I was given the chance to try out the CW-X Women’s Pro 3/4 tights. Here is what their website has to say:
“The CW-X Pro Tights unite the major joints of the leg to offer optimum muscular support for activities with linear movement, such as running and Nordic skiing. The patented CW-X Support Web™ brings the hips, knees and ankles into proper alignment, reducing impact and load to the legs. The CW-X Support Web™ also creates a suspension system for the hamstrings and quadriceps, reducing workload in both the pull and push phase of the running motion. Combined with targeted variable compression to increase circulation and reduce fatigue, your muscles don’t have to work as hard over time and your legs will feel fresher.”
CW-X produces well made, high quality apparel. Quality comes at a price but can often be found on sale. Even though the CW-X sizing chart indicated I was a medium, the large felt more comfortable. I find a 3/4 length tight is highly versatile and, with the exception of sub zero weather, can be worn almost year round. CW-X also has shorts, tri-shorts and full length tights as well as support bras. Their different lines such as Stabilyx, Insulator, Pro and Ventilator provide different levels and targeted areas of support. Based on my discussions with a representative from CW-X, I felt I was best served by their Pro line.
Initially I liked the snug fit and had high hopes for how they would feel while running. This is the first piece of CW-X clothing that I have worn and I really REALLY wanted to love these tights. First few wears were on some short runs and I had no complaints. I felt zippier while running and, whether real or perceived, my legs didn’t feel nearly as tired as usual afterwards.
The more I wore them though, and the longer the run, I noticed that the seaming, particularly at the crotch, started to irritate me. It got to the point where I couldn’t wear them. The seaming is a pretty integral part of the CW-X product with the panels of meshing placed where compression is most needed. I get that the seaming is inevitable but the placement was far from ideal for me. I have come to the conclusion that their products are not for me, at least not while running. However, I will be trying them as a base layer while skiing this winter. Maybe I won’t notice the seams in the cold! (Note that the tights are actually solid black. The two tone in the picture just illustrates the paneling.)