I have been religiously wearing compression clothing from Swiss company Compressport after training and racing for the last two years, and despite being initially sceptical I have found them to be very effective in speeding up recovery. The idea is that the skintight material compresses your legs slightly allowing blood and fluids to flow faster so that recovery time is reduced. They really do make tired, heavy legs feel a lot less uncomfortable and more refreshed as soon as you take them off.
Different to other compression wear available, Compressport’s individual calf and quad tubes are easier to pull on that full length tights and can be particularly useful for mountain bikers who often crash and have bloody knees. They don’t cover your foot which means you can wear sandles with them in summer, and since the material is not lycra they don’t get hot and sweaty. Although they are tight on the legs its not an uncomfortable feeling and one pair has lasted 2 seasons without loosing their stretch. The distinctive, cool designs and different colours mean they are also great for posing on the podium!
Long journeys, especially when flying is involved can leave your legs feeling sluggish and lacking in energy – not ideal when you need legs to be performing 100% if you’re going to a race. Compressport’s full length socks are designed to deal with this by improving circulation so that your legs stay fresh when travelling. They are extremely high quality and well made, designed to give you graded compression so that the important areas are effected first, which also makes them very comfortable to wear. The spotty design means they look super cool too. The shorter race socks come in a similar design and are the most comfortable, breathable socks I’ve ever worn.