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Reduces all sorts of aches and pains after long runs. Super fast recovery. No longer have knee pains or shin splints. No need to use knee support while I run. Love these tights. Will be buying a second pair for sure.
Je connaissais déjà ce type de collant alors je peux vous dire qu'il était parfaitement conforme à mes attentes. Pour la taille, il faut suivre la charte, mais s'attendre à ce que ce soit compliqué de rentrer dedans quand même... et c'est normal ! C'est vraiment moulant et gainé, mais ne coupe en aucun cas la circulation du sang au contraire. Je le trouve génial pour prendre l'avion par exemple ou faire du sport longtemps ou même rester debout toute une journée. Le seul détail pour lequel j'enlève une étoile, c'est la bande élastique à la taille : elle mériterait d'être plus épaisse, ça finirait mieux la silhouette (là on a le muffin-top qui déborde... même quand on n'a pas de muffin-top ! lol) et rendrait le collant encore plus confortable.
I've been eyeing these for a LONG time now and I finally got them. Worth every penny. Great quality and the support is significantly more noticeable than any other pair I have. It took a little longer to put them on the first time but that was it. Second time was easier. I'm around 140lbs with thick legs and glutes but short at 5'2" so I got a size small and it's perfect (27" waist, 41" hips).
UPDATE*** I have run in these for a couple months now and they have gotten less tight. Maybe I have gotten skinnier, but I doubt it. After maybe 5 washings, they started to feel pretty comfortable. I now wear them about 5 times a week without an issue. So if you get these, wash them a few times (but don't put them in the dryer) and see if that makes them feel less like they're trying to hurt you.
I have also since tried the less-compression stabliyx version and ended up returning them. The size M was too loose on me and the crotch slid down when I ran. Not comfy.
I run a pretty good amount - around 40 miles a week with a weekend long run in the 13-15 mile range. So when I was at a race and a woman was wearing these leggings with crazy stripes, I asked her if the compression strips actually worked. "Oh yes", she said, "I can run longer now without getting sore." Well, that sounded awesome to me, so I bought these.
First - putting them on. I suggest that you do some stretching first so you don't get hurt. I am 5'7", 135 pounds, and shaped like a straight line (this review is for a size M). I have to wear a belt with jeans or the fall off my non-existent butt. These leggings slid right on until I got to that non-existent butt. That last 18-inches took several minutes to pull on. These things are *tight*!! But once I got them on, there was no way they were going to slide around or sag. Yea for no sagging! The compression strips also fit exactly where I expected, and I really did feel like the leggings were stabilizing my knees.
So having won the battle of the butt, I took my leggings out for a run. It was chilly but not cold - about 45 degrees - and they felt warm enough that I was comfortable but not hot. I was expecting that the compression would feel like a hug around my legs while I ran. And they did! Super comfortable and zero knee soreness at all (something I usually experience because I'm 46 and that's how knees work). However, after about 5 miles I began to realize that the gentle leg hug was also coming with a vice grip around my waist. Seriously, the waist on these leggings is SO TINY that it was cinching in a good 2 inches all the way around my waist. And it is not at all elastic. The waistband has a drawstring (dear lord I have no idea why) and appears to be made of the least stretchy material they could find. I tried pulling the waistband up high, and then it gouged at my ribs. I pulled it down low and it terrified my bladder so much that I had to pee (side note, do not take these off to use the bathroom while running because I have no idea how you would ever get them back on).
At the end of a 14-mile run, I felt mildly nauseous and had an angry red line where the waistband had been. On the plus side, without even trying or noticing, I had broken my previous PR at that distance by over 7 minutes and felt much less sore than I usually do when running slower! So while it is possible that the effect was entirely mental, I'm pretty sure there is something to the compression zones here. By the evening after my run, I felt great and not at all sore. But I also felt a bit terrified to wear them again due to the waistband experience.
I'll probably try some other brands or styles and see if I can find one that does not have the Victorian corset thing going on at the waist. Or maybe I'll try and modify these. Because other than the waist being so tight that it hurt, these were super great!
I am 5'10 and about 160 lbs. I ordered the large at first. While it was comfortable and good compression in the hip area, I really didn't feel anything except minor compression in the other areas. I went to a local running store to try them on and realized that while the Medium is uncomfortable at first, is what I needed. I got the Medium in the mail from Amazon and it was perfect! You do need to shake and shimmy a bit to get them on....but it's worth it. If you feel they're too tight then I would suggest trying a lesser compression from CW-X to start with. Then once you're used to that, try these again. I plan on wearing them almost everyday. I did just purchase another CW-X tight to wear when I'm not going to be doing as much walking/physical therapy. (Rotating tights helps increase lifespan bc elastic breaks down overtime!) BG: I have almost 0 muscle tone thanks to a hEDS-degenerative connective tissue disorder. I'm using these as a medical need in hopes to retrain my muscles and joints. I don't currently use normal muscles that humans would use for walking, running, sitting, standing. I need to retrain everything! While I've only worn them once so far, I was able to walk for longer and I had 0 pain afterwards. Usually I feel like my knees are disconnecting and have to hobble home. They did make my hips feel a little weird, but I have a feeling my hips are out of alignment and these are trying to make it go back to natural posture. I'll update if anything changes! PS: I also look good and feel sexy/stylin in them! Just a plus ;)