Marathon runners have been sporting compression socks for several years. Knee-high socks, however, don’t occur naturally on trails, and have been known to scare away small animals and potential mates.
Maybe that’s why trail runners have been a little slower to adopt the look. Now compression technology is hitting the roads and the dirt as compression calf sleeves were all the rage at this year’s Gore-Tex TransRockies Run.
Team Salomon not only raced in the stylish black-and-silver-patterned sleeves, but relaxed and recovered in them, too. A few other runners sported the colorful Zensah sleeves.
The makers of the expensive products tout the performance benefits of compression technology, but in terms of science, compression calf sleeves are kind of like ice baths. The people who use them swear by them. The people who study their effectiveness? Not so much.
Even though some reports show the benefits may be more in my head than my legs, I’ve been wearing compression calf sleeves for the past month. My legs feel fresher during and after my long runs, and whatever the reason, I’ll take it. Read More…