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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