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Leg and Knee Support Tights

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,
Did anyone see the article in the New York Times about a week ago on the new reinforced leg and knee sports tights developed by an avid skier in Colorado and an orthopedic specialist? The product is called Opedix and is expensive ( around $200 for one pair of long tights) that apparently is similar to compression underwear but much better, especially for the knee, because it contains embedded leg and knee reinforcements that reduce injuries like ACLU. The website (Opedix.com) is impressive. Anyone have any experience with the product? thanks!
post #2 of 15

use search bar, there's a lot of threads here. They even gave away some in a contest here.

post #3 of 15

I was one of the lucky winners of a pair and have used them for two full ski seasons.  I have a meniscus tear in one knee.  I have had absolutely no knee pain while wearing them.  I can't say that I would have had any without them as I have not skied without them since I got them.

 

They also have held up very well, over 125 ski days and no fraying or tears or pilling.

 

Very happy with them.  If you buy them be very careful to get the correct size.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Mango. Can you tell me your height and weight and waist size and the size tights you have?
post #5 of 15

I have a pair of Opedix tights that I have mostly worn for running.  They seem to offer pretty good support, move with me well & allow me to stay out a little longer than I would without.  I have only worn them skiing a couple of times when it has been single digit temps., as I usually only wear a very light baselayer.  They are very high quality with great attention to detail. 

I am 5' 10" 160lbs.  waist is about 32 or 33 & I am wearing the medium.  They seem a tad on the short side (I also have about a 32 inch inseam), but I think that may be part of the design.  I would go larger before I would go smaller. 

post #6 of 15

Medium.  5'9  175lbs, 33-34" waist.  They are supposed to fit fairly tight, which they do.

 

I find them fairly warm as a base layer, I did not get the winter model as I wanted to use them year round.  Length is perfect for skiing.  A bit tight around the waist, but not uncomfortable.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks again, Mango.  Do you mind a few follow up questions?  As a user, do you feel the Winter version might be a little too warm (I would use them exclusively for skiing)?  I'm also a little larger in the waist...about 34-36 and my knee circumference is 16.5 - 17. So, I'm thinking a large might be better, right?  Does the knee area really feel supportive or is it more like an embedded ace  bandage? And did you say would got the 3/4 length? Do you feel it is a little on the short side or about right?  Thanks for your patience and help!

post #8 of 15
I've got a pair of the Opedix, and I'm not all that happy with them. They have a seam on the bottom that sits right on your shin halfway up the boot, so there's a pressure point there. The knee support feels pretty good, but only when they are centered on your kneecap. Being fairly tall (6'5"), either the waistband and the knee criss-cross are never in the right spot. Since the knee support has a better grip, the waistband is invariably going south. You can leave the lodge with everything in place, but after a couple of runs I'm left with that low-hanging feeling. Warmth is nice, about as good as a pair of long johns, just not as soft.

So go large if you can.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

 Being fairly tall (6'5"), either the waistband and the knee criss-cross are never in the right spot. Since the knee support has a better grip, the waistband is invariably going south. You can leave the lodge with everything in place, but after a couple of runs I'm left with that low-hanging feeling.

 

You haven't put suspenders on them yet?

http://www.epicski.com/t/124129/ski-ups-snow-suspenders-they-work - I mentioned semi-compressive midlayers in that thread but should have also mentioned full compression garments.      The knee grip is usually so good that there's no way for the compression to ride up above the knee, even with the added pull.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

Tell me Cantuna,  did you but the 3/4 lerngth or the full length?

post #11 of 15

3/4

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post

I've got a pair of the Opedix, and I'm not all that happy with them. They have a seam on the bottom that sits right on your shin halfway up the boot, so there's a pressure point there. The knee support feels pretty good, but only when they are centered on your kneecap. Being fairly tall (6'5"), either the waistband and the knee criss-cross are never in the right spot. Since the knee support has a better grip, the waistband is invariably going south. You can leave the lodge with everything in place, but after a couple of runs I'm left with that low-hanging feeling. Warmth is nice, about as good as a pair of long johns, just not as soft.

So go large if you can.

 

I mentioned this in the other thread, about cw/x, that the Opedix never fit me very well through the waist. Too low. I'm not sure they would actually fall down, but I sure don't want snow (or cold air) coming into my lower back.

post #13 of 15

Very busy at work, I did not buy the 3/4 length.  It is tight fitting, but not like an ace bandage, it's like support athletic shorts, but full length.

 

Opedix has a sizing chart as I recall and you could call them to discuss these questions, they were very helpful with me.

 

Good luck.

post #14 of 15

Years ago I had tried the 3/4. They were sized correctly but were brutally tight around my knee to the point of significant discomfort so I returned them.

 

I did also get the back support tee and that has been great. I actually sleep in it when my back flares up and occasionally play golf in it.

post #15 of 15
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I mentioned this in the other thread, about cw/x, that the Opedix never fit me very well through the waist. Too low. I'm not sure they would actually fall down, but I sure don't want snow (or cold air) coming into my lower back.

Hey, seems to work for the boarders.

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