May 3, 2012

Pro Compression Trainer Lows review and giveaway

Normally, I make my big sock investments in the knee-length compression socks. For everyday trainers I bought the cheapest sock they had at my local running store. My method kind of doesn't really make sense. Why would I spend the bulk of my money on socks that I wear less often?

So when Pro Compression offered to send over some Trainer Lows to review, I felt pretty confident that I could test the heck out of them. Every day. On the track. On the treadmill. And then those two places again and again and again because that's what I do. Run. Every day. 


The first thing that I noticed about these socks is that they have more forefoot and heel padding than the knee-length Marathon socks I have from Pro Compression. Anywhere that you see gray on the socks is a spot with more cushion. Because I already wear a pretty thick orthotic in my shoes, I wondered if the extra thickness and padding would make my foot uncomfortable or make my shoes fit too tightly. 


I wear a size 7 in everyday shoes, and I tried both the small/medium and x-small of these socks. For me, the small/medium had just a touch more bulk than I want around my toes, but the x-small was perfect. If you are in between sizes on their chart, consider going down a size. Once I figured out the best size for my foot, the extra padding at the forefoot wasn't noticeable at all while running but still gave me an added bit of cushion for my daily foot pounding. 

Left XS, right SM/MD

When you slip these socks on, they feel like a hug for your foot, especially around the arch. Pro Compression calls it their stabilizer zone, created to promote balance from the ground up. The socks are extremely easy to slip on, but once on, you feel the compression working its magic. They're the kind of socks that you don't want to take off because they feel great on your foot. I sometimes wear these all day even when I'm not running.


I also normally wear socks that are slightly shorter, just out of habit, not for a practical reason. These came up a little higher around my ankles which I liked because lately I've been having problems with my shoelaces rubbing against my skin and causing hot patches while running. I can try and tie my laces a special way to avoid that, but with these socks, I just tie quickly and go because I have that extra little bit of ankle protection. Also, because of the snug fit around the ankle, these would make great socks for a trail run where you are trying to keep mother nature's debris from working its way into your socks.



I also never noticed the seams during my runs. The less I notice my socks while running the better! If they cross my mind, it's usually because something is wrong.

Bottom of the sock

Pro Compression is another company that makes their products in the USA, which I love. More jobs on the continent and all.

And they still have the cool Michellie Jones socks in the Trainer Lows, in black and white. But if you're thinkin' about my baby it don't matter if you're black or white. Is it even possible to reference black and white together without bringing Michael J. into it? Not in our house.


So if you're thinking these are freaking cute and you want to give your foot a compression hug too, today is your day. One of you readers gets to try out a two-pair pack of the Trainer Lows, your choice of color and size. Don't worry, Yo Dudes, they have colors other than pink and stars.


As an added bonus, another reader will get to try a pair of Pro Compression Marathon socks, like the ones I wore for the Ocala Marathon and reviewed here. And they still have blue argyle. Yes, please. Also your choice of size and color.



Also, Pro Compression is giving 25% off to any Yo Momma reader with the code YMR25, expires June 1st. Check out their selection here.

To enter: 

In the comments section of this post, tell me one feature you can't live without in your running socks.

*Also tell me if you are only interested in one of the types of socks that I'm giving away. I'll automatically enter you for both types with each entry, so if you don't want one of the pairs, I can leave you out of that drawing.

Bonus entries (leave separate comment for each one):

  • Follow my blog using Google Friend Connect (right-hand column) and leave a comment here letting me know that you did. 
  • Like Yo Momma on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know that you did. 
  • Follow Yo Momma on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know that you did. 
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, your blog and such. Leave a separate comment for every time you share. One bonus entry for every share!

With following and liking, it counts if you already are, so leave me a comment so I can give you bonus entries for your devotion!

Entries accepted until midnight on Wednesday, May 9th.

Pro Compression provided socks for review and giveaway. They gave me no other compensation, and all the opinions and Michael Jackson quotes are straight from my own noggin. 

100 comments:

  1. I have to have thicker running socks to prevent blisters.
    (Count me interested in both socks)

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  2. I follow on friend connect.

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  3. The biggest thing for me is just that they are proper running socks. Whenever I wear regular old cotton gym socks I get blisters all over the place. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

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  4. I followed on friend connect...

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  5. And I just liked you on FB!

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  6. Gotta have extra cushioning for running and no rubbing.

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  7. I already liked you on Facebook but am not cool enough for twitter:)

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    1. I tried to deny Twitter for a long time too, but I caved to the generational pressures.

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  8. I love short socks but I need that back flap so they don't cause blistering!

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  9. I follow you on twitter!

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  10. I liked you on fb!

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  11. I follow your blog!

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  12. I follow you on twitter :)

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  13. I liked you on facebook :)

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  14. I follow you on Google friend connect:) LOVE this giveaway!!!! YAY

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  15. I am also now a new follower on twitter:)

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  16. And I just shared this on my blog's FB page:) Thanks for the chance xoxoox Hanna

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  17. Love PRO Compression socks! I like padding near my toes and a nice, tight fit in my socks!

