Improved circulation and stabilization of tendons and ligaments are the promise of compression stockings compared to "normal" socks.
First experience convinced us of the effect, what now a winter test with two models of the company Under Pressure Sox was due. Common to both socks is the included instruction manual, which guarantees the correct fit on the leg in five steps (unrolling - pulling apart - foot in - high stripe - ready). Before first wearing the socks should be washed at 30 ° C to achieve optimal absorbency, fit and volume of the tissue. A graded pressure curve is the flagship of these stockings, which we test extensively in the mountains.
All year - model trekking
On snowshoe tour, the knee-high compression stocking Trekking in addition to its stabilizing effect also prove the warming properties. After 9 hours in hiking boots in winter weather (about -5 ° C), the socks are definitely slipped and firmly on the foot, and despite wetness, the toes are not cold. The material mix with virgin wool, synthetic fiber (Coolmax) and elastane is obviously well chosen. On the shaft only polyamide is used because the legs warm themselves during the activity. In registered shoes without chafing, the tight fit also prevents any blistering. After the tour, the feet are not swollen, as usual in the normal socks, which is very pleasant. As usual with the materials used, the socks dry quickly in the fresh air. A second and third use before the next wash is therefore no burden for the fine noses of the companion. By faster lactate removal muscle spasms are prevented and the regeneration time is shorter. Of course you can not sign this on a sample tour, but the permanent use will show if there is a visible effect. All in all, the verdict confirms that compression stockings have some legitimate advantages over ordinary socks without a pressure profile.
Winter model Ice Touring
Tested on ski tour and on the slopes, this variant shows the same advantages as the trekking stocking. As the name suggests, a bit more material is used, which makes the socks warmer and therefore especially suitable for winter. Since I generally sweat more in the ski boot, a quick-drying fabric like the one used here is worth gold.
Continuous use and conclusion
After three months of continuous use on ski, snowshoe and long hiking tours, there is no objection. The material is expected to be stable and does not lose its shape and strength even after many washes. The two tested models of Under Pressure have thus proven their promise. The feel was super comfortable and the tight fit actively prevents slipping of the socks. The material used and the workmanship are flawless.