About 6 weeks ago I was sent a couple products to review from Mojo Socks. Mojo specifically sells compression socks for recovery and performance. Now in my review of the Injinji Compression 2.0 socks I gave a brief overview of what exactly compressions socks were and did. For those of you who haven’t read it and are too lazy to click the link I’ll give a short version. There is significant evidence to show that they aid in recovery and I used them after my marathon and had great results. There is no conclusive evidence to show that they actually make you run faster/longer/etc though. I believe this is more of a placebo effect.
After trying and using my Injinji’s compression socks and being quite happy with them, I was very excited to get to test and review the Mojo compression gear! They sent me two of their products but today’s review is on their Boost Compression Socks. One of the things that caught my eye first is the fact that their socks actually had designs on them. And they actually look quite cool! It’s a great change in my opinion from the typical pure black/white/green/etc. that I’ve seen so often. The color I got was the royal blue with grey accents. This was very appropriate for Duke and it definitely opens up the option of using them in a race (especially a duathlon or running event where there is no swimming).
These socks feature 20-30mmHg graduated compression. That means that the ankle has more compression than the upper calf/lower knee. Essentially this aids in the increased blood flow, which is a major factor in the decreased recovery time while wearing these socks. Now here’s the deal with this graduated compression… almost every reputable sport compression sock on the market uses graduated compression. However, at the same time, most brands will advertise that graduated compression is one of the reasons their socks are superior than others. Just something I’m gonna point out because it’s one of my pet peeves. Another thing about these specific socks is that on the website they are described as “specifically engineered to match the specific contours of each foot. However, both socks are exactly the same, so this was a bit disappointing.
The fit on the foot for these socks is great. The socks hug my feet without being constrictive. There’s also some extra padding on the heel and toes which is nice from a comfort standpoint. They are very comfortable inside of shoes and I’ve never had any issues with blisters, hot spots, or anything irritation. However, throughout the calf, I found the fit to be a bit constrictive. I regularly find that there are impressions on my skin that last for 15-30 minutes after taking off the socks. Now, I am fully aware of the fact that these are compression socks and supposed to be tight. However, these feel significantly tighter than the Injinji’s I have which are rated at 20-30mmHg as well. Another thing about the fit of these is that they don’t tend to stay up all the way while exercising (running especially). Especially on runs over an hour, I start to feel them slipping down around the 40 minute mark.
Now, to be fair, my calves are quite large. However, these socks are marketed at runners, triathletes, and cyclists… and we aren’t exactly known for our small calves. Just ask Dean Karnazes…
I think the main issue with this may not be the tightness though. You see, in order to have the designs on the outside, there is extra material on the inside on the designs. This is what crates the marks on my calves and these are really the parts that get really sensitive after wearing the socks. The rest of my legs are fine, it’s only the parts under the designs that get irritated.
The Mojo Boost Compression socks retail for $55 a pair. As far as compression socks go, that really isn’t that much. I think most pairs end up averaging around $50. These socks are good for if you want a pair of compression socks that look cool and function well for recovery. The fit isn’t ideal and the design may cause you some irritation on your calves but overall, they’re a good product. In the long run, they may even put pressure on the more well known brands to start developing some more interesting patterns. However, if you are looking for socks for use during exercise, I would be hesitant to recommend these. I see these definitely as more recovery socks.
*These socks were sent to me at no charge by Mojo for the purpose of reviewing. All thoughts and comments are completely honest opinions, I strive to be as unbiased as possible in all my reviews.*