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*** UPDATE *** These feel better the more I wear them, and they also seem to wash very well.
This is only after wearing these for a single run, so take from it what you will...
I've been running for about 6/7 months and have several pairs of running tights, although none of them are proper 'compression' wear. After completing my first 10k and feeling pretty sore afterwards, I decided to treat myself to these, well aware that they were about three times the price of any of my existing tights. The 2XU size guide states that I should be MEDIUM, but I decided to contact 2XU directly by e-mail and get them to confirm. Sure enough, based on my measurements (6ft, 79kg) they agreed that a MEDIUM would be correct. Apparently, the 'tall' version of some of the sizes equates to a higher rise in the waist and an extra 1.5 inches on the legs.
The first thing that struck me is how tight they are. I have a couple of pairs of compression socks and these are as tricky to get on as the socks are. The ankles are really small and pretty difficult to get over your heel but once done, the rest is easier. I read on a running blog that the first time people wear compression clothing they assume they need the next size up, which is a mistake. I have to admit that I was almost ready to return these for the LARGE before reading this (and many other articles confirming it). Once on and adjusted, they're extremely tight but not uncomfortable (quite the opposite, in fact). The material is stretchy - and almost feels that you have to stretch it too much in order to the tights onto your legs - but is fairly thick and doesn't seem that it would easily tear or rip. There's huge debate in running circles over whether men should wear shorts over the top of running tights. Personally, I don't wear shorts over the top because it's (A) stupid, (B) uncomfortable, and (C) my choice what I wear and nobody else's concern...the thick material of the 2XU tights means they're definitely not see through and it's thick enough to smooth out any unnecessary bulges rather than accentuate them, if you get my drift. The road's a track, not a catwalk. That said, I make sure my running top is long enough to ensure I don't accidentally give any old ladies heart attacks (LOL).
2XU add an antibacterial agent into the material which they state keeps them 'fresh' for longer. The product label even goes as far to say that there's no need to wash these after every use. I only ever wear my running tights for a single outing but I have to admit that after last night's run (a 7.2k slow run in about 15 degrees C), they do seem to be still fresh out of the box. I'm taking this on trust and shall be washing them after every 2/3 runs to begin with, and see how I get on. On the subject of washing, the care instructions sate (once you've managed to decode all the symbols) that they should be machine washed on a delicate/wool cycle of 30 degrees and left to dry naturally. When I wash mine, I'll also be reducing the spin speed as an extra precaution.
Like I said, one swallow does not make a summer so only time will tell how good these really are but first impressions are excellent. My 7k run in them last night felt great and to be honest, I didn't want to take them off after I'd got home - joking aside, the general recommendation is that you keep any compression wear on for at least 30 minutes after exercise so it can work to reduce muscle soreness and aid recovery.
Oh, and they also come with 1yr warranty. What's not to like?
I purchased Medium Tall, I'm 180cm, 80 Kg, they fit perfect. These are compression tights, they take some work to get on properly but it gets easier to get them on the more you wear them, not because they stretch, because of proper technique (see below). They have a snug ankle cuff that keeps them from riding up. The tie on the waistband keeps them from slipping down. If you have trouble getting them pulled up I suggest a pair of compression donning gloves (ribbed rubber gloves). Use gloves to slide and work the tights up your legs, it works great and they stay in place. The material wicks sweat away from your skin and evaporates quickly. I hand wash and hang them to dry and they easily dry overnight. After over a month of daily use they seem to be standing up well.
6'3'' 225, 34 inch waist, XL's are too small as I can barely get them over my hips, which are small. The compression is consistently too tight the entire length of the pants. I felt like I was wearing my son's size. I would suggest going one size larger.
These are very comfy to wear on lower body and back days but now I wear them at the gym on every workout day. Can’t imagine training in anything else. There squat proof and I don’t need to wear shorts over them. I usually wear a thong underneath for additional support. Wash these on cold gentle cycle and hang to dry and these will last for a while.