The Top Compression Garments for Runners
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.
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Zamst Product Review
If you are looking for your next knee, ankle, wrist brace, socks or compression sleeves, then you should check out Zamst.
Zamst was created to reinforce and protect athletes of the world by allowing them to push harder than the body can endure.
Zamst has a diverse line of products, but what caught my attention from the start was how comfortable they are to use. Many runners suffer from IT band issues, myself included, and I was able to test out the RK-1 knee brace that was made for those with IT band syndrome. While wearing it, I didn’t feel any pain, and I felt secure during my workout. Throughout all of my exercises, I had my typical range of motion.
The RK-1 is made with a-Fit technology, which means that each piece is anatomically correct, providing the right amount of support for each specific body part. The material is made with an advanced fabric and lightweight construction called Flyweight Tecnhology. It truly is incredibly light but also very comfortable. Each brace is made with ROM-TECH, which allows for a full range of motion so that athletes can continue to push as hard as possible without feeling stiff to the point that they can’t move that body part like other braces do. Above all else, each brace is made to allow a ventilated flow that will keep you cool while in use.
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ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Zamst RK-1 Review
Most endeavors that promise gains also entail risk. In athletics, physical gains from training come with the prospect of injury, the most insidious of which are harms from overuse.
Painful and often debilitating, overuse injuries are serious. But they’re rarely crippling enough to sideline committed athletes. Instead, the pain becomes part of the background of training. It grows more troublesome over time, but for months or years it’s never quite bad enough to put a stop to more overuse. This is the real danger of overuse injuries: they’re easy to dismiss until they result in significant long-term harm that can’t be quickly undone.
.....So I took great delight in receiving the sleek Zamst RK-1 knee brace. I hoped it would help me out, and I figured if it could help a case like mine, it might be useful for just about anyone with overuse injuries to the knee. After all, this knee brace is specifically designed to help alleviate pain associated with runner’s knee and IT band syndrome. It’s also engineered to provide functional and biomechanical support to actually correct the issues leading to those problems. I hoped a month or so of using the brace would erase some pain and maybe turn back the clock on my aging knee.
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The Secret Weapon Powering Stephen Curry's Resurgence
Stephen Curry debuted his signature Under Armour shoe on Friday night, dropping 23 points and 10 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a win over the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers.
The “Curry One” high-top sneaker features new performance technologies designed to enhance Curry’s quick bursts and cuts on the court. Don’t be fooled by the ad copy. It’s not just the shoes that have elevated Curry’s game to new heights this season.
Shaun Powell of NBA.com writes that Curry is playing with a newfound confidence, and he appears to have shaken off a series of ankle sprains that formerly beset the Warriors star.
On the resurgence of Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder PG Russell Westbrook, Powell writes, “their movements are sure and quick, without the slightest bit of hesitation—the sign of players who trust their bodies won’t betray them again.”
After undergoing surgery to his right ankle in 2011, Curry discovered the form-fitting Zamst A2-DX ankle brace, which he now wears on both ankles. The brace is designed for an anatomically correct fit, which prevents the ankle from rolling and the foot from shifting forward.
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Superstars Curry, Westbrook rise above injury concerns
The point guard party starts at 10:30 ET tonight (on TNT) when a basketball game at Oracle Arena will seem like a blur. You can't go wrong whenever Golden State's Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook share the same floor, and even better, the same reassuring confidence about their physical well-being.
This is evident when Westbrook makes an angry, mad dash to the rim, leaving behind a scattered trail of defenders. It's also evident when Curry breaks down his man to create space and get open from deep. Their movements are sure and quick, without the slightest bit of hesitation -- the sign of players who trust their bodies won't betray them again.
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December 2, 2014 • Vol.6, No.22
It used to be that the running business was only about shoes. But as the new products being showcased by the 300-plus exhibitors at The Running Event’s ninth annual conference and trade show prove, it’s also about accessories. Wearable technology, high-style reflective apparel, chic race-themed jewelry, nutritional supplements and off-the-track fitness and wellness equipment are all quickly becoming standard for athletes who want to be winners.
Oh yes, about the shoes. They, too, are running into the future, taking the technologies pioneered in minimalist footwear – lightweight meshes and knit designs – with them to the finish line.
Here is a preview of some of the daring new things that will be debuting December 2-5, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center.
