2XU Women's Compression Tights



We have had the 2XU Women’s Compression Tights on test for almost three months now and our tester has been wearing them almost daily, after training and racing.  In fact, she remarked that her husband occasionally forcibly removed them and insisted that they were washed, but happily the anti microbial properties seemed to do their job and there were no comments about any unpleasant odours! 




2UX tights 

So let’s be clear from the start, the 2UX compression tight is not the cheapest on the market, but in the world of compression wear – as with so many things in life – you get what you pay for.  If you are going to squeeze yourself into compression clothing, you will want to know that it does what it says on the tin and that is to provide the compression required to enhance recovery, because let’s face it, they are not likely to be the most stylish item in your wardrobe!  That said we quite like the funky 2UX logos that make the best of the look.





What you get with 2XU is a circular knit construction, which is unique to them and gives a more even stretch (and therefore compression) than other knits.  Allied to this, 2XU use a high dernier fabric (50 dernier in fact, which refers to the thickness of the fibres used) plus Invista Lycra, which together deliver a highly compressive garment, that keeps its elasticity over time and, they claim, outperforms its rivals by a huge 40%.  We have definitely put ours to the test and there is no sign yet that they are losing any stretch, however the logos did starting to peel off quite quickly.




When you put the tights on you are immediately aware of a gentle squeeze, all the way from your ankles to your waist and the effect is quite flattering!  Vanity aside, the 2XU tights provide graduated compression, with the greatest compression around the lower leg and slightly less as you move up.  This improves circulation and blood flow to the muscles, which helps the body get oxygenated blood to the muscles.  This aids the repair of any micro tears and reduces the swelling associated with this process, whilst at the same time assisting the body in eliminating the by-products from exercise, such as lactic acid. 


The most noticeable effect of wearing the 2UX tights is that there is a reduction in post workout muscle pain and stiffness.  The technical term is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS for short) and this is the pain that you feel the day after a hard workout.  We felt real benefits from wearing 2XU tights, in terms of better recovery, although it would only be fair to say, they do not work miracles – they are a really useful piece of kit, but they are not made by Panacea herself!



Other features worth mentioning include the flatlock seams, which fit close to the body, without any pressure points or chafing, although they leave interesting patterns on your legs.  The tights also offer protection from the sun (50+ SPF) and, whilst the most common usage is to don them immediately post exercise, they can in fact be worn 24/7 (we really didn’t fancy sleeping in them as the fit is quite tight, but know that some do) and it is generally accepted that they help prevent DVT on long haul flights.  They are secured by a draw string in the waist band, but we tended not to use this, because it was rather uncomfortable if pulled tight enough to have an effect.   






Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Colours: Black
Price: £55.00



Value: 8


A great looking, women's specific, multi-functional tight that helps with training, recovery and travel.  



Tested by Janet Birkmyre


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