 27th I received a call From Luca who wanted to do a little run to burn off some Christmas calories, we decided to run up Pizzo di Vogorno. We also decided to involve Roberto who has done the route around 30 times.

Pizzo di Vogorno is a beautiful Pyramid shaped mountain located in the Italian part of Switzerland: Ticino. It is often called the ‘Home mountain’ of Locarno. Vogorno towers high above this famous city since the altitude difference between summit and city is over 2200 metersContinue reading “Pizzo di Vogorno”

Claro-Pizzo, first vertical

Hi guys,

Sorry for the late post, but I have been pretty busy in the past weeks with work and training.

On the 4th of October I decided to take part to the first vertical race in my running “career”, I decided to pick one of the most iconic vertical races of Ticino, the Claro-Pizzo. Developing over 10km with an elevation gain of 2500m.

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Pizzo di Claro

Unfortunately, due to very poor weather and snow at the top of the mountain, the race has been shortened to around 5km and 1500m of elevation.

3D here is a 3D overview of the race.

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Favourite Vegan Burger

Here a quick and very easy recipe for my favourite vegan burger, the main recipe comes from Scott Jurek website.

Copyright, Scott Jurek
Copyright, Scott Jurek

Instead of using bread crumbs I usually use lightly salted crackers, as well as some chilli.

  • 1 cup dried green lentils (2 1⁄4 cups cooked)
  • 2 1⁄4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1⁄4 cups finely chopped onion
  • 3⁄4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups fine bread crumbs (see Note)
  • 1⁄2 cup ground flax seed (flax seed meal) 3 cups finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 1⁄2 cups destemmed, finely chopped kale, spinach, or winter greens
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika

In a small pot, bring the lentils, water, parsley, 1 garlic clove, and 1⁄4 cup of the onion to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 35 to 40 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the lentils are soft.

While the lentils are cooking, combine the walnuts, bread crumbs, and flax seed in a bowl. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and paprika and mix well.

Sauté the remaining onion, remaining garlic, the mushrooms, and greens in the oil for 8 to 10 minutes, then set aside. Remove the lentils from the heat, add the vinegar and mustard, and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon to a thick paste.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the lentils, sautéed veggies, and bread crumb mixtures, and mix well. Cool in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes or more.

Using your hands, form burger patties to your desired size and place on waxed paper. Lightly fry in a seasoned skillet, broil, or grill until lightly browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Extra uncooked patties can be frozen on wax paper in plastic bags or wrapped

Enjoy this amazing burger with some roasted sweet potatoes crisps.

4000ers weekend, Monte Rosa traverse

In the last few days of my holidays I managed to organise an intense 3 days mountaineering tour with Andre Dotta, who will start school in September to become a mountain guide.

The first idea was to explore the mountains above Saas-Fee, more precisely the Mischabel Gruppe and do the traverse, unfortunately 80 cm of fresh snow just fell and so we decided to opt for the Monte Rosa.

Day 1

We meet at 8.00am in Ambrì, where Andrea picks me up with his car and we drive 3 hours to Gressoney. By the time we get to Gressoney it’s lunch time, we decide to explore a bit to find a restaurant, but instead of restaurant we find a mountaineering shop (Sport Geschaft, Via Deffeyes, 10, 11025 Gressoney St. Jean, Direction). I highly recommend having a look, they are very helpful and knowledgable.  The store is run by a couple and the husband, Renzo Squinobal is also a certified Mountain Guide. After a little bit of shopping we get a tip off about a restaurant nearby where we have pizza without cheese and with vegetables for me.

We jump back in the car and drive up to the cabin station where we park, get changed, and prepare our backpack. We then jump on the cabin that will take us up to about 3’300m. After that it’s just a quick glacier and rock walk up to Rifugio Gnifetti (3600m) where we planned to stay for the night. We get up to the hut pretty fast, we eat something, sign in and quickly explain to the chef what I can and can’t eat as a vegan.IMG_3221 IMG_3224

At 19.00pm dinner is on the table, we sit next to a group of guides from England as well as a very nice French gentleman who is celebrating his 70th birthday up in the mountains. By 21.30pm we’re in bed.

