Since my injury I’ve been practically living in compression socks. They’ve helped both in protecting my foot during low impact exercises, and for moments when I was just lounging around the house as I would take the brace off and keep my leg propped up and compressed. I actually just started wearing compression last fall but immediately discovered the benefits, particularly for active recovery after long runs.
Several weeks ago I was contacted by BrightLife Direct a local (DC) small business which specializes in medical compression garments. They recently announced BrightLife Go a new site tailored to fashionable and athletic compression (as they described to me, think the Zappos of compression). First, you had me at local and then small business :) Disclaimer: I was provided with products from BrightLifeGo to compare. The review and accompanying opinions are my own.
As a runner I am always on the lookout for solid running products and trying new things. As a runner coming back from injury, hearing from them was timely. After perusing the site, I opted for a pair of CEP and Sigvaris compression socks since I already own and love Zensah. I gave them my ankle and calf measurements and they shipped me sizes accordingly.
I tried the Sigvaris first. They were moderate grade level and offered plenty of cushion and heel support. Friday was a 3 mile day and the second day of running after a 4 miler Thursday. It was also the end of a very long week so my legs were tired. I put the socks on after this 5k run and immediately liked the feel of them. I had actually never heard of this brand before but it’s definitely high quality. P.S. love the sizing printed on the bottom!
After my 9 mile long run Sunday I took my usual Epsom Salt bath and then slipped on the CEP compression socks, another moderate level support sock. I wore them pretty much all evening (and actually forgot they were on). The fit was perfect, though it was tough to get them on first go. I’ve worn them since so they just needed breaking in. My legs felt great following and considering this was my longest run since my injury in February, I was extremely ecstatic!
I liked how they both fit and felt so can’t say I have a favorite, but CEP comes in several colors while the Sigvaris is only black and white. In any case, I appreciate the options and was happy with them both. The customer service I received at BrightLife Go was great and product received quickly. Their site is also very helpful with FAQ’s on compression wear and a first time buyers guide both explaining the benefits and varying levels of compression. If you don’t find the answers you need online, give them a call and you’ll get personalized service. Shipping is free in the US, and there are options for faster delivery including UPS. Good news: they also deliver outside of the US!
In addition to athletic compression accessories, which is where my interest lies, they have fashionable everyday wear so you can run those errands and actively recover without the funny looks (haha, not that I mind those!) All in all a very positive experience with BrightLife Go (and don’t forget: local, small business!!) And thanks for the seeds!
Now, what’s in it for YOU?! Well, BrightLife Go was generous enough to offer one of my readers a $75 online gift certificate to their site. To enter, please visit them here and tell me what compression product you would order. You can also earn additional entries just click through the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends Monday, 4/28 at 11:59 pm. So, give ‘em a like and good luck!!
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