Gear Review: 2xu Vectr Sock and Calf Sleeve

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2xu Vectr Socks and 2xu Calf Sleeve 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!

When I started to run I never would pay attention to what socks I was wearing, or what impact they had on my day.  I quickly realized if you take as many steps as are necessary to complete any long run a small issue with a sock can cause havoc during and after the run.  A small rub on your foot causes a blister that stays for days effecting your ability to run or even walk around during a regular day.

Sock on.jpgThe 2xu Vectr socks are some of the best socks I have ever had an opportunity to wear.  I have had great runs ruined by socks but I am confident these socks would allow any run to not be ruined by a sock.  These socks do not add what a new pair of shoes does to your run, and in fact these socks only do their job because you do not notice them having any effect on your run.  To test the socks I wore them throughout a whole day where I am able to concentrate on how the socks feel more easily than I can during a run.  The socks did not disappoint. Throughout the day, no matter what I did, the socks performed well and did not rub uncomfortably against my feet.  To also test these socks I wore them with multiple pairs of shoes, running shoes, basketball shoes, and regular lounge shoes and the socks performed perfectly with all of them.  There is nothing I would change about these socks and from here forward I will wear these socks during my long runs and races.

Calf Sleeve (From Dicks)

Taken from Dicks.com

The second product I had the ability to test was the 2xu Calf Sleeves.  I must first admit
that I do not normally wear calf sleeves.  So needless to say I knew I as tried these they would take some getting use to.  During the first couple of runs with them I was inside and running on an indoor track for some speed work.  During these workouts I felt the calf sleeves might have made my calves sweat more than normal, but at the same time they felt fresh throughout the workout.  After these initial workouts I was able to wear them during some outdoor runs and here is where I was really able to feel a difference.  Not only did they provide some warmth to my lower legs, but they allowed my legs to feel more responsive throughout the run.

Products in Box.jpgOne opportunity I had with these products was the ability to test them together.  When they are worn together the products cover the whole bottom half of my leg.  Just like when the sock is worn by itself, these products work best when you do not realize anything about them during your workout.  During most of my training session with the products, I was wearing both of them at the same time.  NEVER did I have any issues with either product rubbing, or chafing.  I did make sure they did not overlap too much around my ankle in order to better allow no chafing to occur.  I believe the only way to improve on a great product is to partner it with another great product.  That is what happens when you wear the 2xu Vectr Sock and Calf Sleeve.

Products on their BoxI have never been the biggest proponent of compression but after testing out these products, as well as previously testing the 2xu Hyoptic Tights, I am coming around to believe good compression gear can make a difference in your training.  After wearing both of these 2xu products I felt I was able to more quickly recover, or I felt better after the exercise was over.  I still will not suggest everyone wear compression gear, and I will not wear it everyday, but I do believe there is a benefit of it and no company creates compression gear better than 2xu.

Both the Vectr socks and the 2xu Calf Sleeves are products at the top of their market. There are no products that can compete with the quality of 2xu. They are made with comfort and practicality in mind.  I would recommend everyone go out and purchase both the 2xu Vectr socks and Calf Sleeves to add to their regular running closet.

You can get 15% off any 2XU product with the code “TRAIN15”

-Runner

Training Thursday: Feb 22-Feb 28

Feb 22:
-Swim Session: 500 yd Easy Swim (9:09; 1:50 min/100yd)
-Strength Session: Shoulders & Core (1 hour 15 minutes)

Feb 23:
-Run Session: 5 Mile Fartlek (39:08; 7:50 min/mile)

Feb 24:
-Strength Training: Legs (40 minutes)
-Indoor Soccer (40 minutes)

Feb 25:
-Swim Session: 2,000 Long Session (600×3 yd reps-each rep faster than previous; 37:49; 1:53 min/100yd)

Feb 26:
OFF DAY!

Feb 27: 
-Cycling Session: Cycle 120 (1:49:45; 32 miles; 17.5 mph)
-Run Session: 6 mile run with Franky (6.04 mi; 1:18:11; 12:57 min/mi)
-Soccer Practice: 90 Minutes

Feb 28:
OFF DAY! (Became an Uncle)

Sorry I was a little late this weekend.  It took me a couple of days to catch up from my weekend.

Overall this week was a pretty easy week.  I had a hard Saturday but my Sunday was an off day because I had to head up to St. Louis because my brother had a little baby girl.  Ms. Norah Ren was born at 1:45 on Sunday.  It was a great reason to miss a workout.  Sadly that workout was going to be an indoor triathlon put on by my triathlon club.  The triathlon was a success but I am sad I had to miss the event.

This week (which is almost over) will focus on just relaxing and doing what I want.  This week and next will focus on the same thing before I start my triathlon training officially. I decided to push the start day back two weeks since this weekend I will be out of town and next week is Spring Break.  I did not want to start behind on my training plan, so I will officially start it after Spring Break.

-Runner