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Old 05-16-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Compression gear thread

What's the difference between compression shorts from different companies?

There was a 50% sale on sports goods at the mall next to me. I bought underarmour, Reebok, Head compression shorts. I noticed some of them are thin, others are thicker. I compared and material composition (nylon ,etc...) from all companies vary slightly. But the same base materials are used (from reading the labels). The same applies to socks.

Some shorts are twice as expensive as others. What gives and what to look for when buying compression gear?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
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Nope, I need to understand first. I'm an educated buyer lol

I would buy from Greg, but could not pass up on that 50% discount.

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Does it say whether or not they are for cold weather or warm weather.

And quit being such a PIA.
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Nope, I need to understand first. I'm an educated buyer lol
You are contradicting yourself
Since you bought the stuff without educating yourself first

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I had that exact statement typed up, but he will come back and say that he already stated he couldn't pass up the deal.
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Nope, I need to understand first. I'm an educated buyer lol

I would buy from Greg, but could not pass up on that 50% discount.
you're so annoying lol. You could have bumped his thread and posted there and gotten a great response.
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exactly. If I owned a compression company, constantly gave people deals, and then saw this post I'd be annoyed.
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z00, you will find that there exists a vast difference between TRUE (..and usually expensive) compression gear and fashion compression gear (..Nike, UA, Reebok, etc.). What you're looking at is fashion compression gear - like what I wear - and the main difference between them will be negligible, so buy what you like based on fitment and aesthetics. I prefer Nike based on material, construction and its ability to hold up over a prolonged period of time. I don't care for Reebok goods and the UA items that I own are merely okay. I will state with an undisputable fervor that UA stuff remains relatively odor free; majority of the Nike stuff does start to hold odor the longer that it is worn, and no amount of washing or ammonia will get rid of it permanently (...ex...it'll smell fresh after a wash, but 10 minutes into your workout it will reek). With that said, I still buy Nike items based on aesthetics. Nike items didn't used to do this (...I have nearly 8 year old Nike compression stuff that does not have this problem; the newer stuff that is only a year or two old DOES).

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Fair enough, I'll find the other compression thread.

How can I delete? Don't see a delete option on my thread.
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z00, you will find that there exists a vast difference between TRUE (..and usually expensive) compression gear and fashion compression gear (..Nike, UA, Reebok, etc.). What you're looking at is fashion compression gear - like what I wear - and the main difference between them will be negligible, so buy what you like based on fitment and aesthetics. I prefer Nike based on material, construction and its ability to hold up over a prolonged period of time. I don't care for Reebok goods and the UA items that I own are merely okay. I will state with an undisputable fervor that UA stuff remains relatively odor free; majority of the Nike stuff does start to hold odor the longer that it is worn, and no amount of washing or ammonia will get rid of it permanently (...ex...it'll smell fresh after a wash, but 10 minutes into your workout it will reek). With that said, I still buy Nike items based on aesthetics. Nike items didn't used to do this (...I have nearly 8 year old Nike compression stuff that does not have this problem; the newer stuff that is only a year or two old DOES).

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z00, you will find that there exists a vast difference between TRUE (..and usually expensive) compression gear and fashion compression gear (..Nike, UA, Reebok, etc.). What you're looking at is fashion compression gear - like what I wear - and the main difference between them will be negligible, so buy what you like based on fitment and aesthetics. I prefer Nike based on material, construction and its ability to hold up over a prolonged period of time. I don't care for Reebok goods and the UA items that I own are merely okay. I will state with an undisputable fervor that UA stuff remains relatively odor free; majority of the Nike stuff does start to hold odor the longer that it is worn, and no amount of washing or ammonia will get rid of it permanently (...ex...it'll smell fresh after a wash, but 10 minutes into your workout it will reek). With that said, I still buy Nike items based on aesthetics. Nike items didn't used to do this (...I have nearly 8 year old Nike compression stuff that does not have this problem; the newer stuff that is only a year or two old DOES).
Try the new UA stuff. It's awesome. Not that I'm biased or anything.
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Compression apparel is interesting nowadays in that "compression" has become a very generic term. Basically if something is tight people call it compression.

To actually provide a tangible benefit (and there are definitely arguments how much benefit it provides if at all) the fabric needs to have a significant portion of spandex (also called elastane or lycra). Typically to be legit compression apparel it needs to be at least 25% this material.

The cosmetic brands that M3I6 mentioned are typically anywhere from 10% - 18% spandex. This makes it tight and stretchy, but it doesn't provide enough compression to provide any tangible benefit.

