2 times the 2Xu

“Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Performance run calf sleeves and Racing Vectr socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I really like compression gear. I am a believer. I had shin splints really bad when I first started running, I pushed them too far and ended up with posterior tibial tendonitis…after a long break, I returned to running but always wearing compression for runs longer than 3ish miles, and have never looked back.

When I was given the opportunity to test “two times the two times you,” with the compression sleeve and the vectr sock, I jumped on board. Not only due to my love of compression, but 2Xu makes quality products.

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The first thing I notice when receiving any 2Xu product is the packaging. They are all in what I like to call a gift box. You open a present every time you get something, the company protects the product in the double boxing method. Also the box has all the information you need to know about the features.

Now before I get to the features, let me say that I usually don’t look into specific socks for running. I usually wear a full compression sock – to the knee. I haven’t had any blisters or problems with hot spots, running in all conditions. On shorter runs I just put on any old sock. So, I was excited to see what a special racing sock was all about.

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Also I am lazy, so wearing the full compression sock, I have less items to get attacked by the sock monster that lives in the dryer. I was wondering how wearing 4 pieces of “gear” would be compared to just 2 socks.

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Highlights of the Racing Vectr Sock

  • X-lock technology – supports the arch and the ankle to optimize strike and push off, reducing friction and the chance of blisters
  • nylon – breathable & lightweight
  • no show
  • heel cup – cushioning
  • propulsion pad – for impact and push off
  • ergonomic – made for the left & right foot
  • linked toe – seamless construction
  • dry panels – keep feet dry
  • made for comfort in all seasons.

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Highlights of the Compression Performance Run Sleeves

  • PWX compression fabric – supports shin & calf muscles
  • graduated fit to promote circulation for performance & recovery
  • seamless construction
  • high filament yarns to wick sweat
  • antibacterial
  • UPF50+ sun protection

Each item is sized. The socks go by shoe size and the sleeves go by calf circumference.

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Ok, now that I have told you all the info that is on the back of the box, I will move on to my experience.

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I kept a little “journal”

  • Feb 27 – the sleeves are long, but comfy. The socks are great!
  • March 3 – wore them to work, under jeans. Ran 3 miles at lunch in them. Feel good.
  • March 8 – slept in them, wore to work, under jeans. Ran at lunch. Sleeves still long, socks give feet a hug.
  • March 13 – Recovery, wore for about 6 hours in the car
  • March 17 – pain in foot/arch, wore sleeves & socks to give legs and feet a hug

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I am sure I missed some of the times I wore them. I was on a taper for a marathon when I was testing them, so they came in handy for keeping my tired legs fresh, and for recovery. I never had any problems when I ran in them, and no blister problems. I really like that the sock is not overly cushioned too, those socks can make my feet hot.

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I didn’t have any additional problems from wearing 4 pieces of gear either. I always wore the socks with the sleeves. There is a benefit too, I can wear sandals or flip flops with the sleeves, something I can’t with a full compression sock. The sleeve wasn’t too tight, but tight enough. I could get them on and off without a struggle.

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The biggest concern I had was the length, they were long on me, but I made it work. My calves are large, so to fit that size I think they make it up in the length. I have to layer the sock and the sleeve, the over lapping causes me no problems.

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Want to see what the other pros are saying? Well check out their reviews, and check out all the other colors available.

FrankRachelJessica RHeatherJeremy ChristineMark Sarah MSamanthaLaura M. – Jessica BLisaHaley – Erica

Wow so many awesome pros 🙂

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If you want to learn more about 2xu, make sure to check out their website, in fact if you place an order before April 30 you can save 15% with code TRAIN15

Or find them on twitter, instagram and facebook to see how you can #trainsmarter

 

 

 

Reflect, Compress, & Stay Warm

“Disclaimer: I received the 2Xu Hyoptik Thermal Mid-Rise Compression Tight to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Hey, so you may have noticed, but lately most posts are reviews. Well, I love the opportunities Bibrave has given me so I am going to share them with you. If it’s traveling to a race or testing a product, I am going to do my best to tell you my thoughts, all my thoughts…so if a post is long, it’s because there was a lot to say.

