Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Try it Tuesday: Zensah Compression Sock Review


First, thanks for all of the words of encouragement on my RnR Arizona Marathon race report!  Going for that aggressive of a goal, I knew that there was a 50/50 chance of a spectacular explosion.  Giving myself a sort of consolation prize, I suppose that it speaks volumes to my current level of fitness that the race on Sunday was my 5th fastest (out of 15) marathon ever.

Yesterday I was having a good email conversation back and forth with Jamoosh, who also had some marathon race issues, during which he made a good point about races being a snapshot in time. (He posted a really good summary of it)  Sometimes the snapshot captures you riding a unicorn – other times the unicorn is poking out your teeth with it’s unicorn horn.  On Sunday, I got the horn (TWSS).

Second (I’ll get to the socks, promise – because they ruled) how has your training been going for the Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Virtual race?  I’ve been moping around the house complaining about my sore quads.  I’m planning on using this race to get back into speedy form and set a baseline of my fitness.  How are you using the race???


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A week or so ago, the marketing guru behind the Zensah twitter feed tweeted me asking if I wanted to try on a pair of recovery socks and let the world know what I thought.  Since I KNEW that I had a big time marathon coming up and would need some compression (foreshadowing perhaps?) I kindly said “yes please” and before I could say “How do you pronounce Zensah?” I had a new black pair of snuggly compression socks in my hands.  Also? I had these two in my hands.
For the record? Those folks at Zensah are no dummies...

Zensah compression socks make use of graduated compression to enhance blood circulation and oxygen flow to increase performance. With Zensah compression socks, you are able to run farther, bike longer, and train harder.  Our compression socks are the only compression socks to incorporate arch support as part of the compression sock - allowing your legs to last longer during marathons, races, or long rides. The compression socks have been designed and engineered by athletic trainers using seamless technology which ensures superior comfort and prevents any chafing or skin irritation common with other compression socks. The compression socks make use of graduated compression technology to provide muscle support for both your shins and calves.

So, if you skimmed over that, essentially what they said was that Zensah has arch support AND seamless technology that combine to make them perfect for wearing while on the run. Seems like solid thinking.  I tried mine out after my race on Sunday and really liked not only how they went on rather easily but at the same time seemed to feel tighter than some of the other socks I’ve bought before.  Per the Zensah website, compression socks are great for racing, recovery, and traveling.  I used mine for recovery and traveling my ass from the chair to the fridge.


Even though I cramped up during the race, I could really tell that my lower legs received some much needed TLC post race.  Today, two days post race, my calves and shins feel right as rain where as my non-compressed quads feel dark like the bottom of an underwear drawer.

Pros:
  • I didn’t feel like I was going to give myself a hernia pulling the things on
  • Soft, supple calves -  the day of a marathon
  • Zensah models in their brochures
  • While I didn’t review them, Zensah also offers a “compression dress sock” which saves me from explaining why my socks are strange colors

Cons:
  • At $50, they aren’t cheap enough to have 10 pairs, but they are cheap enough to have a few in the rotation
  • Only non-black/white color that were offered for men was pink.  Pink? Hmmm

Overall?   I honestly think that the Zensah socks are some of my favorite thus far.  I really like the fact that they go on without feeling like I'm busting a nut but also are snug enough that you can run in them.  So, they get my seal of approval:

16 comments:

Dean Ouellette said...

Dude, what do you have against pink?

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

They had pink for guys? Really? I love zensah. I have their capri pants and wore them on my first marathon. I have a different brand sock...didn't know they made a sock so I will have to try. great review..!

pensive pumpkin said...

I bought the compression leg sleeves (?) in pink to match one of my running skirts. Because I'm cool like that.

They are great for running in as well as recovery. At first I had doubts, but love compression and my VFFs and didn't want to choose between the two. You should totally get the pink. ; )

TriMOEngr said...

Don't own any compression socks yet. But I typically don't run far enough to need them most of the time.

I'm using the FYTO race to just make sure I get off my butt on a day that I might otherwise tend to say "Nah - too cold". I wish there were virtual races EVERY weekend!

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

I don't really wear compression because honestly I don't have calf problems. If anything needs compression, it's my quads, and I don't want full tights (too hot). I might need some bike short things.

Char said...

Are the pink ones the dress socks? For a little splash of colour under that conservative suit that says 'I'm a fun guy.'

Sue's Ramblings said...

Why didn't you tell me about Zensah before my crap-a-listic run on Sunday????!!!! I thought we were friends??? Hahahahaha

http://ramblings-sue.blogspot.com/2012/01/mizuno-wave-run-2012-10km.html

Scallywag said...

I have but one complaint- you should have got the pink. They would really have suited you!

Races are always like that- you train your ass off and they either rock, suck or are dang mediocre. Ive never managed to work out the trick to them and I always go off much much too fast.

Im keen for your virtual 5k, Im going to use it as a study of my fitness levels and use flat ground and go as fast as I can, maybe even a track. :O

Scallywag said...

Also, dude, wheres our 5k preparation tips?! I swear you originally promised them!

What sort of hard drinking, marathon running, father of one are you? Ha ha

Jamoosh said...

I have a couple of pair of compression socks and some compression sleeves. I think I like the sleeves a little better because I can wear whatever socks I want.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I think pink is a perfect color for guys, isn't it?

Nobel4Lit said...

I got a pair for half price and have switched to those over my other compression gear because they don't squeeze and (uncomfortably) tight.

Katie said...

you know, I would much rather go after the spectacular goal and know that there's a huge chance I might explode. it's so much more interesting than going after the barely goal and making it. i mean. seriously. YAWN.

gene @boutdrz said...

i noticed that in both of your more recent posts, your tongue is sticking out in both pictures.
what's up with that?
and...a leather recliner? what? i thought you were around 30, not 80. hmmmm...that warm AZ weather has preserved you well.....
I am using the FYTO race as an excuse to take another picture of uranus. oh, wait. i meant Uranus.
whew.....

Running Through Phoenix said...

i'm a big fan of the compression sleeves and own several pairs. All in black. All of my calf problems disapeared once I started wearing compression.

1f5d75a0-f016-11e2-a37d-000bcdcb471e said...

Love the review - here is some other Compression gear to check out.