There is a lot of debate about compression and it’s benefit for athletes. We log a lot of miles and do multiple back to back long distance runs. I don’t need to read a study, I believe it helps. When my legs are beat-up, I use compression to help. The thing about CW-X and Opedix that sets them apart from most compression options out there is the use of paneling for targeted muscle support. Sounds like more mumbo jumbo gimmicky tomfoolery right? All I can say is try it for yourself and see what you think.
Thomas: I weigh around 165 lb most days and am 5’11”, the medium size fit me well. There is a handy sizing chart on the Running Warehouse site. You will feel the denser Support Web™ the moment you get the tights on. I used the tights most often on the second day of long back to back runs. The muscle support gave me a little more spring in my step. CW-X products are high quality. I have had a pair of their shorts for over 5 years, they are holding up great and haven’t lost any of the compression.
Meaghan: I received the CW-X Pro Tights in a size Small. They fit perfectly; they sit high on waist and fall to mid-calf. The compression and muscle-centric Support Web™ are noticeable as soon as you slip them on. It actually feels like too much compression and restriction, as if the tights are going to make running harder. However, once you get out on the road and start moving, the restrictive-feeling turns to support. I really like the extra stability these tights provide through the hips. It makes me feel more aligned (even if it’s all in my head). They also seem to take some of the impact off of my knees, which I love.
Thomas: The tights are not cheap at $110 a pair. The seam down the center of the crotch can cause chaffing unless you wear a pair of running underwear. I usually opt for Under Armour boxer briefs as a base layer.
Meaghan: The length of these tights is a bit odd for me. I think for most people they will be 3/4, but these were more like 7/8 for me (5’4ish). I wish they were full length. You also need to make sure you line-up the support bands or you will feel all out of whack.
Thomas: If you are putting in a lot of miles, you should try the CW-X Pro Tight. Anything that can help tired legs, is pretty badass. Get over the insecurity of wearing tights without shorts over them while you’re at it. Wearing shorts over your tights is the men’s version of a running skirt. I will be reviewing a The North Face windproof, waterproof short designed to go over tights, I’ll let you know if I change my mind.
Meaghan: I can easily recommend the CW-X Pro tights to both the beginner runner or serious athlete looking for extra support. Although it may not look like it, the $110 price point is surprisingly reasonable for the quality (compared to the $225 label on Opedix tights).
“CW-X Pro Tights unite the major joints of the leg to offer optimum muscular support for activities with linear movement, such as running and Nordic skiing. The patented CW-X Support Web™ brings the hips, knees and ankles into proper alignment, reducing impact and load to the legs. The CW-X Support Web™ also creates a suspension system for the hamstrings and quadriceps, reducing workload in both the pull and push phase of the running motion. Combined with targeted variable compression to increase circulation and reduce fatigue, your muscles don’t have to work as hard over time and your legs will feel fresher.”