Zensah Running Sleeves

A little over a month ago, before my big move, I received a pair of Zensah compression leg sleeves to try out. I was super pumped to try these out and I have been using them the past month during my NYC ING Half Marathon training (t-minus 10-days!!). I have used them to run outside, inside on the treadmill, and post running for recovery. I enjoy the fact that they are pink too!

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I love the fact that on the package it says -  WARNING: May Lead to Ultra Comfort and Improved Performance

From the Zensah website:

The sleeves are made with Zensah Fabric which has silver helping to regulate skin temperature and fight bacteria. The sleeves can be worn during training or for recovery to increase oxygen blood flow to the muscles of the lower leg. The more oxygen the muscles receive the faster they recover, allowing athletes to push the envelope in their training. The Zensah Calf/Shin sleeve is ideal for runners, cyclists and triathletes and anyone else who is on their feet. It can be worn during training, recovery or for traveling.

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I was really intrigued by the leg sleeves when I first heard about them. I suffer from shin splints and I was most interested in seeing if the sleeves would help with them at all. The sleeves are supposed to increase oxygen blood flow to your legs, your muscles will last longer and recover faster.

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I love the fact that they are sleeves and not socks. They are the perfect tightness, the feel fabulous on my legs when I run. The sleeves are moisture wicking and so even though it has been super hot in Philly this summer, they do not make me feel extra hot or uncomfortable. The only thing I worry about is tan lines! 🙂

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I really feel that my legs can breathe in them. It really doesn’t feel like I have anything on when I run, but when I have really noticed my legs feel so much better post running. They feel fresher so much faster for the next run!

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I love the detail in the sleeves. You can really see the pin point compression where the sleeves support the muscle. My calves and shins felt a lot of extra support from the sleeves.

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I totally love my compression sleeves. I am sure these will also help keep my legs a tad warmer in the fall/winter when it gets chilly outside too!

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Have you ever tried any running sleeves? What’s your favorite running gear? Let me know!

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  • Reply Missy August 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Those running sleeves look great!

  • Reply Genesis August 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    i need to get me some of those sleeves. my shin splints are still happening and i wonder if these would help me.

  • Reply Anne August 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I really wanted to get some of those zensah sleeves, but I measured my calves and they're smaller than zensah's smallest size…so I dunno how well they'd compress. I don't have that much high tech running gear except my garmin 305 (which I LOVE), but I really want to try out compression tights, like cw-x!

  • Reply mbrady1 August 7, 2009 at 2:41 am

    Hey what size compression leg sleeves do you have?

    I entered the Handpicked give away and I commented back to your blog! Yeah!

  • Reply John August 7, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Cool. You look fit as a fiddle!

  • Reply lesley August 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Great review!

  • Reply Lacey Nicole August 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    wow you look great in those!!!!!!!!!! i didnt' realize they were leg sleeves too– i saw danica (chic runner) wears these on her arms. pretty neat!!!

    YO!!!!!! i am running the NYC Half!!!! with elliot's family. it's gonna be a BLAST!!!! soooo sooon!!! are you running with a friend??

  • Reply Charm City Kim August 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I have always wanted to try out compression socks. I like that these are sleeves and not socks. I think I'll check these out!

  • Reply Andrea (Off Her Cork) August 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I have been dying to try out some compression sleeves/socks. Those things look amazing! Great review too, totally in depth and it was clear that you have used them a lot. 😀

  • Reply the JoeL September 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Yeah I just picked up the Zensah Running sleeve as well… These babies work really well! Good review.

  • Reply Dori October 2, 2009 at 2:16 am

    OK I need them.

  • Reply Mel September 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I totally went out and bought a pair of these after I read your review. They are AWESOME!

  • Reply Willow January 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for the helpful review. I have looked at these sleeves in the past for my calf issues. Now that I am ramping up in miles again for a marathon in Feb, I may have to give these a try.

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