Now that I’m training at a higher level of intensity and duration that I have in a very long time, protecting my body and focusing on recovery have taken the forefront. One of the things I’ve returned to is the use of compression both for training and also for the ensuing recovery. It has truly been a boon, as I’ve had few injuries where the compression has been utilized.
One of the issues I’ve had with compression material before is the stiffness of some products—often compression is difficult to get on and off. Add a lack of true breathability, and compression becomes less comfortable to use, especially during warmer days. Conversely, I might not be able to ride with shoe covers in the winter if I didn’t have typical compression socks on, so they definitely do have their uses.
I recently came across a company I hadn’t heard of before, Compressport. Started in France, now from Europe to Asia to South Africa to Australia, they are currently based in close to 20 countries. The Compressport products are the fruit of work between doctor, athletes and manufacturers specialised in medical compression. Compressport recently sent me a few of their products to try out and I'm happy they did!
R2 “Race and Recovery” calf sleeves are designed to reduce lactic acid and shock during training, along with protecting you from muscular fatigue and damage. After effort, the sleeves speed up recovery and leaves you feeling great. These are incredibly comfortable to wear both during training and after.
The US Ultra Silicone is the latest in their range. With its 220 soft silicon spikes which fully surround the ankle, the calf sleeve optimizes shock absorption and guarantees ideal support to the Achilles tendon throughout strenuous effort (helping absorb pain and tendon problems).
Maybe my favorite item of all were the F-Like Full Leg, if only how versatile they are. You can feel right away how the full leg compression supports you from ankle to the top of the legs. I wore these after my first 50 mile bike ride and consider them a prime reason why I recovered relatively quickly. I can definitely see wearing these after longer efforts during the summer, but also as an additional layer in the fall, winter and spring.
Also very cool was the visor they sent along - highly adjustable, light on the head, with a cool green under brim material that dampens glare when running in full sun.
Each one of these products is very well-made, and after repeated uses, laundering and, yes, even drying, still appear as new as the day I pulled them out of the packaging. By far the most impressive thing, besides performance, is the fact that they go on so easily, sliding right on with little struggle. Even though it’s not a tight fit to get on, these sleeves and full leg products clearly had full compression, with all the benefits. Very cool, not sure how they do that!
These products are well-worth searching out--more information can be found by perusing the Compressport website, following on Twitter, liking on Facebook, and subscribing on YouTube.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Compressport. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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