Gear Review: The Strassburg Sock

If you’ve ever dealt with the pain of plantar fasciitis, you know how debilitating it can be. And recovery takes time. Among the worst aspects of recovery is how painful the first few steps of the morning can be. Fortunately, I’ve found a product that helps with this considerably.

When you’re sleeping, the plantar fascia is relaxed, and, in fact, begins the healing process. Until you get up the next morning, that is, and start unwittingly stretching it as you take the first steps out of bed. This re-injures the ligament and starts the whole process all over again.

That’s where the Strassburg Sock comes in. This funny looking device keeps slight pressure on the plantar fascia while you’re asleep, so that when you awake, you aren’t just tearing the ligament all over again. Simple idea, right?

I have found that it actually works. After even the first night, you notice that the morning pain is lessened considerably. After a couple of nights, the ligament actually starts improving.

The sock isn’t cheap at $40, but it’s a small price to pay for relief from plantar fasciitis.  A couple of ordering notes: you get one (1) sock for $40, and you need to measure around the fat of your calf to determine which of the two sizes (regular or large) to order.

Gear Review: Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder

We review the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder, 15 inch size, which is used for storing your jerseys. Reasonably priced at $21 (, the Pack-It Folder provides a convenient way to transport your jerseys without the hassle of hangers. They’re sold in different thicknesses, including 15, 18, and 20 inch sizes. I’ve found the 15 inch size can accommodate 5 OSI Pro model short-sleeve jerseys. I’ve managed to cram in a long-sleeved jersey also, but things are pretty tight.

UPDATE: I now have the 18 inch model and can report that it accommodates the XL size jerseys perfectly! If you wear XL size jerseys, skip the 15 inch model and get the 18 inch. Note that OSI doesn’t offer the 18 inch version; you’ll have to go to Amazon or elsewhere to get it.

Using the folder is easy, because it comes with a plastic card you use to fold your jerseys, ensuring they will fit in the folder. This folding card is printed with easy-to-follow instructions for the “laundry challenged” among us.

Folding using the card is very easy and produces the right result each time. Once you’ve folded and placed all of your shirts, you put the plastic card on top, and seal up the four flaps of the folder with the velcro that is sewn in.

It’s nice having all of your jerseys in one place, folded neatly and ready to use. No hassling with hangers or digging through your bag searching for the green jersey.

One small quibble: I wear an XL in the OSI jersey and that size is just a bit too big for the Pack-It such that the jerseys do end up getting a bit crammed in. Take a look at the photo below to see what I mean.Eagle Creek Pack It Folder Image

Fortunately, these wrinkles aren’t a problem and fall out quickly when you pull the shirt out. I don’t think you’d have this problem if you wear anything below an XL. However, if you wear an XXL, you might want to think twice; you may find the jerseys are just too wide to work well in this system.

I’ve used the Eagle Creek Pack-It, 15 inch size for over a year now, and recommend it to you. It’s a great way to keep your kit neat and readily at hand.