Did you notice I’ve been wearing the same pants on all my long runs? That’s because I received a pair of the 2XU Run Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights to test and review … and they are amazing! I’ve been doing laundry Saturday evenings so I can wear them both Saturday and Sunday mornings. In total, I’ve run over 200 km in them!
The 2XU website highlights these key features of the tights:
- HYOPTIK reflective logos for visibility
- Compression support for greater protection to abductor, glute, quad, hamstring and calf muscles
- Graduated compression for improved blood circulation
- Comfort power wide waistband with powermesh for smooth streamlined fit
- Flatlock seams to reduce chafe
- High filament yarns for dryness – moisture wicking
- Antibacterial and UPF50+ sun protection
I determined I was a medium regular length using the size chart on the website. I think the tall length would have been better because my ankles are exposed in the regulars, which can get chilly if there is snow on the ground. However, I can remedy this by wearing longer socks.
The pants are tight but stretchy, and really comfortable. They are not as thick as I would have thought but feel slightly fleecy on the inside. I love the reflective “X” designs across the legs – they look badass!
I’ve worn my 2XU thermal pants running in rain and snow, as well as snowshoeing. The temperatures probably ranged between 10 and -5 degrees Celsius. I mean, the temperatures here don’t come close to these crazy races, but it does get cold (especially at elevation) and bone-chilling damp. For how thin and light they are, they did a great job of keeping my legs and butt warm. The best feature in my opinion is their wicking abilities. Usually after a rainy run my pants are soaked and I immediately freeze when I stop running. Last weekend the rain let up just before the end of our run and my pants were dry by the time we got back to the car!