Play hard, be a Top Skimbler & win KT Tape sports medicine spolution, endorsed by Olympic volleyball champ Kerri Walsh

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Whether you’re doing a triumphant triathlon, some soul-stretching yoga, relentless rock climbing or ballsy beach volleyball, play your best with KT Tape!  It’s hard not to do a double take when you see athletes donning brightly colored tape on their toned bodies.  But what is it exactly?  How does it work?

It’s Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape (KT Tape) and it’s used for common sports injuries such as ITBS, runners knee, shin splints, hamstring strain, & many more. Ultra-light, elastic, and strong, KT Tape is highly effective at providing pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints.

Sounds pretty sweet!  Be a Top Skimbler in September and score some KT Tape to wrap all your aches and pains away.

We had a great time stress-testing KT Tape, finding it to be the most flexible and durable athletic tape that we’ve ever used.

Ligaya happily recovers from a minor knee injury and gets her physiotherapy on:

Maria lifts her weight at the gym in pink and black fashion:

Gabe sports the green and black combo on his back during a sport climbing session:

And if you’re looking for some more wild success stories, we just came back from rock climbing Mt Whitney, the tallest peak in the contiguous United States.  We wore KT Tape on our knees to prevent injury and ensure we were able to to a little yoga and a lot of climbing up its 14,505 feet peak:

 

If you’d like more information about the tape, visit the KT Tape website.  Be sure to check out their blog and get tips for excellent adhesion, sports prevention and recovery!  If you can’t wait, grab some KT Tape at a store near you.

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Kerri Walsh gets ready to crush with KT Tape and so should you!

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Win a Back-to-School Prize Pack filled with gear from Mountain Hardwear, Evolv Climbing & Skimble worth over $250 USD!

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Skimble’s August Contest: win a Back-to-School Prize Pack including a Mountain Hardwear Enterprise Backpack, Evolv Sports Climbing or Hiking Shoe gift certificate and a Skimble T-shirt + other goodies, valued at over $250 USD.  The prize pack is perfect for all your projects, whether they be in the classroom, on top a mountain or clinging onto a boulder!

Here’s a little review:

Mountain Hardwear Enterprise Backpack:

Take this pack with you on your day hikes and urban walks to school or the office.  Consistently a best seller, this year the Enterprise has been upgraded with CoolWave Suspension for even better performance.  Equipped with all the essentials pockets, we give it an A+ for the attention to detail with the super soft pocket to store delicate electronics and the fully padded hydration / laptop sleeve!  Choose from five hot colors including Black and Jungle:

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Evolv Sports Climbing or Hiking Shoes:

What’s not to like about the most “vegan-friendly” synthetic climbing shoes around with TRAX Rubber performance soles?  Maria loves to wear the Talon G2‘s for her most overhanging sends including Tonsai Playboy (5.12a) in Tonsai, Krabi, Thailand and the Evo for slightly more vertical sends like Threadfin (5.12b/c) at the Tsunami Wall in Red Rock Canyon State Park, near Las Vegas, NV.

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Gabe digs the Optimus Primes (the Chris Sharma shoe), which is ideal for the wider foot and aggressive sport climber!  He’s also excited to try the Predator G2 in the coming month.  What if you’re new to climbing?  For an all-around shoe, go for the Pontas for guys and the Electra VTR for girls.  And if you’re vertically challenged, slip into the Escapist hiking shoe and hit the trails.

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Skimble Shop Tees:

For your inner outdoor shopaholic, the Skimble Shop helps you look stylish and buff in American Apparel t-shirts with flex printing.  You can wash these tees over and over and they’ll continue to look and fit great.

 

How to win in August?

Just be active and track your adventures on Skimble.  Let’s take a look at some active Skimblers:

  • Into tennis and running? Follow Kenzo H because he’s still undefeated and could use a little competition.
  • Julia H‘s hand jestures make you want to bust a move during your yoga and aerobics session.
  • Take a look at Scott N‘s running trails…see if you can run them as fast as he can.
  • A fist bump goes out to John T for Crossfit training in Pasadena…Skimble’s new Crossfit Champ, perhaps?
  • Watch out for Raul G who may have clocked more hours in the gym than Arnold Schwarzenegger did in his prime.

Sports records are being broken left and right.  Usain Bolt stunned the world with his 9.58 second 100 meter dash and John Isner was left wondering when his 138 game fifth set at Wimbledon would ever end.  This summer track and share your own record-breaking achievements with Skimble!

June Prizes: Mountain Hardwear Summer Adventure Outfits

With a new month, comes another opportunity for all you active Skimblers to win a prize!

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Thanks to our good friends at Mountain Hardwear, this month we will be giving away some awesome summer adventure outfits! For men, we have the Ravine Short Sleeve Shirt and Wildlands Shorts. Here’s Gabe looking good in his Mountain Hardwear gear as he prepares for his next great adventure:

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Gabe enjoyed the Mountain Hardwear shirt and shorts in Yosemite National Park. Both are lightweight and cooling, important during the hot dry summers in the High Sierras. Also, the pants have a great lining, which makes them super comfortable! From the discreet shirt pockets to a key holder in the shorts, Mountain Hardwear has all the details right.

And the gear for the women is just as cool including the Loess Tank Top and High Step Judo Crops.

Maria put the women’s outfit to work at a yoga studio, a TRX workout class, a rock climbing competition, and on a roadtrip to Smith Rock State Park, OR. The best thing about the top? It’s form fitting yet comfortable and looks great with its criss-cross back design. The pants: Also a hit, especially since they come with a seamless right side pocket that’s perfect for your ID, lip balm and iPhone!

Check out the action-shot of her in the Judo Crops on a 5.13a at the TRS4 Touchstone Climbing Competition, where she place 2nd overall in the series:

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As you can tell, all of us at Skimble are huge fans of Mountain Hardwear’s gear and athletes. Here’s Mike Libecki and Maria at a Lombardi Sports event last month in San Francisco:

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How to win: Each day in June that you track at least one activity on Skimble, you earn one contest entry. At the end of the month, winners are randomly chosen from these entries. Be sure to visit Mountain Hardwear’s Facebook and Twitter pages and give them some props.