Disclosure: I was sent a pair of Tiux compression socks for this review, however all opinions are my own.
Helloooooo! I'm coming at you today with a review of compression socks from a new start-up called Tiux. As a regular user of compression socks, I was eager to see how the Tiux product performed in comparison to others I've worn. Compression socks have a variety of uses for runners and other athletes; I use them mainly for shin splint recovery and prevention. So, when Steven from Tiux reached out to me, I jumped at the chance to take these out for some test runs.
Mirror selfies. So attractive. If only I could teach the cats to take photos.
A little bit about the company: Tiux is a new start-up in the compression sock business. They do things a little differently to keep costs down, namely selling their product completely online and eliminating marketers and sponsorships so that you are paying for the product only. In addition, they donate 1% of their profits to a humanitarian non-profit organization called MAG.
So, I like their business model, but how did I like their product? Well, I've taken them out on several runs so far, and their performance has really impressed me. They are a very high quality product, and their performance is on par with other brands I've tried. For comparison, the other brands I regularly wear are CEP and ProCompression. In terms of how the Tiux feel on, they are comfortably tight, and the compression feels as 'tight' as my other socks from other brands.
Like other brands I've tried, Tiux also feature graduated compression, meaning the socks are tighter at the ankle and get slightly less tight as you travel up to the knee. Per the Tiux site, their socks have a compression rating of 25mmHg at the ankle and 20mmHg at the knee. [For reference: Per CEP's site, their compression is 20-25mmHg at the ankle/18mmHg at knee. I couldn't locate stats on ProCompression's site, but they 'feel' like they have a similar rating.]
What I especially liked on the Tiux sock was that it features a cushioned footbed. A big reason I usually prefer compression sleeves over socks is because I prefer to wear my own running socks. I like a thicker/more cushioned sock than is usually attached to the compression variety. I was pleasantly surprised to find Tiux has a cushioned sole, which is not standard for other compression socks I've worn. The material of the socks also has a nice feel, and is a bit softer than some of my others.
When it comes to compression socks (or most things in general), I'm not really a brand loyalist. I wear what works and what I like!
I'm glad I could help spread the word about Tiux. I like the idea of supporting a small company and I think they have a great product. If I'm going to wear socks over sleeves, then I'd choose these because of their cushioned sole, lower price and equally solid compression/performance in comparison to others on the market.
If you're interested in finding out more, check out their website at http://tiux.co. Their socks are currently $35 and are shipped free!
Do you wear compression socks or sleeves?
What do you use them for? Injury prevention? Recovery? Faster running?