There are seemingly endless reasons to hate long-haul flights: cramped seats, indifferent treatment, bad food, stale air, cranky travelers, no room to stretch, and health hazards from viruses to sore muscles to deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). All for combined hours and hours of discomfort. But all with the promise of landing in a different place packed with wonder.
Everyone has their own recipe for dealing. Until recently, my few attempts at combatting DVT have been quashed because the medical compression socks I used when healing from a broken leg years ago are way too tight for me to have the patience to wear on a flight. But faced with two back-to-back 14-hour flights, I decided to try again. This time, with regular compression socks: Bombas Compression Socks.
The social reason for buying Bombas is more than enough: For every item you purchase for yourself, Bombas donates an item to someone affected by homelessness. That’s turned into more than 30 million items to more than 2,500 community organizations to date.
The compression socks are made with a blend of 64-percent cotton, 17-percent polyester, 13-percent nylon, and 6-percent spandex material. They’re soft to the touch, which feels luxurious when you’re crammed into a hard airline seat. The yarn is especially durable, and has a medium-strength, 15-20 MMHG compression level (one step below medical class 1).
A honeycomb arch-support system, y-stitched heel, seamless toe, and strategic zone cushioning all combine to make these socks more comfortable than your average compression sock. They’re great for long-haul airplane travel, as well as physical training work, or even when you just want to extra support of a tighter-fitting sock.
Bombas Compression Socks for women come in lilac, periwinkle, blue gray, white, black, pink, green, blue, and gray, and list for $18 on the Bombas site. There are men’s versions available for the same price, and they come in true blue, wine, midnight pine, black, white, green, blue, and gray.