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I used first time in a 16 miles treeking! Very comfortable and dry! I think in buy more of them!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have 3/4 CW-X tights and have skied in them several times. I am 56 and started racing in high school. Last season I road biked 2000 miles pre-ski season. This year, work kept me fat and desk bound.
I think the compression is even more important for untrained muscles and turned the clock back a few years regarding recovery time. It also does seem to hold off fatigue. I find that leaving the pants on is helpful as to recovery and sometimes I sleep in them when I have gone on a day trip.
The 3/4 sizing is great also because it avoids the seem pinch where the long pants are compressed in the boot or the discomfort from pulling them over the boot top. TNF has insultated 3/4 pants which I wear over the compression pants on very cold days. I am looking at the insulated CW-X also.
I have huge legs and have been prone to cramping all the way back to when I started racing. This is a great product.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm not convinced. If you need tights, wear tights... if you need shorts, wear shorts. These make me either too warm or too cold. Giving them 3-goats b/c construction is bomber! I'm 195# size 34 and wear mediums just a little tight.
Im 6'4" 180# and 32" waist. Medium or large?
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought these for endurance running in the heat of the Saudi desert. The knee support is unbeatable and truly stabilizing. However, this 'benefit' comes courtesy of the supportive coolmax material, which is simply too thick to stay cool. For extreme hot weather running, the SKINS 3/4 compression tights are much cooler and still supportive.
I am 5'7" and weigh in at 172 lbs with a 33 waist. Want to buy 3/4 but not sure to go with a small or a medium. Any help? I live in southcentral PA.
CW-X suggests sizing up if you're between sizes. If your legs are on the skinnier size, go with the small. If you're more muscular, get the medium.
Oh, wait...you live in south-central Pennsylvania. That changes everything! (not really)
These are a must-buy addition to any runner's collection. I am not usually one for gimmicks or fly-by-night trends and was a little apprehensive given the steep price for what look like normal tights.
I don't think I could live without these honestly.
The fatigue I feel during runs is lessened by 75% as is the recovery time I need after long runs. The unique bands support both main muscle groups of your quads and wrap strategically around your knee to provide just enough support where runner's need it most.
Other reviewers have noted that they are long in the torso - true. They have to be pulled up snug or else the crotch droops and causes chafing. I have not experienced any issues with the quality (i.e., tearing seams) and I have worn them 3 times and washed twice.
I was so impressed after my first run that I went out and got the CW-X Pro Shorts. Love them too!
Has anybody used these or any CW-X product cycling? I'm afraid the compression might be too much for the top end of the crank arm rotation. Any thoughts or experience? Thanks.
Jordan, I tried them on a bicycle and after a few miles they were pulling on me and felt uncomfortable. They are great for running but I personally did not care for them on the bike. Others may have different thoughts.
For starters, these are very comfortable. They work well for me for those in between days - too cold for shorts but too warm for full length tights. I like the support too. I don't know if its me or not, but CW-X sizing is a little weird for me. I guess I am in between small and medium - these 3/4 length are fine in small, but the full length tights in small ride low, and the full length in medium seem to have to be pulled up to my armpits...
o.k. another sizing questions: I'm 5'10" and 155.... a cyclist with strong but not huge legs.... small or medium?
Mediium for certain. At 5 ft. 10 inches and weighing 155 lbs. a small would really be inadequate. Go for the medium. Hope this helps.
Good Luck. Jeff Levin
Yes, medium would be best for you.
These have amazing support for their weight. Because they go up pretty far, a bit above the waist, they really hold your back steady and the crisscross seams stabilize your knees perfectly. But what really surprised me was how they managed to compress my hamstrings and quads while still being perfectly comfortable (as compared, say, to Under Armour compression tights, which I find uncomfortably tight, yet less supportive because the support's un-directed, just pressure). I'm fat-ass out of shape but these tights felt so good that I ran intervals in them, which normally would mean hobbling soreness for days. But with these, the next day, presto, I felt fine. For really hot weather, I like the ventilated stabilyx shorts, but the 3/4s aren't roasting--yesterday was in the low 80s and I didn't overheat. Oh, and I would recommend going a size smaller than you think you need: they're quite stretchy except in the target zones. The chart has me as a solid medium (5 9, 165) but trying them on at the Backcountry store in SLC I liked the tightness of the smalls and I'm glad I went that way.
