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Zoot CompressRX20 Votes - [41.67%]
Skins Sport0 Votes - [0%]
2XU Compression5 Votes - [10.42%]
2XU Compression Elite2 Votes - [4.17%]
CW-X9 Votes - [18.75%]
Compressport Full Legs1 Votes - [2.08%]
Skins RY4002 Votes - [4.17%]
CEP compression socks1 Votes - [2.08%]
JC Penny Girdle1 Votes - [2.08%]
Under Armour Recharge Suit1 Votes - [2.08%]
it's all a gimmick. save your money.6 Votes - [12.5%]

2011-03-18 9:26 AM

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Subject: Recovery Tights

Looking at getting a pair of full tights, input would be appreciated. Feel free to add your favorite.

 



2011-03-18 9:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
ZOOT or Skins are far superior to 2XU for recovery compression. You could also add CEP to the list. Up until last year ZOOT and CEP were made by the same surgical supply company in Germany and have the highest rating of compression of any of the tights out there. And I find they are VERY effective for recovery.

Full disclosure, I am sponsored by ZOOT.
2011-03-18 9:35 AM
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Zoot all the way. The only problem, you can't find them. Major delays right now.
2011-03-18 9:39 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

bryancd - 2011-03-18 9:29 AM ZOOT or Skins are far superior to 2XU for recovery compression. You could also add CEP to the list. Up until last year ZOOT and CEP were made by the same surgical supply company in Germany and have the highest rating of compression of any of the tights out there. And I find they are VERY effective for recovery. Full disclosure, I am sponsored by ZOOT.

Thanks for your input Bryan I looked online for CEP and could find socks but not tights so I wasn't sure they made them. I checked all the usual online tri shops but maybe I need to keep looking.

Full disclosure: My husband has a pair of Zoot tights he paid a lot for. The stirrup cut into his foot and caused sores/blisters. He no longer uses the stirrup part and just puts his foot all the way through. However, the tights fall down a LOT! He can't take two steps w/o his butt crack showing and when he sleeps in them he wakes through the night with his whole butt out. He followed the sizing, measured himself and got a size 3 but they simply will not stay up.

I have 2XU calf sleeves I like (profile pic) but when I slept in them the elastic at the top left a ring of tiny blisters at the top of my calf that lasted weeks.

I guess I'm disappointed in the options and spending over $100 is a chunk of change.

 

2011-03-18 9:44 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
Yes, the stirups can become uncofortable. I find if you adjust them around your heel when they do, it aleviates that for a time. The waist is designed to ride low as you don't want that compression across your abdomen, so the tights are like hip huggers in their cut. Despite the size chart, it sounds like your husband need to size up one, that would help with both the tightness around the stirup and the "mooning" issue.

If you want to give ZOOT another try, PM me and I can give you a discount code for their web site.
2011-03-18 9:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
thanks for the post-I wanted to look into getting a pair as well. I have the calf sleeves that I use, but am thinking the full tights may benefit me in my IM training since I am ALWAYS on the go!


2011-03-18 9:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
KeriKadi - 2011-03-18 6:39 AM

bryancd - 2011-03-18 9:29 AM ZOOT or Skins are far superior to 2XU for recovery compression. You could also add CEP to the list. Up until last year ZOOT and CEP were made by the same surgical supply company in Germany and have the highest rating of compression of any of the tights out there. And I find they are VERY effective for recovery. Full disclosure, I am sponsored by ZOOT.

Thanks for your input Bryan I looked online for CEP and could find socks but not tights so I wasn't sure they made them. I checked all the usual online tri shops but maybe I need to keep looking.

Full disclosure: My husband has a pair of Zoot tights he paid a lot for. The stirrup cut into his foot and caused sores/blisters. He no longer uses the stirrup part and just puts his foot all the way through. However, the tights fall down a LOT! He can't take two steps w/o his butt crack showing and when he sleeps in them he wakes through the night with his whole butt out. He followed the sizing, measured himself and got a size 3 but they simply will not stay up.

I have 2XU calf sleeves I like (profile pic) but when I slept in them the elastic at the top left a ring of tiny blisters at the top of my calf that lasted weeks.

I guess I'm disappointed in the options and spending over $100 is a chunk of change.

 



CEP is now doing custom compression tights and leggings. http://cepcompression.com/clone/

You need to find a shop that's been set up to do the measurements. At $290 they're not cheap, but you do get two pair for that price. I have a couple of employees who have gone through the fitting process and are waiting for their first pairs.

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2011-03-18 9:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
I've had both zoot and 2xu calf sleeves. Zoot were much higher quality material. They are also higher compression, but that's also due to me accidentally ordering a size too small. 2xu were uncomfortable with the grippers, zoots were much more comfortable. It wasn't tights, but I would guess the fit/quality would be similar. Do the REALLY work though?? This is a good question...
2011-03-18 9:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
jsiegs - 2011-03-18 8:50 AM

Do the REALLY work though?? This is a good question...


