The Zensah compression leg sleeves are especially good for minimalist or barefoot runners.
The reason being that when you run with less padding or barefoot, you are using your mid to forefoot regions. Running this way means you feel more of your calves being used, along with other muscles that aren’t normally active during your runs. It’s a great way to develop your calf muscles and give them that muscular definition, which builds over time. This makes them a prime choice for people who run in or use Vibram Fivefingers.
Heel strike runners will also benefit from these sleeves for the purposes of recovery but most non-heel runners claim to feel the difference a lot more. Your experience will obviously be unique but will likely be one of these two variations.
Unlike normal socks or some lower-end compression sleeves, the Zensah compression leg sleeves do not leave an imprint on your leg. The fit is skintight (providing they are the right size) and they do not have a tendency to slide down your leg. It also keeps your legs from becoming sweaty, and don’t get wet from absorption.
The Zensahs are not only useful for running. They can be used for recovery from strains to your lower leg muscles as well. Some users have chosen to sleep with them as well and report no apparent effects. However, this is not something that we suggest. Of course, you are free to do as you wish.
The design of these sleeves features graduated compression, which means it’s tighter towards the ankle area but looser towards the knee.
Keep in mind that loose doesn’t mean slack or improper fitting. What this design does is it aids in the flow of blood up the leg and back to the heart. Increased blood flow means more oxygen and a greater amount of waste is disposed.
In addition to blood circulation, the Zensahs also help with the reduction of swelling or inflammation that most runners or athletes might suffer from.
While some amount of swelling is expected to an area where the muscles are active (think bicep curl), the sleeves make swelling manageable. Those vibrations that can cause minor tears in the muscles are prevented because the shin and calves are stabilized.
Altogether this impacts the recovery period and helps you wake up with less pain the next day.
While there are no cons per-se with these sleeves, there are some people who encounter issues like sagging or poor fit. As long as you follow the care instructions then your product won’t become defective. If it arrives defective then just send it back. There is no point in giving feedback about something you didn’t try based on a defective product escaping Zensah’s quality control.
Likewise, their sizing chart has guidelines to ensure you get the right fit. Fortunately, the company has a 30-day return policy where they will issue a refund or do an exchange.
Remember, any claims outside of circulation, calf and shin support, and recovery are questionable.
The Zensah compression leg sleeves will not give you any superhuman ability overnight or in the long-term. They are great and comfortable for what they are designed to do, and are one of the most popular brands for this reason.
Zensah also doesn’t claim that their products do anything superficial. This is why they’re a great option whether you are running, working, traveling, or looking for a recovery boost.