So, this review has been a long time coming, but I had to get the right time to do it. I now have that time, etc.
Compression products in running are highly regarded, and used for many purposes from actual running in the apparel to use in recovery. I use all different sorts of compression apparel myself from compression shorts to compression calf sleeves and compression socks.
Enter Pro Compression socks.
I’ve used all different types of compression calf sleeves mostly, from Zensah and Adidas to your generic run-of-the-mill, cheap, no-name brand sleeves. Some with success, and some when directly in the trash.
I’d been in contact with the people at Pro Compression several times prior to owning any of their products, and they are great to be in contact with. Very helpful, informative, and personable most of all. Pro Compression is a small family run business doing all of their manufacturing in the U.S.A., and they are very active in the social media market. This is why they have been very informative and helpful. They respond so quickly with requests, etc.
One day, I received an Active.com promotion for Pro Compression, and I jumped at the opportunity to own a pair of their Marathon Socks, so I got at that time, their sock of the month, the orange marathon socks (pictured below):
The delivery was so quick to receive my socks, and the timing (at that time) was perfect. I was extremely sore and 2 days removed from a long run, still feeling the soreness. I immediately put the marathon socks on, and man, what a feeling it was (after spending a great amount of effort to get them on just like all compression apparel).
So, I finally get the socks on, and I could immediately feel the compression on my calves and feet, and it was incredible to feel the pressure in the right places almost like a self-massage without having to do the massaging. And the feeling on my feet was the same. Great comfort and cushion, and a great, tight feel that is snug around the feet. It was and is a great feeling.
After wearing the socks for the afternoon after receiving them, I noticed that the soreness I had in my legs was gone, and my legs felt normal again. This was only after wearing these for like 4 hours, and they worked that quickly. With other calf sleeves I’ve used, I can get that feeling, but after a day or 2 or sometimes after a good night sleep with them on, but not in such a short period of time.
A few weeks ago, I used them for the 1st time on one of my long runs, and the performance of the sock didn’t disappoint either. One thing I did learn from talking with the people at Pro Compression is that their socks are not seamless. They do have a seam running through the toe area; however, it is more on the top of the toe box, and it doesn’t cause any friction when running. This is an absolute true statement. I wore these socks on a 14 mile run, and I had no irritation on my toes whatsoever. No rubbing, nothing. While on the run, with the socks on, I could feel my calves working with each step, and I could feel the compression of the socks against the calves. As for the foot, it was cushioned and compressed, and was so comfortable sitting in the bed of the shoe.
Once my run was over, in the past, I’ve had the feeling of not being able to really take a decent step due to almost immediate soreness. With these marathon socks on, I had none of that. I had heavy legs after running 14 miles, but I didn’t feel any soreness in my calves or feet. This was my longest run ever at that time in both mileage and time, and I was expecting to not be able to walk. Not the case, and I was so thrilled. After driving home and sitting in the car, I still expected soreness when I got out. There was some, but it was so minimal, I didn’t pay it much mind. After taking the socks off, washing them, showering, etc., I did start to get some soreness in my legs, and I put the socks back on, and within an hour, my legs felt like normal and all soreness was gone.
I was so impressed with the marathon socks, I had to try their low-cut training socks. I’ve used Swiftwick, which claims to be compression, but they fall short in comparison to the Pro Compression sock.
These socks performed just as good as the full-length marathon sock, except just for the feet. The cushioning, the compression, the feeling while on the run, and most importantly AFTER the run, are all incredible. My feet don’t feel fatigues, and I don’t get those “HOT SPOTS” on my feet you hear runners talk about after runs. To add to all of this, over the weekend, I took to a 10+ mile trail run in some shoes I hadn’t worn in to run for a while, and on the trails, all the change in terrain plays havoc on your feet, ankles, etc. Today is Tuesday, and my feet in the arches were/are still sore from the trail venture and the shoes. I threw on the Pro Compression training socks, and the pains I had in both arches of my feet has all but disappeared. I can still feel some soreness, but in comparison to what I felt, these socks have done what they are advertised to do.
Pro Compression offers 4 different style socks, a marathon sock, which is a full-length, knee-high sock, a no-show training sock, a mid length sock, and an above the ankle training sock, called a tour club sock. And, most recently, Pro Compression has added a calf sleeve to their line. They also provide a nice variety of colors in both the training socks and the marathon socks.
I can’t wait to get their compression calf sleeves in my possession, and also can’t wait until they offer a royal blue color in their marathon and training socks, and add some colors to their compression sleeve line.
If you are having trouble recovering after runs, or feel you need a boost in your performance while on the run, I highly recommend the Pro Compression line of products. I know that they will be on my feet during my marathon in September and any other race I find myself entering.
*All photos provided by Chad Cerveny