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2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Compression

Looking to invest in new compression gear? Here are four choices from the 2012 Triathlete Buyer's Guide.

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Looking to invest in new compression gear? Here are four choices from the 2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide.

CompresSport Ultra Race and Recovery Sleeve $65

CompresSport’s new Ultra Race and Recovery calf sleeve adds organic essential oils to the original CompresSport fabric to take care of your skin as well as your muscles. The silky soft fabric of the sleeves slipped easily over the foot, yet still gave equal, fitted compression all over the calf. The seams at the top and bottom of the sleeve don’t squeeze tighter on the leg or create uncomfortable pressure spots. Compressport.com

2XU Refresh Compression Tights $160

Tights can’t compress if they don’t fit, so 2XU created the Refresh compression tights in an amazing array of sizes: eight for women and 10 for men. These are 2XU’s most compressive option, but they still breathe well and are comfortably flexible. They offer all the benefits of compression plus SPF 50+ sun protection and feature a hidden pocket in the front of the waistband for stashing keys and cash during a run. 2xu.com

SLS3 Butterfly Compression Socks $58

The SLS3 compression socks are designed to reduce muscle vibration while running and boost blood flow to enhance performance and recovery. The socks are soft, yet require some work to get on and create a secure fit around the entire calf and foot. The heel and toebox feature reinforcements so you have less worry about getting holes in them from walking around the house. If butterflies aren’t your style, the socks also come in white and black. Slstri.com

CEP Clone $290

Made for you and only you, the CEP Clone compression tights are custom-woven to match 41 of your individual leg measurements, allowing Clone to provide perfectly graduated compression. To get fitted, head to a Clone retailer; seven days later, your custom tights will arrive at your door. In addition to the custom fit, Clone tights are the most comfortable we’ve worn. The legs are woven with surprisingly breathable yet sturdy material, and the crotch holds up the legs without compressing areas that don’t need to be compressed or trapping unwanted heat. Cepcompression.com

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