Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tiux. I received a free pair of compression socks for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
First off, I don’t have a lot of experience with compression socks. I found them prohibitively expensive for something that seems really hit and miss with runners. Some people swear by them, either during a run or for recovery, and some people either don’t like them or just don’t find they help.
Before going on a running-related road trip I broke down and bought a pair because I had heard compression socks are good for recovery, especially when stuck sitting in a plane or vehicle for long periods of time. I didn’t have much time to shop around so I picked up so I grabbed a pair of 2XU socks at a nearby store, in the only colour they had in stock, black. I think they cost about $50-60.
During the trip I wore them before and after a 20 km run. I didn’t necessarily notice an improvement in recovery but that trip was so crazy it would be hard to properly evaluate.
I later tried wearing the 2XU socks during a long run (over 20 km) when I was training for the Vancouver marathon. As soon as I started running I could feel the socks constricting my leg making every step seem more difficult. After a while it got a bit better and I noticed the socks less. I wondered if I had got the right size but according to the size chart I did! The lady had been helping me at the store even told me some people go a size down for extra compression. Eek!
Anyway, I don’t think I’ve worn them since.
Tiux Compression Socks
When Tiux contacted me to review their product, I was excited to give compression socks another kick at the can! I asked specifically if they could send me the neon pair with the blue stripe (although the black with neon stripe ones look pretty badass too) and they happily agreed.
Tiux is a small online startup aimed at providing affordable compression socks by reducing overhead costs such as brick and mortar stores. Their socks are graduated compression socks which means they have a higher compression at the ankle and gradually decreases towards the calf. According to their website:
Graduated compression will enhance circulation and increase the level of oxygenated blood to your legs, while pumping deoxygenated blood back to your heart. Stimulating blood flow helps athletes improve performance, reduce muscle fatigue and recover faster.
Other benefits of compression socks include:
- Muscle and Joint Stabilization
Reduces the risk of injuries and muscle tears by minimizing muscle oscillation.
- Enhanced Proprioception
Improves agility with heightened sense of muscle awareness.
- Increased Arterial Inflow
Improves performance with greater blood flow and oxygen delivery to the muscles.
- Increased Venous Return
Accelerates the rate of blood flow back to the heart to help alleviate swollen and achy legs.
On Friday I gave my Tiux socks a 7.5 km trial run and then put them to the real test on Sunday with a 20 km trail run up and down a mountain. After my last experience with compressions socks, I made sure to bring an extra pair of normal socks with me just in case.
I was relieved to find that these socks actually fit my calves and didn’t cause any distress when running. Sure they were tight, but I wasn’t breaking a sweat just trying to cram my legs into them!
The neon yellow/green colour is fantastic and weirdly enough the blue stripe matched my new shoes perfectly. Because that’s what matters most, right!? They’re also great for visibility in the woods but bad for hide-and-seek.
I rocked it up the mountain in my Tiux socks and my legs felt great the whole time! As a bonus, they protected my legs from the scratchy bushes and branches that were encroaching on parts of the trails.
The run took about 6 hours in total. When we got back to our cars, I was pretty exhausted but my legs felt good considering! I even went on a hike the next day and a 6 km run the following day. Usually, I would take at least a day off after a big day like that so maybe the socks really do help recovery? I’m going to keep wearing them and see how things go!
If you are new to compressions socks or are looking for an affordable option, you should definitely check out Tiux. For only $35 US they won’t break the bank and they come in a few awesome colours!
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Tiux also have a great return policy. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your order for any reason, they will provide a full refund, less shipping and handling.