Are you referring to calf sleeves or recovery tights? There's likely a more compelling argument to be supportive of full recovery tights providing a benefit as it's simply a form of bandage wrap used in hospitals to promote healing. They also provide a benefit similar to what is acheived by soaking in an ice bath, reduction of blood flow and reduction of inlfamation. Does it make you faster? No, but it might make you feel better.
2011-03-18 9:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
Not having worn Zoot, I can't comment. But the 2XU Compression have worked awesome for me and I bought them 50% through Bonktown.com. There is lettering on the tights for Cervelo but who cares, I'm not making a fashion statement when I wear them anyway.  That's not true, it's a fashion statement just not a good one Surprised
2011-03-18 10:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
I'm gonna throw another option in here.....just to help the decision process!!

Compressport Full Legs are not a typical tight in the sense that they don't have the waist on them, they stop at the upper thigh. Think of a full length leg warmer. Great thing about this is that they're super easy to wear under shorts or pants without the discomfort around the waist. Plus you don't have to worry about the waist not fitting properly (a common problem).

It's a combination of the calf sleeves (R2) and the Quad sleeves - so you get a good compression around the calf of up to 30 mmHg.


2011-03-18 10:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

I am also in the Zoot boat.  The only other tights I tried were CWX.  I liked them but they weren't near as tight as the zoots.  I also own a pair of zoot, cep and 2xu compression socks.  I would rank them in that order.  I was not impressed by the 2xu stuff. 

All that being said, I am VERY interested in the CEP tights.  My zoot tights have worn out their welcome so I am looking to replace them.  I am eagerly awaiting the CEP reviews. 

2011-03-18 11:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

Love my Skins RY400. One of the major drawbacks to most tights is that the nether-regions get a bit warm. The RY400 solves this by including a mesh panel there as well as access should you need to go! Only wish they had stirrups (their Travel and Recovery tights do have stirrups, but less compression)

I recently tried Under Armour's Recovery tights and they seem to work as well, just not as much compression as the Skins. the material was nicer than the Skins.

Zoots CompressRX worked for me, that is to say, when the low cut waist wasnt falling off my backside. I think Zoot really needs to add a height measurement to their fittings for people like me with chicken legs that require a smaller size in the legs, but wnough length so they arent falling off.

2011-03-18 11:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

I love my zoot tights.

I use them religiously after long workouts and its cut down significantly on "leg flu."

2011-03-18 11:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

Another fan of the Zoot tights here.  I have very short legs and they STILL fall down on me.  I don't wear mine for sleeping, but I do wear them for a few hours after a hard effort and I just pull jeans on over them to keep them up.  A simple drawstring at the waist would be a HUGE improvement.

They do appear to work.  I particularly like having them for long drives after races/rides.  I put them on for the 6+ hour drive back after a tough century last summer and when getting out of the car, I was less stiff than one would expect.  The next day, my legs felt fantastic!  I was immediately sold.  These are my best tri purchase yet!

2011-03-30 10:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

Wanted to pop in and say I picked up a pair of these http://zootsports.com/spring2010/product/w-compressrx-active-tight?category=womens%2Fcompression and am very happy. They fit much better than the stirrup ones my husband has and are much more comfortable than I thought they would be.

Just this evening my 8 year old daughter said "Mommy, you should put on your medicine pants." Love it!

 



2011-03-31 12:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

I have two pairs: 2XU and Zoot.  There is no comparison between the two as the Zoots do an amazing job in only a few hours.  However, like you said the Zoots are low riding and the stirrups can be tight so I use the 2XUs when I'm at work after a hard morning workout in anticipation of another evening workout.  Other than that I put on my Zoots at night and sleep in them.

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2011-03-31 7:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights

I love love love my zoot compressRX - after getting the recovery tights I got the shorts and capris for strength workouts.

 

My other new one that does not do as much as the zoots but works for my daily life are the spanx pants - they have compression built in and they have helped me so much that it is hard to wear other pants to work now!

2011-10-23 8:41 PM
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Zoot has just released a TALL version of the CompressRx Recovery Tights!  Their distributors have them and Zoot has not even updated their own website to contain the new tall size.  I bought mine from TeamEstrogen.

I'm 6'7" @200lbs and these actually fit (barely)!  If you're tall and have an inseam equal to or greater than 34", the tall version is built for you.  I cannot sleep in them due to the stirrup issue like just about everyone else I've read.  However I can wear them all day long without an issue.  They don't fall down for me either.

Zoot appears to have listened to the demand for more length choices.  So those who tried them in the past on here, try them again in the tall size! 

Hopefully Zoot will add a couple more options for length for those who may be very short or very tall like myself.  I have had Skins for a couple years and Skins uses a BMI scheme that tends to run very tall.  The Skins compression is quite perceivably less than Zoot.

For a video review, here is a design review of the zoot compressrx recovery tights.  Aside from the technical details of the design, it discusses why you can wear them during the day just fine and then why at night the stirrup seams "dig in".  For a trick to getting the stirrups over your heels, here is a video showing how to do this in under a minute.

2011-10-24 5:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
I just go to the drugstore, and pick up a pair of compression stockings or thigh high tights (Futuro is the brand I've used). They cost < $20, and seem to work well for me....
2011-10-24 12:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Recovery Tights
I have a pair of CW-X pro tights and they work awesome.


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