Product Review: 2XU Compression Calf Sleeves and Vectr Socks

Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2XU Calf Sleeves and VECTR Socks to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Ah, compression. It’s all the rage. It seems like I can’t turn a corner without someone touting the benefits of compression gear. I am definitely a fan. I’ve written about several experiences with various compression garments, and I’m here today with another review. As a BibRave Pro, I’ve been fortunate to work with 2XU several times, testing their MCS Compression tights and MCS Thermal Compression tights. As you may recall, those were unfortunately misses for me.

This time around, we’re testing out the Race VECTR Socks and Performance Run Calf Sleeves. I LOVE compression socks and sleeves after a long or hard run, so I was excited to put these through their paces.

About the VECTR Socks

vectrThe VECTR socks come in four different colors (for women), and are designed with a special “x:lock”support system to support your ankles and arches. There’s extra cushion in the heel and forefoot, but the rest of the sock is really lightweight, with mesh panels. And of course, the sock offers compression for increased blood flow and faster recovery.


About the Performance Run Calf Sleeves

sleevesThese calf sleeves come in LOTS of fun color options, and offer graduated compression (highest compression furthest away from the heart) for better performance and faster recovery. The material is sweat-wicking, antibacterial, and offers UPF 50+ protection from the sun, which is always nice when you’re out logging lots of miles.


My Experience With the Socks and Sleeves

Personally, I prefer compression post-run for recovery as opposed to wearing it during a run. I’ve tried many different brands of compression socks, and they always end up making my feet and calves crampy. I gave the 2XU socks and sleeves a fair shot with a couple of short runs, but got the same discomfort I usually get. It’s time to face facts that I’m just not someone who can run with compression on my feet. Oh well.

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For recovery, these items are BOMB.COM. I mostly have all-in-one tall compression socks, which are generally fine. But having a separate sock and calf sleeve allows all kinds of room for mixing and matching. It’s also easier to get them on in two pieces. Instead of having to roll them up like pantyhose, I can just put the socks on, and then slide the sleeves right over them. Easy peasy! I’m also VERY excited to be able to wear the sleeves solo with some sandals during the warmer months, so I can recover without looking like a (total) doofus. They’ll be perfect to rock after the Vermont City Marathon in May.


  • Great fit, and stay in place really well
  • Both products work really well together, or on their own
  • The calf sleeves are actually long enough! I’ve tried other brands that don’t quite cover my entire lower leg
  • Compression feels great for recovery–less soreness and fatigue after tough runs
  • I’ve washed them several times (line dry), and they still look great and fit exactly the same as when they were fresh out of the box


  • Too much compression for me to comfortably run in; I prefer to wear them for recovery only

The Performance Run Calf Sleeves retail for $39.95 per pair, and the VECTR Socks are $19.95 per pair. When you compare this to other compression socks and sleeves on the market, this is a very competitive price. I think they are well worth the money. And since summer is coming, I will probably be ordering at least one more pair of calf sleeves for warm-weather recovery with free toes.

If you’re interested in trying some socks or sleeves of your own, use code TRAIN15 for 15% off any full-priced item until April 30. If you’d like to read more about the socks and sleeves, check out what my fellow BibRave Pros have to say:

Frank | Mark | Jessica R

Also, don’t miss the 2XU-sponsored Twitter #BibChat on March 22!

Do you like to run with compression socks/sleeves, or do you save compression for recovery?




12 thoughts on “Product Review: 2XU Compression Calf Sleeves and Vectr Socks

  1. allisonfiorini says:

    Great review! I love my CEPs. Sometimes I race in them, sometimes I recover in them, and sometimes both. There is no method to my madness. Every so often I’m like, Ohhhh I want to wear my socks! And they make an appearance 🙂

    • DarlinRae says:

      Hehe, I love the way they feel, and I especially love the colors. I’m not as focused about wearing them as I should be, but when I put them on, I definitely feel better.

  2. txa1265 says:

    Thanks for the review 🙂
    I use ProCompression socks (full calf coverage) and love them. I started wearing them occasionally and now run in them pretty much all the time. I have occasionally worn them during the day, but in general I find I have low fatigue in my feet and calves so I don’t stress too much. When it gets warmer and I switch to no-show socks I will likely wear compression in the day.

    But I am also intrigued by the 2XU VECTR socks and will be checking those out 🙂

    Ultimately it is about what works for you … and I think that whatever helps with improving recovery is a good thing!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I couldn’t agree more. I know lots of runners who won’t go out for a run without compression, but I pretty much CAN’T wear them on the run. Different strokes!

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    I love the idea of the calf sleeves, I could wear them with heels but I can never make them work. The ProCompression SM/MD is too tight even though that is the size I wear in the full socks. And the LG was way too long. I may check these out!

  4. Ivan says:

    Intend to get a pair of calf sleeves. Having measured by calf size which threads between sizes S and M, would you recommend any sort of allowance? Thanks!

    • Rae says:

      Personally I would recommend sizing up, just because if the sizing is too close, you might get some digging around the calf or ankle. Good luck!

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