Ribbed knee highs in 20-30 mmHg are our biggest selling style of compression stockings. Today I’m comparing Juzo Basic Ribbed (size 2) with Mediven Patriot (size Medium). Both are from their respective manufacturer’s economy line of stockings. Juzo Ribbed are $35.91 and Patriots are $43.18 per pair. Both can be machine washed and dried per the manufacturer.
The Juzo’s are available in three colors, black, khaki, and white, and come in regular and short lengths. Medi Patriot comes in black and navy, regular length only.
Both socks feel the same out of the box, but the similarities end there. The foot on the Patriot fits perfectly. No annoying toe seam. There’s a lot of extra room in the toe of the Juzo. I wear a 9.5 men’s shoe, so someone with a larger foot would do better in the Juzo Basic. Around the heel area of the Patriot, a lot of skin shows through because the fabric is stretched. This is not the case with the Basic.
Pulling the stockings up, the Patriot has just enough length so the band is 2 finger widths below the crease of my knee, right where it should be. Like the foot, there’s extra length in the Basic. After positioning the band, I need to smooth out some wrinkles with the palms of my hands.
Midday I need to pull the Medi up a little. They’ve slid down about an inch. The Juzos are just fine. That extra length in the leg kept them from getting tugged down.
It’s the end of the day and I have a slight preference for the Patriot. The foot fit me better. Someone with a larger foot and/or longer leg would do better with the Juzo Basic. In taking them off, I notice that both have garment tags… a nice touch. The tag on the Juzo is traditional, and tacked to the inside of the sock. The tag on the Medi is embroidered into the top band. There’s also a pink M embroidered on the foot. If you’re like me, and have a pile of dark socks that all look the same on laundry day, any identifying mark is a very welcome sight.