We test, prove and evaluate compression effect.

Put pressure on the competition.

The booming market for compression textiles in sports and leisure applications offers a wide range of innovative products - stockings, socks, cuffs, shaping garments, shirts and leggings - that exert a defined pressure profile on specific parts of the body (e.g. torso, arms and legs).

These garments must work as advertised, fit well on many different shapes and be useful in various user situations. 

Testing compression textiles for every requirement.

Using DIN SPEC 4868, we measure specific parameters such as local pressure, pressure profile, compression category, stiffness and material fatigue.

    Numerous advantages:

    • Simplified product development
    • Independent assessment for materials sourcing
    • Objective comparability of competitive products
    • Optimal quality assurance
    • Classification of pressure values into defined categories
    • Transparent verification of claims on product features
    • Trustworthy product labeling

    Compression Testing Standard: DIN SPEC 4868:2020-11

    Sports Textiles - Measurement of Compression and Material Properties (Pressure Properties)

    DIN SPEC 4868, initiated by Hohenstein, is the first standard for compressive sports textiles (and can be applied to other, non-medical compression textiles, such as shapewear). Suppliers of compression textiles for sport and leisure now have a standard against which to improve and market products. The standard was crafted to allow product developers and manufacturers complete freedom in the design and functionality specific to any application.


    Perfect Compression Performance with HOSYcan

    Flexible testing for precise measurements

    Testing on the HOSYcan (HOhenstein SYstem + CAN bus technology) device is non-destructive and applied over the entire length of the product. Arm and leg sleeves, shirts and pants (up to 100 cm in length and 12 to 150 cm in circumference) can be tested in almost any shape.

    We also measure the recovery rate and compression after customizable periods of stretch and integrate 3D/4D scanning to evaluate the compression effect during complex motion sequences.

    The Hohenstein Quality Label.

    3rd party claim support for outstanding performance to the highest standards for quality and function.


    Use our reputation for credibility

    Meet the compression experts.

    Florian Girmond

    Christine Döge

    Medical Compression

    Textiles used in medical compression devices, bandages and hosiery must comply with extremely high requirements and come with independent proof of effectiveness.

    Certify medical compression
    Compression expert marking ankle compression sleeve on leg bust


    Ben Mead
    Managing Director
    Hohenstein Institute America