The Zensah rep asked me what size I would like. I went to the website to look at the size chart. This is where I ran into an issue. There are two different measurements to take in consideration when choosing size. First is height. According to height, I was a size small. However, according to calf circumference I was a large. After consulting with the rep, I went with medium as she advised. See the sizing from the website:
Ultra Compression Leg Sleeves When choosing a size, calf size should be used as the primary determinant. We list height for those who do not know their calf size.
Calf Circumference Height Calf CM Height M
S 9.5" - 12.5" 5' 3" - below 24 - 31.5cm 1.60m - Below
M 12.5" - 15" 5' 4" - 5' 10" 31.5 - 38cm 1.63 - 1.78m
L 15" - Up 5' 11" - Up 38cm - Up 1.80m - Up
Of course as soon as they arrived (the day after my 12 hour) I slapped those puppies right on. They were not difficult to get on at all. I have a different pair that are also of the "ultra" compressive nature, that can be a struggle to get on and off. I liked this since it can be hard enough after running 50 some miles to get clothes on and off let alone something super tight that I have to fight with. This is likely due to the flexible nature of the material that the Zensah sleeves are made of. They are made of two different materials that I can't pronounce but I do know it feels alot like and looks alot like compression socks. The material is also very breathable, moisture wicking and just overall comfortable.
|testing out the neon pink|
Pros: Comfort. I wore these on multiple runs including a 2.5 hour run and they felt good. They did not cause extra sweating or any irritation. The compression was what I would call good. It is enough that I felt benefits of having compression sleeves on (support) but not too much that I can't tolerate wearing them for long periods of time when I'm running. I have also read/heard from many people that the regular Zensah sleeves had issues with falling down while running, the ultra sleeves definitely do not have that issue. The Ultra sleeves are also good for recovery. The added compression improves blood flow for speeding up recovery. I have worn them for hours after tough runs to aid in my recovery and they have felt great.
|Felt great on the long run|
|Ultra sleeves in action|