Monday, July 20, 2015

SLS3 Compression Socks and Tech Tee Review

The benefits for compression gear have been debated.  Some doctors say it can provide a benefit while some doctors say that using it after your run can aid in recovery.  There are some doctors that say you should use it during and after your runs and other doctors that say that there is no benefit.  I am not a doctor, but I am a huge fan of compression gear, both during and after my races.  I have personally felt the difference and it help me beat shin splints.  That alone is worth the price of admission.

It is said that wearing compression gear improves blood flow inside muscles and the surrounding tissue.  Proper blood flow is essential in performing at your peak and compression gear may really help.  Have you ever had that heavy leg feeling?  Compression gear can assist in getting the blood flowing and allowing the blood in your legs to make it back to your heart.  This process can help move out metabolic waste like Lactic Acid, which will help delay the onset of fatigue.  It also helps to keep you’re the muscles in your legs from vibrating when your feet impact the ground, which is great for people who suffer from shin splints.

Not all compression gear is created equally though.  You want to look for compression gear that says it has graduated compression.  This means that it has the greatest compression in the ankles, which will help send the blood back up your legs.  Many of the cheaper compression sleeves don’t provide true graduated compression.  The optimal pressure range for compression socks and tights is 20-30mmHg.

SLS3 was founded in 2004 by two German triathletes who fell in love and were both very passionate about being triathletes.  They started by making a triathlon suit, short, top and compression socks.    After all, that is all that was needed to do a triathlon and they didn’t have much money.  As they have grown, they started to branch out to cover what their customers wanted.  Now each item is custom designed from scratch and tested by them.  If it meets their high standards, then they put the item into production.  Most of their products are made in the USA.  They believe in keeping a small carbon footprint and partnering with smaller businesses. 

I got to test the Allrounder compression sock and the SLS3tech tee.  I have to admit that I have tried 3 different compression socks from other, well known, companies.  Each of those socks had little padding and the compression on my toes caused blisters, every time I ran in them.  I was very skeptical, but kept an open mind.  The Allrounder does have more padding than many of the compression socks that I have tried.  While they were difficult to put on, as with all compression socks, I felt that they fit very well.  I never felt like the top of the cuff was cutting off my circulation either, which I have had issues with in the past. 

The Allrounder is made with 20-30 mmHg of graduated compression, seamless TekWeb technology to prevent blisters, and premium materials which kept my legs feeling cool and energized during my last half marathon.  They come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and cost $45.90 each ($27.54 with coupon code RWI40).
True graduated compression (20-30 mmHg)
Great fit without causing blisters
May delay the onset of fatigue
May reduce recovery time
Great price ($45.90 at the SLS3 website)

I also got to test out the SLS3 tech tee.  While it is similar to most of the tech tees that I have in my collection, I did feel that the SLS3 tech tee did wick moisture away better than most of my tech tees and fit better as well.  It comes with the SLS3 logo on the front and back.  On the back it also says “Make your impact… swift lickety-split!”  The tech tee has a looser fit to not restrict range of motion and is hip length to provide full coverage.  I really like the tech tee, which you can buy for $34.90 ($20.94 with coupon code RWI40) at the SLS3 website.

I am very pleased with the Allrounder compression socks and SLS3 tech tee.  They are made with premium materials and I feel that you get a good product for a decent price.  I will definitely be buying more of the compression socks as these are the only compression socks that do not give me blisters.  They fit and feel great.  SLS3 is offering 40% of to my readers by using the offer code RWI40 at checkout.

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Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. Compression sock is really conformity for cross training