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CW-X designed the Men's Insulator Expert Tights for sweat-inducing winter activities like Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and winter running. These legs covers also provide extra warmth and wicking power for alpine skiing or ice climbing. You can wear these tights as a base layer in frigid conditions or on their own in more moderate weather.

  • CoolMax fabric wicks moisture away from your body to help you cool down faster
  • Strategically placed Support Web fabric helps stabilize your muscles and reduce fatigue-causing vibration
  • UV-blocking technology protects your skin from sun exposure
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  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

I feel like the sizing is accurate, and the tights are comfortable initially. Unfortunately, I find that they migrate south during activity and pull my underwear down with them creating an exposure problem that becomes uncomfortable, especially in colder weather. They end up being very low waisted over time. As for the compression aspect, I don't find them any more therapeutic than standard tights, which are much more affordable. I would not recommend these and suggest that you purchase standard tights instead.


  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The size chart is accurate. Getting in and out of it isn't easy, but that's expected since it's meant to be tighter than wool leggings. The crisscross knee support system has the effect of straightening your leg. This is intended to make it easier when stepping up (e.g., stairs, climbing, etc.) so that there's less pressure on the knee during the motion. But I now feel my damaged knee more when I stand or walk because the straightened position somehow counteracts whatever coping mechanisms my body developed in the standing and walking positions.

That is, when your knee is damaged, my doctor tells me that you naturally develop a posture and a walk gait that lessens the pain. Usually, this includes a slight turn in your torso towards the injured knee and putting more weight on the uninjured leg. Somehow, this device confounds those coping mechanisms so that I feel the knee again (like I did when it first started to bother me).

I don't know whether feeling is a good thing or a bad thing. I suppose more pain is fine in noncritical moments of movement if that means pressure is taken off during critical moments of certain movements.

It's stranglely warm and breezy at the same time. You can feel the air flow, but it also retains body heat. It's not like a scuba suit though (which works by trapping water against your body so that your body can warm it). The air circulates fairly easily. So I imagine windy days might be cold. If I can update this after a windy day, I will.