What Absolute say:
The ABSOLUTE 360 Far Infrared Calf and Shin Supports, from the Body Support product range, are made from an innovative far infrared (FIR) emitting fibre. The far infrared (FIR) fibre absorbs the infrared radiation emitted by the human body and re-emits this absorbed radiation as far infrared (FIR) waves, which interact with the human body, stimulating its natural healing processes.
The construction of the calf and shin supports makes them suitable for running, cycling, walking, hiking, triathlon, skiing, snowboarding, travelling and lots of other activities. The supporting effect and dynamic compression of the ABSOLUTE 360 calf and shin supports helps to reduce muscle vibrations, leading to less soft tissue damage and less sore muscles.
The far infrared fibre properties of the calf and shin supports improve peripheral microcirculation to the calf muscle with higher levels of oxygen and optimised muscle performance, delaying the onset of muscular fatigue. The circulation improvements will help the body eliminate metabolic waste products like lactic acid more easily by decreasing muscle recovery time and reducing the onset of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
Unlike typical supports or calf sleeves, the ABSOLUTE 360 calf and shin supports offer light support and gentle compression, allowing for use over extended periods of time without discomfort. They combine function, optimal comfort and a great fit to help reduce calf and shin pain, and to support injured or weak calves or shins.
When I was given a pair of the IR Calf and Shin supports by Absolute 360 I was really interested is I’m a big fan of calf guards and there benefits. The product is unlike most calf guards as they do not feel overly tight when you put them on unlike other brands and they have a more cotton feel to them. I wasn’t sold to start with as I didn’t really understand the concept and thought they were not tight enough as that is what I have been used to.
I have now been using them both on long runs as well as for recovery and really have noticed the benefits. They are more comfortable to wear and this makes them easier to use at night for recovery also.
So do they work? I personally think they do. I am currently training for Brighton Marathon and doing quite a lot of mileage and I have been using the guards on a mixture of long runs and for recovery. As I have mentioned they are very comfortable so you forget you are wearing them which helps when wearing at night. I have noticed that I get less aching on long runs in my calf’s and shins when I am wearing them on long runs.
I have also used them as part of my recovery. I have mainly done this by wearing post run or overnight. I have noticed that my legs feel fresher the morning after a long run if I have used the IR Guards and I have noticed a reduction in DOMs when I have used them.
When I first got these I was not sure if they would be as good as my usual guards but I have to say they are very good. They are very comfortable to wear which also adds to their appeal and as they aid recovery they allow me to train more regularly too.