Women's Compression tights
Jen Benson asks which of the top compression leggings perform best. So here are her views on the support of each pair and how it may aid you on different runs, the flexibility and the additional features that each had to offer.
Raidlight LazerTape ¾ Tights £65
90g, Women's S www.raidlight.com
Compression level Medium. Made in France, these pro-looking tights are designed for racing. They’re super-light and ventilated, with innovative reflective side compression panels. Two side pockets hold a soft flask each, plus there are clever waist pockets for easy snacking. A nice level of compression keeps legs feeling supported even when you’re out all day.
Versatile, supportive tights, perfect for longer races
CEP Recovery Pro Tights £120
115g (Size ?) ww.cepsports.co.uk
Compression level High. These tights take a bit of getting used to: they cover you from your waist to your toes. But once they’re on, they feel amazing; lightweight yet firm all-over compressive action – ideal for post-run recovery. Multiple measuring points ensure a near-custom fit. With its foundations in medical-grade compression, CEP has great credentials too.
High-tec compression for those who take recovery seriously.
2XU Elite MCS Compression Tight £110
175g (Women's S) www.2xu.com
Compression level Medium/high. These great-looking tights feel wonderful on tired legs. They feature high-gauge compression that’s graduated to improve bloodflow and varied to target specific muscles. They’re great for recovery, however, the waistband is narrow and needs to be tied tightly to stop them sliding down during running, which we found a bit uncomfortable.
Good, stylish compression, but loses points for the waistband.
Zeropoint Power Compression Tights £90
160g, Women's S www.zcompression.com
Compression level Medium. These great leggings from compression specialists ZeroPoint feel fantastic. They have stretchy panels behind the knee to avoid the discomfort you often get with compressionwear, but the rest of the fabric is smooth and consistent. They’re made in the EU from a 100% recycled polyamide/elastane mix.
Great for running or recovery: a supportive hug for muscles.
X-Bionic Effektor Running Power Pants £109
190g Women's M www.x-bionik.com
Compression level Medium/High. Designed in Switzerland, made in Italy, X-Bionic is constantly pushing the boundaries of wearable technology. 3D knit panels vary venting, compression and stretch just where you need it. They’re incredibly comfortable, and the deeper knit is insulating when you’re stationary yet allows cooling airflow when you’re working hard.
High-tech tights with looks and performance to match.
Salomon S-Lab Exo skort
120g, Women's Size S (+ Exo Calf - £45 55g Size 3) www.salomon.com
Compression level High. Salomon’s patented Exo print is a clever way to add compression. It doesn’t lessen with use and feels supportive without being restrictive. The skort is a joy to run in; airy yet protective and with two good-sized stretchy mesh pockets. The calf guards are snug and supportive and work well with the skort for great versatility.
Look and feel like a pro! A high-performance combo.
Asics Leg balance tight £74
215g Women's S www.asics.com
Compression level Low. A comfy pair of everyday running tights with a nice bit of extra support thanks to two-layered compression panels that wrap around the leg and look pretty funky too. Compared with most, they come with plenty of features, including key pocket, lower leg zips for ease of taking off/putting on, reflective detail and draw-cord waist.
Good tights if you’re after support and features all in one.
Zakti Rock Solid compression run tights £50
155g Size S www.zaktiactive.com
Compression level Medium. Good-value, supportive compression tights, however, the compressive seams that wrap the legs have little stretch and felt uncomfortable after a longer run. They’re made from ISOCOOL fabric (a nylon/elastane mix) with an antibacterial treatment. Straightforward with no extra features, so best suited to post-run recovery.
Good-value recovery leggings, but with uncomfortable seams.
Skins dnamic long tights £70
135g Women's S www.skins.net
Compression level Medium. Comfortable to run in, these tights feel soft, silky and lightweight, yet deliver on support too. The combination of graduated compression, muscle wrapping and varying panels means you can feel them working slightly differently in each area. Mesh sections keep you cool and a wide waistband holds them in place well.
Stylish, high-performance tights for year-round support.
Compressport piRATE 3/4 £80
140G Size 2 www.compressport.com
Compression level Medium/high. Compressport is a Swiss company with a medical background. All of its products are European designed and made. The result is one of the best pairs of leggings we’ve run in: seam-free and incredibly comfortable, with panels to optimise compression. They have a wide waistband and three good-sized pockets.
VERDICT: 10 /10
Outstanding. Great compression and features.