Compression Socks – Do or Don’t

We had the great pleasure of testing several different compression socks from different manufacturers ranging from SLS3 to CEP and after months of testing in all kinds of different climates and conditions, here is what compression socks can really do for you.

Here is the summary – ask us for individual reports on 2XU, CEP, BV Sport, Bauerfeind, SLS3, X-Socks, The Mobile Society, Skins

It sure took a little time to find the right compression socks for us but overall we have to say: We love’em. No matter if you are travelling long distance by car or plane, if you are running endless miles and want to fatigue later or if you are running short distance and want to gain some added power. Compression socks can help.

We have divided this test into long distance, short distance, travel and recovery. For any further questions you may have about them – shoot us an email to info@trinited.com

We are not going to throw stuff like ‘better blood circulation’ or ‘higher oxygen levels’ at you as this has been a real life test and not a laboratory test. It is all about what you feel and experience whilst and after wearing compression socks.

LONG DISTANCE – probably the most effect here

Compression Socks are definitely a great tool for any endurance athlete going the longer distance. Increased performance through better and more powerful stride, significantly delayed fatigue on long runs, fast recovery after workout resulting in higher ‘quality’ mileage during training and less to no more Achilles issues even after long mileage on hard surfaces are the main effects we’ve experienced.

SHORT DISTANCE – less about recovery and more about performance feel

In comparison to the general opinion, compression socks are also great for shorter distances such as 10k races.  A more powerful and effective stride will benefit your running and results. Use a version with foot to add support to your ankles on uneven surfaces.

TRAVEL – no more feeling sluggish after long flights and rides

No matter if you are driving or flying. The sluggish feeling you used to have after departing the plane – GONE. Even after 12 hour flights we felt fresh and ready for the next workout. Uh and as a side note – they have a really nice warming effect on overly air conditioned planes.

RECOVERY – At work, at home, when out and dancing

If you feel like dancing in the evening, chance is you didn’t train enough during the day. However, if you have a job that requires a lot of standing.: Compression socks really take the pain out of your legs and wearing them for 2 hours after a tough workout will help your legs to be fresh for the next session.

SUMMARY

We have tested all socks in temperatures ranging from 110 Fahrenheit in the dessert to 15 Fahrenheit in snowy mountain terrain and yet there was not a single situation in which we did not appreciate wearing them. No matter what the distance is – compression socks are legal performance enhancers. However, it is important to find the right pair and size for you and depending on the sport it might be better to get a pair of sleeves or calf guards rather than socks (for example for triathlons). The one negative point you have to deal with in cold climates is that extensive wear of compression socks leads to added drying out of the skin. Nothing a little body lotion can’t solve though.

Product Test – BV Sport Compression Sleeves

As promised on Slowtwitch – here is a review of the BV Sport Compression Sleeves.We’ve taken this test a while back and ever since the BV Sport Booster has established itself as one of our favorite Compression Socks / Sleeves for sport and travel.

Brand: BV Sport

Produkt: Booster, Prorecup, Confort.

Website: http://www.bvsport.ch

Price:  75 Swiss Franks for Booster and Confort, 102 Swiss Franks for Prorecup

Miles Tested: app. 187

Test Conditions: From sunny dessert in 110 Fahrenheit to snowy mountains in 15 Fahrenheit. Run through the dessert, rivers, snow, in high and low altitude. Both in racing and training.

Ordering process: A little more complicated through leg measurements required when ordering but therefore you get a testers favorite. Sizing turned out to be perfect.

Sock Feel: The material appears a little rougher than other socks. However, after putting them on it turned out to be a good feeling on the skin.

Seams: Not an issue on the Booster as it doesn’t have a foot. As for the Prorecup and Confort they are situated in front of your toes where you don’t feel them during exercise.

Compression: Great, tight compression. Very nice compact feeling on the calf which made for a very ‘athletic’ feel.

Cushion: No cushion due to no foot on the Booster, nice and thin feel on Confort and Prorecup

Use: Easy use and fast to put on thanks to the missing foot.

Performance: The socks perform under any condition. There was no overheating (BV SPORT recommends to drench them in water in hot climates) and we felt positive effects regardless to the climate.

Durability: So far they survived a lot of running and washing. We tried both machine and hand wash, dragged them through the dirt and freezing cold water – short: we really weren’t gentle but they are keeping up great.

Regeneration: Great effect after the workout. Even after tough hill workouts, regeneration was a lot faster and during workouts our legs definitely kept up a lot longer. Great thing: Even if you don’t want to spend the money on 3 different pairs of socks and decide to go with the Booster alone: It is doing the trick. Top in terms of recovery.

Look: We love the look of all 3 styles. The Booster looks very athletic and powerful, the Prorecup comes in a clean white and the Confort in a simple black which allows to wear them with a suit as well.

Comments: Great choice for triathletes as it can be worn under the wetsuit during the swim already, which saves time in transition. The fact that BV Sport is testing its products a lot and even offers suggestions for proper use makes this product even more desirable. Test winner together with Bauerfeind, CEP and SLS3. It is up to you if you want one pair that offers it all, or 3 specific pairs.

With the Prorecup and Confort, BV Sport offers a compression ‘alternative’ for every hour of the day. The Prorecup has a very specific compression for the most effective regeneration 2 hours after the work out. For the rest of the day, travel and work, Confort is your choice.