Sunday, January 22, 2017

Taking Performance (and Recovery!) to the Next Level | Legend Compression Review

Disclaimer: I received 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'm a rather simplistic runner — grab my running shoes, appropriate clothing for the weather, my Garmin (or not, some days) and I'm good. Over my years of running, I have added an item or two to my gear list because they truly make a difference in my performance — compression wear is at the top of the list.

Running in compression wear makes my legs feel lighter and less fatigued, even at mile 20 of a marathon. I used to think it was all in my head but the proof is in the pudding. Compression really works!

As a BibRave Pro, I received the Legend Compression Leg Sleeves to review and I put them to the test this month. I have used compression socks for training, racing and recovery in the past but this was my first time using leg sleeves.


I found that the leg sleeves are great for indoor workouts (or hot weather runs this summer). The material is breathable and I didn't overheat like I do when wearing full compression socks.

When wearing these on a chilly winter run, I layered them under (and even over) my running tights. Layering with the leg sleeves was a cinch and I was able to put them on/took them off with ease.


Besides looking super cool, Legend Compression Leg Sleeves offer many performance benefits:

Compression Done Right (Not Tight!)

Legend Compression Leg Sleeves aren't as "tight" as other compression wear, being 15-20 mmHG vs the usual 20-30 mmHG. This means they are easier to get on and off without sacrificing the support and performance benefits! Based on their experience and understanding of medical compression, Legend Compression Wear has found the right amount of compression that is most effective for training and recovery.

This #rightnottight fit has many benefits including increased athletic performance, increased oxygen levels and blood circulation, reduced muscle fatigue, exertion and soreness and faster recovery time!

My leg sleeves are easy to slide off even after a sweaty workout, which I appreciate. Some other compression brands feel like they might as well rip off a layer of my skin as I peel off the sock!

Durable Power Band

The power band on the top of these leg sleeves makes them easier to roll on and off and, once on, the sleeve STAYS PUT! I didn't have to worry about them sliding down in the middle of my run. The durable power band also protects the sleeve from rips and tears during daily usage.

Lightweight and Breathable Construction

Legend's Leg Sleeves are lightweight and made with an open stitch in the back for ultimate breathability. They are moisture wicking and work great for layering up during a winter run. For summer long runs, these sleeves are also UV protective.


What I LOVED about Legend's compression leg sleeves is their high quality material, #rightnottight fit and that they are proudly made in the USA! Now I think it would be fun to have a collection of Legend's compression leg sleeves in every color assortment and then mix and match :)

Check out Legend Compression Leg Sleeves here and take 20% off your order using the code "rave20"!

Be sure to join us for #BibChat on Twitter on Tuesday, FEB 7 at 8PM CST to talk all about compression and for a chance to win Legend Compressionwear for yourself!

My Workout Weekly Wrap: 01/16-01/22


01/16 MON: 4 mi, 00:35 @ 08:50 pace. Lots of snow and slick roads but overall it was a beautiful morning. The above zero temps feel GREAT! Our dog joined me for the last mile and he was a big fan. I think he gets a little depressed when it's too cold for us all to play outside.


01/17 TUES: Runner's Yoga (25:28)

01/18 WED: 5 mi, 00:43 @ 08:41 pace. This morning was gorgeous! 20 degrees and a little wind. Just a perfect morning after such a cold snap. The dog joined me for the last two miles and he was just as excited as me.

01/19 THURS: Vinyasa Yoga Flow (17:55) and Bowflex plank/push-up video on Youtube.


01/20 FRI: 7.68 mi, 01:01 @ 07:58 pace. Slushy & warm outside. It's so nice to be above 0 degrees! My Yaktrax are now officially broken and the right one slipped off like 4 times during the run :(

01/21 SAT: Run/Walk with the dog, 3.1 mi, 00:36 @ 11:34 pace. Testing out the Stunt Puppy hands-free leash! More on that later.

01/22 SUN: Stayed home from church with sick kiddos and my getting-sick self! Hope this is a short-lived cold and cough.

Do you use compression wear in training or recovery?



Linking up with Wild Workout WednesdayHolly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up and Mommy Moments.

24 comments:

  1. This week, I found some compression socks that are too tight - donation box items! I like your blog header and I hope that you and your family get well soon!

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    1. Thank you, Tina! The kids are doing great now, quite peppy - me, not so much :)

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  2. I love compression sleeves! I actually prefer sleeves to full socks, at least for running/working out. I think full socks are better for recovery after a real long run, though, especially if dehydration is a concern.

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    1. I think I'm turning to the "sleeve side" as well! Socks have their place but the sleeves are so versatile :)

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  3. Yes I do use compression, mostly for recovery I'm blessed to be a LEGend ambassador myself. Their sleeves feel better than all others I've tried. I need to order a new color. Thanks for linking, Amy!

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    1. I love that you are a Legend Ambassador, Holly! Great brand to work with! All the colors... I just love them.

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  4. I never run with compression socks but rather use them as a form of recovery!

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  5. I do like to use them for recovery and for long flights! I have not tried the sleeves yet, I think those may be even better! Great review!

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    1. I'm a believer in the sleeves now, MB! They are awesome :)

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  6. I use compression socks and compression tights for recovery but have never run in them. I do like the socks because they are good for warmth as well. It looks like you had a good week of training despite the weather, that is a LOT of snow!

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    1. It's been an extra snowy winter here, which I don't mind! The ice... now I have more trouble with that :)

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  7. I am like you- I'm a simple no frills runner but one thing I like having arecompression sleeves!! I do hope you and your family are feeling better. We've had our share of the colds/coughs around our house as well. Hang in there!

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    1. We're working on it! I think I'm renaming this cold and cough session the "black lung". It just won't leave!

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  8. I am a Legend Compression fan (and Ambassador) as well. I love how they're snug enough without being too tight. And of course the fun colors. Haha!

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    1. Awesome that you and Holly are both ambassadors! These Legend sleeves rock - and all the color choices are a huge perk :)

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  9. I'm a huge believer in compression socks, they help with recovery AND they look cute, so I definitely like that too.

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  10. I always use compression socks for recovery. I love that these aren't too tight. I have a few pairs that are a real struggle to get on!

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    1. Exactly! They really live up to their #rightnottight motto :)

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  11. I love compression! I like sleeves for running and recovery, and full socks for ultimate recovery!

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  12. Love that these are lightweight enough that you can layer with them during winter runs!

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    1. Yes they have been perfect for layering under my running tights - or under jeans for every day wearing :)

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