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Review: LEGEND Compression Leg Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received one pair of LEGEND Compression Leg Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I love me some compression socks, but have never tried a pair of compression sleeves, so I was super psyched to try these. I have also fully embraced the comeback of the bright colors of the 80s, so I was sold on the bright pink, too.

What I received to review

What’s so special about LEGEND Compression Leg Sleeves?

From the packaging:

LEGEND Compression Leg sleeves are designed to provide all athletes with calf support, shin splint relief, and decreased fatigue. Our legendary sleeves provide a firm fit in the calves and shins to increase performance and endurance while stabilizing the muscles to help prevent injury.

The Good

The very first thing I noticed was how easy they were to get on. To be fair, I’ve never tried compression sleeves before, but sometimes it feels like a workout just to get a pair of compression socks on. After a long run, I’ll admit I’ve almost cried and cramped up trying to put on compression socks. It’s sad.

I also noticed that they weren’t super tight, like many other compression products. I thought maybe this was because I got a size too big (my calf size is right in between XS and S/M, so I went with S/M), but after doing a little research, it appears that the 15-20 mmHG of graduated compression isn’t supposed to be super tight. The information I found put that level of compression anywhere from mild to the lower end of moderate.

Given that I’m used to a tighter compression, I wasn’t totally sure how these guys were going to work for recovery. I was pleasantly surprised, as they helped my recovery just as much as the compression socks I had been wearing.

I also am not a fan of wearing compression anything when I run or hike, because I feel like compression gives me dead legs. But in order to fully review this product, I took them on a hike. A hike that had 800 feet of elevation gain in the first mile. I have not been hiking lately, and it felt like I was just going up the entire time (though to be fair, I kind of was). I felt like the compression sleeves helped speed up recovery and did support my calves on the way up. They didn’t bother me at all, and are moisture-wicking, too, which is nice.

And finally, it just dawned on me today that I can wear my compression sleeves with flip-flops. It may not seem all that amazing, but I am the kind of person who likes to get out of her running or hiking shoes as soon as she is finished. Compression socks make this difficult (although I do wear Adidas sandals instead of flip-flops and it’s fine.

The Not-So-Good

It’s always great when I can wrap a review by saying that I didn’t really have any problems or negative things to say about the product. After trying these sleeves, I’m definitely a convert.

The Bottom Line

These sleeves are a good choice if you feel like compression socks might be a bit too much, or you are looking for a little extra help with blood flow during a run or hike.

Yes, I was wearing shorts in February. Because Colorado.

The sleeves are $44.95, and come in three sizes (XS, S/M, L/XL). LEGEND offers a variety of solid color options, ranging from your basic black and white to pink, yellow, blue, and purple. That’s in line with the cost of other socks/sleeves, and you can even get a 20% discount when you put in “rave20” when you checkout! Pick up a pair here -> http://legendcompressionwear.com/

Review: OOFOS Ooriginal Sport

Disclaimer: I received a pair of OOFOS Ooriginal Sport to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I was really intrigued by OOFOS because they are designed to “absorb impact” and “aid recovery”. I love flip-fops anyway, so I’m not likely to turn down the opportunity to test out a new pair, especially one that will make my legs feel good after a long run. Right now, I’m only training for a 5K and a 5-miler, so I didn’t have any super long runs, but I feel like I was still able to get some benefit from the sandal’s design. Read on for more 😉

What I received to review


What’s so special about the OOFOS?

According to the hang tag that came on the sandals, OOFOS is “recovery technology for your feet” and works by:

  • Absorbing shock with every step
  • Cradling your arches
  • Reducing stress on feet, knees, and back
  • Enabling more natural motion

The foam absorbs 37% more shock than other materials.

The Good

The first thing I noticed about OOFOS was it’s unique design, and I honestly wasn’t sure how it would feel. The sole is bulkier than most flip-flops, and is thicker in the middle than on the front and back, which I assumed was to help the foot roll more than heel strike (which it did).


The sandals are super cushiony and comfortable. It felt like I was squishing down into the cushion and then rebounding with each step.

The fit was great, and they are true to size. The website suggests ordering your true size if you are a whole size, or a half size up if you typically wear a half size.

I wore them after a few of my longer runs (about an hour), and while my legs don’t get super sore, they do get tired. I put on the sandals immediately post-run—my legs and tired feet felt supported. It was great.

Another plus to the OOFOS Original Sport? They are moisture resistant and don’t get stinky. Always a good feature when you are dealing with smelly, sweaty feet.

The Not-So-Good

They are supposed to have an anti-chafe toe, and while I wouldn’t call it chafing, there was a bit of discomfort if I wore them all day long (which I wanted to do because they were so comfortable!).


The Bottom Line

I loved the OOFOS Original Sport sandals for after runs, or on days when I was walking around or on my feet a lot. They retail at $59.95, and while I can’t attest to how long they might last since I haven’t had mine that long, they seem to be well made and with quality materials.

Join us and OOFOS for #Bibchat on August 30! I can’t guarantee that they will be giving away a pair, but there are often sweet giveaways during #Bibchat, so come hang out with us on Tuesday at 7 pm MT!