Comparison: NormaTec vs. Optima Sport Recovery Boots

Are you looking for a set of recovery boots and are you in the process of evaluating which brand is best suited for you? In this guide we compare Optima Sport against Rapid Reboot

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



Optima Sport Normatec
Number of programs 6 (stationary machine) 4 (battery machine) 2
Time (treatment length)
1-90 minutes 10-175
Number of zones 4, 6, 8 5
Overlaping chambers (optiflow)
Yes Yes
Turn chambers on and off
Yes Yes
Zoone boost No Yes
Pressure level
30-240mmHg 30mmHg-110mmHg
Price level
From 499
From 1.225€ 
Bag included Yes No
Battery operated
Yes can be chosen Yes
Trial period
Yes ?
Price guarantee
Yes ?
Leg length
100 cm (Z4), 110 cm og 125 cm
<71 cm, 72-86 cm,>87 cm
Remote control
Yes (for stationary machines) No (but app)
Additional products
Arm, Pants, Shorts, Lumbar belt Arm, Lumbar
Vægt 3,9 (battery machine) to 5,1 kg (stationary machine) 5,2 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

    Below I will briefly go into the points above.


    Number of programs

    All stationary machines from Optima Sport have 6 programs:

    Program A: massage

    Program B: lymphatic drainage

    Program C: recovery

    Program D: full squeeze (full pressure in all chambers simultaneously)

    Program E: program B + C alternatively

     Program F: program A + C + D alternatively


    Optima Sport battery machines have 4 programs:

    Program A: massage (one zone at a time).

    Program B: lymphatic drainage

    Program C: Pulsing massage

    Program D: full squeeze (full pressure in all chambers simultaneously)


    Rapid Reboot has 4 programs.


    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.



    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.