Before my marathon I bought a pair of CW-X tights. I bought them on my own free will…(IE: I’m receiving no payment and this post is not sponsored).
With flying to a goal race, I wanted to keep my body as compressed as possible (like if you open a can of Pillsbury dough boy bread and the dough explodes out). That level of compression was probably a good idea we ended up traveling 14 hours.
Moving on, I am 5’8 and 130 pounds. I ordered the small and it fit as it was supposed too. It wasn’t too comfortable but they aren’t supposed too be. I have to be honest though, they held everything in place and made my legs look better then the standard black legging. I actually think I might buy a plain black pair for that reason. They fit extremely well.
The compression itself is good. I felt like my legs received a lot more blood flow than if I wasn’t wearing them. My calves are normally extremely tight so I’m very particular with my compression. I felt as if these gave enough to butt, hamstring, IT band without being uncomfortable.
After the race, my entire left side was tight (hip, hamstring, IT band) and I felt like it held it into the correct place. Mentally I felt a lot better with the compression tights on. My IT band gets pretty tight so I felt like these compressed appropriately. I think wearing them after the marathon is a big reason my legs are recovering quicker than I expected.
Running in CW-X Leggings:
I took these out for a few shorter runs before my race. I could notice a difference in my runs when wearing them. Similar to wearing compression sleeves or socks while running, you feel less fatigued. My quads, hamstring and upper IT band felt less fatigued than it normally would.
I didn’t chafe or overheat in them. A few pairs of leggings cause me to chafe or they are not comfortable to run in. This is not the case with the CW-X legging. They breath well and they are a comfortable legging to wear around. They aren’t the most “fashionable” but comfort over fashion.
The cost of the CW-X legging is $105 but I do think it’s worth it. I’ve spent 90 dollars on Oiselle, Nike and Lululemon leggings that have no compression. I think they are worth it if you are looking for full leg compression.
I would highly recommend if you are looking for compression leggings to give these a try. I would also recommend if you are looking for a legging that also makes you look great I would give these a shot as well. I think CW-X leggings are well worth their price and I would recommend them to any runner (injured or not). They have a few fun patterns out that I am debating myself.
I do believe they live up to their claim of less fatigue and faster recovery.
Questions for you:
Have you tried compression tights before?
Have you ever had IT band issues?