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Day 2

The alarm goes off at 3.50am, the people we are sharing a room with have decided to wake up early, so we snooze a bit. 4.30am we have breakfast, lots of tea and bread with jam. Slowly we take our time to get ready and by 5.30am we’re out, last group to leave the hut. On the menu for the day there are 7 peaks all higher than 4000m. We start on the glacier,  direction Pyramid Vincent (4215m), by the time we reached the start of the peak we are in front of everyone, light and fast!  We quickly reach the top, then we climb down the SE ridge (cresta del Soldato, PD+ II) to Punta Giordani, very fast, we then re-climb the same back to Pyramid Vincent. From there the day gets a bit easier as the other peaks are mostly reachable by walking. Following Pyramid Vincent we climb Corno Nero (4321m), Ludwigshohe (4283), Parrot Spitze (4432m), Balmenhorn and Signalkuppe (4554m), from the start of the day it only took us 5.30h! By the time we reach Rifugio Margherita (highest in Europe, 4550m) it’s almost lunch time, quick plate of pasta with tomato and a lot of water to help the acclimatisation! And then straight into bed for a 2h nap. By the time we wake up the hut  has become a bit busier.IMG_3230 IMG_3237 IMG_3243 IMG_3245

At 19.00pm we have dinner – vegetable soup, fresh tomatoes, pasta with tomato sauce and zucchini and grilled vegetables with salad, not bad for a vegan eating in the highest hut in Europe!!! After dinner we have time to enjoy an amazing sunset and then straight into bed.

Day 3

The alarm goes off at 4.00am, we grab a quick breakfast and we are ready to go, we look at each other and say “today let’s go slow as we already have 5 groups in front of us climbing Dufourspitze” on the menu for the day are Zumsteinspitze (4563), Dufourspitze (4634m) and Nordend (4609m). By the time we reach Zumsteinspitze we can already see the other groups starting the climb of Dufourspitze. This is the description of the climb “Go down to the Colle Gnifetti (4454 m) and climb the Zumsteinspitze (4563 m) all on easy snow. Now go down to the Grenzsattel 4452 m on rock and snow to the foot of the Dufourspitze. This part has a very narrow and horizontal, icy ridge, to the left the Grenzgletscher and to the right the green pastures of Macugnaga more that 2000 m down. There is practically no safety possible, if you fall on one side, your buddy has to jump on the other side. Very awkward early in the icy morning after a lousy breakfast at the Margherita! Afterwards it’s nice, first easy snow then solid rock to the top. On the way many small gendarmes have their own names (Grenzgipfel, Ostspitze), a real paradise for collectors of pseudo 4000m summits! 6 hours from the hut.” By the time we reach the top of Dufourspitze we can enjoy the sunrise, we did it! We look at our watches and we realise that we did it in 1.30h!!!IMG_3249 IMG_3250 IMG_3253

IMG_3251From the top we climb down a few meters and then down into an icy slope where luckily some fixed ropes have been placed, we go down very fast and without even realising we are at the col leading up to Nordendspitze, quick snack and water and then back climbing. The climb is pretty straight forward with mainly a snow ridge with a final rock section, in 20 min we reach the top, take some photos and head back down and up to Dufourspitze.  From there we go the same way we had gone in the morning – down to Rifugio Gnifetti and then take the cabin down Gressoney.IMG_3254 IMG_3255

Luckily we manage to jump on one of the last cabins and by 12.30 we’re back at the car. Amazing tour, climbed very fast, no acclimatisation problems and we climbed ten 4000m peaks in 2 days!

Gear

Boots: La Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX: very comfortable and stable technical shoes (when you put them on they feel like a pair of socks!), a bit heavy (910g) but overall a very valuable shoe (more info).

Trousers: Salewa trouser: very light built in stretch fabric, I find them very good for fast mountaineering days, unfortunately they are not produced anymore

Base layer: Arcteryx Phase AR Crew: very light and soft on the skin never makes you feel wet, only con is that it gets smelly pretty fast! Weight (160g) material (70% polyester, 30% polypropylene, UPF 25) (more info)

Mid layer: Patagonia R1 Pullover (more info): one of the best mid layers that I’ve ever bought (337g)! Keeps you warm, drives the sweat on the outside and at the same time it is extremely light and compact, and more importantly ethically produced by Patagonia! At the moment I’m trying to buy only Patagonia due to their respect for nature, people and environment (more info on their environmental policies).

Vest: Patagonia Nano Air(252g): I really like wearing a vest as it keeps you warm, but at the same time gives you more freedom and leaves your arms uncovered which helps to keep the body temperature down. Every time I wear this vest I’m always impressed with the breathability and insulation of it (more info).

