Introducing simpler shipping options at Volleyball America

February 23, 2011

We always like to hear feedback on how we’re doing. Whether it’s feedback on our selection of products, our prices or our shipping, we enjoy getting a chance to hear how we can serve you better.

One of the most common things we hear about is our shipping, and we’re writing to say that we’ve heard you loud and clear. So we’re making some changes.

Starting immediately, Volleyball America has moved to flat-rate shipping.

Team Express shipping rates

How does it work?

Instead of basing our shipping on how much stuff is in your order, your shipping will be one simple fee. For standard ground orders, it’s $6.50, for second day guaranteed it’s $14.50, and so on.

We hope this will simplify things and — most importantly — make shipping a little cheaper.

Related: For more information on our shipping and returns, take a look at our page here.

Introducing Charged Cotton, Under Armour’s first performance cotton shorts

February 18, 2011

Rising tennis star Maria Shishkina
Rising tennis star Maria Shishkina

Not too long ago, Under Armour declared cotton to be the enemy.

Things have changed.

Earlier this week, Under Armour released its first-ever performance cotton shorts. It’s part of the Charged Cotton line, which Under Armour is rolling out this spring. The Women’s Charged Cotton Shorts are 95% cotton, which makes them unlike anything Under Armour has made yet.

Women's Charged Cotton Shorts Under ArmourWhy the sudden peace treaty with cotton?

As an article in Just-Style explains, it’s all about research. They originally shied away from cotton, because it’s heavy, thick and doesn’t do much for wicking away moisture.

But now, Under Armour has developed a blend of fibers that not only has the comfort and feel of cotton, it also has the same moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties we’ve come to expect from UA.

Or more specifically:

Consisting of alternating hydrophilic (moisture absorbing) and hydrophobic (moisture repelling) cotton yarns, Charged Cotton pushes out sweat when it comes in contact with the fabric. As a result, moisture spreads across the surface area of the clothing, thus speeding evaporation and helping athletes keep cool. And to prove that it’s working, the fabric takes on a “strided” look as the wearer starts to sweat.

As if this wasn’t enough, the company describes the new fabric – a mix of 95% cotton and 5% elastane – as the “softest, most comfortable material Under Armour has ever produced,” adding that it dries five times faster than ordinary cotton and combines stretch and recovery for a lower “cling force” and a stick-free fit.

That makes it perfect for wearing to practice, to the gym or as a casual pair of shorts.

Get them for $27.99 at Volleyball America.

Related: See our entire selection of volleyball apparel.

Footwear Friday: Gear up for spring volleyball with the newly reduced Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning 6 Volleyball Shoes

February 11, 2011

Mizuno Women's Wave Lightning 6 Volleyball Shoes

Mizuno Women’s Wave Lightning 6 Volleyball Shoes feature Pebax Parallel Mizuno Technology, which uniformly dispenses shock throughout the sole, providing lightweight cushioning and enhanced stability.

For extra cushioning, there is the VS-T Shock-absorbing cushioning compound in the forefoot and a suspension system that connects the Wave plate to the ground, enhancing stability and traction. The triple layered mesh upper provides the utmost in breathability and comfort.

Get a pair at the new lower price of $69.99 at Volleyball America.

Related: Shop our selection of volleyball shoes.

Footwear Friday: Get a pair of Asics’ Women’s GEL-Sensei 3 Volleyball Shoes for $89.99 (Was: $119.99)

February 4, 2011

Asics Women's GEL-Sensei 3 Volleyball Shoes

There’s a laundry list of impressive new technologies in Asics’ Women’s GEL-Sensei 3 Volleyball Shoes.

Here’s a few:

  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design — Anatomically correct lacing reduces the potential for irritation and provides an improved, comfortable fit.
  • Impact Guidance System — Specialized features that improve the way you run.
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning Systems — Disperses shock during the impact and toe-off phases and improves lateral movement.
  • P.H.F. (Personal Heel Fit) — Two layers of memory foam line the collar and mold to the athlete’s heel, creating a personalized fit.
  • Biomorphic Fit Upper — Stretch material strategically placed on the upper helps to reduce buckling and the potential for irritation.
  • Solyte Midsole Material — A lighter midsole than ASICS’ standard EVA and SpEVA. Also features enhanced cushioning and durability.
  • PGuard Toe Protector — For enhanced toe durability.

These volleyball shoes usually retail for $119.99, but you can get a pair for $89.99 at Volleyball America.

Related: Shop our entire selection of volleyball shoes.