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Why I Love My Newest Gear from 2XU [Review + Discount]

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If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that since I started running, I’ve fallen in love with 2XU. It all started when my sports doctor recommended a pair of 2XU compression tights. Since then, my collection of compression gear has grown. Compression is a HOT topic in the running world. There are many benefits of compression, and it’s a tool that I like to use both on runs and in recovery. 

loving the 2XU booth at the Hot Chocolate expo this year. Also saw them at the runDisney expo!

My most recent addition to my compression collection are the  performance run calf sleeves and vectr socks from 2XU. IMG_2562

Vectr Socks

The great thing about compression calf sleeves vs full compression socks is that you can wear your favorite running sock with them. The kind of running socks you wear can literally make or break your run!  

Bad socks = blisters, rubbing and painful miles. Good socks = blissful miles! I don’t want to feel my socks on my run. The best sock is one you forget you are wearing, and the vectr sock is exactly that! 

To find the best sock, look for one with strategic padding and high quality material. IMG_2561The vectr socks feature X-LOCK technology that reduces friction which reduces the chance of blisters. The X-LOCK also supports the arch of your foot and ankle for impact cushioning. 

You will notice there is a specific sock for the right and left foot – this is not because you don’t know how to put socks on. Each sock has specific padding and fit for the corresponding foot. IMG_3129

The vectr socks are breathable (no stinky feet here!) and lightweight making them perfect for any season of running. They are also cute & come in fun colors (major plus in my book)!

Compression Sleeves

I pair my 2XU vectr socks with the performance calf sleeves. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!IMG_3116IMG_2709Could they be worn separately? Yes, but I wear them together. This allows me to get all the compression benefits from the sleeves, like faster muscle warm up & reduced muscle soreness, and the supreme comfort of the vectr socks. FullSizeRender

The compression sleeves are also perfect for all seasons. They are made from a PWX compression fabric that is breathable & sweat wicking. They feature a seamless construction for maximum comfort and come in all different colors from neutrals to brights. IMG_2577

How I use them

Compression sleeves I use mainly on runs or during some sort of activity. I especially like to use them when my muscles are tired or sore. The vectr socks are great on runs too. The padding and cushioning makes for some really comfortable miles. IMG_2968

This combo can also be worn for recovery purposes. If my legs feel tired in the morning, I will put these on to get my legs psyched up for a run later. I also will leave them on for a little bit post run! 

Wearing 2XU gear may induce jumping on runs 😛 

2xu jump

Why I’m in love!

All my 2XU gear is extremely comfortable and really helps with my performance. That is what they are all about: human performance multiplied.
They compression sleeves and vectr socks are no exception. They are so comfortable I forget I am wearing them and they make my muscles and feet happy. These are an awesome addition to my compression collection and a great tool to have for long runs & recovery. 

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The Great Debate about Compression Socks: Is it Heart or Hype?

In the running world, compression socks are everywhere. You see them as a part of running outfits on casual runs and at races. They have become a total fashion statement. They come in fun prints, bright colors and even seasonal patterns. For some, compression socks are part of the ‘running essentials’, and to others it’s just all hype. As an active part of the running community, I hear people talk about this all the time. Do compression socks really make a difference in running? Are they necessary? Let’s answer those questions: is compression heart or hype?

When I started running, I was obviously new to the sport and didn’t know what shoes to be wearing let alone whether compression was necessary or not. I was first introduced to compression gear by my sports doctor. I had an unhappy muscle and he recommended 2XU compression tights to help me recover form the injury faster and help that muscle perform better during running. I gave compression tights a try and they really worked. Now I own several pairs of compression socks and tights. compression socks

How does compression work?

Compression gear, tights, socks, sleeves, promote blood flow to the muscles. This is beneficial because it increases your performance by increasing oxygen delivery to the muscles. Increased blood flow to your muscles also helps them recover faster. Are you feeling sore? Throw on some compression gear, it will help reduce soreness. Compression also reduces muscle oscillation (muscle movement) which keeps your muscles from getting as fatigued. Essentially, you stay strong, longer. 

As you can see, these benefits are extremely beneficial in an endurance sport such as running. 

Different types of compression socks.

There are lots of options when it comes to compression socks; however the benefits are the same. You can choose from a knee length sock or a calf sleeve. Advantage to calf sleeve is you can wear your favorite running socks. 

Calf sleeve is best used during activity. I.E.: walking, running or standing. Full sock is best used during activity OR recovery. I.E.: long periods of sitting, post run. 

My favorites:
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X Performance Run Sock IMG_9678

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Performance Run


There are several compression brands and I have tried several of them. 2XU is my favorite. I find that their products are very well made and engineered to work. I highly recommend. 

Heart or Hype? 

Compression socks are not just hype, the benefits of compression have been proven by science. Are compression socks necessary? No, they are not an absolute must for everyone. Will they help you? Probably!

I don’t wear compression socks on every single run, but I do use them as a tool to help me be a stronger runner and recover faster.

Everyone is different, so I suggest you give compression socks a try before you bash them. Try it on a short run and on a long run and see how they work for you. 

Want to learn more? 2XU created the tag line “heart not hype” which was part of the inspiration behind this post. Watch their video HEREIMG_2756

Have you tried compression socks? What do you think, heart or hype??