One of the most effective products we offer at Potomac River Running to help you run smarter, boost recovery, and keep your legs feeling fresh comes from CEP, the world leader in running compression legwear. Take a minute to learn more about why wearing these colorful socks or sleeves will not only enhance your athletic performance, but help you sprint fashionably to your next PR.
One of the most common questions we hear regarding CEP compression products is this: should I be running in the compression full sock or the calf sleeve? Other than length, what exactly is the difference? Let’s break down these two options to help you find the best match:
When CEP running compression legwear first came on the scene, these knee-high socks were mocked by some. With a pedigree of being used in medical settings, as post-surgical garments to reduce swelling in the legs, CEP socks were manufactured from the beginning with the highest quality materials. The numerous benefits runners experienced when wearing CEP socks far outweighed the strange looks they sometimes garnered. It’s safe to say we may have mocked what we didn’t understand!
CEP Run Sock 2.0
CEP’s Run Sock 2.0 increases blood flow in the legs, from the toe to the bend in the knee. The full socks feature support throughout the entire foot, helping return blood back up to the heart. The materials also aid in the formation of blisters on the feet. The full sock is going to effectively help your legs and feet feel fresher for big miles. With metatarsal support for your feet, this is one distinct difference from CEP’s calf sleeves. They’re available in several sizes for both men and women, with overall length being the major difference between them.
CEP Calf Sleeves
CEP Calf Sleeves offer 20-30 mmHg of graduated compression, with a focus on stabilizing and supporting the calf muscles. With the anatomical fit, breathable materials for moisture management, and superior compression that can reduce the chance of experiencing shin splints, CEP Calf Sleeves will give your legs the boost they need for hard, fast run efforts. Long a favorite of triathletes, the calf sleeves are a helpful piece of equipment you can wear your entire race day.
Whether you like the fit, feel and support of the full sock or the lightness and convenience of the calf sleeve, all CEP fans will enjoy a wide range of colors, sizes, and even night reflectivity in the new lineup available in our stores. Stop in at any of our eight locations and feel the CEP difference for yourself.