We will cover the Recovery Pump system in a multi-day review.
Part 1: What you get?
Part 2: Using the Recovery Pump
Our legs-in approach to testing.
Part 3: What we Think
Does it give you a leg up on the competition?
The Recovery Pump system is easy to setup and easy to use. There are only two connections to make at the pump. Two plug type connections that have four hoses each, which connect to the boots.
The four air supply hoses then connect to the four color coded air connections on each boot.
After you've made all the connections you are ready to slip your inflatable boots on. The Recovery Pump boots feature a zippered front that runs the entire length of each boot. You'll appreciate this feature when it's time to come out of the boots.
After you're all zipped up (the boots that is) you're ready to fire up the pump and get started with your recovery session. The Recovery Pump has a single on/off switch on the side of the pump. As soon as you flip the switch the boots will begin to inflate.
The Recovery boots will begin to fill at the bottom of the leg and continue to inflate sequentially all the way up your leg. Or in other words, the boots start inflating low, and continue to inflate working up the leg, and the entire boot remains inflated until the cycle is complete. At that time the whole boot deflates and the process starts all over again. Peristaltic compression (NormaTec) uses chambers that inflate at the bottom of the leg and compress in small sections, or chambers, as the compression moves up the leg. As one chamber inflates, the chamber (or chambers) below it hold the compression and then gradually decompress as the compression cycles up the leg.
Adjustments to your recovery session can be made “on the fly” with a simple twist of the adjustment knobs. The face of the pump holds the two knobs that allow for simple adjustment of the compression force and the amount of time the pump pauses in between cycles.
There is no setting for time, it's either on or off. The Recovery Pump is designed to be worn for extended periods, you can even sleep in the boots. We didn't put that to the test but we certainly dozed off on several occasions. Recovery Pump recommends that you set the pause setting at it's highest setting for these extended periods to allow for maximum arterial blood flow during the pause phase.
The recommended pressure for optimal results is a setting between 60-80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg). That's generally the range we used for all of our Recovery Pump sessions. We preferred the minimum pause setting which yields a quick deflate cycle and makes for the maximum number of compression cycles in a given time period. We feel like the more cycles the better for recovery purposes. The pump has a quick cycle time which helps to remove waste from the legs.
The operation of the pump is pretty quiet for the most part, except for the big pushhhhhh sound it makes when the boots deflate at the end of each cycle. We found the Recovery Pump easy to travel with, it's fairly compact and the boots occupy a small amount of space when they are completely deflated.
Next Up. Part 3
What we think? We will give you our final verdict on the Recovery Pump system.