2XU Compression Calf Sleeves and Socks Review

Disclaimer: I received a sample box of 2XU Performance Run Calf Sleeves and a pair of Racing VECTR socks 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!”

I love compression gear. Like LOVE, love it. I have several pair of compression calf sleeves and full long socks that I wear both during runs and after for recovery. I was so impressed with my 2XU Hyoptik Tights that I jumped at the chance to try and out review a pair of their calf sleeves and socks for BibRave.

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Out of the box, the first thing I noticed about both the sleeves and the socks was how lightweight they were. I have some compression sleeves and socks that are pretty thick material. But don’t let the lightweight material fool you. These things have a very good compressive feel. For most of my trials I wore both the sleeves and the socks together, overlapping the socks over the sleeves a bit to give me almost a seamless squeeze from my toes to my knees.

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The Training VECTR Socks feature the 2XU proprietary X:LOCK Support System designed to optimize footstrike and push off while preventing abrasion. I could definitely feel the added support around my arches. I also really liked the dry mesh panels in the socks. In our warmer climate my socks can get soaking wet with sweat after a good, hard run. The thinner material and dry mesh panels will help them dry out quicker. That plus the celliant yarns – a technical textile that thermoregulates body temperature make these a great sock for my warmer spring runs.

I was equally impressed with the Performance Run Calf Sleeves. I really liked the graduated compression around my calves and the integrated zoned breathability panels: again a huge plus for me in our warm, humid weather.

I wore the calf sleeves for my recent marathon where it got really warm and really humid quickly. I had zero issues with the sleeves during the race and was thankful that I wore them the next day when I was able to walk without too much pain or shuffling.

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2XU has a good video describing all of the technical details behind the Performance Run Calf Sleeves.

All in all I can see me using the socks and sleeves both together and separately repeatedly in the future. They provided very good compression, were lightweight enough for me to use them year-round, and did not rub or cause any blisters. Plus the sleeves come in a huge variety of colors. The brighter the better for me. 🙂

You can save 15% off your 2XU purchase right now with the code “TRAIN15” too!

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Friday Five – Top 5 gifts for runners

With Christmas fast approaching you may be scratching your head on what to get the runner in your life. For today’s Friday Five, I’m listing my top five favorite gifts for runners.

1. Road ID – I do not leave for my run without my Road ID on. It’s comforting to know that all of my important emergency contact information is quickly accessible to emergency responders if, heaven forbid, something happens to me. Plus they can work as a medical alert bracelet.

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2. iPod Shuffle – I don’t always run with music, but when I do I love my iPod Shuffle. I’ve been running with a Shuffle for years now and have been through about 6 of them. I’m a sweaty McSweaty person when I run. I’ve waterlogged a few. But they hold a ton of music, are super lightweight and clip easily to anywhere on your clothing. Plus I like that you can create different playlists for different running moods.

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3. Compression socks – Ohhh these things are like buttah on your feet and calves. There are a bazillion different brands out there to choose from, but my personal favorites are the Zensah compression socks and sleeves. They know how to do compression and do it comfortably.

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4. Running visor and shirt from Punk Rock Racing – I love that their clothing is unisex and fitting for that bad-ass runner in your life, be them male or female. When I put their running clothes on I feel a little more rebellious, a little more kick-ass, a little more PUNK. And that usually translates to a little more speedy!

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5. FlipBelt – I just did a big write-up about these guys in yesterday’s post. And I’m posting about them again today. Yes. I like them that much! Love my FlipBelt! Such a great way to carry all of your personal stuff hands-free while working out.

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I still have discount codes to hand out. You can receive 33% off your FlipBelt order by commenting below. What’s on your Holiday Fit List??