Friday, February 25, 2011

RecoFiT Compression Calf Sleeve Review


Susan Eastman Walton (president of Move Sport, Inc.) and her husband invented the RecoFiT sleeves to help with shin splints, among other things.  They further explored the compression concept and came up with a product that looked cool and had the versatility of wearing different socks.

Here are the benefit of compression according to their website, Recofitsports.com:
Humans have two circulatory systems.  Our cardiovascular system is comprised of arteries, veins, heart and lungs.  Our lymphatic system is a major part of our immune system and is comprised of nodes, ducts, tissue and vessels.  Each must work well for speedy and effective recovery and optimum health.
Circulation is normally aided by flexing muscles that help squeeze out waste by-products, lymph fluid and de-oxygenated blood.  Inactivity and the everyday effects of gravity can cause fluid pooling in the muscles and surrounding tissue, especially after vigorous exercise or trauma, slowing down recovery.  The right amount of compression can promote better circulation and recovery.
As if that wasn’t enough, vigorous exercise causes muscle damage, including micro-tears.  Inflammation is the body’s response to this damage.  Compression can help reduce excessive inflammation that might interfere with the recovery process and can help reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
Wear Recofit™Compression Components™ during and after exercise, while you’re sleeping, relaxing or while you’re on a plane.  They’ll help your muscles perform and recover faster and more efficiently so you’re better prepared for your next effort and your next day.

IMPORTANT: The RecoFit calf sleeves are right- and left-specific, which is necessary to ensure proper fit an optimal benefits.  Be sure the small RecoFit logo near the bottom hem sits over the outside ankle.
Who Should Wear RecoFit™Compression Components™?
- People who stand at their job for extended periods           
- Pregnant women
- People who travel long distances in cars and planes             
- Diabetics
- Athletes
- Anyone with poor circulation
The compression sleeves are made of 62% Nylon / 35% Spandex / 2% carbon. 



Secondary fabric 86% Nylon / 14% Spandex.
Other characteristics include:
GreatFiT:  (Gradient Recovery Exercise & Activity Technology) delivers gradient compression where it's needed most to reduce negative exercise + travel effects + maximize recovery
resistex:  Carbon-Based Compression Fabric:  Negative-Ion Circulation Assistance (NCIA), 36% Lycra, ribbed massage + compression effect, moisture-management + breathability
Secondary Support Fabric:  Medium-Compression, Self-massaging, technical Nylon/Lycra with raised interior surface for maximum breathability + moisture management
Technical Features:  Hems keep component in place but do not bind or inhibit circulation.  Contour + cross-grain-cut for maximum compression benefits, flat-seam stitching lays flat + does not irritate

Testing Conditions: 
I wore the calf compression sleeves during and after running and also while sleeping. 

Fit:
The calf compression sleeves were comfortable, providing support, but not too tight.  They are light weight and the seems did not scratch or irritate my legs.  The hems and snug fit kept them in place, but did not cut off circulation.   

Overall Impressions:
While running they provided good support and I had no complaints of shin splints or calf pain.  They were comfortable to wear for extended amounts of time after running as well.  Usually I don't like anything binding/constricting while sleeping, but I had no problem sleeping with the sleeves.  I also don't like sleeping with socks, so obviously no problem there either. 

These are comfortable to wear for extended amounts of time.  I really like that they are more than just an athletic product.  They're also great for travel, work (if you're on your feet a lot), pregnancy, or anyone else who needs help with venous blood return.

RecoFiT was kind enough to send us two pairs to try.  I was not paid to test their product, nor did I agree to give a positive review. 

3 comments:

  1. I was just over at Kovas' and mentioned how I own a pair of compression socks and although they are great after a while my toes hurt. The more i look at those black calf sleeves the more i would like a pair.

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  2. I have compression socks and tights and love them, but the sleeves sound great too!

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  3. This sounds like something that might be good for me as I sometimes get shin splints or tightness in my calves. I'd like to try these out sometime but they seem kind of expensive...I'll wait for some to go on sale. Great review.

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