Good morning, I hope you had a nice 3 day weekend.
Let’s talk about some leg therapy shall we.
Awhile back you guys asked a couple questions about compression sock’s, brands that I’ve tried, etc. You ask, I deliver, here are my thoughts and review on the compression sock brands I already own and paid for myself. Which are Running Skirts, Pro Compression and Asics. I do realize Pro is the only compression sock company, but these are just the brands I own and have on hand. Hope you’re ready, cuz a whole lot of info is coming at yo face!
Some compression benefits:
There’s little research that prove compression actually does work. Compression socks are thought to help improve circulation, reduce swelling, improve oxygen flow to muscles, speeding lactic acid removal and a bunch of other cool stuff. All of this means you may recover faster so you can torture yourself even more. I’m game!
Also for those who have shin splints, the compression from the sock holds the muscles, tendons and bones tightly to minimize the leg vibration that occurs every time you strike the ground and therefore may help prevent shin splints.
SCB’s opinion on compression:
I generally wear them after long runs since I really do feel like my legs recover faster than they do without compression. I also notice my legs don’t feel so heavy following a long run.
On the times I wore them during a long run, I didn’t really notice any difference. I have seen elite runners and others wear them during every race and long run so you may find they make a difference. If you’re on the fence about giving them a try, I’d say go for it, there’s really no downside to trying them.
Sleeves VS Socks:
I like sleeves because I can slip on flip flops after a run. Plus they allow me to run in my favorite socks. I find compression socks too thin for my liking.
On the other hand, I normally choose socks for recovery because I really do feel like the lactic acid is pushed from my feet up.
I feel it’s pushed into my feet wearing sleeves. My theory could be totally wrong, but hey it works so I’m gonna roll with it. Also my arches feel like they are wrapped in a little cocoon and supported. But this is all a matter of personal preference.
When I posted about doing a comparison on the compression socks I paid for, Running Skirts noticed I was rocking their older style and asked for a fair shot. I figured it was fair enough, so they sent me an updated pair. As usual I give you my honest 2 cents fo free.
These are the newly updated pair. First off they are so adorable and a bit thicker than the others. I liked them, but I’m not in love with them for a couple reasons. They only come in one size fits all. I have chicken legs so I don’t think they fit as tight as they should.
The footing is too wide for my size 7 feet. I do love the extra thickness and still rock them in Uggs because they are very comfy, but I wouldn’t find myself reaching for them after a tough workout.
Asics Compression Socks:
These were the first pair I have ever purchased in 2011. To be honest, I don’t think it’s fair to give a review on these because a lot of improvements could be made in 2 years. I can’t find them online now. I’m not a fan of these as they are very thin and too loose.
Whoa Pro really takes the cupcake here! The quality is stellar-I feel like I could never destroy/snag them as I’m pulling them off & on. They are perfectly tight (I’m rocking XS) plus they come in tons of sizes, made of luxurious material and come in super cool colors.
I knew they were clearly the winner when I found myself naturally reaching for them after a long run or hike. The last mile of last Sunday’s hike, I was dreaming of a cool shower and slipping on my Pro Compression socks.
I rank these right up there with coffee & cupcakes. So yeah, they pretty much rock!
Do you wear compression gear?
What benefits, if any do you notice?
What is your favorite compression brand?
Any other questions for me that I didn’t cover?