MudGear Premium Men & Women Trail Compression Socks

Last updated date: November 20, 2020

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8.8

MudGear Premium Men & Women Trail Compression Socks

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We looked at the top Compression Socks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Compression Sock you should buy.

Update as November 20, 2020:
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Overall Take

These socks set themselves apart with an extra-padded calf for additional support. The fabric also works to wick away any moisture from sweat to prevent bad odors and blisters. They are durable and can withstand tough workouts like Spartan training and Crossfit. They also work just as well for everyday fitness or long periods of sitting or standing.


In our analysis of 107 expert reviews, the MudGear Premium Trail Compression Socks placed 11th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

MudGear Pro-Grade Compression Socks - Men's and Women's athletic knee high socks for running sports, performance, recovery, hiking outdoor trails, or rucking in military boots with strong construction and a padded calf. Made in the USA. Tested by top elite OCR athletes, the full length MudGear Compression Obstacle Race sock is a tribute to the nasty gashes suffered by OCR racers at the hands of long rope traverses and painful slides across rusty metal poles. This is the only compression sock we know about that is built with a layer of padding on the lower leg and calf that protects from rope burn and other injuries. The difference comes from 168 needlepoint compression construction with a tougher yarn that provides good compression with superior abrasion resistance compared to gym quality compression socks and sleeves. The back of the calf features an extra layer of protection that still drains well and remains light for long distance courses. The high-quality constructions makes thes socks perfect for nurses, maternity wear, relief of shin splints, calf pain. Often prescribed for medical conditions like varicose veins. Used frequently in other sports like soccer, field hockey, ice hockey, motorcross, and rucking in military boots.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.2
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.2
1,274 user reviews

What experts liked

Consistent applied pressure throughout reduces muscle fatigue and lessens recovery time.
- Runner Click
June 26, 2019 | Full review
The protective backing provides maximum durability. The consistently applied pressure provides a constant level of relief to our calves, ankles and shins.
- Garage Gym Builder
January 1, 2019 | Full review
The consistent pressure throughout provides increased circulation.
- Gear We Are
June 26, 2019 | Full review
Guaranteed fit, attractive style, and graduated compression. Comfortable for most, and they tend not to fall down. Good customer support.
- BestReviews
June 26, 2019 | Full review
- Top Reviews
June 26, 2019 | Full review
The MudGear Socks are crafted to wick away any moisture from sweat that might accumulate, helping to prevent bad odors from forming. This can also help stop any blisters from popping up and causing more pain. The socks are made for hardwearing environments such as Spartan training and CrossFit, but they can also be used for gentler workouts, running, jogging, playing sports and more. Environments where you will be sitting or standing for long periods of time also can benefit from wearing these socks as they can keep your blood moving and keep your legs healthier. They can help speed up muscle recovery from sports injuries or minor injuries from over exerting yourself during exercise.
- Improb
June 26, 2019 | Full review
They offer added protection with the padded calf during performance athletics such as: The Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, but also work great and provide comfort for hikers, bikers, firefighters, nurses and anyone the needing comfort and support MudGear compression socks offer.
- Best Womens Workout

What experts didn't like

This socks are slightly thicker that other normal compression socks.
- Runner Click
June 26, 2019 | Full review
Slightly thicker than other socks.
- Garage Gym Builder
January 1, 2019 | Full review
This is breathable, but much thicker than the most others.
- Gear We Are
June 26, 2019 | Full review
A few reports of holes and tears with normal use. The material can be warm in hot weather.
- BestReviews
June 26, 2019 | Full review
- Top Reviews
June 26, 2019 | Full review
- Improb
June 26, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Compression Socks

There are many reasons why people choose to wear compression socks. They help treat and prevent a variety of potentially serious ailments. But that’s not all. They also offer comfort for athletes and active people who want to improve their performance and recovery.

Given these benefits, you’re likely to need a pair for yourself at some point. Thankfully, they are easy to find and purchase. You can buy them online, at many drug stores, medical supply companies and athletic stores. They can range in price, depending on what kind you purchase and where you buy them.

Many people can benefit from compression socks or compression stockings. Their primary use is for those with circulation problems. Compression socks help with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins and diabetes. They can also help with post-surgical recovery and anyone who is bed-bound or has a hard time moving their legs.

Compression socks can compensate for minimal movement and prevent dangerous circulation issues. Compression socks are also especially useful for people who are active and stand all day for work. Similarly, many athletes use them to prevent injury and encourage circulation during a workout.

Finally, frequent travelers, pilots or travelers with long-haul flights on their itinerary can combat some of the effects of being in the airplane with compression socks. Essentially, they improve your blood flow, and that’s something just about everyone can benefit from. They can lessen pain and swelling in your legs. They can also lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a kind of blood clot, and other circulation problems.

“These are a great investment if you travel a lot, feel swollen, have plantar fasciitis, or any other inflammatory or pain issues with your feet or calves,” Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and the founder of fitness brand Step It Up With Steph, says. “Many of these compression socks are supportive and literally compress the skin and muscles to help with inflammation.”

“If you’re wearing these socks out with an outfit, I would choose the socks based on color and how they look! Fashion first in this case,” Mansour says. “However, if you’re not worried about appearance and looking for the most effective one, I would recommend a thicker compression sock instead of thinner one so that there’s more material and stronger material to compress against the body.”

Compression socks come in different sizes and strengths, so you or your doctor will need to decide which option will work best for how you plan to wear them. These socks are a simple but effective solution to circulatory issues. They work by putting pressure on your legs to improve blood vessel function. As a result, the arteries that transport oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your muscles can relax and blood flows freely.

Plus, the veins also get extra help pushing blood back to your heart and out of the legs. The enhanced circulation means your legs are less likely to get tired and achy and feet and ankles won’t swell. The compression also helps prevent and treat spider and varicose veins.

The most significant benefit is keeping blood flowing so it is harder to pool in veins and form a clot. A blood clot that forms in the legs can be very dangerous, even deadly. It can travel in your veins throughout the circulatory system, potentially getting stacking and clogging your lungs or brain.

The Compression Sock Buying Guide

  • Anyone can buy compression socks or compression stockings, no prescription or specific condition required. However, if your doctor prescribes them for you for a medical condition, your insurance may cover the cost.
  • Some compression socks come in multiple styles made specifically for men and women. However, the only real difference between men’s styles and women’s styles is size. The rest of the design is practically identical.
  • Many compression socks come in bright, vibrant colors similar to athletic attire. Of course, there are also sets that conveniently come in neutral and dark shades, so they are more wearable and less obvious.
  • It’s important to think about exactly what type of activity you’ll plan to wear the compression socks for before you purchase them. Some socks are made with extra durable fabric to withstand tough training. Other styles are made in discrete neutral colors and minimal logos for wear in athletic, office and travel environments.
  • You should also be aware that compression socks overall come with a much higher price tag than your standard socks. There is a significant amount of technology as well as health benefits built-in, so it’s more than worth it.
  • Most socks have graduated compression and fabric to optimize circulation and blood flow. Some set themselves apart with an extra-padded calf for additional support.