I absolutely love these tights. I purchased these after getting the full length insulated tights because I loved the support and stabilization I got but grew tired of having the sock/tights overlap at my ankle inside the boot. So these were a perfect fit. Sometimes the bottom creeps up the claf and the knee cross-section drops a little lower, but these are worth every penny.
I use these tights as a base layer under my ski pants as well as rain pants and so far they are doing the job very well. My main concern was how well they would sit above my ski socks, staying out of my boots but as close to the top of the socks as possible to minimize cold spots. For me, they sit pretty much perfectly above my ski socks and, more or less, stayed there throughout the day.
He's lucky, because I bought the first pair for myself and loved them. After he saw me being so happy with these he wanted a pair as well. So I got him the 3/4 length ones and he is just as stoked about it as I am.
The size is true. In other words, if you usually wear an XL you want to get the XL. These are tight and that's the way these are supposed to be. Also, when you pull them up, pull them from the bottom, not on the waistband.
I decided on the supportive 3/4 tight for a few reasons:
a) Started to develop a knee condition with all my running
2) It's getting colder so I need the extra layer below
d) I didn't want the full tight and need something under my running shorts.
After wearing them a few times I am glad I got them, the tightness around my knees feels like it's helping and I haven't experience soreness while wearing them. I'm 5'9" 160 lbs and the medium is perfect for me. I live in the Puget Sound area and I don't feel like I need anything warmer than this even in winter for my lower half since it rarely gets into the 20's here.
Digression: I've recently switched gears so to speak for running theory and am going to try a barefooted approach soon, we'll see how it goes.
Never thought I would ever run in tights, until I bought these. Great for the cooler days and I dig the 3/4 length. I'm 6'1 and med. fit great.
I bought CW-X tights to replace my old pair of climbing tights. They did pretty well overall, but they didn't hold up well to the rock's abrasion, and my home rock is pretty smooth quartzite. The seams turned fuzzy and then two small holes formed.
Now, they work fantastic in the gym. I manage an Anytime Fitness and operate as a personal trainer as well, so I need a good pair of tights that support my busy muscles. CW-X tights excel in that category. They are not too hot, support my legs well, and the thicker fabric keeps my privates somewhat more private.
These tights are a great baselayer - they keep you warm, and offer a good level of compression. I really like the 3/4 length for skiing - no issues with boots. I have used these in brutally cold weather with just shell pants and stayed reasonably warm.
At the age of 52 and 270 Lbs, my doctor advised me to walk 3 miles a day. That was over a year ago. Since then, I have logged over 1000 miles on a hi-tech rubber running track in both the CW-X Stabliyx 3/4 and Full length compression tights.
When I first began the program, I experienced shin splints. Following that, came slight knee pain and finally calve cramps when the air was cold and damp. Doing a bit of research, I had discovered the benefits of compression tights holding one's self together while exercising.
I started with the XL size full length tights through last Fall and Winter, recently I ordered the XL 3/4 length tights for Spring and Summer. Basically, the CWX tights allowed me to continue walking without all the pain while I toughened up. Even during Summer evenings though, I have gone back to the full length to help ward off calve cramps.
Today, I compete three miles in under 45 minutes (as opposed to well over 20 minutes when I started). This Spring, I have added wind sprints to my program. My doctor loves my progress.
I tell everyone this:
1.CWX Compression tights are great for blood circulation in lower extremeties
2. They protect the knees very well
3. Muscles stay warmer
4. And they look awesome
These tights are great for running & I presume skiing as well. I have a full length pair of tights that I have been wearing skiing. I'm returning to running, a bit of a challenge at 50 with a torn cartiladge in one of my knee's. These tights deliver as promised. they keep my legs & knee's warm and provide the additional support I need.