The 2XUs have plenty of high-end features for the cheapest guards on test. The stirrup removes the need for a tight band around the ankle, which can result in blood pooling in the foot. Stitching is neat and robust throughout and should ensure a good working life. The silicon gripper at the top does a great job of keeping the guard up and ensures there’s no slipping.
The medium size supplied matched our tester’s calf measurement, but went on worryingly easily and the feeling was pleasantly supportive rather than genuine compression.
Out running, the 2XUs didn’t slip down at all but initial reservations about their compressive qualities were confirmed. They were comfortable, pleasant to wear and you could almost forget they were on. But they just weren’t tight enough to deliver true compression benefits.