Anybody that has trained for an endurance event such as a marathon or half-marathon knows how essential muscle recovery is for performance. Proper recovery allows muscle tissue to rebuild following tough workouts.
Compression can help your legs in several ways by increasing blood flow. When you’re wearing compression on your legs your muscles are squeezed which increases blood flow to your heart. The blood flow away from the legs also helps to remove waste and toxins from your legs.
SLS3 is a company owned by two German pro triathletes. They produce triathlon gear such as wet suits, shorts and tops as well as compression socks, sleeves and shorts. From their website:
SLS3 FXC compression sleeves boost bloodflow by about 34%. This increases oxygen delivery to the working muscles to enhance their performance. The circulation improvements also help the body eliminate metabolic waste products like lactic acid more easily.
The combination of these effects allows you to work longer and harder, delaying the onset of fatigue.
• 20-30 mmHG of graduated compression
• Seamless TekWeb technology
• Muscle Stability
• Increased Bloodflow
• Cooling effect and UV protection
We were given an opportunity to try out their compression sleeves and are totally in love. We’ve had the compression sleeves for close to a month now which has given us ample time to test them out and shape our opinions.
First impression after trying these on were how tight they were. The difference between SLS3 and other brands we own was drastic. Many brands advertise compression products such as socks, that when tried on, feel no different than a knee-high pair of tube socks. With SLS3, we truly loved how snug they were. The sleeves were comfortable, did not cause itching or irritation and stayed in place through difficult workouts.
Travis did a ton of running in his pair of sleeves during the final weeks of training for the Chicago Marathon. He had only used compression in the past for strictly recovery after a run, but he instantly felt a difference. He was so impressed with how his calves felt while running that he decided he was going to wear them during the Chicago Marathon. He suffered major cramping in his legs during the race from miles 22-26. The only muscle in his legs that did not cramp – his calves. He plans to continue to use them on any run stretching more than an hour.
While I haven’t been running nearly as much or as long as Travis has been, I’ve still been managing to sneak in some runs when time allows. I’ve been wearing the sleeves for recovery purposes. After a run I put the sleeves on before I go to sleep and wear them overnight. I wake up in the morning and my calves feel great! My calves are always the first place I feel tightness after a workout so I love having the ability to take away that soreness easily. Now that Travis is just about done with his racing season my runs will ramp back up again and I plan on using the SLS3 sleeves frequently!
We opted to try their sleeves versus the full sock. This was done for a specific reason. We are both very particular with what we wear on our feet while training and racing. With Chicago being so close we did not want to risk un-necessary blisters, hot spots, etc. I state this fact to highlight no fault to SLS3 but rather to be clear with our readers our personal views on equipment.
Using the sleeves rather than the socks allowed us to continue training close to a big race while introducing a new product and reaping a benefit from the product.
There are a wide variety of color options for both the socks and sleeves as well as a patterned version as well! Be sure to check them out!
The folks at SLS3 are allowing us to give away a pair of compression socks or sleeves to one lucky reader. For entry, please click here. SLS3 has also given us a code to share that will get you 40% off of your purchase! To take advantage please visit their website at SLSTri.com and at checkout, enter MRTT40.
What color socks/sleeves would you choose?