Pro Compression Calf Sleeves Review & Discount Code! #KeepItTight
Recently I was given the chance to review Pro Compression calf sleeves through my relationship with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. Since I am in the midst of half marathon training, this opportunity could not have come at a better time. Compression socks and sleeves are popular amongst distance runners since they promote blood circulation which helps to reduce soreness while running and also aids in recovery post-run.
I was given the option of ordering either compression socks or compression calf sleeves and chose to order the sleeves since I sometimes wearing running shoes that have a split toe- plus I find the sleeves to be a lot more versatile but that is just my personal preference.
When ordering compression sleeves it is important to measure your calf size to ensure proper fitting. After using a body tape ruler to measure my calf, I came up with 12.5 inches and according to the sizing chart on their website that would put me in an extra small.
When I received them in the mail and first put them on the fit felt tight but accurate. A few months ago I had also purchased calf sleeves from CEP Compression which I was fitted for, so I at least had something to compare it to. Here is a side by side picture of the two brands:
As you can see, the Pro Compression brand is a bit shorter than CEP but what you can’t really tell from my photo is that the Pro Compression sleeves are a bit thicker and have a wide band for added comfort. Pro Compression also states that their socks and sleeves are made of moisture wicking material and is designed with true graded compression which promotes circulation up from your feet and ankles toward your knees. Like I mentioned earlier, this helps to reduce swelling and inflammation both during and post-run.
The compression sleeves came in the mail when I was on vacation so I didn’t get to try them out until I arrived home a few days later. Thankfully, the day after I came home was Monday which is a scheduled running day for me and I was excited to try them out!
To be honest, I have never actually worn compression sleeves while running before, only for post-run recovery. Since I wasn’t sure what to expect it, I went for a quick 4 mile run to see how they felt and get a general idea of how compression would influence my running mechanisms and performance. While I don’t think 4 miles is really long enough to make any definitive conclusion, I have to say that they felt comfortable, and didn’t hinder my performance in any way. I did run up several large hills and I will say that the compression sleeves helped to control the muscle movement which allowed me to tackle each hill with more effort and less stress of my calf muscles.
My next run that I had scheduled was a long run on Wednesday. Don’t ask me why I schedule my long runs in the middle of the week but I do and I had a date with an 11 miler starting at 5:15 that morning. While I didn’t wear the compression sleeves during the run (it was 88 % humidity and I am unaccustomed to that), I did put them on as soon as I got home!
I wore them all day and you better believe that the first chance I had to get off my feet, I put them up and enjoyed a large glass of Nuun to rehydrate. Honestly, these compression sleeves felt like heaven and made a huge difference in speeding up my recovery. Usually I am all sorts of sore later in the day after my long run and am definitely sore and a little worse for the wear the following day. I actually felt good enough the next day to run a 10k practice run for my race this past Saturday when usually I try to take it easy.
This is not to say that the CEP calf sleeves don’t work- because I have used them for post-run recovery as well but there is definitely a tighter feel to the Pro Compression sleeves vs. the CEP sleeves.
Overall, I have to say that I really like the Pro Compression sleeves that I tried and certainly found them to speed up my recovery time. I also love that they are made in the USA which is always a bonus. They also sell the sleeves in a variety of other fun colors such as; neon green & yellow, purple and a fabulously pretty pink which I am dying to buy! If you’re interested in the socks over the sleeves they have really fun colors and patterns and always feature a sock of the month! Here is this month’s sock:
Fun, right?!? I know you’re dying to check them out now so if you head on over to Pro Compression and decide you want a pair, you can enter the discount code PINK for 40% off your entire purchase! Even if you’re not interested in calf sleeves of calf compression socks they sell really cute and colorful trainer and runner socks! I’m definitely going to stock up!
Have you ever tried compression wear for running? Do you prefer socks or sleeves?