Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Perform Better, Recover Faster: RecoFit Compression Review and Giveaway!

What's that.... compression you say?  If you've been following along with my reviews, you probably remember that, as much as I have tried, I just can't run in compression socks/sleeves.  I've tried running in Injinji compression as well as CEP, and I can only get so far before I have to tear them off because they drive me crazy! Don't get me wrong, I love compression for recovery though..
So... why am I trying more?  Because I really want them to work!  So, rewind back to October when I attended the EstesTrail Ascent 3rd Annual US Trail Running Conference, representing Fuel 100.  While working at our booth, I had an opportunity to meet Susan Eastman Walton, the owner/founder of RecoFit.

So, we chatted a little bit about her company, and I relayed to her my woes of never being able to keep any kind of compression on while running.  She explained to my how different her RecoFit calf sleeves were.  What I learned is, RecoFit utilizes a unique carbon-based fabric in the calf areas that provide gradient compression, help muscles warm up and oxygenate faster, and of course reduce muscle vibration.  They certainly looked different than most compression sleeves I had looked at. Those usually look like tight socks...   these had a very unique feel, and I like the anatomical design.

So, I was persuaded to give these a try.  Susan helped me find the right size and sent me on my way.  I admit I was cautiously optimistic after getting home from the Conference.

What I noticed right away with the RecoFit sleeves was how light weight and cool they felt.  Not constricting, but certainly providing a really nice snug compression feel.  They felt great to wear, so I took them out on the trail...   after passing mile 2 I was so stoked... rather than giving me that claustrophobic constricting feeling that caused me to rip off other compression during a run.. they gave a really nice feeling that just kept getting better until I kind of forgot I had them on!

I remember getting back from the run and messaging Susan in all caps.. "I CAN RUN IN THESE!"  I was so excited.   Since that time I wear these on just about every run, and certainly every long run.  Can't say enough good things about the quality, design and performance from RecoFit!

I also love that RecoFit is a local company, designed/developed in Boulder, CO and made in the USA.  You can check all of their great products (yes, they do have a lot of other cool compression gear, and cool tights for the ladies) at their website:

Also, Susan has not only provided a pair of calf sleeves for me to give away, but has also set up a 15% off discount code for all of you.  You can use the code "barefoot" for 15% off which is good until April 8, 2016!!   So, if you don't win below, make sure you grab some..... they really do rock.

Ok... let's give a pair away!  Use the Rafflecopter thing-a-majig below to earn entries into the random drawing for a pair of RecoFit Calf Compression Sleeves.  And be sure to "like" Recofit on Facebook... that would be awesome (but not required). This contest is open to residents of the US only and will run until 10PM MST, March 23rd, 2016.   So enter early and often!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks again for tuning in....  have a great week!

Happy trails!



  1. i do indeed run in compression socks - particularly when racing longer distances (e.g. 42.2k or more)!

  2. Great blog post! Thanks for the info!!

  3. I don't, because I always struggle with finding the correct size (I have REALLY wide calves). I love how the website lists the calf circumference on the sizes - I know what size I need without guessing!

  4. Socks but only in the winter for warmth. :)

  5. I use compression calf sleeves most often. I do have some compression socks that I use now and again, but the sleeves are used most often.

  6. Hey jeff, nice review! Like you, I feel claustrophobic in compression sleeves and socks, would love to give these a try, though! :)


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