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CEP Compression review

by kirsty
Thursday 23rd July 2015
Tags  CEP   |   Compression   |   Compression Socks   |   Calf sleeves   |   Ultralight Calf Sleeves   |   Run Socks   |   Running socks

Product review: Run247 columnist Kirsty Reade gives her verdict on CEP's Ultralight Calf Sleeves and Run Socks 2.0

As a fan of the long run I dabble in the world of compression wear in an effort to keep my poor legs going without too much pain and to recover afterwards so I can do it all again.

The lovely people at CEP sent over some of their Ultralight Calf Sleeves and Run Socks to for us to try out and, for me, the timing was perfect as I’ve been doing lots of long runs in preparation for the Eiger Ultra Trail and UTMB.

I’m going to break this product review into three parts, which I’ll call: putting them on, wearing them, and taking them off. Just to clarify, I did master putting socks on and taking them off by about the age of two, I believe. I’m talking about the advanced level of putting on and taking off socks that comes with tricky compression wear. It’s something similar to trying to get into jeans that you last wore in 1995.

Run247 columnist Kirsty Reade gives her verdict on CEP's Ultralight Calf Sleeves and Run Socks 2.0

Photos: You could mistake her for Paula - Kirsty in her CEP's Ultralight Calf Sleeves

1) Putting them on

CEP products have a precise sizing guide, which is really good as it ensures the right fit - not too tight, not too loose.

So the first thing is to measure your calves to get the right size.

The texture of them is like an actual sock, unlike other compression sleeves/socks I’ve tried, so they felt quite stretchy and thin in comparison. This made putting them on much easier and they were nice and snug but without feeling like they’re restricting in any way. I’ve been using the Ultralight Calf Sleeves to run in and the Run Socks 2.0 to wear for recovery afterwards. Both were very easy to put on and reassuringly supportive.

2) Wearing them

As you’d imagine from the name, you barely notice that you’re wearing the Ultralight Calf Sleeves.

My friend won’t wear calf sleeves because he says he likes using his calf muscles when he runs. This is a fair point but the CEP sleeves didn’t feel as though they were impeding movement or muscles. I wore the sleeves on the Eiger Ultra Trail and they gave me a nice feeling of support on the long climbs, and they weren’t hot or itchy at all.

The ones I have are white so I can also pretend that I’m Paula Radcliffe when I’m wearing them.

The socks, while slightly thicker, were also really comfortable and breathable. I wore both happily for many hours, without any of that ‘get these really tight things off my legs’ sensation that you can get with compression wear.

3) Taking them off

This was the real test for me. I’ve had too many compression wear removal incidents to recount here but most involved the sudden onset of cramp and ended with me saying ‘argh, I’ll just leave them on for ever’. But with the CEP products I didn’t have this problem. As you’d expect with compression wear there is a bit of a technique to it (rolling them down, then easing them over your foot) but the lightness of the sleeves made it a lot easier than some other products.

I was really impressed with the quality, the breathability and the lightness of the calf sleeves in particular and would definitely recommend them to ultra runners for running and recovery. Everybody’s individual but for me CEP struck a good balance between degree of compression and weight. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some comfortable but very supportive compression sleeves or socks.


About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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