Back in mid-April I did my first impressions post on the Zensah Compression socks that I received from Zensah to review (disclosure: as a free media sample) and promised a follow-up review. Unfortunately life got in the way and delayed that review a couple of weeks longer than I expected, but here is the review.
To be honest after my first long run in them, I wasn’t sure if I liked compression socks or not – it definitely was not a problem with the product, the Zensah Compression socks are a high quality and well-made product.
No I just wasn’t used to the tightness around my feet and toes at first, I prefer to have some room in the toe section of my socks to feel unconstricted. When a product says compression it means that it will be tight and the Zensahs were definitely tight and my feet felt constricted in them.
However, as I have run in the socks more and more, I have noticed that during the run, my calves don’t hurt nearly as much on my longer runs and after the run is over, my feet do not ache. I also do not have as much Delayed Onset Soreness (DOS), you know that next day or day-after soreness you get after a hard workout or long run.
After my long run this week I kept the Zensahs on longer than usual. I finished the 13+ mile run around noon and we had a bunch of errands to take care of, along with a bunch of other stuff, so I had them on walking around until after 5:00 without any problems – that is the longest that I have worn them and they didn’t bother at all. Actually my lower legs felt better than they usually do after a long run, even though I was on my feet a lot that afternoon.
So as I have used the Zensahs more, I have grown to appreciate how they make my feet and lower legs feel after a long run and I do believe that they help me keep up a better pace, than I do when not wearing them on my longer runs .
I still am not a white sock person, they just show too much of the dirt, blood and are tough to keep looking white. If I was going to buy a pair, I would go with the black ones, which don’t show the stains nearly as much and if you are a runner, who goes on trails every so often, you will stain a pair of white socks pretty quickly. They still might work great, but they will not look as white ;-).
Another thing to consider is that the socks cost $49.99, this is a lot of money for a pair of socks. Zensah socks are a quality product, will last a long time from what I have seen so far. Yes you get what you pay for, but that initial cost factor is tough to swallow
One word of warning – if you wear the compression socks is that people will look at you kind of weird and you do look a little “nerdy”, but with the advantages that I am finding by wearing them during my runs, I don’t mind looking nerdy at all. TheWife would say looking “more” nerdy in my case :-).