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    The CW-X Women's Expert Conditioning Full-Length Tights use a patented Conditioning Web technology to help muscles and ligaments band together. This two-way stretch web encircles the knee joint and offers support in the calf area, so your muscles get less fatigued during your long-distance runs. The Expert Conditioning Tights' wicking fabric keeps you dry, and flat seams eliminate chafing. A Coolmax gusseted crotch liner provides a comfortable, women's-specific fit.
    • Item #CWX0003

    Tech Specs

    80% CoolMax, 20% Lycra
    1 hook-and-loop
    Recommended Use
    running, fitness
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    Tried and True

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    I purchased these several years ago, and they've pulled me through numerous cool-weather runs, 10ks, and half marathons. I love the compression in these tights, and the size is very forgiving. I was an XS when I bought them, now I'm almost a M, and I haven't had to purchase a new pair. I machine wash them and hang them to dry. Though the lettering has long since peeled off, they look fantastic and will last a couple more years.

    Great race tights

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    As someone that suffers tightness and cramping in my quads and hamstrings, CW-X capris have always been my life-saver. I decided to race a marathon in their tights to see if I will recover faster, and experience less tightness throughout my legs, and sure enough I did.

    Great compression tights

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS

    True to size. It is tight enough to support the muscles. I used it for steps climbing and my legs are not tired at all.

    Great tights!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I ordered compression tights because I thought they might help with a chronic hamstring strain when running. I love the tights. They fit true to size. I am 5'2" and 107 pounds and ordered an XS. Even though they are a little harder to get on than non-compression tights, it is not a big deal. I'm not yet sure I will get any therapeutic benefit out of them, but I love the way they feel on. I would definitely order more.

    great pants!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm 5'5", 140 lbs, athletic/ muscular legs and the small fits me perfectly. I typically wear an XS or S and didn't size up. They fit great and were very comfortable for a 3+ hour run in the heat.

    Awesome tights!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I normally wear a size XS so I sized up to the size SM in these compression tights and they are the perfect fit! I am a big fan of the support these expert tights provide, I have noticed the difference in muscle fatigue since wearing these tights running. Tip: put these on light panty hose, helps slide them on your body quickly. The fabric is very wicking and breathable. I love the fabric feel, it's very comfortable against my skin. A little pricy but worth the support!

    Love em!

      These are the first running tights I have gotten and I am in love. For long runs they are great. The fabric is super breathable and the seam stitching doesn't cause any uncomfortable rubbing anywhere. I do notice a difference in muscle fatigue and from when I run with these on. You might be a little leery of their sizing chart- they know what they're talking about. I will definitely be checking out more CWX products.

      Great tights

        I use these for everything from running to hiking to mountaineering to skiing (fits great under a race suit) and even biking (when I need that extra layer). Definitely run a bit on the small side, but you want them to be compressive in fit, so this is alright.

        Like other reviewers are saying,I'm not sure how much these pants are actually stabilizing anyting, but the compression feels really good on long workouts.

        pretty awesome pants

          i thought it'll be too tight when i first got it . But man , this pant is really comfortable and warm.
          i used it to run mostly , I'm not sure how much the knee thing actually works.. i had knee surgery 6 months ago. it didn't feel like it actually making it more stabil but the compression feels good.

          If you've never tried them, you should

            I bought one pair of these for my wife before buying these from as she would get sore and tired after longer ski runs. After the first day, she skied stronger, faster, and didn't complain of the soreness she had felt the day before. I haven't used them for running, only for skiing and it does seem to decrease the lactic acid build up in the leg muscles. You can still get tired but not fatigued like you may without them.
            I won't say it makes me 10 years younger but I will say, I don't ever feel like I need to rest because of tired or sore legs.
            I also recommend if you're between sizes, go with the smaller as the tighter compression worked better for me.

            Didn't work for me

              I'm 5'9 and 135 lbs with longer thighs than calves (by a bit- think t-rex style) and the compression pattern just didn't line up for me in the medium size. They looked a bit like a 'short-pant' on me. I also had issues with the pants trying to slip down. They were returned.

              Didn't work for me

                I'm 5'9 and 135 lbs with longer thighs than calves (by a bit- think t-rex style) and the compression pattern just didn't line up for me in the medium size. They looked a bit like a 'short-pant' on me. I also had issues with the pants trying to slip down. They were returned.

                Love the tights!

                  I am 5'8" and small-medium build and the small size fits very well. There has been a little bit of trouble with the waistband slipping down a bit, but tied tighter, that problem goes away. They are warm, but not too warm, and comfortable. They are my first pair of running tights and I couldn't be happier.

                  Great tights

                    I've had these for a year, and they are really great. But sometimes I need to pull them up because they slide down. There is also the problem of bunching around my knees, especially when I'm running. If you are skeptical about compression leggings, give these a try and you might just change your mind.

                    love love love these tights

                      what else it there to say? I usually wear knee brace(s) on my knee(s) - depends on the day.. i found there is enough support with these that i dont have to wear the braces - which slip or if on too tight leave velcro burn.. my legs feel like I could run even more miles than I have.. my longest run with these tights was a 9 miler, and my legs felt like they could have done more! If only I had had more time that day! I also like they "color" so much better than plain black.. gives it a kinda "kooky runners" look - my kids tell me they make me look fast!! these are definitely in the "training schedule" rotation of running gear for my next marathon - most likely race day tights, too!

