“Resting is as important as running and running with the right gear helps.”
A review of a pair of 3/4 -length EC3D‘s (A Canadian company) compression knickers.
I was a slight skeptic (always) am about the benefits of compression wear when it first hit the market for runners. I am not sure why because for a short period while working in the pedorthic field (orthotics) I also fitted people up for medical compression socks. The compression socks then were for medical purposes and low on fashion appeal but really helped folks with blood flow issues.
I found the compression gear at my local running shop in Ottawa (Sports4) and soon got in contact with the Canadian (Quebec) based company. The close-knit and family based group started more on the medical side of compression gear but saw the use for athletes and things took off.
Carine (a cute, energetic runner and key member of the EC3D team) met with me, ate me under the table at breakfast and sent me some gear to try.
The website states that there are enhanced compression zones at the groin and surrounding the knee put this knicker head and shoulder above the crowd. Graduated compression for better circulation and increased muscle stabilization.
Like with other products the aim of the compression gear is to enhance blood circulation, shape and support muscles, help prevent injuries and speed up recovery.
Calibrated compression : 15-20 mmHg
Content : 70% Polyester, 30% Elastane (Invista Lycra)
EC3D ENGINEERED COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY
SEAMLESS ZONED COMPRESSION
Review and Recommendation:
The knickers are 3/4 length and leave a bit of my calves and ankles bare. Compression wear is snug but the knickers were exceptionally snug to get on (or maybe I am getting chubby legs) but felt good when on. The design is a bit different but still looks good and not too flashy. Would be kind of cool to maybe have a bigger logo running down the side of one leg though (thats cosmetics not function though!).
I did a solid 12k run in the knickers on a milder late fall day and they felt great. No chafing and no issues and felt supported throughout run.
I would recommend the knickers for spring and fall running or cool summer days or for use under warmer tights on cold running/xc-ski days.
*Careful when pulling on or off the compression gear in general not to stress out the area you are pulling on. The gear is well-stitched but because you need to tug it can be rough on shorts, tights etc.
**Note that not everything marked compression gear has been made to benefit you, or has been sized or has right pressure – choose companies like EC3D that have medical expertise and take time with research and products for various sized athletes.
***I run in the shorts, tights and knickers and use the socks and recovery tights for recovering after long runs, workouts or when feeling beat up.
I am unsure if it would improve my performance on race day but have felt they help me recover after runs and feel supportive on training runs.
To do some of your own research reading on compression gear and running:
**Here is a recent running story I recently wrote featuring on of EC3D team members. Very inspiring!**
Life is short so get out for a run my friends!