Call it a fad, but it works. Wearing compression socks as an athlete allows your muscles to recover faster. The simple logic lies in that they constrict blood flow to the area where worn causing your body to pump more blood to those constricted muscles increasing the recovery before, during, and after a strenuous workout.
I remember my first pair of Smartwools. How could I forget them-I still have them. My sister was living in Steamboat Springs, CO-the headquarters of Smartwool. She gifted this very pair to me for Christmas. It was 1998.
Since then my pile of Smartwool socks has grown. I have lightweight running ones, ski socks, hiking socks, the original, and now the compression socks.
- High Density Impact Zones with WOW technology: Higher density Smartwool Duroyarn in the heel and metatarsal areas for added protection and durability.
- Ultra Light non cushioning:Non cushioning in leg and foot to elminate bulk and improve fit.
- Mesh Zones for maximum ventilation.
And who cannot forget why we love the Smartwool technology in the first place:
A. Temperature regulation
B. Moisture Management
C. Odor Control:No moisture buildup, no bacterial growth=no odor
Yes, the compression socks work. Yes, they rock. I’ve been happy with mine since the moment I received them. They are lightweight, non bulky, don’t restrict too much, and the length is perfect as well. Most of the time that I wear them I hardly notice they are on. Not to mention, that sleeping in them is comfortable as well and your legs and feet don’t overheat running in them in higher temperatures. At $39.95 they are affordable as well.
Lastly, being produced in Steamboat Springs, CO, a mere 2 hr drive from my house, makes them local and I am all about supporting local American companies.