I occasionally review products that are sent to me, but only if they fit my criteria:
- it was a product that I actually wanted to try for myself
- and as long as I was not OBLIGATED to blog about it.
The first condition is because I want the product to be useful. Why post it otherwise? The second condition is because I only want to post reviews that are positive AND reviews for products I in which I truly have trust and confidence.
I am happy to report that I recently received one such product: Tiux Compression Socks.
About Compression Socks/Gear:
Recent research shows that compression gear does not enhance performance except as a placebo effect. There are two areas where compression gear still prove to be very important. First, that placebo effect is big. That feeling of protection that some folks get when they wear compression socks during a race is very real. You should try it a few times to see if it helps you.
The most universal and important positive effect is not during a race, but after. Recovery is expedited by better flow of blood. That is the main purpose of compression socks. The snug fit with a firm grip does not allow blood to pool in any one particular area. The blood must flow. Better circulation leads to quicker healing. That is a huge advantage. I wear compression socks or sleeves after every race. After big races, I might wear them for several days.
Bottom line: Compression socks work.
TIUX is a start-up company that is dedicated to quality compression gear. That being said, I came into this experience with a critical lens: Could this start-up produce a quality product to compete the big companies?
I put them on the minute my new TIUX Compression Socks arrived. The first thing I noticed was the fit. I usually wear size medium in compression socks because larges are too loose. This pair was large and in charge! They were clearly large in size, but they gripped my calve, ankles, and feet firmly. Good start.
The next thing I noticed is that they felt extra thick. After wearing them for a day, I was thinking that these thick socks might be best suited for winter. After the first wash, however, I changed my mind. That feeling of thick socks went away. That first time through the washer and dryer seemed to magically transform my TIUX compression socks to the perfect thickness.
Still, I refused to draw any firm conclusion until I had worn them and washed them many times. How did they hold up? Extremely well. They still have that snugly, yet firm, grip. They still fit exactly the same. They still feel just right. I have used them to recover from a tough race and several tough workouts.
The final report card:
Quality = A
Durability = A
TIUX compression socks have one more feature that is outstanding: price. TIUX has chosen to cut out the middle-man to save you money. You can only get TIUX Premium Performance Compression Socks by visiting their web site at http://tiux.co. [That is NOT a typo. There is no “m” on the end of the web site.]
“Train smart, eat well, & enjoy the run!” — P. Mark Taylor