Bit of tightness on the top sock band
Leaves marks on legs post-wear
About two hours into our flight to Sweden, we jerked awake only to knock an almost-full cup of water onto our seat. Luckily, we were wearing VitalSox Italian Graduated Compression Socks, meaning that any water that ended up on the socks was dry within a minute.
These Italian-made socks are made with a special blend of materials aimed at wicking away moisture, which comes in handy during long flights and other physical activities that may call for compression socks.
Compression socks are great for promoting increased circulation at high altitudes and to alleviate swelling in the ankles and calves. When you’re on a long flight, you want something comfortable and also breathable, given that airplane cabin temperatures are almost never predictable.
Ahead, we break down all of the pros and cons of the VitalSox Italian Graduated Compression Socks, from how durable they feel to how comfortable they are.
Design: The definition of simple
These compression socks make a good first impression: The design is relatively simple, focused on the foot and keeping it minimal throughout the calf. You can also clearly see where the compression starts along the mid-foot, based on the direction of the woven pattern.
The top of the sock band is a little tight, which can get a bit uncomfortable if you’re prone to swelling. We got relief by occasionally adjusting the sock during our flights.
These compression socks make a good first impression.
Material: Sweat-wicking and fresh feeling
These socks are made from Silver DryStat® fiber, which is a proprietary material that's supposed to control moisture, regulate temperature, and prevent bacteria and odors. According to Vitalsox, it's "a moisture-wicking polypropylene material developed in-house with silver ions infused directly into the fabric."
Not only does that material work, but we think it's the biggest selling point about these socks. After wearing them for close to four hours continuously, our legs and feet still felt fresh.
The socks are woven to support arch support, with graduated compression starting around the mid-foot, as opposed to the ankle. The socks also feature four-way stretch, giving them a more consistent compression along the entirety of the foot and calf.
Not only does that material work, but we think it's the biggest selling point about these socks.
The socks are available in men’s and women’s sizes, and we recommend that you go down one size from your regular shoe size for the best fit.
Comfort: Very stretchy
The four-way stretch really makes these socks easier to put on and to wear. You can’t tell you’re wearing them, aside from a bit of tightness around the top band of the sock (and this will certainly vary based on the size of your calf).
The breathable fabric keeps them from overheating, which is a huge plus given that they also help fight foot odor (the two tend to go hand-in-hand).
Price: Worth it
You can certainly find cheaper options, but these socks give you a simple design and consistent compression. We washed them a few times and saw no visible wear and tear, so we trust in the durability of the material.
Competition: Easier to put on than the rest
During the testing period, we actually tried three different brands of socks: Vitalsox, NEWZILL, and Physix Gear compression socks. Based on the look, comfort, design, and functionality, we ranked these socks above NEWZILL but below Physix Gear. NEWZILL's designs are a little too bold for us and the Physix Gear socks were extremely comfortable. For less than $20, the Vitalsox Graduated Compression socks are still a good buy though, especially if moisture-wicking is a priority.
- Product Name VitalSox Italian Graduated Compression Socks
- Product Brand Vitalsox
- UPC B004BKIPXO
- Price $13.00
- Weight 5.6 oz.
- Color Black, grey, lime green, orange, royal, white, red, black and neon, carbon and jade, black and white, electrical violet, marine and orange, purple, royal and green, stardust multi, tape fuschia, and tower olive
- Material Silver Drystat, Spandex, Lycra, Nylon
- Warranty None
- What’s Included Compression socks, Cardboard insert with washing instructions