Although competitive athletes have been using NormaTec systems for years, the price point (nearly $2,000) and bulkiness of past iterations was a bit of a deterrent for the average age-grouper. The new Normatec Pulse Leg Recovery System is a few hundred dollars cheaper and weighs only 12 pounds in its case.
– NormaTec added some new hidden features, like the ability to deactivate the upper leg zones if you just want to treat your lower legs or if your legs are shorter than the length of the boots.
– The updated screen is now a colored LCD and shows the easily adjusted timer and pressure level. Using the system is simple and intuitive from the get-go.
– At the start of every new cycle, the system performs a calibration to fit your legs appropriately.
– The handy carrying case, which holds the boots and monitor, is easy to travel with for those who can’t leave home without their compression.
– The boots come in three sizes to accommodate various heights.
How does it work?
The idea behind NormaTec’s recovery boots, which use the technique called intermittent pneumatic compression, originated in the medical field—this type of compression has been used to treat conditions such as deep vein thrombosis. Squeeze-and-release therapy tools have since trickled down to athletes who are looking to gain the touted benefits of clearing blood lactate and decreasing swelling post-exercise.
NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System $1,595, Normatecrecovery.com