BrightLife often features medical compression products that trend toward the new and colorful. Today we are going back to basics. The Plus line from mediven. (mediven corporate policy requires that the “m” should be lower case.) Crazy, huh? We just want you to know that our proofreader isn’t asleep. medi Plus is anything but new or colorful. In fact, it is only available in beige. This stocking has been the benchmark product from medi for many years. The fabric, which never changes, is woven from 69% Polymid and a very high 31% of Elasthan. We would normally call these fibers Nylon and Spandex, however, since they are superior and more expensive versions, we’ll use the fancy names. The high percentage of Elasthan (spandex) makes putting on these garments much easier than those with a lower spandex percentage. mediven Plus is opaque, you can’t see through it. On a thickness scale of 1 to 5, we rate it at 3.5, which means it’s not too thick, not too thin, and can be worn by both men and women. What you get with Plus is an incredibly durable stocking, that is comfortable, and works.
In Plus, medi has found the perfect balance between elasticity for comfort and easy donning, and stiffness for containment. This is a stocking that’s designed for people who should wear stockings daily because of more serious venous issues. For example, individuals who have had a venous stasis ulcer, or a DVT and have been told to wear compression to prevent recurrence. Also for people with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), or lymphedema.
Another reason for the great success of Plus is the sizing system. Every stocking is available in 14 sizes. And there are many other options available, many that are usually available in only custom stockings. Wide-calf sizes for thick legs. Beaded silicone bands on knee highs for people with cone shaped legs. Leotards for men with a built-in fly, chap style thigh highs, and of course open or closed toes. The open toe models have more options available than those with a closed toe.
We’ve heard rumors for several years that medi is planning to update the Plus line. The packaging could definitely use a facelift, and would it be that difficult to add a color or two? If medi does change the stockings… the bar has been set very high. Plus stockings average a 98% positive approval rating on our website, and that’s with 10-30 reviews per style. No other high compression line of stockings is so universally praised.