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Old 05-11-09, 07:44 PM   #1
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Compression Tights

Zoot rep gave a pair of compression recovery tights and so far I am really digging them.

I rode 150 on Saturday and put them on within 30 minutes of completing the ride and wore them for the rest of the day. I woke up Sunday morning and felt really good, I had no soreness in my legs at all.

Anyone have any experience with this stuff, I am drinking the Kool-Aid so far.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:49 PM   #2
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My friends also drank the Kool-Aid. I haven't had a taste yet, but apparently it's pretty good stuff.
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Old 05-11-09, 07:52 PM   #3
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I drank the Kool-Aid as well. I think my 2XU recovery tights are awesome, i almost always put them on after hard training.
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I don't have any full on tights (yet) but I do wear calf socks. My legs don't feel as bad after wearing them. I also usually wear them during the day, since I work on my feet. At the end of the day, my legs don't seem as fatigued from standing compared to not wearing them
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Use them...love them...
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Old 05-11-09, 08:22 PM   #7
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What brand are you guys using? I might try out a pair.
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Screw the bike specific stuff. Get Jobst Relief tights for half the price. They look like pantyhose, but it's not like you'd be running around outside in your Zoot/2XU/Skins tights either.
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it's not like you'd be running around outside in your Zoot/2XU/Skins tights either.
I've got a friend who does. Full on skins tights and a t-shirt
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Old 05-11-09, 08:41 PM   #11
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http://paulmach.com/090415/213151/Sk...ll-it-with-a-Z

apparently they are all the rage in the pro peleton
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Anyone use the active compression shorts that go under your bibs?

My Assos bibs say they have some compression in them, curious if it is at all similar to wearing compression shorts while riding.
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Anyone use the active compression shorts that go under your bibs?

My Assos bibs say they have some compression in them, curious if it is at all similar to wearing compression shorts while riding.
I thought the rule was nothing under the bibs?
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Have any of you tried different brands? Which do you prefer?

A tri buddy recommended these to me a while back...
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I wear them after the cycling, not during. I think they would become uncomfortable during.

Here's a link for some Jobst Relief tights. Cheaper than the cycling ones, just as good or better in my experience, except you have to be more careful or they will run.
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I thought the rule was nothing under the bibs?
I thought the same thing, but the Zoot rep said they go under, seems really strange to me.
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Old 05-11-09, 11:32 PM   #17
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used some skinz at track nationals this year. Seems like they do aid recovery.

Around here it's pretty much only pros who get them for free and dudes with more money than miles who wear them. Weird. I'm sure that will start to change.
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I wear the tights after long rides. Love 'em.
I wear the shorts while playing tennis and other active sports. Love 'em.
I also wear the short sleeve shirt under the jersey while riding. The jury's still out on that one.
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My wife bought me a set of the 2XU tights last night...we'll see how they work. i slept with them last night after a tough ride and felt pretty good today. i was using a set of arm warmers on my calves...they seemed to work ok also.
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Not discounting personal experience, but are there any studies on the efficacy of these things?
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I tried some skinz for a few weeks and didnt notice a difference. If you want recovery try an ice bath.
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For what it is worth, Joe Friel is says the few studies that have been done are inconclusive:

http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblo...ks-update.html
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For what it is worth, Joe Friel is says the few studies that have been done are inconclusive:

http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblo...ks-update.html
wha? did you read this:

"There was, however, a reduction in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) 24 hours after exercise with compression socks. Two runners in the compression socks experienced DOMS. Thirteen in the standard athletic socks experienced DOMS."
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wha? did you read this:

"There was, however, a reduction in delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) 24 hours after exercise with compression socks. Two runners in the compression socks experienced DOMS. Thirteen in the standard athletic socks experienced DOMS."
I was just pointing out the Friel thinks the results of current studies are inconclusive, or as he put it "So what does all of this mean? I really can't say. It's too early to tell."

A single study that shows less DOMS in recreational runners doesn't mean they absolutely help cyclists recover. Personally I'd like to see some studies on cyclists.
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I'm not sure how a conclusive study ever gets done. "How good you feel" after using tights after riding is ultimately subjective, and possibly even misleadingly so given the placebo effect. I'm not a doctor (or a physiologist, or a reseracher -- okay, I'm not even that smart), but I doubt there is any sort of blood-chemicals measurement or the like that would objectively teach us much (if anything) about this practice. (Except, maybe, some sort of area-specific lactic acid measurements?)

So, us BFers will have to buy tights or not buy tights on the same basis that we make so many gear decisions: "Dude, Cavendish swears by these things he's getting paid to wear, so I should go drop some serious money on them." (I'm not mocking that, mind you -- it's how I buy lots of my stuff.)
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