Mercury TCR L/S Compression Top Black

They Say – This black long sleeved top is part of the Canterbury Mercury compression range and is designed to provide graduated higher levels of compression in the lower sleeve (from wrist to elbow). It has a reduced number of flat seams for comfort, further enhancing the correct levels of compression. Other features also include mesh panels to the back and underarms for breathability and printed contrast lower sleeve panels. Finishing this Mercury compression top is the CCC transfix logo to the front below the neck and the Mercury TCR logo to the rear lower left hem and outside centre back.

  • 74.5% Polyester Coolmax / 25.5% Lycra
  • Moisture management
  • Antibacterial finish
  • Reduces muscle vibration
  • 74.5% Polyester Coolmax / 25.5% Lycra
  • Moisture management
  • Antibacterial finish
  • Reduces muscle vibration

We Say – I have worn this style of top for the past 3 years, first in white colour, now in black. I reach for it if I’m slightly injured but still need to run a race, or if I’m not in top shape. The reason being, the top reduces muscle vibration, which is good news if that muscle is tender or in danger of being hurt more with the movement of exercise, and also, if I’m not in shape and I’m doing a marathon I know that around the 22 mile mark the road will start to come up to meet me, or rather, I’ll be hunched over double, without the core strength to stay upright. Wearing a top like this helps keep the posture straight.

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In the Turin Marathon, above, I wore the Canterbury Compression Top and Bottoms, and knocked 20 minutes off my PB. Who knows what that great time was down to, but I do give my kit a bit of credit for it. Note though, the times when I’ve enjoyed wearing it most were when it wasn’t too hot. Running in temperatures of between 5 and 15 degrees, perfect, over that and it’ll be uncomfortable, for me anyway.

I’ve seen it being worn by office workers at times, sat in their chairs where normally they might well be slumped. Good to have a product that multi-tasks.

The idea of the compression in the lower sleeves being more effective than further up is so the blood from this area is circulated faster back to your heart, so hopefully keeping your extremities warmer and functioning at full effectiveness – especially important for rugby players, who use this sort of top a lot.

Overall I’d say this is one of the pieces of running kit that I rate very highly and use year after year. I still have the white top from 3 years ago, it’s still got it’s stretch-iness after all this time, although I do prefer the black colour as it doesn’t show the stains, which inevitably mount up if you wear something often. It’s pricey, around £56, but it’s durable and effective, and a top that I reckon every athlete should have.

To see this top online - http://www.canterbury.com/mercury-tcr-l-s-compression-top-black-p13470

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