Thursday, July 01, 2021

Vim & Vigr Compression Legwear Review- Energize your Days, Runs and Hikes, Boost your Recovery, and Jazz up your Style

Article by Dominique Winebaum

Combining comfort and style, Vim&Vigr Compression legwear’s line of products is intended for “every day compression” and designed for “everyday wellness®” -- from knee-high socks, to leg sleeves, and tights. 

They are available in three compression levels, different types of fabric, and in an array of attractive designs. The benefits of graduated compression technology are noteworthy, even if you don’t have a medical condition and Vim&Vigr covers the whole spectrum of compression levels, from moderate 15-20 mmHg, to medical grade 20-30 mmHg, and at levels generally prescribed by a healthcare provider -- 30-40mmHg. Vim&Vigr is based in Missoula, Montana.

The widest selection of Vim&Vigr graduated compression legwear are the knee-high socks in the moderate compression level (15-20mmHg), with 4 different types of fabric to choose from: cotton, nylon, merino wool/nylon/Spandex, and moisture-wick nylon, all very stylish. 

The calf sleeves are available in nylon, in 4 solid colors, and 2 different designs.  The design options for the knee-high socks in the medical grade levels are not as extensive as for the moderate compression level, but are equally attractive and smart looking.  Price range is from $32 to $52 -- depending on the style and model. 

My introduction to Vim&Vigr graduated compression legwear is fairly recent -- I received a pair of calf-sleeves (deep-plum) and a pair of knee-high socks (in merino wool) in a design called “elevation stripe” to test.  Overall, they are extremely comfortable, easy to put on and take off (not always the case with compression sleeves and socks), and I found plenty of reasons for wearing them! 

Just as trekking poles help protect your knees as well as improve your power and endurance when hiking, graduated compression legwear is a welcome aid for increasing blood flow.  I have been wearing the calf sleeves to help energize my legs when hiking but also to decrease soreness and fatigue.  A small ankle injury has prevented me from running, but I would also wear them during trail runs , which usually are longer than my road runs.  Accessorizing my hiking outfit with calf sleeves has helped enhance the overall comfort of my legs, something I plan to keep on doing! 

I wore my Vim&Vigr graduated compression knee-high socks to help reduce swelling in my ankle after that fall hiking.  In fact, post-hike and post-fall, I wore them every day for a week, and often for many hours a day, as they provided some additional support as I was recovering.  When I volunteered at an aid station during an ultra-running race in Park City, Utah, I wore my knee-high socks as a preventive measure.  Even though my legs felt achy from standing all day long, I experienced no soreness the following day.  My husband Sam did the same and reported the same. 

A bit of a compression sock and sleeve snob, he has tried dozens he says the 15-20mmHG compression is just right and the materials breathable and comfortable on the run. He is particularly looking forward to winter runs in the merino where tights are to much as some warmth and compression of the lower legs is called for.

Vim&Vigr is of course also a great option for people who are on their feet and on the go all day such as healthcare workers.


In short, I have been enjoying wearing my knee-high socks for different reasons and activities.  They both feel and look great.  On that note, I decided it was time for a change and ditched my knee length short for a cute skort when wearing my calf sleeves and/or knee-high socks. 

The Vim&Vigr compression legwear have already become  part of my recovery routine after a long hike or trail run, in addition to wearing calf sleeves when working out and likewise, if I am planning to stand on my feet for extended periods of time, or just sitting at my desk.

Vim&Vigr is available direct HERE and from fine retailers.

Dominique has run for over 40 years, consistently about 25 miles per week at paces between 10 and 11 minute miles. She races rarely, but always surprises more hard core runners in her age group when she does. She has a 1985 marathon PR of 3:16 in her second marathon which at the time put her on the top 10 Swiss women’s lists. She is the mother of two grown children, both runners post college, and enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, hiking and trekking, and gardening. 

Tested samples were provided at no charge for review purposes. RoadTrail Run has affiliate partnerships and may earn commission on products purchased through affiliate links. These partnerships do not influence our editorial content The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.

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