Best Sports and Athletic Compression Socks Review 2017

The lower legs are put under a great deal of pressure when you’re playing sport. The ankles, heels, calves, achilles and toes are asked to do an awful lot of work. It should come as no surprise, then, that lower leg injuries are the most commonly reported amongst sports players and athletes. That’s why they need the best lower leg protection and support they can get.

In this article, we zoom in on the best sports and athletic compression socks on the 2017 market.

The Best Socks at a Glance

Our top rated sports and athletic compression sock is the MudGear Compression Sock, which provides maximum game protection, while having advanced moisture wicking properties. Our second favorite athletic compression sock is the Zensah Tech+, providing you with a high compression level, while being very comfortable with anti odor and anti moisture properties. Our No.3 rated sports performance compression sock is the CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0, with its anatomical foot design, medical grade compression and reflective colors.

To make it easier for you to compare and contrast the top compression socks, we have rated each of our favorites on the basis of price, and effectiveness, and then give an overall rating out of 5. In the next section we provide and in-depth review of each product.

The Top 9 Up Close

MudGear Compression Sock

MudGear Compression Sock

The MudGear Compression Sock is an extremely hard working sock that is designed to provide maximum performance while you are pushing it to the max. It is specifically designed for use during obstacle course racing, so you know it will stand up to any tests you place upon it. The protective backing provides maximum durability. The consistently applied pressure provides a constant level of relief to your calves, ankles and shins.

The MudGear Compression Sock is a very breathable, reactive sock that provides moisture wicking ability. This prevents the sock from overheating. It will stay up while you’re playing, rather than slipping down halfway through. The sock is a little thicker than others on the market.

PROS

  • Max protection
  • Very breathable
  • Moisture wicking

CONS

  • Slightly thicker than other socks

Zensah Tech+

Zensah Tech+

The Zensah Tech+ is a high performing sports sock that is perfect for runners. They provide a high level of compression along with an exceptional level of comfort. It provides under foot covering to help counter the dynamic effects of foot strike. The graduated compression offers a higher level of compression around the ankle which is the most vulnerable area for sports and athletic applications. The improved circulation will facilitate a faster recovery after you’ve finished your game.

The Zensah Tech+ is a lightweight sock which is anti odor and anti moisture. It prevents sweat build up and you won’t have to deal with the odor problems that are common to many competing compression socks.

PROS

  • Very comfortable
  • High compression level
  • Anti odor and anti moisture

CONS

  • A little tight fitting at the top

CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0

CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0

The CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0 provides you with a great balance of support and range of movement. These are extremely high performing socks that have a lot of technology that has been seamlessly incorporated for results. It is made from 85% polyamide and 15% spandex. The anatomical design of the foot dramatically lessens the level of friction produced. It also provides advanced proprioceptive support to the arch and heel.

The CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0 comes in a cool range of colors and patterns, including reflective colors. This is a great sock for avoiding shin splints, soreness and wear and tear. The compression level is not too much to restrict movement but not too little to impede blood circulation.

PROS

  • Anatomical foot design
  • Reflective colors
  • Medical grade compression

CONS

  • Expensive

CW-X Conditioning Wear

CW-X Conditioning Wear

The CW-X Conditioning Wear sports compression sock provides targeted compression to help sports players and athletes to direct compression to specific areas of need. This is the sock for you if you have been suffering with plantar fasciitis, ankle or achilles pain. It is constructed from a blend of 90% nylon, and 10% polyurethane. This makes it extremely flexible and responsive. The seamless toe-box prevents abrasion issues. A variable compression 4-way stretch factor makes this a very responsive sock.

The CW-X Conditioning Wear sports compression sock is a moisture wicking sock, which means that it will not over-heat, develop sweat build-up or slip down while you’re playing your game. A very unique built-in calf and arch web provides a high level of support to these areas.

PROS

  • Variable 4-way compressive stretch fabric
  • Targeted compression
  • Built-in calf and arch web

CONS

  • Only partial leg coverage

Sockwell Circulator

Sockwell Circulator

The Women’s Circulator from Sockwell provides 3 way graduated compression from 15-20 mmHg, with the highest compression at the ankle. This sock is constructed from a very fine grade of merino wool, which makes it amazingly comfortable while also being very strong. It features built-in thermoregulation and anti moisture properties. These make the sock extremely form fitting and responsive. The seamless toe and heel are anti abrasive and reinforced for extra support.

