Monday, July 12, 2010

Review; CEP Running O2 SportsSock

If you have read my blog for any length of time you’ll know this is not the first review on compression socks (or sleeves). I am a big fan of compression clothing both for recovery and for during. You can read some of my previous reviews are here, here, here and here. And so on with this review.


From CEP’s website:

For all Runners and Endurance Athletes: The scientifically optimized pressure flow provides your muscles with the maximum amount of oxygen and energy during performance and recovery.

The times are over where the sole purpose of socks and stockings was to protect feet from blistering. The CEP compression sportsocks are the first functional sport socks with a unique compression profile that provides a scientifically proven increase in blood circulation and a consequent increase in performance.

  • Achilles Tendon Support: Additional support of the Achilles tendon protects and prevents irritable tendons.
  • Padded Foot Soles: The special support of the foot sole prevents irritations caused by pressure spots.
  • Ventilation Channels: For a pleasant foot climate.
  • 3-D Fit: The socks adjust to the anatomy of the leg and foot for a perfect fit thanks to the three-dimensional manufacturing process.

I have been wearing these during the last 3-4 weeks, my mileage is not so high at the moment but I am running five days a week so I’ll take any assistance in recovery or injury prevention that I can. All told these have somewhere between 100-120 miles on them now and they have been the subject of multiple wear, wash, dry repeat cycles. I use ProWash and air dry them in case you were wondering. They return to their usual shape and size without issue.

So here’s the nitty gritty…I suppose that would be the knitty gritty! The socks are foot specific and have seamless toes. They have super dense cushioning under the sole and heel. The cushioning extends over the toes and up the heel beyond the usual height of the Achilles notch. There is ribbing that runs parallel to the foot and calf to the top where the seam is neatly hemmed. The is a nice vibrant logo at the top. The compression is good, this may seem a little obvious, but compared to some these hold their tension well. I have run in them and used them overnight for recovery; they held their own through the night and were good through to the morning.

Overall the comfort level is high and there is no ‘itchiness’ that you can get from close fitting clothing. In terms of their effectiveness, well they fit, tight; that’s the point right, the compression lasts and they work, so that’s a three for three in my book! While CEP may not be the brand for you, you need to buy compression clothing; and that's the bottom line!

Available in three sizes depending on the diameter of your calf and in black, white, fuchsia and lime they are available at multiple outlets online for $60.00.

These products were provided free of charge by CEP. See previous gear reviews in the sidebar on the right. If you have a product you’d like reviewed, contact me at