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Review: CW-X Compression Tights

Last spring I bought some CW-X compression capri pants.  At the time I was having some IT band & hip flexor issues and I figured they couldn’t hurt. 

The idea of behind compression pants for running is as follows:

Extensive studies show that wearing CW-X tights results in 26% less energy expenditure than running in regular tights and 36% less energy than running in shorts. CW-X’s patented Support Web brings the hips, knees and ankles into proper alignment, reducing impact and load to the legs. The Support Web™ also provides a suspension system for the hamstrings and quadriceps, reducing workload in both the pull and push phase of the running motion. With more efficient strides, your muscles don’t have to work as hard over time and your legs will feel fresher.

WOMEN’S 3/4 STABILYX TIGHT – BLACK/RASPBERRY(actual capri pants that I purchased)

The Stabilyx tights provide optimum targeted support to the core and knees. They’re ideal for activities with lateral motion such as skiing and snowboarding and for athletes seeking our best form of knee support. The patented CW-X Support Web™ bands together the muscles and ligaments of the lower leg to stabilize the knee and reduce vibration for increased efficiency. The CW-X Support Web™ also harnesses the midsection, supporting the lower abdominals, hips and back to channel power through the core. Variable compression facilitates circulation during and after activity, minimizing lactic acid build-up so that you can be active longer and recover faster.


I am not sure I noticed if I wasn’t working as hard, but I did feel like I has some additional strength & support in the areas were injured, which was nice.  The downfall of these pants are that they are hard to get on.  Imagine putting on a pair of super-thick hose.  I have to admit that I felt a bit like a stuffed sausage and was not quite sure why there is a drawstring on these puppies, because I can assure you that they weren’t budging!  I did also purchase the ventilator pants, but have only worn them once.  I am partial to my Zensah compression socks & don’t want to change anything right now.  After my half in 2 weeks, I am looking to experiment with the pants and possibly the CW-X compression socks.  I am a bit scared, though, as these go over your feet and my feet are very picky about socks and shoes. 

Runners…..have you tried any of the CW-X products?  If so, which ones? 

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10 comments to Review: CW-X Compression Tights

  • I've never tried these (or even knew about them!). I'd love to try a pair of capris pants that would help with my IT band problems. Would you recommend them or no?

  • I have not, but I am interested to hear what you think about them. I was REALLY hesitant about my CEP SOCKS because my feet are picky too, but I LOVE THEM! I wish I had them in all the colors so I could wear them! Were you wearing the tights Saturday? If so, you looked great in them!

    • Sara,

      Thank you! Yes, I was wearing them on Saturday! Are the socks hard to get on over your feet?


      • Stacey McDonough


        I wear the full CW-X tights right after a long run and usually keep them on overnight. My recovery from long runs has been going well, I don't know if it is because of the tights, but 5 weeks out from my next marathon, I'm not changing it! I have worn them on runs and haven't really noticed a difference in my output, but I do feel like they offer more support, especially if my ITB or quads are acting up. And you are spot on with getting them on… it's a battle, but I eventually win every time. :)


  • I liked mine… I wore them out! I reviewed them back in 2008!

  • I really like the socks (more than my Zensah sleeves cause they are thinner). I want to try the tights at some point, but I don't think that's realistic for me anytime soon.

  • These rock! I have two pairs…including the winter ones & most winter, snowy days, they are the only layer I need on my legs for running outside!

  • a1asaint

    A hint I learned from the CW-X guys at the Boston Marathon Expo booth……When you put on your tights, leave on a short pair of socks or peds… the tights will "slide" over your socks nicely. If you put them on with bare feet, they are kinda tough to get on. Line up the knee support first then pull up over the waist. Worth the wrestle!

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