Disclosure: I received a pair of 2XU Run Hyoptik Thermal Compression Tights to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
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!
I’m not sure what else to say other than these pants are AWESOME! And I definitely recommend getting a pair. You can order online at 2xu.com and they even have a site for us Canadians, 2xu.com/ca!