Saturday, August 25, 2012

Injinji Compression Socks Review and Giveaway!

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Ok... the more I look at the picture of the lone floating leg above, I can't help but think of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story!  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you are really missing out... so check out the DVD :-)

Anyway, distracted before I even started.  I've done a few reviews on Injinji Toesocks before... covering both the Performance Series and the Outdoor Series.  Injinji's are basically the only sock I run in (when wearing socks) just because of the great performance and the comfort of the toe sock style.

That being said, I was happy to have an opportunity to try out the their compression toe socks.  AND.. even happier to give away a pair to a lucky reader, but more on that later.



I hadn't really heard about compression socks until a friend said she used them to recover after runs.  I wear compression type shirts and pants in the winter, mostly to keep warm.  So, I posted a question to the Barefoot/Minimalist Runners group on Facebook, asking if anyone ran in them or just used them for recovery.  The question I asked was "Over the calf compression socks..who uses them, and do you wear them for running, for recovery, to look stylish in Bermuda shorts and Birkenstocks?"    It was kind of a mixed bag as some people wore them for running, but most used them for recovery only.  The best answer came from Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton who said  " I was told they would help me recover between two marathons I did in 2 consecutive days. I wore them on the plane ride (1st marathon was in Indiana, 2nd was in California) and while sleeping. Not during the marathon. It didn't work. I failed to achieve my goal in the second marathon. I had planned to run a little more than 5 hours, but I finished in a little less than 5 hours."  Ha! that cracked me up. 

Well.. the gist is, wearing compression socks as a recovery tool can help increase blood circulation and help with soreness and overall recovery of your legs.  


Yeah.. my wife digs this look...
So...  I decided to try these after a particularly rough run... I think it may have been my first run over 10 miles.  I did find that when putting them on, the compression provided a certain soothing comfort... enough so that I wish they were waist high!  I do most of my running in the early morning, and then stand at my standing desk while working all day.  So, having these on while working was very comfortable.  Personally, I do feel a difference when I wear these after longer runs or when my calves are sore.  And of course, with the Injinji individual toe sleeves, my toes were happy as well.

Here are the specs and details on the construction from Injinji:

  • Coolmax/Nylon/Lycra blend
  • 65% COOLMAX freshFX     15% Nylon      20% Lycra
  • Reduces Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (Doms)
  • Accelerates Recovery Of Muscle Force Capacity
  • Machine wash on warm or hand wash your toesocks after each use, and line dry

 You can find a pair of these at REI, or on Amazon, and the retail for around $38.  Yes... a little pricey for socks, but as a recovery tool (and fashion statement), I think they are a good value.  Granted, I have not tried other brands of compression socks, but I was a really happy with the fit and the results. 

So... would you like a pair?  I have one pair to giveaway to a lucky reader.  Unfortunately I only have one size, so if you wear a Mens size 8-10.5 shoe, or Womens 9-11.5, these are perfect!  

I'm also trying out Rafflecopter for entries, so I hope this makes it easier for all to participate.  Follow the instructions on each option below to earn entries.  Contest will close on Saturday, September 1st, at 10PM MST.  Winners will be selected at random from all entries using random.org.   Contest limited to residents of  the U.S. and Canada. 

Good luck and happy trails!!

Jeff

a Rafflecopter giveaway





23 comments:

tweetyscute said...

My husband loves injinji toe socks

Anonymous said...

Never used injinji but other ones seem to be working to some degree. It's always worth giving a try ;)

TinaFab said...

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TinaFab said...

i love my 1 pair of injinjis. I also wear compression so would love to try these!!! woot.

Ben Nell said...

Injinji are the only socks I wear for running and work.

Kyle said...

Haven't tried the injinji compression socks yet, but I have a pair of CEP compression sleeves that I love.

Anonymous said...

I would love love to try these socks. My legs hurt at night and my feet are always cold. These might just be the ticket to ride! Thanks for the chance to win. Peace! Kristin Troska

Alex said...

Love Injinjis! Can't wait to try their compressions!

Anthony Matesi said...

I love my Injinji socks. Just lost a pair to being torn on an obstacle course last weekend. Maybe these can replace them :-)

Rishan said...

I love injinjis and im sick of having to wear calf sleeves and then injinjis

Melissa said...

I love Injinjis!

Anonymous said...

I've worn Injinji toe socks for 3 years, and I cannot imagine not wearing them on my distance walks and races. Roxanne

J said...

getting a pair of performance this weekend :)

Ryan said...

I love my Injinji socks and knowing they have a compression version, I may have to upgrade!

aallen66 said...

Would love to see what those are like, thanks for the chance to win.

megan aldinger said...

I love my Injinji's!!! And look forward to trying out the compression socks!

Stacey said...

Love the toe socks and compression socks, it would be great to win a pair that does both!

McDuff said...

I have worn the injinji socks for a few years now and have always been pleased with their comfort!

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