100% PlayHarder compression/icing shorts >> $55 (knee sleeve), $110 (shorts), $150 (knickers)
The lowdown: Benefits of compression and icing in one piece of kit
Pros: Conveniently melds compression and icing, ice packs included
Cons: Pricey, no application for calf muscles
Some people swear by their compression tights/socks, even if the efficacy of the garments is debatable. So while the hard science may be out, pulling on the compression gear doesn’t hurt — especially if it helps your head.
Ice, on the other hand, is pretty much universally prescribed by sports docs after injury or a hard effort.
Now a company — 110% PlayHarder — has fused compression gear with the good old ice pack so training and recovery is covered in a single piece of clothing.
The male and female gear from 110% PlayHarder ranges from cycling-style shorts and knickers to shin/calf sleeves and knee sleeves. The fabric is a blend of 70 percent polypropylene/30 percent elastic. It is anti-microbial, moisture wicking and latex free.
All the pieces feature pockets that hold thin ice sheets, which are included with your garment choice. The pockets are strategically located, for instance the Transformer Shorts ice sleeves target quadriceps, hamstrings, hips and the lumbar area.
Prices range from $55 for a single knee sleeve to $110 for the shorts to $150 for the knickers.