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Is overall length consistent across sizing?...
Is overall length consistent across sizing? That is, would a small be slightly shorter than a medium? I'm considering size small - I'm 5' 11" with a slim build. I don't want to loose out on length if a small is shorter, but am afraid of a medium fitting too loose. Any thoughts?
There are very minor differences in length between sizes (about and unstretched inch). The majority of the difference is in volume and waist size.
I am thinking of using these...
I am thinking of using these baseball as I have bad knees. The question that have is do these come in rainbow for men?
We do not carry these in the rainbow color, nor do we have any orders placed for them. From searching online it looks like that colorway is not available anywhere in the rainbow for men, sorry about that.
How do these work for outdoor running in...
How do these work for outdoor running in Winter? Has anyone given it a try before?
So these are really going to be better than nothing but if you are going to be doing some cold weather running I am probably the thermal pair listed below. I personally would feel comfortable in these probably around the 30 - 40 degree mark but would probably want to start thinking about the CW-X Insulators if it got much colder.
I love wearing these tights
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I'm a Desert Storm veteran (1990-91) of the US Infantry (Huaahh!), so I have the typical desert knees. At my age, I still want to keep in shape, so I need some support in the knees and thighs. These tights are far and away the most supportive tights I've ever worked out in. As soon as I put them on I think to myself, "man, these things feel awesome." I got the 3/4 variety to wear instead of shorts to do my exercises. They're great.
I caught a thorn bush on my last run in...
I caught a thorn bush on my last run in these lovelies and as a result have some small tears in the knee. Does anyone have any recommendations for how to repair this area without compromising flexibility or making things worse?
That sucks. Unfortunately, trying to stitch these up is going to probably make things worse. The material just isn't friendly to effective patch jobs, and any real hope of the best outcome is going to be to have it done professionally. You have some options. First, if you bought them from Backcountry prior to them changing the terms of the unconditional lifetime warranty, you're still covered under the old terms...make a phone call to customer service to see if you qualify. Second option is to call and maybe send them back to CW-X to see what they can do for you. They won't be able to fix it under warranty because it's not a manufacturer's defect, but they'll give you a cost for the repair (if they can do it). Third would be to have a professional seamstress/tailor take a look at them and see what they can do. With the last two options here, if there's a repair expense involved, it's going to add up fast, so you're going to have to decide if it's better to go ahead with the repairs or just replace the tights.
Good luck. Hope this helps.
I agree with Phil, your best option is to give one of our Gearheads a call at 800.409.4502, even under our updated return policy you probably still qualify for an exchange at the very least. Otherwise if you are looking to find solutions for repair you can hit up CW-X at email@example.com.
For whatever it's worth, since they're on sale, I would probably just get new ones or wear them torn until they fall apart. Both Wayne and I would probably try to turn them inside out at some point though.
That happened to me once on another pair of tights (not from BackCountry). I took them to my local shoe repair shop. The Korean guy that owns it did a great job; not sure what he ended up using to stitch it, but it still holds to this day. I'll ask next time I'm there and post back here for you.
Very dry and confortable!
I used first time in a 16 miles treeking! Very comfortable and dry! I think in buy more of them!!
Sold on compression.
- 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...
Im 6'4" 180# and 32" waist. Medium or large?
Oustanding knee support
- 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...
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)
Best money you'll ever spend
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...
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"...
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.
great targeted support, not just pressure
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.
Perfect Skiing Base Layer
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.
Great Base layer
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.
My husband is so lucky :)
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.
Good running support
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.