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  18. I'm a fan of you on Facebook :)

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  19. I've only been running a year, so I'm just happy if I can find clean socks that have a little bit of cushion! Actually, I bought new, good, shoes and one pair of running socks - they are very nice but very expensive!

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  20. Shared on FB (already a follower there)

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  21. Pinned to my pinterest giveaway board

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  22. I'm so particular about my socks. I like it when they are nice and snug (and on the thicker side) so these sound great!!!

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  23. I actually have two features that my running socks must have. They must match each other and they must not have holes. I usually buy my running socks from Target or Walmart --which is even a step below your choices -- hence my low feature needs.

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    1. Ha! I love this. I just looked down and discovered a sock hole. Boo. Obviously, your socks are not slowing you down one bit!

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  24. I am super picky about running socks, but I'm not exactly sure what I like and don't like. They have to be thin (but not too thin) and provide some support (but they can't be too tight). Under Armour are my favorite, and I prefer they be colorful even if they're never seen.

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  25. I'm already a follower, girlfriend. I'm interested in either type of socks. I have no compression. I'm scared. LOL

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    1. Compression is the coolest thing I've discovered in the running world! Do not be afraid:) If I stop running, I think I will still wear compression socks (with shorts) with no shame.

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  26. Already following you on FB too!

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  27. I have to use thicker socks. If my socks aren't thick and I run more than a couple of miles, I have blisters.

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  28. I follow you using friend connect!

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  29. I follows through GFC, and I absolutely love compression socks! Fingers crossed! :)

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  30. It might not exactly be a feature, but the thing that is important to me while considering running socks, is that the seam doesn't rub my little toe against my shoe. You know when you feel the "bump" of the seam rubbing against your shoe? I can't stand that!

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  31. I'm sorry you didn't have a great race in Nashville, out and backs are the absolute worst invention. But you are still amazing and inspiring!

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  32. I am a follower of your blog (although I thought I already had, but I hadn't!). :)

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  33. I have liked you on Facebook!

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  34. I am Following you on Twitter!

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  35. I just shared your giveaway on my Running Start, LLC Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Running-Start-LLC/

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  36. Lisa, I never enter giveaways but I want these socks ha! I will run in what ever socks I can find that are not cotton. You are opening my eyes to the world of socks.

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  37. and I followed your blog (finally:) and did you know you have tiny little feet?

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    1. Yay, you did it! After months of trying to lure you into my run-blog world. Does this mean I can start mentioning you by name on my blog?

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  38. I'm with you. Socks that I don't notice!!! Also, pink! That's an excellent discount.

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  40. You know, I've only worn my smartwool socks, so I really haven't tried any other brands of socks. The smartwools seemingly prevent blisters! I would love to try either of the socks.

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  41. I follow on friend connect!

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  42. My fav sock feature is that they BREATHE! I hate fire feet! Then blister prevention. I try all kinds but I havent found a BOOYA sock yet, I hope these are it!

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  43. Gurl, you know I follow you (to the tune of the incredible Milli Vanillis Gurrrl, you know its true)

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    1. And I sang it in my head to that tune too. Seriously, you are awesome.

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  44. Posted your contest on my blog!! http://www.fitgirldaily.com/2012/05/coldplay-concert.html

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  45. I ran with the Pro Compression marathon socks for the first time today, and I AM HOOKED. Love running in compression socks. Sadly, my wallet does not.

    I am interested in the Trainer Lows only, since I'm about to go buy two more Marathons with the above discount code. Thanks!

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  46. I also follow you on Twitter.

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  47. And now also follow you via GFC.

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  48. We're Twitter friends!!
    Just finished my FIRST HALF MARATHON!!! :))
    Thanks for your posts!

    @mmbabe66

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  49. I usually don't worry about buying fancy every day running socks, but when I have had nice socks, it has made a huge difference.

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  50. Just followed you on Twitter!

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  51. Just liked you on facebook.

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  52. yo friend wants some socks, i'm in!

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  53. I need thicker socks to help with rubbing / blistering! I like the tall socks!

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  54. Ok - I follow you - duh! you're cool

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  55. oops! I like the short socks as I love getting a tan while I run :) and I LOVE socks that wick away sweat and don't smell :) lol

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  56. I follow on FB as well and I don't own any running socks..yet!

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  57. My feet are SUPER prone to blisters, so my socks must be thick. They also must be really bright, preferably with a dizzying design :)

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  58. Thanks for this giveaway, I LOVE pro compression socks.

    My non-negotiable with my socks is a cute little tab on the heel.

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  59. and I follow you in the tweet world

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  60. I already follow the blog!

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  61. I already follow on FB!

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  62. I already follow on Twitter.

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  63. Shared on Twitter...

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  64. My socks need to stay put so as not to give me blisters.

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  65. I just started running in December and need all the help I can get! :-) I really enjoy your blog, BTW. You look so cute in your socks!

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  66. Just liked you on Facebook too.

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