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Compression Tights, Compression Shirts, Crash Pads - Good Idea or Overkill ?

post #1 of 22
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What are peoples thoughts on compression tights and shirts during skiing to prevent soft tissue injury ? Do these work in keeping the muscles. tendons and ligamnets "in place" where they belong, and therefore help prevent some injuries or at least prevent some soreness ?  Also, I've read that they help reduce induced muscle vibrations and therefore cut down on fatigue, any thoughts or experience on this ?  There are also compression garments that include padding (Crash Pads)  - I can see where they would be useful for park & pipe riders, but for a 47 yr old  average skier, sking mostly frontside, nothing too extreme, worthhile or overkill ?
post #2 of 22
$.02:

compression tights work but are  a  beeyotch to take a leak in.    maybe you could wear a 'recovery' pair like lance does with sox.

compression tops for skiing - not proven useful to me and flipping annoying to wear imo.   If I was working a jackhammer all day I'd wear one fersure.

compression socks rock for apres-ski.    Get 3 dozen pair, wear them on every flight too.
post #3 of 22
Mayhaps a couple of sesions in the gym a week would yeild a better result.    They would probablly make us all look better in tight fitting turtlenecks though.
post #4 of 22
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   They would probablly make us all look better in tight fitting turtlenecks though.

  And nov is der time on Schprokits ven ve dance...
post #5 of 22
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 Originally posted by Stranger:
Mayhaps a couple of sesions in the gym a week would yeild a better result 


I hit the gym at least 5 days per week, play hockey at least once per week, bike, ski etc - however; the age factor kicks in and anyhting that can prevent those annoying  muscle / tendon pains and hopefully prevent more serious injury would definitely help.

post #6 of 22
ILOJ, doff my helmet to you on your workouts.  Not meaning to insult, am just a bit surly for not getting in any summer turns.  That is a mean schedule. 

I only see the sweat shop 3-4 times a week and there is no hockey here, but I'm old. 
post #7 of 22
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All in good fun !
post #8 of 22
Don't you wear compression shorts for hockey?
post #9 of 22
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Don't you wear compression shorts for hockey?
 
 

Yes, I do - mainy because it has a built-in cup pocket !  Also wear compression bike shorts for bike riding (sometimes).  I just never wore any full length (or short) during skiing.  I'm just wondering if people feel whether it makes any difference or not ?  Sounds like you think they may make some difference.  I don't think they make any that 'compress' enough to make me look better though.
post #10 of 22
 My wife got a pair of compression tights for cheap and said that she liked skiing in them.  I haven't tried it myself.  A few people in the locker room got the fancy skiing version and say they like it.
post #11 of 22
4 years using compression tights. They work.
post #12 of 22
I like my CW-X Insulators for both skiing and winter bike riding. You'll see them pop up on Steep and Cheap every once in a while, and it's a fantastic price for micro-fleece compression wear. They definitely do dampen vibrations, and just like wrapping with bandages, any bit of compression that limits the outward expansion of muscles will transfer that power to the longitudinal direction, where you want it.
post #13 of 22
I picked up the CW-X tops on SAC.   I don' t like the tops, they are just too tight.  But I would like to try the bottoms. 
post #14 of 22
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   I don' t like the tops, they are just too tight.

That's the interesting thing about Underarmour compression tops:  I used see a lot of peeps wearing them just like ordinary T-shirts so a guy with a 42 chest would be wearing XXXL.      Underarmour wized up and started offering loose fits.

Anyone wear a fleece-lined kayak rashguard for skiing?

Question for anyone who might know:  I was watching some Australian rules football and noticed what looked like compression bandage undershirts:  the shoulder and sleeve area looked like a bandaging X with two circles under it?

What's that all about?
post #15 of 22
I'm a runner.  I run a lot.  50 - 70 miles per week in all weather conditions.  Last year, I ran 1865 miles and 4 marathons.  When I started going on regular ski trips a few years ago, I packed most of my technical running gear, including some light compression tops and bottoms as base layer garments. 

Then, last year, I was looking for some compression / recovery tights like the tour bike riders wear.  I specifically wanted them for the 14 hour flight between DC and Doha, Qatar. 

I found these:

http://www.skins.net/us/en/default.aspx

I picked up a pair of the travel and recovery tights and a pair of athletic tights to wear on cold winter days for running.  The price was a little $$$, but I liked them and they seemed to work as advertised.  They do make snow specific garments.  I found out that the only major difference is that the snow ones are lightly fleece lined.  I picked up a pair of those and took them on mutliple ski trips to Tahoe, Mammoth and Utah last season.  I was very pleased with their performance and only chose not to wear them on the hottest of days.
post #16 of 22
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Question for anyone who might know:  I was watching some Australian rules football and noticed what looked like compression bandage undershirts:  the shoulder and sleeve area looked like a bandaging X with two circles under it?

What's that all about?



 


Most likely for shoulder support to reduce rotor cuff and supra spinata injuries (after taking high marks and crashing to the ground).  BTW, aussie rules players have been using Skins (or similar) compression tights for training for years.
post #17 of 22
I've got the CW-X's like Oreo.  They are definitely warm, shifting to too-damn hot if you are skiing hard.  They feel good when I first put them on, but my 50 year old knees never know the difference once I get going.  I do have a problem with them being too short (me 6'5") and the waistband is about mid-cheek by noon the few times I've worn them.  So either I shift them so the X's don't line up with my knees, or the waistband don't line up with my waist.  At that point - - -  what's the point?
post #18 of 22
Hah, I've got the opposite problem! (I'm 6'0" with apparently abnormally short thighs.) When the knees line up, I either have to roll the waist or look like Steve Urkel. 

I really do like them, though, despite that fit issue, and I think it's just a matter of finding which size is the best for your body type. The CW-X's are definitely the most cost-effective that I've found!
post #19 of 22
+1 for CW-X tights. I haven't had to wear a knee brace (the neoprene kind) since I started using them. I also thing that the Under Armour cold gear mock-T is the best base layer I have worn yet. I don't however walk around the lodge in just my compression gear, and I wish that certain others wouldn't as well. Under Armour and the bulging belly is not pretty....
post #20 of 22
Help me, my CW-X's are too tight!
post #21 of 22
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+1 for CW-X tights. I haven't had to wear a knee brace (the neoprene kind) since I started using them. I also thing that the Under Armour cold gear mock-T is the best base layer I have worn yet. I don't however walk around the lodge in just my compression gear, and I wish that certain others wouldn't as well. Under Armour and the bulging belly is not pretty....
 

Uh, yeah, +1 on not wanting to see dudes walking around the lodget showing off their base layer compression wear.  :D

I tried a couple of days last year without wearing my knee braces (same kind that you're talking about, basically neoprene wraps for extra support) and noticed that I was just a bit achy at the end of the day.  I think I can go without braces when just cruising with my kids, but for multi-day trips of first chair to last chair hard charging, I still need the extra support.  The good news is they can't chaf up your knee area when you put them on over the compression tights.
post #22 of 22
I've been using them for 2 years now and I love them..  When U get older they seem to help with fatigue and just make your legs feel stronger so you can ski harder and longer...  I have both CW-X and Opedix,  I prefer CW-X...  Both work well....
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