Your Guides To Compression Socks and Fitness Fabrics

Your Guide To Compression Socks and Fitness Fabrics

Compression socks and fitness fabrics, explained

In addition to fun race roundups like Night Runs, Costumes Races and Mile Runs and 60 Destination Races For Your Next Runcation, I’ve also been writing about the science of sweat and fitness fashion for I learned a lot doing these two stories that break down what we wear and why we wear them when we run.

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Asics Printed Calf Sleeve

Your Guide to Compression Running Gear

You’ve seen countless runners sporting them at races, maybe you even wear them yourself, but what exactly do compression socks do?

From compression socks, recovery socks, calf sleeves, arm sleeves, tights and shorts to tops, I looked at what each piece of compression gear claims to do, and whether or not research backs it up.

I also picked my faves in each category. For the record, I loves me some compression socks. I’ve got six pairs.

Read it all at Your Guide to Compression Running Gear on

Your Guides To Compression Socks and Fitness Fabrics

Nike Wool and Sheer top

10 Fitness Fabrics, Explained

What’s the difference between polyester and polypropylene? Are bamboo and wool good for running clothes? What exactly is GORE-TEX? Can you ever wear cotton to workout?

I looked at 10 common fitness fabrics and finishes including nylon, spandex, cotton, bamboo, wool, polyester, polypropylene, silver technology, TENCEL and GORE-TEX to find out the what, where, when and why of fitness fashion.

I also picked some fave pieces made from each material.

Check it out at 10 Fitness Fabrics, Explained on

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


11 2014

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  1. 1

    I started to wear compression socks last spring and haven’t looked back. I had no idea how comfortable they would be. I’m only up to three pairs so far, but I might match your six in the near future!
    Compression tights sound interesting. But have to say…those white/grey ones pictured…never going to happen for a few reasons! Think I will stick with the nice safe colour of black when it comes to tights :)
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    • Karla Bruning

      Haha, I hear you. I have the tights pictured, but in a nice, dark navy blue camo. I love to feel the squeeze!

  2. 3

    I admittedly do not own anything “compression”. I would like to except I have no idea where to begin! I guess that’s why I’m checking out your article 😛
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    • Karla Bruning

      Compression socks and tights feel really good, even though they don’t make me go any faster! I do notice that my muscles are less sore when I wear them versus when I don’t. That’s really where you get the main benefit–recovery, especially if you wear them both when you run and after you run.

  3. 5

    I’ll definitely check out those pieces.

    I absolutely love my compression socks (I’ve only bought Pro Compression so far). I have both the short socks and knee high, and for a long time I would “save” them (for what I’m not sure), but once I finally started wearing them, I realized they are truly magic. Not even kidding but they make me feel like I can fly (relatively speaking of course).
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    • Karla Bruning

      Totally agree! I LOVE compression socks. I have CEP, Zoot, Nike and RunningSkirts socks and I wear them all!

  4. 7

    Comfortable and amazingly looking good. Not only functional but also really gives the comfort you need on sports activities.
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