                      Very happy

                        A little work to put on and especially take off after a long run! I wear them in 25-50 degree weather and have been very happy with them. The price on this website is great. Well worth the $ and now I just want a pair of 3/4 and maybe one for colder temps. I have always liked tight tights and these are by far the best I've found.

                        I am 5'7" at 130 lbs. a lot of height in...

                        I am 5'7" at 130 lbs. a lot of height in legs, do I go with a small or medium to accommodate leg length?

                        Hi Jennifer-

                        Did you already settle on a pair? You can actually go either way on the size. If you have strong legs and quads, I would recommend the medium. If your legs are skinny, then I would recommend the small. But honestly, either size would work for you. In the small, you would just have a slightly larger gap between your ankle and the bottom of the tights. Good luck!

                        I'm 5ft 125 lbs can you help with sizing? I have skinny legs and carry all my weight in my tummy. I had an xs in the ventilator and they are discontinued (sad - they were great) I can still wear them, but think they may be a little to snug after winter weight gain, but if I lose any weight I'm certain the xs is they way to go. Guidance on sizing would be helpful. The biggest difference I notice is length. They sit just above my ankle now at 125 lbs whereas they sat over my ankle at 117 lbs.

                        So. These babies sound great but, I'm 140...

                        So. These babies sound great but, I'm 140 and 6ft do I go for a M or L?? I don't have insanley long legs for my height so I just want to make sure I'm thinking the right size.

                        Basing everything on the men's I'lll say that I would judge it on your waist. If you have a wider waist by measurement, I'd go with the large as the waist band may seem too tight in the mediums. If you consider yourself to have a narrower waist, then go with the mediums. As for length, I have the mediums in men's and am 6' and these would be fine for me if I was 6' 2". There's enough length pre stretched and then stretched.

                        With these tights. I am 5'6", 104lbs. I...

                        With these tights. I am 5'6", 104lbs. I am in between an XS and S. Height wise I fit in the small size. Weight wise I fit the XS. What option should I select to fit me properly, provide support, and keep me warm....

                        After reading all these comments I almost...

                        After reading all these comments I almost feel more confused than before! I am 5"7, and weigh 136 lbs, and therefore fall inbetween the S and M. If I want to ensure maximum support for my knees, would I be best to go for the S?

                        I 6'1 and 170lbs. Would I be better off...

                        I 6'1 and 170lbs. Would I be better off getting the men's version of these tights or would the largest women's tights be better?

                        Hi msrunner- Based on your height and weight, you are probably just out of the range for a women's Large size in the CW-X Support tights. Size XL will be available from CW-X for women, but not until next season. So for now, my recommendation is to try the Men's size Large. My wife is almost the same exact ehight and weight as you and she wears most of her weight through the hips core area. She likes the way the Men's size large fits her. I hope this helps.

                        I fit into the womens large (5'9", 180lbs)...

                        I fit into the womens large (5'9", 180lbs) on chart but I am concerned about the rise. I am curvy and have on longer rise/ high waist, will these work for me?

                        Best Answer

                        I believe they will. I am 5'4" and got the small. The come up to my natural waist and have a draw string to keep them there. These are not "stylish" low rise tights. They are great running tights that supply extra support to the knees. I found it hard to believe that clothing could add extra bounce to my step, but I'll be darned if these tights didn't do just that! I just finished my second ski season using these as my base layer ans I am very happy to report that A.) They have held up perfectly and B.) No injuries!


                        One other option is to look at the Performx Tight by CW-X. In the Performx tight, it is not as crucial to align the knee area. So you can fit the tight higher or lower on your waist if needed. The function and support is very similar to the Expert tight you are looking at. Size Large is correct, and because the tights stretch very well, they should fit a curvy figure no problem. Good luck.

                        I weigh 157 pounds and have a 34 inch...

                        I weigh 157 pounds and have a 34 inch inseam. I want to use these for warmth and support for downhill skiing. What size should I buy and are they the right tight for skiing?

                        Best Answer

                        You fall into the medium category: just to let you know, these tights are TIGHT. I'm 5'6" and 135-140lbs and I have the mediums and it's a struggle to get them on, but once you do, they are worth it. As for wearing them skiing, depends on how cold you get and whether or not your snow pants are insulated. CW-X also has the Insulator tight that is designed for cold weather use that I use for snowboarding.

                        I'm going to be training for a marathon...

                        I'm going to be training for a marathon in weather from -20c to 0c, would these tights be warm enough for that?

                        Would these be warm enough for running in...

                        Would these be warm enough for running in 30-ish degree weather? Do they resist wind at all, or are they intended solely as an underlayer?

                        Best Answer

                        I wouldn't opt for these tights to keep you super warm. If you like the look and muscle support of the CW-X, opt for the CW-X Insulator Stabilyx Tight instead. Another option is the Sugoi MidZero Tight. For super cold days (colder than 30* F) go for the Pearl Izumi AmFib.

                        Does anybody know what the inseam is on...

                        Does anybody know what the inseam is on the S & M? I'm 6', 135lbs and I'm thinking I need a small, because Medium would be too big. I wear pants w/a 35" inseam...