Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Racing Vectr socks and Compression Performance Run Sleeves 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!
As a Bibrave Pro, I discovered 2XU (“Two Times You”) after being given the opportunity to test their MCS Run Compression Tights and Hyoptik Thermal Tights. Both these products have become essential items in my running gear collection. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to try their racing VECTR socks and compression sleeves as well.
The construction of the gear is obvious upon opening the boxes. 2XU has expertly created material that is soft to the touch yet extremely strong and durable. The Racing Vectr Socks LITERALLY stand alone. The X.LOCK technology provides a wide range of benefits, including support for the arch and ankle, dry panels for breathability and left/right ergonomic foot fit for improved comfort. Even after several washes, they still hold their shape well!
There are compression sleeves, and then there is 2XU Compression Performance Run Sleeves, specifically designed for runners. They feature 2XU’s signature PWX compression fabric with enhanced power to support the shin and calf muscles.
Other features of the Performance Run Sleeves include:
Graduated fit to promote circulation for muscle performance and faster recovery
Seamless construction for greater comfort
High filament yarns for dryness
Antibacterial and UPF 50+ sun protection
Although I used these two products together for the purpose of this review, they most certainly may be used separately. I tested them out over the course of 3 weeks and about 100 miles worth of running.
There is something magical about a well-made running sock and 2XU Racing VECTR socks set the standard. The ergonomic fit combined with the nylon fabric and X.LOCK technology make these my new favorite running socks!
The sleeves are strong yet easy to slide onto your calf. They hug your muscles without cutting off circulation.
Both the socks and the sleeves offer performance benefits as well as improved recovery as they reduce muscle soreness and fatigue.
They are easy to care for as they are machine washable. I line dry all my running gear, including my 2XU VECTR socks and performance run sleeves.
When I first opened my Compression Performance Run Sleeves, I could not tell which way to wear them as they have a logo on both the front and the back. I referred to the picture on the front of the box for reference, which easily solved the problem.
I had some friction occur at my heels when wearing the socks and the sleeves together. Initially I pulled my socks over the bottom of the sleeves, but the sleeves seemed to dig into the backs of my ankles. Another time I wore the socks tucked into the sleeves, which seemed to help. Other Bibrave Pros did not have this problem, so be sure to check out their reviews below.
I really enjoyed both of these 2XU products separately. I will definitely be ordering more Racing Vectr Socks! For me, I did not particularly enjoy using both products at the same time. For compression around my calves, I’d like to try 2XU’s X Performance Run Socks, which would eliminate the friction I felt around my ankles. Lucky for us, 2XU is offering 15% off any regularly priced products with code TRAIN15. Code is valid until April 30, 2016.