Saturday morning at Hit the Brixx, my 2XU Compress Race Socks went through their 2nd round of testing.
During the initial testing at Midnight Flight 10k, they didn't perform as expected. About 2 miles into the race, they started slipping down my calves. They never reached my ankles but they did slide about half way down my calves.
Going into Saturday race, many suggestions were provided from other runners about how to prevent this issue and each taken into account during my race prep.
The socks were worn during the warm up and given a nice tug up over the calves just before the start.
Then, the race started.
By two miles, the socks had ridden down my calves. To the point, they were not providing much if any support.
For the 10k, the sleeves did not affect much of my performance, but their performance did sway my decision for the OBX marathon.
The 2XU racing socks are out and the traditional calf sleeves are back in.
Not sure what will happen to them now. They were bought based on the idea that they would become my standard race sock. Now, it looks like they will find their way to the bottom of my running sock drawer.
Moral of the story, always, always test out your gear before race day.