The crew at Therabody knows the importance of recovery. For optimal function, it has to be consistent. It has to fit into your lifestyle and routine. And it has to be effective.
Unfortunately, traditional pneumatic compression boots are unwieldy, cumbersome and surrounded by so many tubes and wires, you start to feel like a cyborg when you're wearing them. For folks that travel frequently, live on the road or simply can't be bothered with an elaborate recovery setup, this archaic construction often deterred them from partaking in benefits of pneumatic compression.
Understanding the increasing modality desired in the recovery market, Therabody answered the call with their brand-new boot: the RecoveryAir JetBoot, the most innovative portable addition to the newly-released RecoveryAir line. With the pump integrated into the boots, no pumps, tubes or connections needed. The result is more convenient, anywhere, on the go recovery experience.
I decided to take a pair for a spin — and see if the boot lived up to the hype.
Compared to traditional compression boots, there really is no comparison when it comes to the JetBoot. By eliminating external pumps and tubes and integrating motors directly into the boot, Therabody turned recovery into an on-the-go activity.
The weight per boot on the Medium pair I tested is 4.40 pounds; when not inflated, the boots roll up and fit into a convenient stuffsack, making them easy to throw in a suitcase or the car. The FastFlush technology means I can get a quick 20-minute recovery in, pack away the boots, and continue on with my day in less than half an hour.
Plus, the boots pack 240 minutes of battery life, and charge up in less than an hour, so I don't have to wait to start recovery.
For the uninitiated, pneumatic compression aids in recovery by improving circulation. Our circulatory system is the workhorse of our body — it transports oxygenated blood from the heart to the limbs and extremities, and clears out stagnant metabolic waste. Pneumatic compression reduces soreness, swelling and improves range of motion and flexibility by activating our lymph and circulatory systems.
The JetBoot uses TruGrade Tech (intermittent sequential compression) to get the job done. It starts in the foot, moves over the calf and into the knee, using several cycles to not only push blood, but also about release pressure and rejuvenate the body. A spiraling system of overlapping chambers within the boot eliminate peaks and valleys in inflation that can cause discomfort, and maintain the integrity of the vein as it compresses.
The Precise Pressure control allows you to customize what feels right to you: I mostly used 25 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) to activate the lymph system and provide gentle pressure; my partner, meanwhile, ramped it up to 100 mmHg for more intense recovery.
With the JetBoots, recovery is as easy as zipping up the boot and pushing "play." To start, get yourself in a comfortable position — unlike other boots, you don't need to be laying down or completely horizontal for the device to work, but you want to be comfortable while you're recovering. Once you're situated and have the boots on each foot, push and hold down the power button on each boot. The boots will pair themselves and work in tandem — you'll see two boot icons appear on the control panel, and that means they're ready to go.
Choose your pressure level, your time increment, and push play (once they're paired, you only need to push play on one boot for them both to start inflating). Then, sit back and feel the recovery come on.
When I used the boots, I tried multiple pressure levels and time frames to find what worked best for me. My routine ended up including a 20-minute session on the lowest pressure setting (25 mmHg) to start each morning off, and on the days where I had a workout class or run scheduled, I added in an additional recovery session at 50 mmHg for 20-40 minutes, depending on the workout.
The JetBoot is intuitive, easy to use, and provided benefits right away. I felt relief after the first use, and continue to see benefits in my circulation and flexibility as I continue to use the boots. I'd recommend these for athletes that are looking to up their performance, and also anyone who sits for extended periods; circulation suffers with minimal movement, so if you're chained to your desk or are on your feet all day, these boots will help move the toxins out of your limbs and system.
Along with the JetBoots, Therabody has also released two new boots as part of the RecoveryAir System: the Prime, which is advanced compression, simplified and the PRO System, the most customizable and advanced boot in the line. All three boots are available for purchase right now.