Are you looking for a set of recovery boots and are you in the process of evaluating which brand is best suited for you? Then this guide might help you. This guide will look at Normatec (pulse) vs. Optima Sport Recovery Boots.

The answers to the points in the comparison can be found on the product pages and in the manuals for each product and it is based on the technical specifications, so the comparison is made with a desire to be as objective as possible.

Optima Sport vs Normatec (pulse) 

Optima Sport
Normatec (Pulse)
Number of programs62
Time (treatment length)1-90 minutes10 – 175 minutes
Number of chambers4, 6, 85
Overlapping chambersYesYes
Turn chambers on and offYesYes
Zoone boostNoYes
Pressure level30-240 mmHg30-110 mmHg
Price509£, 609£, 699££890
Bag includingYesNo
Battery operatedNo (It’s coming)Yes
Trial periodYesNo
Price guaranteeYesYes
Leg length100 cm, 115 cm<71 cm, 72-86 cm,>87 cm
Leg circumference70 cm, 75 cm66 cm, 74 cm, 76 cm
Remote ControlYesNo
Supplementary productsArm, lower back/hipArm, Lower back/hip
Weight5,1 kg5,2 kg

The clear differences

On many points, the two marks resemble each other. However, some areas stands out. This is especially:

  • The number of programs
  • The number of chambers
  • Zone Boost
  • Battery powered unit (NormaTec Pulse)
  • Pressure
  • Price

The number of programs

All recovery boots at Optima Sport have 6 programs:


Program A: 1 chamber massage at a time

Program B: Lymphatic drainage

Program C: massage with 2 chambers at a time

Program D: recovery (full pressure in all chambers at the same time)

Program E: program B + C in the cycle

Program F: program A + C + D in the cycle


At NormaTec Pulse you get 2 programs (also called massage patterns). The massage pattern can be set to NormaTec Pulse or Sequential.

The number of chambers

Optima Sport offers three kinds of boots; 4, 6 and 8 chambers. The number of chambers will influence the flexibility that can be achieved in the boots as each chamber can be turned on and off. At the same time, the pressure will feel a bit larger the more chambers selected.

Normatec boots has 5 chambers.

Zone boost

NormaTec offers their so-called “Zone boost” which means that during a treatment you can increase the intensity of a single zone by pressing a button. Zone Boost will add 60 second extra massage time and 10 mmHg increased pressure, in the zone that is active.

Battery powered unit (NormaTec Pulse)

The NormaTec pulse has a battery-powered device, which can be an advantage if you want to have your recovery boots with you to competitions or other events, where it can be difficult to find an power outlet. In terms of convenience, Optima Sport offers a remote control for our recovery boots. Right now Optima Sport is in the process of developing a battery-powered unit, which is expected to be on the market at the end of 2018.


Max press in NormaTec is 110 mmgh and in Optima Sport recovery boots of 240 mmgh. It is, of course, individually how much pressure a person needs

Carrying bag

At Optima Sport you get a carrying bag for your recovery boots. This is not the case when buying a set of Normatec Pulse boots.


The crucial difference between NormaTec and Optima Sport compressions boots is probably the price difference. At the time of writing, NoraTec Pulse in Denmark costs £890, which is £191 more than the top model from Optima Sport.