Zamst’s EK-3 is a moderate knee support that offers Exo-Tech Dual Technology providing medial (MCL) and lateral (LCL) stabilization. The EK-3 incorporates a flyweight fabrication with i-Fit Technology for individualized compression. The i-Fit Technology has a dual front open panel design with Velcro fasteners that wrap around the knee to create a custom fit with adjustable compression. The backside V-Tech Ventilation material enhances cooling during movement.
Zamst JK-Band Review
Backpacking with Patellar tendinitis is a painful process. If you’ve ever had to deal with the injury, you know what I’m talking about. This is why I’m reviewing the Zamst JK-Band. Anything that can provide relief is certainly appreciated. READ MORE
ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Initial Thoughts on the Zamst JK Band
The Zamst JK Band is a great product for those who have patellofemoral pain syndrome that presents as anterior knee pain. Patellofemoral pain Syndrome is pain in the front of the knee, and frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. Sometimes it is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. When you find yourself with a sudden or gradual onset of pain and need relief, this band is a great product to try. It provides just the appropriate stability that rebuilds and strengthens the problem areas around your knee. In turn, this allows you to continue your training while healing from your ailment. READ MORE
August 11, 2014 issue 1432
Zamst introduced at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market the HA-1 Compression, combining the dual benefits of both the HA-1 Run LE and a compression calf sleeve. Besides addressing plantar fasciitis, the G-Fit technology delivers vertical gradual compression from the ankle through the calf muscle to improve circulation and encourage blood and oxygen flow to the muscles to enhance performance. Also, it flushes away bi-products (lactic acid), reduces muscle vibration and fatigue, and improves muscle endurance and recovery. Built in a-Fit technology, (anatomically correct support and fit for left and right feet), is also featured. READ MORE
February 24, 2014 issue 1408
Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014
Zamst HA-1 Compression with G-Fit Technology improves circulation to encourage blood and oxygen flow to the muscles. Aids with flushing out bi-products (lactic acid), reducing muscle vibration, and fatigue for improved muscle endurance and recovery. Built-in-a-Fit technology provides anatomically correct support and fit. Functional support and knitting technology stabilizes the heel in a neutral position and lifts the arch to minimize stress from repetitive impact to reduce plantar fasciitis. READ MORE
ACTIVE GEAR REVIEW
Zamst HA-1 Compression Sock Review
The ZAMST HA-1 Compression socks with G-Fit Technology are a great addition for any athlete. A key piece of equipment for runners, hikers, cyclists and individuals who are on their feet all day. Upon opening the package, I immediately fell in love with the vibrant pink color. Subsequently, many of my running partners and colleagues complimented on my socks. I really wanted to test these compression socks during some longer mountain runs. Since I am in the medical industry, the benefit of being able to test them at work came in quite handy. READ MORE
Future Fabric to 'Power Shoes'... Wild Footwear Coming In 2015
September 11, 2014
Planter Fasciitis Compression Sock — Designed to provide plantar fasciitis compression, the HA-1 from Zamst is a special sock made for sufferers of this most annoying of foot ailments. It also gives “vertical gradual compression from the ankle through the calf muscle,” as the company puts it, ostensibly improving circulation and encouraging oxygen flow to the muscles. $59.99. READ MORE
An evening hike with mountaineer Melissa Arnot and Zamst
September 4, 2014
Melissa Arnot, professional mountain guide, passionate mountaineer and Everest guardian, is a force to be reckoned with. She is the female record holder for summiting Mount Everest (five times) and one of the founders of the Juniper Fund which provides assistance to individuals, families, and communities in underserved countries adversely impacted by their work for the mountain-based adventure industry. She deals with a great deal of risk in her profession, has experienced unfathomable tragedy on Everest, and many other challenges, but she stays true to the love she has for the mountains and shares her knowledge with others while helping them push their limits to get to their own summit.
Along with Zamst, a company that provides precision and engineered support technology through their products and services which help support people’s active lifestyle in improved physical health, a select group of media had the opportunity to take an evening hike up Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon with some of the representatives from the company and Melissa Arnot. It was a chance to get more acquainted with Zamst and their products along with Arnot, who is a part of the elite athletes of Zamst, the ‘Z Team’. READ MORE
April 28, 2014 issue 1416
At Zamst, an advanced understanding of the medical field forms the basis for the brand’s engineered support technology. “The bracing and support category is showing significant year-over-year growth with the aging baby boomer population as well as a higher awareness of injury prevention,” commented Zamst’s Marketing Manager Laura Cleveland. “The overall technology for this category is lighter weight for performance with enhanced stabilization. Athletes are looking for products that won't weigh them down, and that provide full range of motion while stabilizing and supporting the area in need.”
