She asked me to pick a few items from their current line and then asked if I would be available to review something from the new performance Innergywear items that are being released soon: the Agility line for women and the Velocity line for men. Take a look at those items by clicking on that link and then you can look for my review of those things in the near future.
In the meantime, I had fun picking out a few items from the recovery compression line to try. I decided not to be completely selfish and so I chose compression shorts and socks for myself and a compression knee sleeve for Mr. Helen
Mr. Helen has had meniscus surgery on both of his knees. The first surgery he pretty much recovered exactly as they said he would. With this more recent one, he has had a tough time. We think it's because the tear was so much more significant. In any case, he has had a terrible time getting back to his exercise routine. If he ran a couple miles it would take the knee 2-3 days to recover. He also had not been able to work as hard at his martial arts as usual. The recovery compression knee sleeve arrived on a day when he was going to the dojo and he was excited to try it out. When he got home the first words out of his mouth were that he was able to train as hard as he wanted and the sleeve contained his knee perfectly. In the month or so that he's been wearing it he has gone back to his normal routine of several runs/weight training sessions and several martial arts classes a week. He's a very happy camper. He said he really likes that it provides "just enough" support that his knee does not feel tightly bound when he's working out. Before we requested it we measured just as they instruct on the website and it fits perfectly. He loves it so much he will buy one when this one wears out. Here are his sexy legs modeling the sleeve.
The first piece I was able to try were the socks. The only compression socks I've ever worn in the past were knee socks so I was interested to see how ankle-length compression socks would work. Plain and simple, I LOVE them!
If you look at the socks you can see some grey looking stripes going across the top of the foot. Looking at my left foot, all the way to the edge in that area is where I had one of the foot fractures that took me out of running for most of 2012 and where I've had what I refer to as phantom pain after every longer run ever since. Until I wore these socks. They really do work at supporting the foot both across the top and underneath where the plantar fascia tendon is. Generally once I get home from long runs on Saturday I keep them on a couple hours while I do a bit of cleaning, which allows my foot to recover. Using copper technology, they also wick sweat beautifully and my feet have never felt squishy. These socks also conveniently are marked with an "L" or "R" so you put them on the correct foot to get maximum compression benefits out of them. I'm pretty certain these are going to become my summer running socks. I also adore this bright yellow-green color they sent me!
Finally, I was able to try the compression shorts a couple weeks ago when it warmed up to all of 50 degrees. While I probably could have worn them alone, I was worried about being cold so I wore them under some capris and then left them on while I cleaned the house and ran some errands. I ended up having them on about 4 hours including my running time. Again, I used the sizing charts to measure and order the correct size and I found they fit well. You can see here that they provide decent coverage as far as length goes.
They also perform well with odor control and sweat wicking and I felt they really did help the aggravation in my hip area to recover better after the run.
I do have a couple of little things I would like to see the Tommie Copper people change in these shorts: I would like to see a gusset in the crotch area of the women's shorts (sorry but there's no other way to say that). I also feel they need to work on the stitching in the waist band. As a person who exclusively wears compression shorts I've had quite a bit of experience with them. After wearing them for four hours, my immediate thought was that if I'd been wearing them while running for four hours, and especially if it was a hot and/or humid day, I would have ended up with rubbed raw spots in the waist area from the way it's currently stitched.
Ironically, while I was testing out these items a coworker approached me and asked me if I'd ever heard of Tommie Copper. When I said that I had and was actually testing some items she proceeded to gush and rave about their compression arm sleeves. She and her husband golf many, many times a week. Last year she developed tendonitis so severely in one elbow it was hampering her swing. For her birthday, her husband bought her the arm sleeve and after wearing it through their first weekend of golfing this spring, she ordered herself another for her other arm.
So, as you have read here, Tommie Copper has some great products! Followers of Doing A 180 now have the chance to win any of the pieces I've reviewed. To enter, please comment below with which item you'd like to have and/or things you love or would change about your current exercise wear or tell me if you've ever worn compression gear. In other words, comment! Open to residents of the USA and Canada who are followers of Doing A 180 only.
The winner will be chosen on May 12th. Enter away!