I am a big fan of compression gear. After struggling with shin pain on one leg for several months (two years ago), I found that a combination of strengthening exercises and compression calf sleeves keeps my lower legs feeling happy, even at high mileage. I have worn calf sleeves ever since, and I have tried many brands of sleeves and compression socks. I have always liked calf sleeves better than the compression socks, so I can support my shins and calves and still wear my favorite Brooks socks.
I also always wear compression during recovery, and I have used a variety of compression gear after speed workouts, long runs, and races.
I recently connected with a company that I am very excited to have supporting me. RecoFit (for RECOvery and FITness) was founded by Susan Waltman. I love that they are a small, Colorado company and that it was started by a passionate, active, wife and mother.
RecoFit makes compression calf sleeves, full leg compression sleeves, arm coolers, and therapy calf sleeves (with pockets for icing).
As soon as I got the calf sleeves I was impressed with the fabric. They are thin, stretchy, and light, unlike many of the compression socks and sleeves that are thick and warm. I have worn them for lots of runs now, including workouts and long runs, and my shins feel great. These calf sleeves are super comfortable and the compression is significant and effective. I have washed them many times and they have accidentally ended up in the dryer several times, and they still look brand new. Here are some of the benefits and features of the calf sleeves -
- Oxygenation-enhancing Resistex Carbon-based Fabric
- Disperses Heat and Moisture
- Gradient Compression
- Left- and Right-Leg-Specific
- Designed and Developed in Boulder, Colorado
- Made in the USA
- Delivers Oxygen Faster to Muscles
- Reduces Damaging Muscular Vibration
- Enhances Performance
- Delays Fatigue
- Improves Recovery
As much as I have liked the calf sleeves, I have to say that the full leg compression sleeves are my favorite! I have not seen another product like them.
Here is the product description - "This innovative full-leg compression sleeve applies the benefits of
gradient compression from the ankle to the top of the thigh to assist in
recovery. Through technically advanced patterns and designs using
carbon-infused high-performance fabric, they offer versatility and
comfort. They are easily pulled on and off under sports clothing, before
or after training or a race, and worn comfortably under clothing when
sitting for long periods, such as while traveling. The leg sleeves
support the calf muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings in a muscle
zone-specific compressive design. The Resistex™ carbon fabric offers
negative ionization, compression, moisture management and ribbed massage
for great performance and recovery benefits."
I have not used the armcoolers yet (although I plan to this summer) and if you are currently struggling with shin splits or shin pain, the therapy calf sleeves would be great.
This is a company and products that I have been very impressed with and am very happy to wear and promote. You can see lots of incredible athletes that use RecoFit on their athletes' page.
Do you use compression gear? If yes, I recommend checking out RecoFit.