TOP 13 Best Sports Compression Tights & Pants for 2019 Reviewed
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Maybe you have seen people wearing compression pants at the Gym, box, or out on the trail.
Compression tights have become quite popular lately, but why?
What are they used for, and do they work?
We will answer those questions and let you know what we think the best compression tights are made of. We will finish up with our top 13 recommendations by category of best compression tights for running, men, women, CrossFit etc.
Graduated compression wear is tighter in some strategic areas than others. This increases blood flow and flow of fluid thru the lymph nodes, allowing for a speedy warm up.
During Your Workout
Reduces Muscle exhaustion and Damage.
Compression wear minimizes vibration. Vibration causes a loss of energy. Compression wear transfers that energy back into the activity you are performing, resulting in a perceived increase ability to prolong exercise.
Improved Tactile sensation.
Wearing compression gear puts pressure on the skin surface as you move, increasing your tactile awareness of the body parts moving. This awareness improves form, posture and body awareness.
Huge Recovery Benefits of Compression Tights
Circulation – blood flow.
Lactic acid – decreasing soreness, improved circulation means more efficient clearing of lactate from the blood. Lactate is what causes the muscles to feel sore.
Recovering faster – Reduced Inflammation: Compression aids the circulatory system and system of lymph fluid to clear away inflammation. Athletes report less soreness and faster recover.
Feeling better after a hard workout – users report they simply feel good to wear after a long run or hard workout.
Reduces risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) because compression improves circulation and reduces swelling in feet and ankles.
Does Compression Gear Aid in Recovery?
Steve who heads up a Fitness blog/Vlog called Kalclash Fitness is an avid runner and has experience using compression wear. He speaks about his experience in a balanced way, without hype.
We appreciate that! Thanks Steve!
Compression Helps Loose Skin
But it’s not what you may be thinking!
Some users, especially those who have loose skin from age, pregnancies or losing a significant amount of weigh report feeling more secure and comfortable wearing compression pants and shirts.
There are rumors that compression gear may help tighten loose skin, but those rumors may be unfounded, and we could not find evidence to back the rumor up.
Benefits of Compression clothes for Loose Skin
Reduces Movement of loose skin- the athlete can focus on the movement they are performing instead of the awkward feeling of skin jumping up and down and jiggling.
Adds confidence to overweight folks or those with loose skin to perform jarring movements.
Prevents chafing- chafing and loose skin can actually be a barrier to exercise. Anything an athlete can do to be more comfortable, secure and confident while exercising is, in our opinion, worth it.
Makes an excellent base layer, lays close to body, wicks away perspiration.
My Experience with Loose Skin & Compression Clothing One of our favorite Vloggers, Jared at Obese to beast shares his experience with compression clothing.
Jared lost a huge amount of weight and became very fit. He still has loose skin in the belly and legs, and loves compression gear for the comfort and confidence they provide.
Why Wear Compression and How Do I Choose Compression Tights?
Compression level- This refers to how tight the pants are, or how much compression they offer. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the Spandex/lycra/elastane content, the more compression they have.
Some folks want strong compression, and indeed, strong compression is best for recovery.
However, not everyone wants such firm compression. Brands like Under Armour and NIKE usually have less compression.
Brands like SKINS, 2XU and Subs have strong, true compression.
Length Compression tights come in full, ¾ and Capri length. The ¾ and Capri length are not great for recovery because they do not cover the ankles and calves.
But they are good for agility movements and make good pants or tights to wear during exercise, particularly CrossFit.
Compression gear is made for either a man or a woman, but they are not interchangeable, nor unisex. It just won’t work.
Men’s compression gear is made with consideration to the groin area to fit the male anatomy snug and comfortable.
Women’s compression tights are designed and cut to fit a woman, who is curvier and has a larger hip to waist ratio.
TOP 13 Best Compression Tights & Pants Reviewed 2019
Best compression pants for running
Sub Sports Men’s Graduated Compression Tights for Running
Review: These Reebok compression pants are 80% polyester and 20% spandex, with good compression that is not overly tight. They are extremely comfortable, but run small. If you are between sizes, order up.
¾ length which on most will over the knee to mid calf. If you are tall or have long legs these will sit at or right below the knee
Speedwick moisture wicking technology
Best compression tights for CrossFit in a ¾ length, good for warm days and keeping legs warmed up.