Air Relax Air Compression Leg Massager
This design is fairly easy to use and provides ample compression features to help move lactic acid away from the affective muscle groups to help aid in overall healing time. It also boasts a few different massaging modes that are made for a wide variety of users.
The massage modes provide targeted relief, and on/off timers so you don’t have to make any adjustments, and allow you to sit back and let the massaging boot take control of your massage session. In addition to massage modes, it also offers a free mode that allows users to target specific areas on their legs that are feeling more sore and tired than other muscle groups.
If you spent all of your extra cash on running shoes, this is one of the most affordable and effective options out there on the market.
Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into all of the advanced features that make the Air Relax boot system a really great choice for athletes on a budget!
A very affordable price point
Three compression modes
Automatic shut off
FDA cleared medical grade device
Allows users to target specific muscle groups
Only offers 4 compression levels
Only available in one size
Feet fit a little tight
Compression boots are a great option for runners that don’t quite have time to wait for their sore muscles to recover after a brutal workout. If you need to get out there the next day to keep up with your training, a pair of compression boots such as the Air Relax Air Compression Leg Massager is a great choice.
This style works targeted muscle groups in sequential order to help boost recovery and cut down on soreness time. Sure, you can get back out there on sore muscles, but you are running the risk of suffering from an injury, and your performance will suffer. Making sure that you are refreshed and ready to tackle challenges is super important.
While this design provides excellent compression, it does have a few disadvantages when compared to some of the higher-end designs out there on the market. One of the very first things that I noticed about this option is that it has a motor that runs pretty loud. While you can still hold a conversation with more expensive models, this option makes it a little difficult to talk or listen to the television while it is in use.
The Air Relax leg massager system provides users with up to 4 levels of compression. More expensive options offer up to 9 levels of compression, so this design isn’t quite as powerful as some of the other options out there on the market.
However, many users found that the compression offered is still quite effective, and allows you to make adjustments to the intensity and target specific areas on your legs and hips. It also boasts a 15-minute automatic shut-off feature to ensure that you don’t overdo which I feel is incredibly helpful.
One of the bigger drawbacks of this design is that it doesn’t come in a variety of sizes. If you are a little short or tall, you will likely have issues with the overall fit. It has a 30-inch inseam for legs, and a 27-inch opening, which may be a little too small for some with beefy legs. It boasts a pair of zippers along the side that makes it a little bit easier to slide your legs in. Those with smaller legs could slip their legs inside without messing with the zippers.
One thing that I noticed is that the feet fit pretty tight. Many options out there on the market have very large feet chambers, which give your feet plenty of room to move inside of the boots. This design, on the other hand, has a very tight foot chamber. For compression sleeves, this isn’t much of an issue. If these sleeves fit tight to your feet, it means that you will need to utilize one of the lower compression levels when using this device on your feet.
What I love about this device is that the control panel allows you to target specific areas of your body. If your upper legs are fine but your lower legs are toast, this design allows you to simply target your lower legs and feet. You have the option to manually move between different areas on your legs as needed, or opt for one of the various programmed settings that let your boots do the work for you!
This design comes with three different mode settings that are labeled Mode A, Mode B, and Mode C. Mode A is the base compression mode. It squeezes the affected muscle group and then releases to send blood pumping through your tired muscles. Mode B is Sequential, which means that it squeezes an affected muscle, and then holds it while it moves up your legs for even relief. Mode C utilizes both of these modes for a thorough and well-rounded massage session.
For athletes that are toast, Mode C is the most beneficial. Mode A and B are designed for more everyday use.
Overall, the size of the console is quite large, and won’t quite fit in the palm of your hand. The main console is designed to sit on the ground, which means that making adjustments to the device as you use it is a little difficult. I recommend programming a mode setting and let the device do all of the work for you. Plus, it automatically shuts off once your workout is finished.
While the control panel is a little big and clunky, I love that this system comes with a compact carrying case. This case is able to store your boots, adapters, and control panel with ease. It comes in a hard scratch-resistant case that includes a handle that makes it a cinch to take with you on the go. It’s important to note that this case is quite bigger than other options, which makes it difficult to toss into a gym bag or even in a suitcase.
This unit runs off of a power cord and doesn’t utilize a battery pack. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about charging up a battery or worry about your device running out of juice before your massage session is over. The downside is that you will need to be tethered to a power outlet at all times, which makes the portability of this option a little less than ideal.
It also means that this device is pretty loud. Battery-powered options are often much quieter. You get a good deal of consistent power, but the trade-off is that it is much louder and less portable than battery-powered options.
The benefits of an AC power source are a matter of personal preference. Personally, I prefer AC-only units because it means that I won’t have to wait for my unit to change when I forget to charge it (which happens often with me!). The downside is that you obviously have to be tethered to an outlet at all times in order to use your device
The reason that I was initially drawn to this option from Air Relax is that it comes in at one of the most affordable price points out there on the market. Sure, there are other compression systems that cost less, but they aren’t quite as effective.
This design utilizes high-end compression while keeping the price tag much lower than many of the high-end options out there on the market. If you are looking for quality compression at a low price point, this is one of your best options that won’t completely drain your bank account!
The biggest drawback of this design is the bulky control panel and the noise. More expensive models are virtually silent, but the Air Relax runs pretty loud. I also found that the control panel wasn’t very intuitive, and I really had to read through the instruction manual to learn how to set it to specific muscle groups and programmed settings.
These features are a little less than ideal, but I can take a little noise and a steep learning curve rather than dish out the big bucks for one of the super expensive designs out there on the market!