Today I am going to share with you my experience with the 2XU Hyoptik Thermal Mid-Rise Compression Tights. In case you are trying to pronounce this as you read, it’s “two times you” and “high-optic.”

Going to start with the features:

  • reflective logos
  • brushed interior thermal layer
  • compression support, graduated compression
  • flat lock seams – reduce chafe
  • high filament yarns – wicks sweat
  • antibacterial
  • UPF50+ sun protection

Just a note about the sizing. They may appear small when you first take them out of the box, but if you follow the size chart, they will fit you perfectly. Keep in mind they feel snug as they offer compression. They take a little effort to get on, but it’s not a struggle.

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There is no drawstring, but the “comfort power waistband with powermesh” help keep them in place.  As a woman with larger thighs, hips, calves; sometimes for a tight to fit in those areas, they are too big around the waist. I don’t have a problem with these once I get them in place over my hips. There is also a pocket compartment in the waistband.

Alright lets get to the running….

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Thermal-

  • Living in the midwest, I am acclimated to running in cooler temps. I will run in anything as low as 10 degrees depending on the windchill. I also will consider shorts when it’s 50 degrees. So depending where you live, I am sure you will find a temperature range where you will need these!
  • The tights are a thicker fabric, which comes across as feeling more like a heavier cotton fabric. However the tights don’t feel heavy.
  • This thermal fabric also cut down on the wind, keeping me warm. they remind me of long johns for running.
  • After multiple runs in various Iowa weather conditions. I have concluded these are perfect for temps ranging 15-30 degrees. Any cooler and I am using these as a base layer, any warmer and I am too hot!

Compression –

  • The graduated compression allows for non restrictive leg movement, while allowing them to feel wrapped in support
  • Not very tight
  • No special seeming, or added support geared to target specific muscle groups.
  • I am not sure if I wear too much compression, but I didn’t feel these were very tight or offered a high level of compression. Yes they are snug to get into place, and feel good on your legs, but not super tight.

Reflectivity –

  • The “X” logos ( and all writing) on the legs are reflective
  • Not as bright as the reflection on my shoes
  • added safety feature
  • I didn’t run in them at night, however thanks to my dark garage and some lighting, I tried this out, they just didn’t seem to “flash” as bright. However, any added feature for safety is nice, no matter how effective. Also I feel you could be running naked or dressed as a Christmas tree and drivers would still not see you.

As I ran in these I couldn’t help but compare these to the  MCS 2XU compression tight, which offer more specific compression, but the material is more thin and not as warm.

I have been washing and drying (gasp) in a machine, sometimes there are just note enough hours in the day. However the instructions say for them to be washed inside out and hang to dry.

Overall – 

These are a great winter running tight. They retail for $139 online, price drop to $109 which is comparable to compression tights across the board.  but they offer the 3/4 length too for $99)Keep in mind they are not only compression, but thermal and have reflective logos. My favorite part is they are soft and keep me warm.  I wish they targeted the muscles in the compression, but the all over snug feeling is nice too.

It’s cold here…. I ran in them A LOT, I raced in them, I took lots of silly pictures

Still looking for more information:

www.2xu.com/us – Twitter @2XU_USA – Facebook – 2Xu – Instagram – @2xu_usa

Join #bibchat on twitter, January 26, 2016  at 8pm CT as 2XU will be a sponsor, you can connect with the other pros and learn more from them. Or read some of the following reviews:

FrankMarkCassJessicaSarah (Run Ginger)ChaddSarahErinJenAbbieKatherineHeatherJeremy GinaJosh – Amy – Laura – Brie

 

 

2XU Elite MCS compression tights – REVIEW

“Disclaimer: I received the 2XU Elite MCS Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

I introduce each product review, with my excitement of receiving something new and exciting in the mail. Well the 2XU (pronounced “two times you”) is no exception. I am no stranger to compression, or compression pants, as you have read in the past. The usual excitement ensued when my tights arrived at my home.

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I was most excited as I had a “tough for me” race and training schedule. The plan was to use the pants mostly for recovery. I am not going to lie, I own another brand of compression tights, I slip into them when I am done with a long run, 20 + miles, and I am like new the next day. I had a 50k on the schedule, and a marathon the next week. These were going to be the key to finishing both races, injury free.

