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I jumped on the compression bandwagon last year and haven’t looked back since. I now use compression socks, sleeves or tights as part of my training and recovery plan. I have tried several different tights from 2XU, but this is the first time I have had the chance to try their compression sleeves and socks.
Here is what I received:
The sleeves are not super tight or a struggle to get on like other compression socks I own, but seem snug enough to do the job. I first tried them out during the Hot Chocolate 15k race in Las Vegas. My legs were super tired and heavy from walking up and down the strip all day the day before, and not sleeping or hydrating properly (it was Vegas, right??!!). The sleeves seem a little more sheer than I would like, and thinner than other compression socks that I have. The socks provide a really nice squeeze which I like. They have “X-LOCK” Technology – they are breathable, offer anti-blister capabilities and support the arch and ankle. After fracturing my fibula a few months ago, I’ll take any help I can get there! I like the "low profile" of the sock, so that just the right amount of sock shows without leaving the back of your heal exposed and causing rubbing.
Next I took them out on a 10.5 mile training run in the AZ sun/heat. The sleeves have UPF 50+ sun protection, which is cool. I can’t say that I noticed any increase in performance during that run, I still felt really sluggish. I did not have any trouble with blisters or rubbing during the long run, which was nice. Both the socks and the sleeves have breathable technology. I didn’t feel like my socks were too sweaty or have too much moisture in there.
As the weather heats up in AZ, I’ll probably switch to running in more sleeves than full compression socks for training and recovery – if for no other reason than they are a bit lighter and cooler.
If you want to try some for yourself, 2XU is offering a 15% discount with promo code TRAIN15. Valid on full price merchandise through April 30.
Still not convinced? Join us for #bibchat on Tuesday, March 23 at 8PM CST where we will be discussing 2XU compression and hear from other testers.
Hi, I'm Emily! I'm an avid runner in Arizona with a passion for travel and racing around the country!