There’s no denying that CrossFit takes a toll on your body. Sure, your body will reap so many rewards from the WODs, but we’ve all suffered the consequences. We have ripped and tore our hands. We have scraped our shins. We have chaffed our backsides and bruised our thighs. Some of this abuse is a necessary evil as well a badge of honor. However, what if I told you there is a new product out there that can help decrease the amount of upper leg and tailbone abuse? Read on and learn about CompGear and their high performance compression shorts.
CompGear is a new startup company founded by Charles of New York. He’s a CrossFitter. I love the entrepreneur aspect of CrossFit. When I worked with LatitudeGearRx, Lindsay started up her awesome clothing business with little to no designing experience. I don’t fully know Charles’s background, but I bet he has never designed performance apparel before. That correlates so harmoniously with the spirit of CrossFit, how CF urges you to overcome obstacles and to find a way through the struggles.
But I digress. Let’s talk about what CompGear offers.
CompGear is padded compression shorts. They fit just like a standard pair of compression shorts. What makes CompGear unique is the flexible padding material in the thighs and tailbone area. This padding will help guard against barbell rub on your thighs and from the dreaded monkey butt on your backside. In addition to the padding, these shorts have strategically placed mesh material for ventilation of all the hot-running body parts.
Here, check out this video from the company itself.
I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of these compression shorts in exchange for this honest review. I can definitely say I am thoroughly impressed with the CompGear product.
They fit well. Sizing information is available on the website to ensure a proper fit. Also, the addition of the padding only has a nominal increase on the overall weight of the shorts. My CompGear shorts weighed just over an ounce more than my regular compression shorts.
Oh, and currently, CompGear high performance compression shorts are only available for us guys. But ladies, have no fear; Charles is working on developing the product for you!
I discovered there really isn’t a flattering way to take pictures of compression shorts, but here I am! (Yes, that’s my butt and not the padding… holla!) =)
I put my shorts to the test with some hang cleans and sit-ups. (For anyone that tried out Double Grace from the recently completed CrossFit Games, I bet you got a little tired banging the bar with those 60 cleans, right?) I have only suffered slight irritation from cleans in the past. Using the CompGear, my legs met the bar where the padding was, which means the product was thoroughly tested and engineered beforehand for proper placement. I could feel contact with the bar and it didn’t change any feedback sensation or technique for me. (Sorry, I wasn’t able to capture any photos of this)
What I was really interested in testing was the CrossFit Crack prevention padding. I’ll be honest, I was nervous to do a bunch of sit-ups just on the floor with only the product’s padding protecting my posterior. I completed 100 sit-ups, 50 with just the CompGear on and 50 with normal WOD shorts over the compression shorts. I’m very pleased to report back that I remained unscathed with my CompGear shorts on!
Overall, I would definitely recommend CompGear to anyone. Now I know that there is a sense of earning those bumps and bruises from the workouts, I totally understand. I’m the same way; I like my callouses and bruises. Myself, I will probably just use the shorts on high sit-up days, for the Angie benchmark, etc. I’ll use them when I remember on heavy hang clean days too, but like I said before I haven’t had a lot of trouble with abrasions on that part of my body… yet.
CompGear is in its final week of a Kickstarter campaign. Please go check them out and if you are interested, support them! You won’t be disappointed with the product!
Thank you to Charles and CompGear for providing me with this product. Awesome stuff!