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?
First, we feel like we need to address what everyone seems to know by now or will quickly find out. So as you can easily see below, the Recovery Pump system is a re-branded Lympha Press Petite Basic system that has been used for years in the medical field.
Most Recovery Pump adversaries will quickly point this out. The funny thing is that the folks at Recovery Pump aren't denying this fact (they aren't exactly advertising it either). They believe their research proves that the sequential compression pattern that has been used in the medical field for years can also be beneficial for enhancing recovery in endurance athletes. Also, to our knowledge, pretty much all of these types of systems were born out of the medical field in one way or another.
There seems to also be quite a bit of scrutiny towards Recovery Pump for selling the system at a higher price than what you can purchase medical pumps with very similar specifications. We are torn here as we understand they have to pay for the re-branding, marketing, etc of the Recovery Pump, but also, as with most things in the medical field, we would guess there is a substantial margin already built in.
With that out of the way, we can now give you our thoughts of the Recovery Pump system. We aren't going to get into the "study" war on which type of compression pattern is better for recovery in endurance athletes as it seems one can find a study to prove whatever they want to prove depending on who funded the study. What we'd really like to see is a long term unbiased study that is targeted at the use of these devices in endurance athletes. Until then, we will base our opinions on our extended use of, and experience with the product, as we do with all of our reviews.
It's easy to say that one system or one type of compression pattern is better than the other if you own that system. Hey, you gotta justify that $1,200-$5,500 some how, right? Fortunately, we were able to test each of the two major players in the compression game without having to justify an expense or creating a bias for one system over the other.
It's hard to say or measure the effectiveness of products of this nature. We can tell you that with any type of compression system, your recovery will benefit more than it would without one. (duh, right?) At TriBomb, our general consensus was that the sequential pneumatic compression pattern did not "feel" as beneficial after long training days. Yeah, you can argue that going by feel isn't "scientific" enough. We would argue, that how you feel in terms of recovery the subsequent days after an intense effort or during a particularly intense block of training is (for the most part) what we are all going by anyways.
What We Would Like To See
- A simple timer of some sort that would allow for automatic shut-off and a way of knowing exactly how long you have been in the boots.
TriBomb Bottom Line
Does it work? Sure. These devices are all out to accomplish the same thing, quicker recovery. Basically, applying compression to help speed up the body's natural process of removing waste from the legs. There are different methods but the bottom line is yes it works. Our two cents is that we simply preferred the other type of compression.