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post #31 of 42

I have been using the CWX tights for two years now and they do help reduce leg fatigue and keep you warm. They are very well made as well. I am still using the first pair that I bought in 2009 with no apparent loss of elasticity. Well worth the price.

post #32 of 42

The A400 skins are a bit of an improvement on the originals (now called the 200 series). They fit a lot better, made of 5 different types of material now, and are slightly tighter overall. Waistband is better as well. I always wear 3/4 length icebreaker tights over the top skiing as I don't find the standard summer skins that insulative when it's cold. Moisture wicking seems = warmth wicking too?

Size wise I should be a small according to their chart but it's too tight up top so I'm in a medium. 6ft but only 145 pounds so unusual I guess.

post #33 of 42

You might also want to try 2XU compression, these are actually tested by the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) and also Australian University, RMIT.

 

They do graded versions of tights, recovery, active, performance, but the elite version is by far the best, they also make a 3/4 size tight so you don't have to tuck them into your boots.

 

Also note you don't wear them just the during the day, also wear them afterwards, and if necessary sleep in them. This aids in the recovery.

 

Anyone who says compression is a myth only needs to ask any doctor about medical compression.

post #34 of 42
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You might also want to try 2XU compression, these are actually tested by the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) and also Australian University, RMIT.

 

They do graded versions of tights, recovery, active, performance, but the elite version is by far the best, they also make a 3/4 size tight so you don't have to tuck them into your boots.

 

Also note you don't wear them just the during the day, also wear them afterwards, and if necessary sleep in them. This aids in the recovery.

 

Anyone who says compression is a myth only needs to ask any doctor about medical compression.


2XU is in my opinion equal to CWX, only 2XU is slightly more expensive.

 

post #35 of 42

I have a pair of calf lenght CW-X. They are definatly made. I brought them here: http://www.onebelowzero.com/cw-x-mens-insulator-stabilyx-3-4.html

 

They have a women's option as well.

 

I completely rate them. The are great, 10 times better than the skins product I used to run in. I've not tried opedix though... so can't comment on that.

post #36 of 42

I have both CWX (insulated and non insulated) and Opedix. Both do the job of keeping the knee in place. They are not a replacement for the muscles though. Keep it in mind.

 

However, I personally like insulated CWX feel on the skin better than Opedix and thus I tend to grab CWX when hunting for the underwear in the morning... Non insulated CWX has a "cold" feel and I use it mostly for biking on the cold Nor Cal summer days.

 

Bottom line, I'd go for CWX.

 

Cheers,

 

cfr

post #37 of 42

I've had a couple of pairs of the CWX 3/4 length insulated tights for 3 seasons.  They were a little pricey, but well worth it.  They still look brand new and they keep me warm.  I'm not necessarily sold on the support / recovery angle, but I'm very happy with them even if they provided no benefit in those areas.

post #38 of 42

I have used CW-X for a few years, and I do like them. I had two pairs, and when I bought a third I realized how much the elasticity in the first two had loosened. Since I was in the market again, I tried on some Opedix. The support in the leg was fabulous, but the waist was really low compared to my CW-X. I tried on a larger size, and it still was way too low for me. I do have kind of a high rise measurement, so I realize this is specific to individuals, but it's something to watch for if you are using them for skiing. (Snow down the back isn't fun)

post #39 of 42

I'm reviving this thread with a couple of questions.  My husband and I both have knee issues, but have never tried compression tights (we both wear Ace knee supports when skiing, although these tend to ride down the leg or bunch up, so not hugely effective).  It sounds like the Opedix would have the best knee support, are there any others (preferably lower priced) that would have similar qualities?  Are there any new products or manufacturers that have come into the picture since 2012?    Thanks for any & all comments. 

post #40 of 42

Have used Opedix for 2 years. No knee pain with. Big pain without.

post #41 of 42

I purchased Opedix, 2 pairs, but the posts say that all brands work. I certainly feel less fatigue at the end of the day, and now I hardly ever ski with my normal long underwear.

 

Last month, I wore them on a long plane flight! I had strained a hamstring (playing Ping-Pong) a week before traveling to Beijing -- 12.5 hours from San Francisco. Because of the muscle injury, I had minor edema in my leg, extending below the knee to my calf, and was worried about sitting for that length of time. They helped.

post #42 of 42

I've been using Skins for what must be close to a decade, often sleeping in a clean pair after a big day.  They make a huge difference in combating fatigue and next day muscle soreness.  I only have to ski a day without them to see what a difference they make.  I don't suffer from the cold much so simply wear the uninsulated models all the time.  In really Arctic weather I might wear a pair of thermals over them but that's pretty rare.  Leave them on for a minimum of an hour after skiing and the longer you can wear them the better they work.  I've tried a few different brands but always come back to Skins as they are effective and comfortable, provided you are picky about getting the correct size - hint, if in doubt always err on the smaller size.

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