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I keep hoping cwx tights will work for me so I've tried several styles now. They all have the same problem: the waist does not stretch. These are no exception. There is a wide piece of elastic sewn into the waist, which has very little give and the waist opening is already very small. When I try to pull these past my hips, I'm afraid the seams are going to burst. It is ridiculously hard to do. Why is there no give to the waistband? These are labeled as women's tights but it seems like it never occurred to the manufacturer that hips could be wider than the waist. It's like they are made for stick figures.
If I could replace all of my running gear with compression tights, I would. They are amazing. I am 5'7", 135 lbs, and I ordered a medium. They fit very well; the knee bracing comes over my knee naturally; they are a tiny bit shorter than my usual long leggings, about an inch above my ankles. Doesn't bother me, just a comment on the fit to help you decide the size you need. My only complaint with the fit was a tiny bit of rubbing on my left upper thigh near the groin area, but I think pulling them up/ensuring they're seated correctly on my hips will alleviate it. Even if it doesn't, the tights are great enough that I'll keep wearing them. I am training for a marathon and ran 11.25 miles in them last Friday (accidentally, it was supposed to be only 10 miles...these tights were instrumental in that last mile). The temperature was about 36 degrees and minimal wind; my legs felt warm the whole run. I usually deal with some dull knee pain in my left knee past mile 6 or so, but I didn't feel it at all in these tights. My hips felt very supported the whole time, and I think wearing them seriously alleviated a lot of the stiffness and soreness I usually feel after a long run. I did not notice any of the sheerness that is mentioned in other reviews, but when I stretched in them I could see how that might be a concern if you really stretch the fabric. I wore shorts over mine because I run on a base, but in a different environment I would be comfortable wearing them without shorts. They are not comfortable to sit around in, but that's what I expected with compression tights. I would highly recommend them for running or other outdoor activity; I would not recommend them for a workout in the gym, they're a little too constrictive for that. In my humble opinion. I am considering buying another pair.
I really wanted to like this. I have hypermobile joints and pain when walking and this was my last resort.
I usually wear a size S and I ordered a S based on their sizing chart as well. I am not a tall person but it runs more like an ankle crop than full length tights. Also, the waist rise is really low. The perfect rise for a muffin top. It squeezes the lower end of your hip bones painfully unless you let it ride even lower. It was hard to align this to my knees because while I don't have extra long legs, somehow the knee patches did not line up without me feeling like the tights were falling off of my hips. If I pull it all the way up, the knee patches would go up past my knees. Maybe whoever designed this thought a size Small means Short Legs? So in order to line up the knee patches, I had to pull the leg holes up higher like an ankle crop and also pull down the waistband like a low rise hipster pant. They should have labeled this Extra Short instead of Small.
Funnily enough, while it's super short, it's also not super tight either. I can barely feel the compression effect. I can somewhat feel the band on the outside of the knee, which I take as a good sign of it nudging my hypermobile joint into place, but that's all I can feel. Not feeling the taping effect at all.
In conclusion, it's weirdly short but also kinda loose, super low on the hips to the point of falling off, while also painfully tight in the waistband to create a voluptuous muffin top.
It's a cool looking piece of clothing to be sure, but if I had known it would be like this, I would not have spent 90 dollars on it.
I love these!! Excellent compression, perfectly sized, and they’re super cute! I’ve had several compliments in just the first two days wearing these. I have EDS and POTS and these help me a lot. Can’t wait to get another pair! Only downside is these are expensive...but they seem worth it. For reference, I followed the cwx size chart and it was spot on.
I have had pain in my R hip for more than 2 years from muscle and tendon tears and the pain interferes with walking, sleeping, sitting, standing. I now wear these only for my walks and in the mornings when I get out of bed. They are supposed to be snug and this particular legging is helpful for torn muscles. Believe me, when you have chronic pain that interferes with the quality and movement of your life, buying this legging is worth every penny. Not a regular legging, I consider this brand to be medical.
I wear these tights to run, and I was surprised how much support they gave my hip and knee. One thing everyone needs to be aware of is the hip measurement. Amazon does not include a hip measurement chart, and this is extremely important. Go to the official web site for these tights, and pay attention to the hip measurement. I am 5'3", and weigh 121 lbs. If you just go by height and weight, I would have bought a small; yeah, well, good luck trying to get into a small. I measure 37 1/2 inches around my hips, and I bought the medium. Very glad I chose the medium. Had enough trouble getting into the medium, and probably would have pulled out every joint in my body trying to get into a small. Order the bigger size, and you won't have to return them. These tights work well, and the price on Amazon is great.
I’ve been a dedicated CW-X runner for years. Some of my first pairs of tights are still in rotation after nearly 10 years and many miles. That’s why I’m *super* disappointed in the design change that leaves out a crotch gusset or appropriately placed seam. I’m not sure how it’s possible to wear these tights in a size that’s tight enough to confer the benefits of the targeted compression and actually run without being incredibly uncomfortable. This is the second pair (different style) that I’ve had to return in the last year for this reason. Please fix this design flaw CW-X!
It works well to decrease EDS pain and provides a decent level of compression (I’m a bit too small for the size XS). Better compression when they are correctly sized I am sure. The built in KT tape is great for stabilizing my EDS joints. Felt pretty good once on.
The negative was how much I subluxed finger joints struggling to put the pants on. The strong abdominal panel (designed to stabilize etc) pushed on my abd too much if IBS/ SIBO/ endo severely acting up. Also it pushed on my iliac crests (pelvis) too much, increased pain and rubbed many layers of skin off area despite using padding material.
Improvement would be to have foot strap to keep compression around ankles and keep pants from riding up and not providing decent compression at ankle too.
I wear a small according to their size chart. Without getting the small size pulled all the way up, I knew it was futile. I returned for a medium. The legs fit, but as an older woman, the waists still small and uncomfortable. 5’3, 125lbs. No way I can wear them during exercise, but I believe they help with recovery
As a certified personal fitness trainer and running coach, I truly believe compression is helpful to performance and muscle recovery. CW-X is the only brand I buy. Yes, they are more expensive than other compression brands. However, they are the real deal. Other brands, to me, just feel like slightly tighter exercise tights. CW-X truly makes your muscles feel supported. They are worth the money and last a long time. Other brands wear out much faster because they're not made a well. I think you will really like these if you buy them.