Flight socks use gctech compression technology to improve your circulation, reducing the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), strokes and other circulatory problems when you have to sit still for a long time. Extra snugness means they're also just about the most comfortable socks you can wear.
When you're going on a trip, don't forget to wear your super-comfy travel tights - you'll run less risk of DVT, strokes and other circulatory problems, and your improved circulation means you'll arrive feeling more refreshed.
Working with some of the leading medical names in travel medicine we understand the importance of well-fitted, medically validated compression socks when travelling.
One high-risk group for DVT are people who are carrying extra weight and this risk increases age. Unfortunately, the standard high street sizes have not been designed to properly fit anyone.
Compression MUST be properly fitted to work correctly so we have created special size ranges just to fit people whose ankle measurements are greater than 25cm. This offers a far more comfortable travelling experience for all types of measurements.
If you've had a bad experience with flight socks in the past, feel free to call us for advice on getting the perfect fit - you'll really feel the difference.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is of growing concern to the public. Wearing good quality, well fitted compression socks when travelling is one of the ways to help reduce the risk. As we have said properly fitted garments are vital for compression to work effectively and have the desired effect. Our standard travel range is designed to fit 90% of the population but we have created a made to measure range to ensure the other 10% can also be safe when travelling. This made to measure range can be made for any size of person and is a unique product created specifically to their measurements. The product still conforms to all the medical specifications of graduated compression (gctech) and will help reduce DVT risk, swelling and keep your legs comfortable when travelling.
In modern society we spend nearly 400 hours a year travelling. The majority of this is by car but on average 10 hours is by plane.
Any prolonged time spent sitting down will reduce 'venous return' this will cause venous pooling in the lower limbs. This is why on a long haul flight many of us will notice our feet are swollen at the end of a journey. In addition this puts you at an increased risk of a blood clot or DVT (deep vein thrombosis) because as the rate of blood flow slows down the greater the chance of it forming a clot. The longer the flight, the greater the risk.
As travel is now an integral part of our daily lives, we cannot avoid it, so adapting is the only strategy we can employ. On a plane it is advised that we move around, regularly move our lower limbs and drink plenty of fluids. This helps reduce some of the risk but does not eliminate it, nor does it really help with the associated swelling. In some instances it may not be possible to perform these tasks.
Medical grade graduated compression socks have been specifically designed to prevent DVT, help venous return and stop pooling of the blood in the lower legs. This makes it the ideal sock to use to prevent the negative effects of travel, preventing swelling of the legs (eliminate cankles), reducing the risk of a DVT and keeping lower legs fresh and ache free. The key to using medical grade socks for this purpose is that they must be CE marked, appropriately fitted and sized and conform to European/US standards.
We have a range of validated graduated compression products, most of which are ideal to use during travel. We have selected products for both men and women so matter what you are wearing we have a proven medical grade product to suit your travel needs.
We suggest wearing the products for the entire duration of travel. The socks and tights are designed with comfort and fashion in mind, yet contain proven medical technology. Any of the socks or tights on the website with Class 1 Compression or higher can be used for travel.
VR travel and flight socks have been designed to replace your 'normal' socks and can be worn on a daily basis for extra comfort and health benefits. As a minimum they should be worn in all travel where there is likely to be a period of immobility greater than 3 hours, as this increases the risk of DVT.
During travel one of the main concerns is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Remember travel isn't just flying, it can be a long car, coach or train journey all of which increase your risk due to immobility.
Compression has been proven to help reduce the risk, but there are certain things you have to remember
1. Products must be medical grade and fitted according to your measurements. It should be comfortable to wear over a long period. If it is painful, it is probably the wrong size for you or incorrectly fitted.
2. Compression reduces but does not eliminate all the risk
3. Everybody is at risk of DVT, however there are certain groups that may be at greater risk; these may include; (previous DVT/PE, recent surgery, pregnancy, extra weight etc.)
4. Consult your doctor immediately if you have any signs or symptoms which you think maybe a DVT or PE (Pulmonary Embolus)
5. We do not recommend using any of the footless products during travel. Blood can pool in the foot during inactivity so compression over the foot is essential.
6. If travelling, compression should be worn all day on day of travel, not just for the flight.
Information courtesy of Compression Advisory.
A recent Cochrane review showed that during travel, medical grade compression can reduce the risk of DVT by up to 90%. When correctly fitted it greatly reduces swelling and oedema while keeping you safe.
Modern travel means lots of sitting; around 400 hours on average each year. Whether you're on a plane, train, or even in a car, after three hours you run the risk of developing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), which can cause discomfort, long-term health issues and even death.
Even on shorter journeys, our medically accredited VR travel socks can make the difference between a comfortable, healthy trip, and tired, aching or even swollen legs. Our socks are designed to keep you safe, comfy and looking good.
Our VR flight socks are trusted by seasoned travellers like the England football team and are issued as standard to BP's highly travelled international executives, who need to arrive at their destinations fit, fresh and at their best.
They're not just flight socks, they're go-anywhere socks.
The smart choice. Feels like a 'normal' cotton-rich sock, but packs the power of medically validated, British Standard, Class 1 compression. Travel/Daywear sock that is eyecatching for the right reasons!For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size you.
Vivid and bold. VR Durham screams fun, without letting on that it's a flight sock.Feels like a 'normal'cotton-rich sock, but packs the power of medically validated, British Standard, Class 1 compression.Travel/Daywear sock that is eyecatching and comfortable.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one...
Our most popular set of stripes from our lifestyle range of compression socks. As a result we've developed it in extra sizes!Developed with a high cotton content in UK Class 1 compression, this sock combines comfort and fit with a bit of class.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors...
A bright, colourful and cotton-rich unisex sock, designed for travel and daily use. It will help reduce fatigue, swelling and keep your legs feeling fresh with UK Class 1 graduated compression. For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size you.
Polka dots are a fabulous classic, but these are even more enjoyable to wear thanks to the support and relief from their UK Class 1 compression. These are so popular that we've even developed them in tailored new sizes for a perfect fit. For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size...
Designed specifically with a classic golf look in unisex colours. The Fairway can be worn as a daywear or flight sock. This luxurious, cotton rich sock with proven UK Class 1 medical grade compression will support your lower legs.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size you.
This luxury sock is designed for all day comfort whether you're going about your daily routine or using it for long-haul travel. VR Air's primary fabric is cotton and boasts UK Class 1 Compression.Extensive size options ensure best fit and comfort for all shapes and sizes.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size...
Our highest quality travel sock is made with luxury bamboo; a material proven and tested for quality and comfort, giving a unique feel. The Ultra Comfort gets its name from its extreme softness. Relief and support provided from UK Class 1 graduated compression.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have...
The VR Original SuperFit gets its name from the incredible stretch properties of the fabrics used which make the sock a great fit for many shapes and sizes. This versatile UK Class 1 sock is great for long-haul travel, rehabilitation from injury, daywear, sports recovery etc.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size...
Clara 140 is the preventative range of hosiery designed for those with circulation problems resulting in heavy-feeling legs and swollen ankles. This range has strong compression of 15-18mmHg and constantly and gently massages the legs. For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size you.
VR Clara 140 Knee Highs are the very best combination of Italian hosiery and UK Class 1 compression. They look and feel like the finest hosiery should and the technology they contain combats heavy/tired legs and swollen/puffy ankles.For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to have one of our advisors size you.
VR Essential a fantastic flight sock specially designed for long haul flights where leg swelling is expected. They are made to comply with UK Class 1 compression levels and with the highest quality Lycra available; making them an essential tool for comfortable travel. For greater accuracy, enter your measurements under the 'My Measurements' size option to...