Admittedly, it took me a while to pick up on the point of compression attire as I didn’t realize what it was. What I’ve come to understand about compression gear in general is that it promotes circulation, helping fresh, oxygenated blood travel to the area, increasing performance and/or recovery. The idea has been around for medical purposes for a long time. However, there are differing views about the true benefits of compression gear for running.
So what about the Runningskirts.com Compression Socks?
Fit/Size: They’re a hair long for my tibia but I’m able to put them on without frustration. While have fleshy calves (and the cute hearts definitely stretch out to near unrecognizability), I like Runningskirts.com socks because they don’t feel too tight or too difficult to get into. Length-wise, I have to tug downward a little to get the top of the sock to hit below my knee-fold. But once they’re in the right place, they don’t budge.
They are one-size-fits-all, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for most. Recently, my Ragnar team utilized the azure RunLove compression socks for our costume and are all different sizes. 5 of us wore the socks and the general consensus was that they fit, felt great, and were cute to boot! Two ladies hadn’t tried them before this and now love them.
Feel: Quite snug and helps keep the legs warmed up. The fabric is comfortable and doesn’t seem to hold moisture or itch with prolonged use.
Experience: I’ve worn these socks on short runs, for a marathon and a relay race and here are my observations from the different experiences:
During a hot, June San Diego marathon, they did feel a bit warm but I didn’t mind. As a runner who is prone to heat-induced crankiness, I thought that wearing them would’ve bothered me more.
I’ve enjoyed the compression on my shins and calves. I can’t scientifically measure the benefits to my actual run performance, but my perceived performance or how I feel about my body as I’m running is aided by compression socks. At least I don’t notice discomfort as much so I worry or think about it less and feel more capable of running harder, longer.
During my last long distance relay race (we finished in 27 hours) I wore one pair of socks for nearly 12 hours straight, completing two of my three race legs in them. For the third race leg I wore a fresh pair of compression socks. Throughout, I had great confidence in my physical legs and I do think they handled the alternating run-rest-run of the relay better because of the socks.
No comparison. I can’t compare because I haven’t tried other compression socks, to be honest with you. Why mess with what works? The price is competitive compared to other major running brands and you won’t find these colors anywhere else. There are companies, like 2XU, who specialize in compression gear of all kinds but they often look like pieces of costumes from the movie Tron.
Ladies, if you seek additional reasons to justify this addition to your running wardrobe, see this article about stunners (stylish + runners) and realize the full benefits of the psychological impact that looking good has on your race performance.
Compression socks: another great product from Runningskirts.com!