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2XU Compression Tights - Men's

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Minimize recovery to maximize training and race performance.

The 2XU Compression Tights are identical in every regard to their higher-dollar Elite Compression Tights with only one difference: The Elite version is made with 70 Denier fabric at the calves and hamstrings, and 50 Denier everywhere else. In comparison, the standard Compression Tights use 50 Denier fabric throughout. Given that most cyclists have their worst soreness in their quadriceps muscles, paying more for extra compression in areas of secondary consequence might not make sense, and for those folks these Compression Tights are a great choice.

Just like the Elite, the Compression Tights have flat lock stitching to prevent seams from abrading your skin, and the graduated fit at the calves give you the perfect amount of compression without over-squeezing your legs as they taper down to the ankle. Thanks to the way in which 2XU's circular knit provides compression in all directions of the fabric (not just in the up-and-down and side-to-side manner of most 4-way stretch fabrics), you'll get increased blood circulation, improved venous return, and decreased muscle damage and fatigue done by intense training.

Tech Specs

50D Invista Lycra
UPF Rating:
Recommended Use:
training, racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart


Men's Compression Shorts/Tights
Height 4ft 11in - 5ft 7in
(150 - 170cm)
4ft 11in - 5ft 11in
(150 - 180cm)
4ft 11in - 5ft 11in
(150 - 180cm)
6ft 1in - 6ft 5in
(185 - 195cm)
4ft 11in - 5ft 11in
(150 - 180cm)
6ft 1in - 6ft 5in
(185 - 195cm)
4ft 11in - 5ft 11in
(150 - 180cm)
6ft 1in - 6ft 7in
(185 - 200cm)
5ft 1in - 6ft 1in
(155 - 185cm)
6ft 3in - 6ft 9in
(190 - 205cm)
5ft 1in - 6ft 1in
(155 - 185cm)
6ft 3in - 6ft 11in
(190 - 210cm)
5ft 3in - 6ft 1in
(160 - 185cm)
Weight 88 - 99lb
(40 - 45kg)
99 - 120lb
(45 - 55kg)
120 - 155lb
(55 - 70kg)
130 - 155lb
(60 - 70kg)
144 - 188lb
(65 - 85kg)
165 - 188lb
(75 - 85kg)
165 - 220lb
(75 - 100kg)
200 - 220lb
(90 - 100kg)
210 - 255lb
(95 - 115kg)
230 - 255lb
(105 - 115kg)
242 - 280lb
(110 - 125kg)
268 - 287lb
(120 - 130kg)
287 - 309lb
(130 - 140kg)

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Avg. ride time: 2h 45m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Comfortable, great for recovery

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These are super comfortable and what I wear under my shell when snowboarding. They provide great support for my legs and joints for long days on the slopes. Sometimes I use them for recovery as well afterwards and help keep my legs fresh for consecutive days. After dozens upon dozens of days using these tights, they don't seem to have lost much of their compression.

Really cool tights

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: S

To recovery or to perform exercise this ones feels great. Compression is really good, not sure if it just my idea but I feel more resistance when moving so I love them

Just buy them!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Don't let these sit in your wish list debating if the money is worth it! You won't regret it! Iv used them for the cold and the hot days. Mostly OCR and trail runs. They are tough frantic and will not fall apart, the lettering falls off instantly. But no holes or anything even in all the tough terrain. This might be in my head but I feel like these pants do help me recover faster and run longer and just overall perform better then without them! Don't take my word for it just buy them and see for yourself!

awesome product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

i really love the quality of 2xu. it makes me feel better after a run. though still prefer my old 2xu that comes without the drawstring :) lesser material for chaffing.

Avg. ride time: 1h 59m per week
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no great benefit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I've been wearing these guys for a couple of weeks during the night after hard workouts and rides. The compression in the calf area seems pretty good but apart from that I don't find there is much compression for the upper leg. At this price point I expected something a little special to be honest. I am 6ft and 170lb and the medium fit well

Awesome for Recovery!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I really liked these compression tights from the moment I tried them on. Running & Compression tights are almost always way too long on me (I'm 5'3") and I'm happy to say that I think these are a perfect length for anyone between 5'-5'7". These are perfect for recovery and I look forward to using them at my first Ragnar next weekend!

These are great for recovery.

    I like these for recovery from long rides or wearing on runs. The fabric quality is top notch and though I was skeptical at first, I'm a believer in the use of compression clothing for recovery

    Do these pants have a drawstring?

    Do these pants have a drawstring?

    I am 6' 1" and 160 162 pounds what size I...

    I am 6' 1" and 160 162 pounds what size I need for 2xu elite compretion tight

    I am 6'4" 180 and I wear a large. If you are that much smaller at 6'1" I would recommend the mediums.

    I am 6' and around 160lbs. I got the M and they are a good tightness for compression pants but they are a little short- I would get MT next time.

    187cm, weight 72.5-74.5kg. I went with the chart and got ST. Compression works.

    I am 6'2" and 185 lb. with a 34> waist...

    I am 6'2" and 185 lb. with a 34> waist - should I order the tall medium or large?

    I am 6'4" 180 and I wear large 2XU bottoms. That size will give you the right amount of compression with out being to tight.

    Winter is coming to upstate New York! ...

    Winter is coming to upstate New York! So, some heavier attire is needed. How are these 2XU Compression Tight for the cold? And how do they run in size? True to size? Small for size? Etc.???

    Hi Jim

    I realize this posting is a little late relative to when you asked it, but since you are interested, I feel I should point out that these tights are not what you are looking for as cold weather riding gear...

    True, you CAN ride in them, and in fact they are made to increase performance as well as recovery, but these are not designed to be warm clothes.

    I myself am from Connecticut and so understand fully the need for appropriate attire. I would recommend something along these lines:

    Hope this helps, and don't forget to use your compression tights for recovery!


    These are not for cold- they are not for hot weather but I'd prefer them in hot weather as the fabric breaths well and stays cool. Also these are better for recovery than riding. For riding in Denver winters I like a pair of cold weather tights I got at Performance with built in chamois.

    Fantastic recovery tool

      These babies are the reason I can do a 2.5 hour hills workout on a Saturday, and hammer with a group on Sunday. I'm known by my friends as a true believer in compression wear, and have been known to wear these for extended periods (during a 22hr road trip to a race, for example). I am not 100% sure on the science for these things, but they work. REALLY WELL. They feel absolutely incredible after a hard workout. I would not recommend wearing them while working out; I tried doing that, and it felt like I had to work against the compression. I've never paid the full price for a pair, but they are worth it if you are serious about recovery and being able to work out at your best.

      I am 6'3, 32 waist. Will the mediums fit...

      I am 6'3, 32 waist. Will the mediums fit me the way they should, and will they be long enough? Or will I look like I am wearing man-capri's, and not provide optimal compression benefits?

      Hey J Weiss,
      I know its been a while since you asked, but I think I can help you out with your question or for anyone else with the same one. I'm about 6'1 with a 32 inch waist and I would definitely go for the mediums, mainly because I have pretty skinny little legs and the goal here is to get the tights, well, nice and tight. Don't worry as much about the length - you look silly in them no matter what. It is probably best to pair these with a pair of socks or, even better, some compression calf high socks, so that will take care of any problems with being a bit short.

      Avg. ride time: 4h 21m per week
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      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

        Great post ride

          Got these going into this year's cross season. Seem to me working after the first two races. My legs feel much better on Mondays this year then they did last year. Make sure to actually check the 2XU website for the correct sizing.