The Stabilyx tights provide optimum targeted support to the core and knees. They're ideal for activities with lateral motion such as skiing and snowboarding and for athletes seeking CW-X's best form of knee support. The patented CW-X Support Web™ bands together the muscles and ligaments of the lower leg to stabilize the knee and reduce vibration for increased efficiency. The CW-X Support Web™ also harnesses the midsection, supporting the lower abdominals, hips and back to channel power through the core. Variable compression facilitates circulation during and after activity, minimizing lactic acid build-up so that you can be active longer and recover faster.
|Best For:||Joint Support, Knees, Hips/Core|
|Fabric:||80% Coolmax®/ 20% Lycra® 4-way stretch body fabric|
|Fabrics/Materials:||80% nylon, 20% lycra® 2-way Stretch Conditioning Web™|
|CWX Stabilyx 3/4 Tight||$88.00 - $90.00|
|CWX Insulator Stabilyx 3/4 Tights||$84.99 - $104.95|
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 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.
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!
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.
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...
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 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.
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 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 used first time in a 16 miles treeking! Very comfortable and dry! I think in buy more of them!!
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.