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I call these my "magic pants". It's a long story, but these tights are the only reason I was able to even begin running. I had knee problems and vein problems that made walking painful. I figured there must be a solution. These tights are the solution. I have since run numerous marathons, and last year even qualified for the Master's National Championships...and that is ALL because of how excellently the Stabylix does what it claims to do. As far as the drawstring issue--I cut them shorter and use a match to seal the ends. No more over-long draw-string, and no fraying. I DO wish they made them in a "Long" version, because I am all legs, but I wear black socks under them in the winter and forget about it.
I have also worn these for rowing and cycling, and Crossfit workouts.
THE CW-X WOMEN'S STABILYX RUNNING TIGHTS ARE GREAT! I WEAR THEM UNDER MY SNOW SKI CLOTHES FOR SNOW SKIING AND THEY GIVE MY LEGS AND KNEES A LOT OF SUPPORT. I WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH MY KNEES AND NOW THEY DON'T HURT ANY MORE. I ALSO WEAR THESE TIGHTS FOR HOT YOGA. THE TIGHTS HELP STABILIZE MY MOVES AND THEY GIVE ME SUPPORT WHILE DOING THE MOVES. THE TIGHTS ALSO HELP SUPPORT MY LOWER BACK. I THESE ARE 5 STAR TIGHTS AND THEY ARE WORTH BUYING.