I think the most important thing when choosing the correct compression tight / pant, is finding the correct size. You want them to be tight so the compression does it’s job, however you want them to fit and not feel like a stuffed sausage. The 2XU website offers a size chart based on height and weight.

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The chart is easy to use, I was borderline size medium/large. In any tight or legging I am always a size large. I went with the large. It can be tough to choose size based on these, especially if you carry most of your weight in your butt/hips/thighs. Using actual waist measurements could prove helpful if someone is on the line, or size up so you don’t get the stuffed sausage effect.

The packaging is nice and clean, and a very easy to open box, with no tape or seals to break. You just pull the two pieces apart. The image on the box displays a muscled, some what naked athlete. The box also provides a lot of information.

  • MCS – Muscle containment system for targeted comperssion
  • PWX Flex fabirc & PWX Weight fabric used for specific muscle support (lots of tech specs on this)
  • antibacterial formula to reduce odor
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • high filament yarns to keep you dryer
  • Invista Lycra elastane yarns for durability & fabric return

The next obvious step was to try these bad boys on. When I opened the box, I noticed how little or tiny they appeared, like there was not much fabric and they just looked small. I put one foot in each leg and did the “pantyhose” roll up as I pulled them to my waist. The size was right for me, and I pulled them up high, tight, but not stuffed sausage feeling. There is a drawstring on the top to keep them in place. Also the inside is lined with “flocking” to help target the muscles they are compressing, this almost seems like it acts to help keep my pants in place too.

This video shows the inside flocking the best and how they fit. 2XU has a lot of great videos.

This flocking can also been seen on the outside in the sunlight. In fact the different kinds of fabric and such creates a sheen when looking at them, close to looking sheer, but they are not see through. I did some bending and such, and did not notice any see through areas. There is also some gold branding on the upper thigh and the calf. (Hey black and gold pants, wahoo!!)

Ok they fit, now to put them to the test. By the time I had them in my possession, all my long training runs were done and it was still too warm to run in pants. I brought them along to my 50k race. I put them on after the race, I slept in them, and yes I wore them the entire next day. The entire next day consisted of cheering on friends at a race and standing around, in the cold and wind. My legs felt great and warm! (thanks for the photo, pro Laura)

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During this time I wore them and slept in them, the only complaint I have, is pulling them up and down when you use the bathroom, then getting them situated. It’s just more of a hassle, as they are a tighter pant.

The week after my 50k, which was the week before by marathon. I tried to wear them as much as I could, while keeping track of them in and out of the laundry. Which by the way I just toss in my regular washing machine. Headed into the marathon, I had no leg problems, no muscle soreness, tightness, or injury. While this can all be attributed to trail running, and that I was conditioned for longer miles, I give credit to the pants for my great feeling legs.

Now when I was done with my marathon, my feet were in pain!!!  No leg problems, well beyond the tiredness of just going up and down stairs.

Since the weeks after the 50k and the marathon, I took it easy, on a path to some recovery, mainly to heal my feet.

Once the temperature dropped, I will wear shorts to about 45-50 degrees, I went for a run in the pants. Even a photo shoot to show you them in action. I had no problems, except I should have tied the drawstring. Every once in a while they felt saggy, but nothing that was a problem. Allowed for mobility.

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After wearing them for recovery and wearing them running. I recommend the 2XU Elite MCS Compression tights to everyone! Ok, so I only ran in them once, but it was enough, they are a great pant.

They fit well, you can get them on and off. They are priced competitively at $149. They make your legs look fierce as well as feeling rested.

If you want to get a pair for yourself, use code BIBRAVE20 to save 20%. The code works on their entire inventory. I took up the discount offer and got a pair of calf sleeves and a pair of thermal compression tights for my husband. (He wore them to keep warm reffing, under his breezers, at a football game)

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2XU is always running a bunch of fun giveaways or promotions, so make sure to check them out on social media:

Facebook – 2XU

Instagram – @2xu_usa

Twitter – @2XU_USA

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/2XUNorthAmerica

Website – http://www.2xu.com/us

Still not convinced this is the compression tight for you? Hear what the other Bibrave Pros had to say:

Tom – Bradford – Chad – Jeremy – Katherine – Kim – Laura B – Allison – Sarah Mohler – Heather – Laura M. – Jessica B