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X-bionic compression Tights 3/4 or long?

post #1 of 14
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Hi, I want to buy a X-bionic radiactor evo tights (I have also the radiactor shirt and is simply amazing) and I doubt between the long and the 3/4 versions. It is a compression model and the long version seems to have no seams on the shin but I´m not sure if will be uncomfortable with ski boots.

 

Long version: http://www.x-bionic.com/men/wintersports/alpin-skiing/radiactor-evo/547901/detail

 

3/4 Version: http://www.x-bionic.com/men/wintersports/alpin-skiing/radiactor-evo/547909/detail

 

I have never used tights when skiing because I have used always insulated pants but now I´m going to try with the X-bionic+shell pants

 

 

Any expreiences or recommendations?

post #2 of 14
If they're just for skiing, get the 3/4 version. You're going to need to either fold up or cut off the full length version, and effectively make it a 3/4 anyway.
post #3 of 14
And if you wear them for non skiing activities, just wear long socks. Re: your comment about seams, you never put anything in a boot except feet and socks, so it doesn't matter.
post #4 of 14

I wear long ones (CW-X) but my son (FIS racer) swears by 3/4 ones, and most of his team has followed his lead. Also work well for chilly dryland days.

post #5 of 14
Another vote for 3/4 length.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

And if you wear them for non skiing activities, just wear long socks. Re: your comment about seams, you never put anything in a boot except feet and socks, so it doesn't matter.

+1.

 

3/4 all the way.

 

Pairing them with colorful knee-high socks for non-skiing activities gains you many style points!

 

But holy cow, $234 for compression tights?

post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

here in european shops are cheaper 90 euro and are on sale now at 25%

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

And if you wear them for non skiing activities, just wear long socks. Re: your comment about seams, you never put anything in a boot except feet and socks, so it doesn't matter.

I realize this isn't the same brand as yours, but a couple years ago I did a review of the Opedix Compression tights, full length and 3/4.  Here's the difference:

 

Full Length

 

Jordan's Hair & Opedix 009.JPG

 

And after about ten or 15 minutes with my boots on.  The review is in gear reviews if you want all the details.  

Jordan's Hair & Opedix 012.JPG

 

This is why I have everything for ski gear in 3/4 length or ready to go to the sewing machine.

post #9 of 14
3/4 length tights + compression ski socks = 100% compression.

Highly recommended over the 3/4 tights alone.
post #10 of 14
Slight high jack.

I love my Opedix but lately the compression has been focused on my waist instead of my legs redface.gif

Yes I could drop 15 pounds and all will be good. That isn't going to happen by next weekend, so I'm thinking about getting compression sleeves for legs. I only wear them for my knees and already have plenty of base layer type things to keep me warm.

Has anyone had success (or not) with these? My first curiosity is if they stay in place.

Here's the Stabilyx from CW-X:

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Thanks,

Ken
post #11 of 14
Ken, I have never used the ones you reference, but on my bike I have tried the "arm warmers" and "leg warmers" that are sold for cool weather cycling. They don't work for me. The geometry of the human leg and arm works against them. Wide at the top and narrow at the bottom more or less guarantees that they're going to ride down sooner or later, unless you're doing a handstand. My two cents.
Edited by qcanoe - 1/18/15 at 10:11am
post #12 of 14

I just came back from Snowbird / Alta and I used the 3/4 Opedix Compression pants and I loved them, They made me be able to ski all day with more energy and much less knee pain, will use the every day from now on. We skied powder crud and bumps all week. Full length would be a problem in boots.

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Ken, I have never used the ones you reference, but on my bike I have tried the "arm warmers" and "leg warmers" that are sold for cool weather cycling. They don't work for me. The geometry of the human leg and arm works against them. Wide at the top and narrow at the bottom more or less guarantees that they're going to ride down sooner or later, unless you're doing a handstand. My two cents.

 

Thanks.  I'd like to say my burly calf will keep them up but I know better :o.  

 

Recently, as in yesterday, I started skiing with my knee braces again.  I was off Friday and did a race clinic for the beer league team at work.  Just before lunch I was making a railed carving run and either hooked something or put too much of something some where and next thing I know I'm sliding into home.  In the process I tweaked my knee a little.  It's the knee without an ACL, or at least "no usable ACL, but there is continuity" according to the OS.  I think I hyper-extended it a little.  Wasn't bad and was still able to ski.  Slight swelling but no weakness or instability.

 

I've been skiing with the Opedix and knee braces and it looks like the leg sleeve could be held up by the brace.  The real answer is to lose the gut but it's been going slow.

post #14 of 14

Funny, I was just deciding between the x-bionic energy accumulator-evo which STP now carries (~$94 after 40% coupon), and the CW-X Stabilyx insulator that people have been recommending for a while.

 

I couldn't find much info on the x-bionic, especially in terms of knee support, and then I noticed that the price of the Stabilyx had dropped on Amazon by a considerable amount so I went with those - in 3/4 length of course.

 

Up till now I have been using a home made support system using off the shelf knee supports and compression bands for my quads. This has served me well, but I am looking forward to trying the CW-X.

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