Compression apparel is a constantly evolving category that has gained popularity among runners in recent years. The reasons for this are likely two-fold: many runners find these products to be fashionable workout wear and research has backed up the use of compression by athletes.
One recent study found that post-workout compression gear enhanced recovery by reducing muscle swelling and soreness. Another study published in 2015 discovered that when runners wore compression socks for the two days following a marathon, they logged faster times on a treadmill test two weeks later.
We tested many of the compression garments to bring you some of the best products on the market this season.
Zensah Recovery Tight$99.99 1 of 12
The Zensah Recovery Tight offers ankle-to-hip compression to increase circulation and enhance recovery. As the name suggests, these are designed to be worn post-workout. They also increase muscle stabilization and performance while you're in motion.
Skins A400 Women's Tank Top$99.99 2 of 12
This tank top showcases the technology used in Skins' A400 line of compression apparel, which includes options for both men and women. The brand's ADAPTIVE technology helps users stay warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. The Dynamic Gradient Compression is also purported to increase oxygen delivery to active muscles and reduce recovery time.
VIM & VIGR Nylon Compression Socks$32.95 3 of 12
For runners in search of something a bit more stylish for post-workout functions, look no further than VIM & VIGR's line of compression socks. Available in a variety of patterns and colors, these socks are made with high-quality fabrics and 400-needle thread count for mild to moderate compression.
CW-X VersatX Running Bra$65 4 of 12
Balancing support, comfort and adjustability, the VersatX Bra is both flattering and functional. Motion is reduced thanks to CW-X's 5-point Targeted Support Web built into each cup. Coolmax/Lycra ensures this bra breathes to keep you cool and reduce the chance of chafing.
CEP Progressive+ Run Ultralight Socks$60 5 of 12
The CEP Progressive+ Run Ultralight Socks employ CEP's top-tier technology grade materials. They remain lightweight while offering graduated compression from the ankle to the top of the sock. These socks are said to be a favorite of Boston and New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi.
Opedix Knee-Tec 2.0 Full Length Tights$195 6 of 12
Comprised of 18 panels for the best fit and performance, these tights use Opedix's patented torque reform technology to promote optimal alignment and stability while running. These are a great option for both injury rehabilitation and everyday training.
Brooks Runhappy Compress Calf Sleeve$30 7 of 12
If you're looking for a compression option for warm-weather running, the Brooks compression calf sleeves are a suitable choice. The mesh construction will keep your legs cool and comfortable to provide ideal compression for training and recovery.
CW-X Ventilator Mesh Top$45 8 of 12
This top features the CW-X Support Web to improve posture, balance and arm motion. Thanks to kinetic-taping technology, this web system creates exoskeletal support both during and after running. Targeting the trapezius muscles and scapular bones of the upper back, it will help you fight the tendency to hunch over, even when fatigued.
Zamst HA-1 Compression Socks$59.99 9 of 12
These compression socks assist in improving blood circulation and reducing muscle vibration, which helps to decrease muscle fatigue and enhance recovery. The vertical gradual compression from the ankle through the calf muscle may also improve performance by encouraging blood and oxygen flow.
CW-X 3/4 Revolution Tights$180 10 of 12
The Revolution series comes in 3/4- and full-length versions for women and full length for men. These tights offer the ultimate in performance support in a lightweight package. Featuring CW-X's EXO-Lite Seamless Support Web, you'll feel the difference when it comes to stability and shock absorption on the run.
Skins Essentials Unisex Calf Tights MX$49.99 11 of 12
The technology in these calf tights adjusts to changing temperatures to keep you comfortable, whatever the conditions. Memory MX fabric panels provide biomechanical support and the brand's Dynamic Gradient Compression makes them great for during and after exercise.