Welcome to the new format of Outdoor Gear Reviews! A full, comprehensive gear review boiled down to the most core takeaways of our experience with the product in five short bullet points. We’re kicking this new style of review off with the CEP Outdoor Merino Compression Sock.
I’m a huge fan of CEP products, having opted to run my last trail marathon in CEP’s original running sock. Their Outdoor Merino Compression Sock combines their focus on medical-grade compression with merino wool and the wicking power it brings to basically any application it’s used it. Here’s what we thought after five snow-filled trail runs in Park City, Utah:
- The fit is as close to perfect as a sock can get and the compression is very consistent from start to finish. No seam toes help the sock avoid any sort of bunching around the toes.
- The Outdoor Merinos are made with 20% merino wool, a lower amount due to the other materials needed to maintain durable compression, but still enough to wick moisture with moderate effectiveness. Because of this, the wicking should be considered a secondary benefit to the compression.
- Even with only limited testing, it’s abundantly clear they have been made with the durability of basically every other CEP product I’ve used, which is industry leading. They’re built to last.
- Post-activity muscle recovery is fantastic. The effectiveness of compression is always being debated, but for me a run with the Outdoor Merinos results in legs that stayed sore for far less time.
- CEP, of course, charges premium prices for their premium products. At nearly $60, the Outdoor Merino Compression Sock is clearly aimed at hikers and runners that are looking for the very best in compression with some wicking power in the mix.