Best Floss Bands for Recovery + 9 Muscle Compression Bands Reviewed 2019

Voodoo Floss.

Is it black magic or based in solid science?

I am going to explore that question a little, talk about how proponents say floss bands works, offer suggested uses and show you what to look for if you decide to try compression bands out.

I will wrap it all up (get it?) with a review of 9 of the top brands to help you choose.

What Exactly is a Floss Band?

Very simply: Floss bands are long thin rubber ribbons used to aid in recovery and to speed healing. Standard size is 2 inches wide by 7 feet long and they are wrapped around or near joints, similar to how you wrap a bandage.

But, they are actually more complex to apply than a simple bandage.

Fortunately, YouTube videos (below) and online instructions for applying floss bands abound.

What are Floss Bands Supposed to DO?

There are a few theories as to why wrapping stressed or injured joints helps aid recovery and healing:

Blood Rush: The idea is you wrap the joint or muscle, calf, knee, elbow, and gently move the muscle or bend the joint or muscle to shake things up.

Release the band after a minute or two and as the blood rushes into the previously restricted area, the lactic acid and other junk is flushed out.

Myofascial release: The theory is that by wrapping the muscle, you relax the connective tissue around it, which releases pain and tension and allows better blood and lymphatic flow once the band is released.

ROM or Range of Motion: Some proponents advise athletes to wrap the bands above and below the joint, perform a few movements and release the band.

For example, if you wanted to increase knee mobility you can wrap the floss above and below the knee joint, leaving a gap at the knee.

Perform a squat or other knee mobility move while the band is in place. This is though to stretch the tissue in the gap, increase mobility and release stiffness.

Note: You should only use a band for a minute or two at a time, and never while working out.

Voodoo bands are meant to be used during warm up and recovery, before and after working out.

How Can Recovery Bands Help You?

I promised you we would look at these voodoo bands to see if their use is at all supported by science.

Happily, I can say yes, but the science is pretty light.

Voodoo Bands and compression floss recovery bands help with:

Increased Joint Mobility

This study shows the use of floss bands on the ankle Increased dorsoflexion.

Dorsoflexion is movement of the ankle, and the study looked at applying the band for 150 seconds and reviewing ankle mobility immediately after and 7 hours later.

The study saw significant increase in mobility immediately after the application, supporting the use of floss bands as a warm up tool.

Improved Performance

This study shows that the use of floss bands may improve performance for up to 45 minutes after application.

The researchers examined sprinting time and jumping force performance.

How Can You Use Floss Bands or Recovery Compression Bands?

Wrap.

Wrap the band around the joint using about 50% tension. Make sure the band overlaps a bit, except in an area you want to leave a gap.

ROM or Pain and recovery.

If you are focusing on joint mobility, you will wrap above and beneath the joint, leaving a gap on the joint itself. If you are wrapping for pain or recovery, you wrap the entire joint or muscle.

Secure.

Secure the wrap by tucking the end under the wrap. The tackiness of the rubber will keep the wrap in place.

Move.

After the area is wrapped, perform gentle range of motion movements for a minute or two.

Remove.

Remove the wrap after a few minutes and continue with your workout routine.

What You Should Know before Choosing the Best Floss Bands

Weightlifter using recovery floss band

Thickness

Black Bands are generally softer and are used on the upper body. These bands are usually .051 inches thick and have a little more stretch than red bands.

Red Bands offer a bit more compression than black bands. These are usually .06 inches thick and feel a little stiffer than black bands. Normally these are used on the knee, calf and ankle joints.

The good news is:

The red and black bands are often sold as sets of one each, so you can have the best of both worlds, and a set that is suitable for all areas.

Width

The most common width is 2 inches, but thinner and thicker bands exist.

A few brands offer a 4 inch wide band, which will obviously cover a larger area.

Wider bands are good for covering long muscles, like thighs or the entire calf.

Stickiness

Sticky or tacky bands are easier to put on by yourself and they stay more secure than rubber that has lost its tack.

Stickier bands are usually more expensive, so you decide if the extra cost is worth it to you.

How Do You Use these Things?!?!

There’s a mountain of info demonstrating how to use these bands online and on YouTube.

However:

Sometimes, a good old fashioned pamphlet, picture or diagram showing you how to use the compression recovery bands is a nice touch. Some bands include instructions, eBooks, DVDs, pictures on the package or manuals showing you what you can do with the bands and how floss bands can help you.

Other brands are not as thoughtful.

Call me old fashioned, but I think including instructions is a classy touch that make the product appear a better value. Plus, I don’t need to run to the computer or get out my hone to put it on.

Now let’s take a look at the top-rated floss bands and most popular recovery compression bands on the market.

