From Fellrnr.com, Running tips
I've tried a number of different graduated compression bottoms for both recovery and training. I was initially skeptical of the benefits of compression clothing, but I've become a believer over time. My [[Why compression clothes|review of the available research]] indicates that compression clothing is a worthwhile investment. Personally, I found wearing compression clothing while training improves comfort and reduces leg pain. I have also found that wearing compression clothing makes a significant difference to recovery. Recovery compression tights reduce discomfort while they are worn, and they also reduce overall recovery times. I even [[Zeo Sleep Monitor|sleep]] in compression tights on occasion.
Calf sleeves are cheaper and more popular than full tights and offer most of the advantages. I prefer to run in the 2XU sleeves, and have the Zoot Ultra as a spare pair. I often wear the Zensah sleeves for recovery.
| 3: 14.5"-16.0
| [http://go.fellrnr.com/?id=35454X937677&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB005CRKNQC Zensah]
| Good if they fit
| Lots, including White
| MD: 12.5" – 15.5"
==Zoot Ultra Calf Sleeves==
The Zoot Ultra sleeves are quite similar to the 2XU sleeves. Compared with the 2UX they are not quite as elastic, not quite a thin and not quite as comfortable, but they come a close second. I found they did not stay up quite as well as the 2XU, and I found the length caused me some minor Achilles tendon problems.
==Zensah Calf Sleeves==
The [http://go.fellrnr.com/?id=35454X937677&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB005CRKNQC Zensah sleeves] were remarkably comfortable and are available in a wide range of colors. However, they fell down with
their limited range of sizes and poor elasticity, making it harder to get the right fit. If the Zensah sleeves fit you then they are a good choice for cooler conditions or recovery, but their thickness makes them rather warm. (I regularly wear my Zensah sleeves for recovery .) ==CEP Compression Sleeves== The [http://go.fellrnr.com/?id=35454X937677&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fcep-allsport-compression-sleeve-black CEP sleeves] are much tighter than I would recommend, especially around the lower part of the calf and ankle. Even though they have reasonable elasticity, they only come in three sizes so getting the right fit may be tricky, compounding the tightness issues. The CEP sleeves are quite long and I find they annoyed my Achilles tendon (I don' t typically have Achilles issues). On the positive side, the CEP sleeves are reasonably thin, they stay in place well, and there is no band at the top or bottom of the sleeve. I tried the CEP sleeves in the next size up from the recommended size and while this improved the comfort, the compression was still rather high.
==Mizuno Calf Sleeves==
I found that the Mizuno calf sleeves were not as comfortable as those higher on my list. They do have a higher level of compression, and good elasticity, but if you want something with more pressure, look at the CEP sleeves.
The [http://go.fellrnr.com/?id=35454X937677&xs=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fdp%2FB003YXXA7U Skins] sleeves are the most comfortable sleeves I tried, mostly because they provide so little compression. Without the compression, these do not seem worth buying.
==Salomon Exo IV==
The best word to summarize the [http://go.fellrnr.com/?id=35454X937677&xs=1&xcust=Self&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSalomon-Mens-Exo-Calf-Tight%2Fdp%2FB007FQWLM2 Salomon Exo IV] is 'horrible'. They have almost no elasticity, so the chance of getting a good fit is extremely low, and the level of compression they provide is likely to change significantly as your muscles warm up and expand.