“Disclaimer: I received a pair of Zensah Ultra compression sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”
One thing I’ve always noticed about runners is that we wear a lot of really tight clothing. Up until a year ago, I didn’t understand the purpose of compression gear. It just looked really tight and uncomfortable, and why would I want to pay for that?
Cut to my first experience with compression socks and knee sleeves, and now I love them. I’ve struggled with tendinitis in my right knee, and I find that wearing a compression sleeve to bed makes all the pain go away.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on ITBS (darn it!), but it does work on tired and sore muscles. The awesome folks at Zensah were kind enough to send me a pair of compression sleeves to try out. Like I said – I’ve only ever worn socks and knee sleeves. Compression socks were a key part of my post-long run recovery last summer, but I always felt like they were a little uncomfortable. I wear flip flops everywhere in the summer, and they look ridiculous with a pair of socks under them (unless you’re into that kind of thing).
Zensah’s calf sleeves are available in a bunch of really bright colors, including pink, green, and white. I went with blue, since it turned out to be my favorite shade of blue. For sizing, I chose a medium after consulting with some of my fellow BibRave Pros. Compression gear can be tricky, and it has to fit right or it’s pretty worthless – too tight and you’re in pain, and too loose and it’s basically a sock with the foot part cut off.
When I first tried to wear them, I was afraid that I ordered the wrong size. I have a really big foot (women’s size 10) and it was kind of difficult to get them over my foot. They weren’t lying about the “extra tight fit!” Once I did, they fit perfectly on my calf.
Since I’m still rehabbing and building my mileage, I knew I wouldn’t use these sleeves the same way I did with my compression gear during marathon training. I wore them around the house a lot, and they came in extra handy after I spent 12 hours traveling home from my trip to NY. If you have tired calves, I absolutely recommend them.
One thing I did differently with the Zensah sleeves was run in them. I usually hate running in any kind of compression – that means socks, knee sleeves, etc. I find that it gets too tight and restricts my motion, and it usually makes me overheat a little in the Florida sun. I wore these for a 3 mile run and I was happy to not have any of those restriction issues. I think it’s because the sleeves don’t cover a joint like the socks or knee brace would, so I was able to move a lot more freely!
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Check out some other reviews:
Angie - https://marathang.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/zensah-compression-sleeves-product-review/
Danielle - http://liverungrow.com/2015/03/16/bibrave-product-review-zensah-compression-socks/
Jessica - http://seejessrun711.blogspot.com/2015/03/zensah-ultra-compression-sleeves-review_18.html
Rachel - https://darlinrae.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/product-review-zensah-ultimate-compression-sleeves/
I'm Jenn! I'm a baker, blogger, sorta-runner, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida!