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Gear Review

4 5

Effective, but oddly sized

The 2XU Compression Tights are surprisingly effective at reducing muscle fatigue. Calibrating against how I usually feel at various speed/heartrate/cadence combinations, my legs felt stronger during and after the ride. Though they feel like a lightweight tight out of the box, they insulate more like a mid-weight. Felt perfect while riding in upper 40 degree temps with a 10-15 mph wind.

My only complaint is that despite the cycling logos and branding, the cut seems more tailored to runners. The rear of the tights kept sliding down throughout my ride. Since they are unpadded, I wear them over my cycling shorts – the only thing that prevented a drafty situation and plumber’s crack. Never had that problem with any of my other tights. The drawstring is helpful, but a little more fabric or a grippy waist band would be useful