TOP 9 Best Floss Reviews 2019

Voodoo Floss by ROGUE®

black voodo floss

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Review: The most popular recovery flow is the Voodoo floss by Rogue.

They are made from 2 inch wide natural latex rubber, and are cut to either 7 feet to cover an injury or specific area, or 28 feet to wrap your entire body. Just kidding, the 28 foot length is so you can cut to size.

Pros

  • Stretches to 150% of its length.
  • Available precut or cut to size lengths.
  • Made from natural rubber- sticky and easy to secure.

Cons

  • Pricy.

Takeaway

If you want the real deal these are the one and only best voodoo floss bands.

Serious Steel Mobility & Recovery Floss Bands

Review: Serious steel floss recovery and mobility bands are available in singles or pairs and thickness of .051 inches or .06 inches.

They are made with 100 percent rubber latex and you choose the pair, the set comes with a carry bag.

Pros

  • Includes quick start guide in digital format.
  • 7 feet long.
  • Available in singles or a set with carry bag.

Cons

  • Coated with a light powder.

Takeaway

A serious set of rubber compression bands.

WOD Nation Muscle Floss Bands

Review: WOD nation recovery bands are sold as either a set of two bands, or as single bands, and each order includes a carry storage bag.

Bands are 2 inches thick and 7 feet long. The black bands are .051 inches thick and the red band is .06.

Pros

  • Sold as singles or a set of two.
  • All purchases include carry bag.
  • Available in .051 and .06 thickness.

Cons

  • Not as sticky as more expensive bands.

Takeaway

Great value when ordered at a set of two.

WODFitters Floss Bands for Muscle Compression

Review: WODFitters Floss bands are made from high quality latex built to last and withstand abuse.

Two bands come with each order and they thoughtfully include a drawstring bag so you can keep them separate in your gym bag.

Pros

  • Sold in sets of one red, and one black.
  • Two bands, two thicknesses, .051 inch and .06 inches thick.
  • Drawstring Carry storage bag provided with each order.

Cons

  • Not easy to self apply.

Takeaway

Useful floss bands for muscle compression.

Neptune Barbell Floss Mobility Bands

Review: If you want a band with nothing printed on it, these floss bands for recovery may be a good choice.

Manufactured by Neptune barbell, based out of Virginia, these bands claim to be the original recovery band.

They have the distinction of being available in either a 2 inch or 4 inch width, with all bands being cut to 7 feet. You can also order in sets of two of the same, or mixed red and black.

Pros

  • Stretches to 150% of the length.
  • Made from 100% pure latex rubber.
  • No printing on the bands.

Cons

  • Strong rubber odor.

Takeaway

The only recovery band I know of offered in a 4 inch length.

Master of Muscle Floss Bands

Review: Each set of one red band and one black band include a carry and storage bag and an eBook to show you how to use and apply the bands.

Master YOUR muscle with targeted compression to heal injuries and recover faster.

Pros

  • Includes carry bag and How to eBook.
  • Set of two, one red.06 thick and one black .051 thick.
  • Low price.

Cons

  • More difficult to use than Rogue Voodoo Floss bands, but less than half the price.

Takeaway

Excellent price for a set of two.

Rocktape RockFloss

Review: Rocktape Rockfloss is a super sticky 100 percent latex rubber floss.

The tape is sold as 2 inches or four inches wide. They are 7 feet long and come with instructions for proper use and application.

Pros

  • Available in 2 inch and 4 inch width.
  • 7 feet long.
  • Detailed instructions included.

Cons

  • Pricy.

Takeaway

One of the newest and best floss bands on the block.

EliteFTS Pro Strong Compression Floss Band

Review: This cut to size red band compression band by ETS fitness is .06 inches thick and 14 feet long so you can cut it to suit you.

It’s made from high quality latex, is easy to apply and has plenty of “stick”.

Pros

  • Cut to size long roll.
  • High quality latex rubber.
  • Sticky and easy to apply.

Cons

  • No storage bag.

Takeaway

Best compression floss on a roll.

POWER GUIDANCE compression Bands

Review: Power Guidance recovery bands are an economical way to help your muscles recover and injuries heal faster so you can get back into the game.

This two pack has you covered, with two different thicknesses to over various purposes.

Pros

  • 2 Pack of bands, one .05 inch thickness, the other .06 inches thick.
  • 7 Foot long, each band.
  • Includes storage bag.

Cons

  • Not as “sticky” as more expensive brands.

Takeaway

Great price for a 2 pack.

Pick up a pair of the best floss bands, they are an essential performance tool for anyone who lifts heavy, or puts stress on their joints.

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I will see YOU at the box.