Backpack: Cilao iZi 33: an ultra-lightweight mountaineering backpack: 725 g for a volume of 33l. Very technical, robust and comfortable, it is designed for mountain routes of one or two days. I’m always impressed by its very light weight as well as its comfortability and fit, a definite must have! (more info)

Ice axe: Petzl Sumtec: an amazing mix between a classic ice axe and a technical one. Lightweight, comfortable and grippy when needed (495g) (more info)

Crampons: Petzl Lynx: the best crampons you could ever buy, you can be sure that walking will be very easy as well as being very precise on rocks. I never feel more safe and happy than with these crampons on (1080g) (more info)

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Iron Trail T41

On Friday the 14th of August, after work, I travelled by train to Davos for the Iron Trail T41.

Me and my girlfriend rented an apartment for the night. After settling down in the apartment we went right away for dinner, pasta, pizza and bruschetta were our dishes for the evening.

The Circular Alpine Marathon Route passes through the most beautiful Alps of Graubünden. From the start in Davos, it leads over the Schatz Alp to the picturesque Stafel Alp, and with splendid views of this area, up to the Furgga meadows. From there, the trail continues over the Strela Pass and back down to Davos.

Lenght: 42.3 km

Elevation: +/– 2290m

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Morgenhorn – Wissy Frau – Bluemisalp traverse

From the 16th of July till the 19th of July we planned a four days mountaineering adventure, with the traverse of the 3 peaks on the Bluemisalphorn massif, as well as the climb of the Gspaltenhorn.

I joined the group on Thursday morning at the Blüemisalphutte, leaving from Kandersteg with the cable car up to the Oeschinensee (1600 m) and then fast walk up to the Blüemisalphutte (2840 m), in 2 hours.

 

After lunch we went on the glacier next to the hut and refreshed a bit of Ice Climbing techniques, as well as challenging each other on who could to the top of a ice wall with the least swings, the loser later payed for drinks!

Friday, the alarm went off at 3.00am, quick breakfast and then we set off.

We follow normal route by ascending Morgenhorn via the NW Ridge. This PD route starts at the Blümlisalphütte and ascends the Morgenhorn Glacier to the NW Ridge which is then climbed directly in about 3.5 hours from the hut.

From the summit of the Morgenhornn we followed the narrow corniced ridge tod the summit of the Weisse (Wyssi) Frau. This ridge is rated PD+ and takes one to two hours depending on conditions.

The most interesting part of the traverse is the portion from the summit of the Weisse (Wyssi) Frau to the Blümlisalphorn (Northeast Ridge of the Blümlisalphorn). This is a marvelous wavy narrow corniced ridge involving two places of descent and some delicate climbing. This portion is rated AD and requires two to four hours depending on conditions.

We then descended via the NW Ridge of the Blümlisalphorn (PD) then back across the glacier to the Blümlisalphütte. The ridge is straight forward, but caution to the down sloping limestone slabs near its base. These are very treacherous when snow covered and/or icy. (summitpost.org)

To complete the traverse it took us around 9 hours, by noon we were back at the hut enjoying a fresh beer with some rösti. After dinner everyone went to bed pretty early, so did I. Unfortunately in the night and the following day 5 people were sick, I therefore decided to go back home in the afternoon.

 

Ambrì Sotto to Ronco (Valle Bedretto)

Last week-end I was in the mountain house in Ambrì, unfortunately on Saturday the weather was bad and I therefore relaxed and rest in the house. However, for Sunday the weather forecast was looking way better, so with my family we decided to go for lunch to a great restaurant in Ronco, close to Bedretto.

The restaurant is called Chalet Stella Alpina, it is a very nice old house, lovely refurbished into a great little hotel with Spa and terraces overlooking the Bedretto Valley. The Hotel is athletes friendly, in the summer loads of cyclists and hikers and winter ski-mountaineers, as well as offering a great choice (80% of the menu) of very tasty and amazing vegan dishes. To try the vegan risotto or the home made pasta!

Chalet Stella Alpina

Chalet Stella Alpina

I then decided to join my family at the restaurant by running from Ambrì.

Route description:

  • Ambrì (975 m)
  • Gioett (1440 m)
  • Pian Taiöi (1668 m)
  • Alpe Ravina (1775 m)
  • Pesciüm (1745 m)
  • Strada degli Alpi to Cna della Croce (1637 m)
  • Cantina di Folcra (1747 m) down to Schiavù (1459 m)
  • Ronco (1487 m)

Length: 26km

Elevation gain: +1500 – 1000 ca.

Duration (running): 3h 24min

Great route that can also be shortened if from Airolo you take the cable car up to Pesciüm. Very nice scenarios and different farms, loads of hikers, route well marked.

Equipment:

  • Light and fast
  • Trail running outfit

Here is the route on map: Ambri_Ronco_Map