Well, I finally broke down and decided to purchase my first pair of tights since 2006. I take care of my running gear so the three pair I bought back then have served very well and are used often as I my night runs are usually a little cooler.With my recent knee issues I thought it would be a great time to try out the CW-X tights I have been thinking about since our information session at the beginning of the 2008 season. I went in on the weekend and browsed over the selection, finally deciding on the Insulator Expert Tights as they should offer more warmth (hence the Insulator) and I shouldn’t blow the kids X-Mas budget on my own gifts (Expect $118 rather than Pro $136).
So now I have three decent length runs (10k,14k,14k) in these bad boys and I am kicking myself for not purchasing earlier. These are only the intermediate level tights but my legs stay a lot stronger for so much longer than usual. I have already seen time improvements without pushing the pace as my form is so much better coming down the stretch than it has been.
Although, my knee was one of the big reasons I wanted to try them out, I am more amazed at the way my quads and hammies are performing late in the runs. I know the special knee lock design are helping but I think it is an overall form improvement that is keeping everything in line that makes the most positive impact to my recent running.
My one knock against the purchase is that I think I could have gone with the Regular Pro tight with more support than the Insulator Expert (same price) as I do not really feel much warmer than my old, regular tights I had for 2 years. The Insulator tight is suppose to have special technology to spread the body heat and keep things warmer but I have not felt any warmer than usual.
I would recommend CW-X tights if you want to perform better on the run.