The Women’s Circulator delivers a welt top arch support to give you an even greater level of support to the most vulnerable areas of your foot. You can select your sock from an extensive range of colors and designs. This is a very durable and hard wearing sock that can handle any sports application.

PROS

  • 3 way graduated compression
  • Thermoregulation
  • Durable and hard wearing

CONS

  • Sizing is not accurate

Mojo Recovery and Performance

Mojo Recovery and Performance

The Mojo Recovery and Performance elite sock delivers graduated compression, with a focus on the vulnerable ankle and heel. This sock has been ergonomically designed to anatomically follow the contours of your foot. That makes this an extremely comfortable sock to wear. The balance of compression and flexibility allows for the removal of lactic acid without limiting range of movement. Reinforcement of the toe and heel provide you with an enhanced level of protection while you’re on the court.

The Mojo Recovery and Performance is a lightweight sock that is breathable and airy. It has moisture wicking properties and will also prevent odor build up. This sock will provide a good level of support while you’re playing and will speed up your recovery afterwards.

PROS

  • Graduated compression
  • Removes lactic acid
  • Contours to the foot

CONS

  • Top band is too tight

Thirty48 Graduated Compression

Thirty48 Graduated Compression

The Thirty48 Graduated Compression sock are made from a premium anti bacterial nylon material. They deliver graduated compression to fast track oxygen and nutrients to the lower leg as lactic acid is being removed. It features a unique CatalystAF design for enhanced performance and responsiveness. This sock is made from 70% nylon, 20% lycra spandex and 10% anti bacterial nylon. Socks are specifically designed for each foot, providing enhanced performance.

The Thirty48 Graduated Compression has minimal thickness but maximum protection and durability. It will stretch to absorb the unique contours of your foot and will stay tight tight throughout your game, without feeling uncomfortable. You get built in moisture wicking capability and odor resistance to prevent discomfort.

PROS

  • Anti bacterial nylon
  • Catalyst AFdesign
  • Minimal thickness

CONS

  • Sick not high enough

Vitalsox VT1211

Vitalsox VT1211

The Vitalsox VT1211 is an Italian sock which has been used extensively by pro football players for decades. It provides a high level of arch support, along with graduated compression to fast track blood supply to the area. This product is constructed from a patented fabric known as Drystat. This is an incredibly responsive fabric that has superior moisture wicking properties. This ensures that you lower legs will remain dry and moisture free for the length of the game.

The Vitalsox VT1211 is lightly padded throughout to provide an even level of support. There is extra support in the arch and heel to offset the impact of heel strike. There is also built-in odor resistance.

PROS

  • Extra arch and heel support
  • Made in Italy
  • Drysta fabric

CONS

  • Socks a little too long

Check out the very best of the Sockwell compression range of sock wear with our Sockwell Compression Socks Review 2017 feature article.

2XU Women’s Compression

2XU Women’s Compression

The 2XU Women’s Compression sock makes use of PWX compression fabric, which is more responsive than most construction materials. It provides a high level of responsiveness and protection to your lower legs while you are playing sport. Padded zones are fitted into the sock in strategic areas in order to provide an extra layer of padding in these hot spots. The linked toe cage is more comfortable and provides an extra level of support, as does the light padding throughout.

The 2XU Women’s Compression sock is a woolen sock, providing a high level of comfort and warmth. Graduated compression provides you with enhanced blood supply to bring more nutrients and oxygen to the lower foot. It also quickly removes lactic acid.

PROS

  • PWX compression fabric
  • Padded zones
  • Wool design

CONS

  • May be a little too much compression for some

When you’re on your feet all day, the ankles taking the brunt of the effect. Find out how to protect your ankles with our Best Ankle Compression Socks Review 2017 article feature.

Conclusion

The best compression sock for athletes is the MudGear Compression Sock, which is a very rugged sports performance sock with an enhanced level of protection. We also loved the Zensah Tech+, an extremely comfortable sock with a high level of graduated compression. Rounding out our top 3 is the CEP Men’s Progressive 2.0, providing you with medical grade compression and some cool reflective colors.