Kymira Infrared Compression Socks Walking and Hiking Socks
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Infrared Compression Socks Walking and Hiking Socks
Kymira says:"Made from our signature fabric embedded with KYnergy Infrared technology, these socks offer the added benefit of graduated compression. The additional compression bands stabilise the calf muscle during exercise and increases muscle oxygenation and venous return, while simultaneaously enhancing performance and speeding up recovery time. Breathable panels as well as cushioned heels and toes make them a comfortable choice for running, cycling, workouts, snow sports or hiking trips.
Our garments have been engineered by our team of KYMIRA Sport scientists to enhance the wearer's performance during exercise, and to improve the rate of recovery post-exercise. For optimum results, we recommend wearing your Infrared Compression Socks for at least 30 minutes prior to, during and for at least one hour after exercise."
Features to Note:
- Graduated compression fit
- Support bands to deliver additional targeted support
- Cushioned heel and toes
- Ribbed cuffs
- Increased micro-circulation
- Temperature regulation
- Injury reduction
- Pain Relief
- Accelerated recovery
- 44% KYnergy Polyester
- 41% Nylon
- 9% Polypropylene
- 6% Elastane
Washing and Care Instructions
- Wash at 30C/86F
- Do not tumbledry
If you have ever had a problem with socks falling down or rucking up then the Infrared Compression Socks from Kymira are for you. At first sight they look like any other thin, calf length pair of socks suitable for use on their own or as a pair of lining socks worn under a pair of thicker walking socks.
But what makes them different is a couple of compression bands, one just above the ankle and one just below the knee, that serve not only to hold the socks in position but wrap tightly around the calf muscles. This, it is claimed, increases muscle oxygenation and venous return (the amount of blood per unit of time returning to the heart) whilst improving performance and recovery time.
Putting them on for the first time was quite an operation in itself because the compression bands do not give much and were very difficult to wriggle over my heel. At my age, I find putting my socks on in the morning something of a challenge anyway, so I was a bit unimpressed to find this particular job made even harder. However, there is a technique to this: fold the socks inside out as far as the heel; put the socks on as far as the heel; roll the rest of the sock up your leg. There is a video showing this here and it does make the whole operation much easier.
Once on, they are absolutely marvelous. They fitted very snugly around all areas of my feet and calves and gave fine support and felt really good. There is extra padding around the heel and toe which simply added to the comfort. Whether they actually aided my circulation and protected damaged muscles I cannot say for sure, but I can confirm that they felt very comfortable and supportive and felt like they were helping.
I tested them during a week long back packing expedition to the Austrian Alps which involved trekking across wet and dry glaciers with crampons and lots of snow and ice. After several days of hard walking, they definitely helped to keep my feet clean and in good condition. The wicking nature of the material also kept my feet nice and dry. Once home I found they washed well and dried quickly too.
Taking them off again is a lot easier if you follow the technique described above in reverse.
Comfortable and supportive when they are on, but getting them on and off can be a real struggle if do not adopt the correct technique. If you have circulation problems, cold or numb feet they are definitely worth a go. If you don't, well give them a go anyway. I shall be wearing them again, that is for sure.
For more details see: https://www.kymirasport.com/products/thermoreactive-compression-socks?variant=1071013516
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