Zamst’s ZK-7 Knee Brace is the strongest knee support for moderate to severe sprains of the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL for $80. Exo-Tech Qaud construction provides four-way ligament support with resin stays for medial and lateral stability, and x-strap and parallel straps for anterior and posterior stability to the ACL/PCL. For moderate to severe ankle sprains, Zamst is offering the A2-DX Ankle Brace for $65. The A2-DX is made with i-Fit and a-Fit technology for an anatomically (right and left) correct fit, and its Exo-Grid is a dual exterior molded support structure with Grip Tech that prevents the ankle from rolling inward and outward.
Sneak Peek: Fall 2014 Running Trends And Innovations
By Brian Metzler and Allison Pattillo, Published Jan. 27, 2014
Running gear and apparel continues to evolve with new designs, new materials and new construction techniques. In this photo gallery, we highlight some of the notable form-follows-function trends and performance-oriented innovations we came across at the Jan. 22-25 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City. Look for these features and products to debut at running stores near you between late summer and early fall.
Zamst HA-1 Run Support Socks, $35
Prehab and rehab running gear is on the rise, but the black, white and gray clinical look is starting to disappear. The HA-1 is designed to keep the heel in a neutral position and lift up the arch and prevent it from leaning inward, functions aimed at reducing the stress of repetitive impact to the plantar fascia.
November/December 2012 issue
Along with the increased participation in individual and team sports and activities, as well as the growing ranks of Baby Boomers, Zamst USA has seen an increased awareness of pre- and post-injury protection to maintain active lifestyles, says marketing manager Laura Cleveland. Based in Newport Beach, CA, Zamst brought its established line in its home base in Japan to the States a few years ago.
Designed in Japan, Zamst features flyweight construction and breathable fabrication for its supports and braces that target specific ligaments and tendons of the body. The company also offers several sizes in many of its products to better tailor fit. It recently introduced the RK-1, which was developed as a solution for IT Band Syndrome. It is an ultrathin, anatomically correct, breathable sleeve supported by an exo-tech dual cruciate (MCL/LCL) support. The spiral strap with patella anchor pad provides lower leg alignment keeping the knee in a neutral position during performance. Restricting the lower leg from internal rotation during activity reduces inflammation of the tissue.
ZAMST ZW-7 BACK BRACE & ZK-7 KNEE BRACE
Injury is something no skier ever wants to to deal with, especially the long term repercussions—but it happens. For me it was a zipper crust that caught one ski and proceeded to make a wish with the other. On the loosing end of this game was my MCL, ACL and meniscus in my left knee, which just happened to be my ‘good knee’ as the right one had already had an ACL replacement years earlier. Then, a few years ago I took a 15 foot drop onto a newly created cat track at the local ski resort and that was the start of a life long affair with a compressed disc between L4 and L5 (thats the lower lumbar spine).
Being what they call ‘middle aged’ (I hate that term) I now have a growing list of skiing related injuries that I am trying to manage so that I can keep on backcountry skiing well into my 80s. When I stumbled upon Zamst Precision Engineered Support products at the 2014 Winter Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City it was a no-brainer; I asked them to sign me up to test out some of their products. Zamst is a company that produces reinforcement, recovery and protection products and was the brainchild of Nippon Sigmax, a leader in medical orthosis. Zamst has a product line that offers up over 39 support products for part of your body including achilles tendon, ankle, arm, back, calf, elbow, foot, knee, shoulder, thigh, thumb and waist. They sponsor a variety of hard core athletes who champion their products, however I could not find any medically supported testimonials on their web site pertaining to their products success. READ MORE >>
September/October 2012 issue
The Zamst ZK-7 is a lightweight, strong support brace with open bottom design that provides for a customized fit and prevents slippage. Criss-crossed front and parallel backside straps provide effective compression and increased anterior stability for lower leg. Unique resin stays improved lateral/medial stability and enable smooth flexion and extension. They are for use in prevention and/or support of moderate or severe sprains.