I love compression gear. Calf sleeves, tights, socks…you name it and I’ll wear it while I’m running. I truly believe that compression helps thwart muscle fatigue and boost recovery time. I had been wanting to try out a pair of compression arm sleeves for quite some time and as luck would have it an old friend of mine who runs an absolutely fantastic travel & adventure website called Xploritall (stop by and say hi!) contacted me about a great company that he works with called 180’s.
180s is based in Baltimore and what a fun coincidence! So am I! This company has a great cold weather and warm weather active wear line for both men and women that includes arm sleeves, calf sleeves, hats, gloves, ear warmers (one variety of which contains Bluetooth technology! how cool is that!?), training jackets, and more. What with the weather hopefully deciding to get warmer at some point, the QuantumCool Compression Fit Arm Sleeves caught my eye. It gets disgustingly hot and humid around here in the summertime and these sleeves claim to promote “active cooling technology”, plus that compression factor that I had so been wanting to test out.
My friend asked me what color I wanted to try and of course I told him the more visible the better. We all know how important it is to stay seen, especially for those early morning/late evening runs. A very pink pair of arm sleeves arrived and I was pleased with how bright they were and doubly impressed that they had also incorporated a reflective element. No one is going to miss me in these. (Or so I hope.)
The first thing I noticed when I put them on was that they are completely seamless on the inside, which is perfect because extra things touching my skin while I’m out on a very long run is liable to drive me completely mad. That said, there was also a tag in one of the sleeves that I quickly removed for that very reason. (TAGLESS IS BEST!!)
They are a nylon/spandex blend (73%/27%) that feels almost like a second skin and allows free range of motion. Although the material does not feel like it would be particularly moisture-wicking, it absorbs as you sweat creating an overall cooling effect. QuantumCool also implements a pulse point cooling element that is located on various pulse points, supposedly increasing the cooling rate of the body.
Unfortunately as far as compression is concerned I didn’t really feel it all that much and the pair I have is an extra small. However to be fair, I also have string bean – albeit TONED string bean – arms that nary a iPod arm band of any size will comfortably fit around so I kind of anticipated this problem. Other people would probably have a lot better luck in the compression department.
And as added bonus, they look awesome with my tattoo.
My first run in them was my 18 miler. I had on a tech shirt, the sleeves, then a running jacket on top of that because it was about 40 degrees when I left the house. I had heard some people mention that arm sleeves made them feel clammy so I was a little concerned that I was going to get uncomfortable or too hot having them on. I’m guessing those people weren’t wearing QuantumCool.
They work! It almost felt like I had a fan blowing cool air up inside the sleeves of my jacket. It was especially noticeable in the crease of my elbows where I usually get really sweaty from having my arms bent. I might have been sweating there, but I didn’t notice it. Probably because the material was doing the work that it advertised and using my perspiration to cool my arms down. I was probably the most comfortable temperature wise than I have been on any run in a long time.
I’ve worn them since with similar results, but the real test will be taking them out today for an otherwise sleeveless run outside in mid-70 degree temps. The material provides great protection from the sun as well – UPF 50+ – and I have a feeling that I’m in for some seriously weird farmer tans this summer.
I may have to pick up a second pair! They have 6 colors to choose from and I think I might need that bright yellow.
Have you ever run with compression arm sleeves? What did you think?
I hope everyone is having a marvelous Thursday morning! There’s so much sunshine outside that I hardly know what to do with myself besides the obvious…go run later. In my new shoes. Yes. New shoes again. I’m having a harder time finding a pair of shoes that I love than I did finding a suitable daycare for my child.
AHHH THEY’RE SO CUTE!!!
Shoe Hoarder Salt