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Gear Review

3 5

Decent, Not Great

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These suffer from the same problem as most compression socks, and that's that they're sized for feet rather than calves. As someone with big feet (size 12 US/46 euro) and skinny little calves (14.5" diameter), that's usually problematic for me because I need large socks for my feet with provide pretty much zero compression for my calves.

I got around that with these by sizing way down, going with Medium. They actually fit my feet just fine (leading me to think their sizing chart is irrelevant) and provide a moderate amount of compression for my calves. They're not as good as my compression calf sleeves, but they're much better than other compression socks (Zoot and DeFeet) that I have.

They're stretchier than other compression socks, meaning they're easier to get on and off, but they still have managed to keep their compression and not stretch out after 6 months of hard use. Considering I got them for $10 on Chainlove, that's not bad at all (and I bought three more pair I have waiting for when these die).

So bottom line, size way down if you have skinny calves, and these are worth it if you can catch them on sale. Otherwise, it's better to go with either calf sleeves or one of the other compression socks out there that independently sizes calf and feet (or at least has a size chart for calf).