When you get into the actual compression apparel brands like Skins, 2XU, CEP, our company, and a few others you will start seeing higher price tags and 26 - 30% spandex.

Compression is actually measureable. The unit of measurement is pretty much meaningless for everyday discussion purposes. mmHg. If you can figure out a good way to explain that in laymans terms let me know...

Our clothing is 8 - 18mmHG and our socks are 20-30mmHg. If you were to go into a medical supply store you actually need a prescription to buy anything with a compression level higher than 40mmHg.

Here is a good article that explains some of the science behind compression apparel.

http://www.ausport.gov.au/sportscoac...e_and_recovery

Even though I basically have an unlimited supply of gear I actually still wear UnderArmour boxerjocks every day as underwear. Our stuff is just too tight to be comfortable all day everyday (except the socks which I wear 24/7).

Its really all personal preference, but I do think we offer a great product at a fair price. We only sell online, so there is no retail markup with our stuff like you would get with Skins or 2XU. A pair of compression pants from those brands is $120....no sh!t.... It makes sense though when you think about it since they are probably selling it to the running specialty store for $50 which is close to what we sell for. This stuff is not cheap to manufacture since you need special looms to be able to produce the fabric to make legit compression apparel.

The expensive brands make really nice stuff (probably a little nicer than ours) but most people I have talked to would rather have 3 pairs of ours than one pair of skins. Hope that helps. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
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Greg, thank you for the detailed answer. Now I know what those percentages mean.

You're spot on with the percentages of spandex, it was below 20% on all shorts I purchased.

Are the socks you sell long enough to be used for soccer (to cover and hold shin guards in place)? If yes, hook me up, I'll order a pair. I just measured, my shin guards sit 6 inches below the top of the kneecap. I'm 5'11.5".

A couple more questions:
1- Do the socks have padding on heel and toes for support and blister prevention?

2- I play soccer for a couple of hours, would the socks with the shin guards have too much pressure on my calves?


For shorts, I'm going to test the ones the I got, will get in touch with you later as I'll probably need more. Have always used cotton underwear and I'm new to this compression $hit.

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Dude calm the fvck down you're going to pop a nerve or something. I need to know what I'm buying. I did not see the other compression thread.

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Greg, thank you for the detailed answer. Now I know what those percentages mean.

You're spot on with the percentages of spandex, it was below 20% on all shorts I purchased.

Are the socks you sell long enough to be used for soccer (to cover and hold shin guards in place)? If yes, hook me up, I'll order a pair. I just measured, my shin guards sit 6 inches below the top of the kneecap. I'm 5'11.5".

A couple more questions:
1- Do the socks have padding on heel and toes for support and blister prevention?

2- I play soccer for a couple of hours, would the socks with the shin guards have too much pressure on my calves?


For shorts, I'm going to test the ones the I got, will get in touch with you later as I'll probably need more. Have always used cotton underwear and I'm new to this compression $hit.
There is some padding in the toe and heel but nothing crazy. I can almost guarantee you won't get any blisters in these.

I don't know if they will fit shin pads though. They are compression socks, so they are pretty tight. I've never really played soccer.... how thick are shin guards? These would definitely be tall enough, I just dont know if you would be able to get them over the shin guards. You would definitely want to size up and I wouldn't recommend the black ones as they are a bit less stretchy due to the double layering of fabric.
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My shin guards are .32 of an inch thick.

I thought the black ones are the only ones with toe/heel padding. No?

If this helps, Adidas soccer socks work well (they're designed for soccer after all). But they have only low spandex percentage. Here is their compression version, (I use the non-compression version) so you have something to compare to for dimensions:

http://www.adidas.com/us/product/tra...z13xg9Z1z13071

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There is some padding in the toe and heel but nothing crazy. I can almost guarantee you won't get any blisters in these.

I don't know if they will fit shin pads though. They are compression socks, so they are pretty tight. I've never really played soccer.... how thick are shin guards? These would definitely be tall enough, I just dont know if you would be able to get them over the shin guards. You would definitely want to size up and I wouldn't recommend the black ones as they are a bit less stretchy due to the double layering of fabric.
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My shin guards are .32 of an inch thick.

I thought the black ones are the only ones with toe/heel padding. No?

If this helps, Adidas soccer socks work well (they're designed for soccer after all). But they have only low spandex percentage. Here is their compression version, (I use the non-compression version) so you have something to compare to for dimensions:

http://www.adidas.com/us/product/tra...z13xg9Z1z13071
The black have more than the others for sure, but you wont get blisters in the others. I just worry about getting the black ones over the shin guards. I dont think it would be as much of a problem with the other colors. I would still size up though.
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