One of the advantages of blogging about the sport I love and spend a fair amount of time talking about, writing about and thinking about is that once in a while someone asks my opinion about something. The good folks at Bio Skin’s® sent me a pair of calf compression sleeves to test out.
From their web site: Bio Skin’s complete range of knee braces, ankle support, back braces, wrist braces, calf sleeves and compression clothing is constructed of patented proprietary fabrics – designed to enhance athletic performance and aid sports injury recovery.
Upon receiving their product I thanked the supplier and mentioned I had planned to wear them as recovery for my Graveyard 100k run (March 8/9) as I knew for sure my legs would be beat up, figured this was prime test drive material.
Bio Skin® is a unique, patented material designed to provide high-level compression without creating any discomfort. Bio Skin is thin and gives radial compression so it conforms nicely to the curves of the body.
Out of the box, the sleeves felt like a quality material, not a cheap spandex type item you might find at a discount store. These are a top end product made of a tri-laminate design to dramatically enhance comfort and wearability. It is constructed of Lycra on the inside and outside with a thin polyurethane “SmartsSkin” membrane in between. Yet, it is only 1.05mm thick and much stronger than neoprene and other fabrics used in orthopedics. The stretchy fabric felt nice to the touch not course or abrasive with no obviously sharp areas or seams that might dig into you. The sleeves I received were black in color and featured the Bio Skin’s® logo on the top.
Bio Skin’s® Calf Skins™ give excellent compression to ease the pain in injured calves or shins. The thin, breathable material allows perspiration to evaporate to keep you cool.
After completing the 100k race (5th overall male), it took about an hour to get cleaned up and back to my hotel. I put on the compression sleeves right away and laid down to take a short nap before my drive home. The sleeves went on easy and were not a challenge to get a comfortable fit. At this point I began to feel some soreness setting into my legs from the 100k, I laid down for about two hours and when I woke up my thighs were pretty sore but my calves were not.
I wore the skins for the rest of the night and proceeded to sleep in them. From most of my long run/race experience the morning after is the worst for soreness in my legs. And that was true again, my legs felt every mile of the 63 miles I ran…my quads were tight and a bit upset with me. But other than some slight soreness in my right Achilles my calves feel much better than my quads in general. I can’t say zero pain/soreness but I will say they feel about 80% better if I had to put a number on it.
Thank you Bio Skin’s® for allowing me to review your product I recommend it to anyone looking for a way to speed up recovery after a long run or race.