*Panels are strategically placed to assist with muscle fatigue
*Material is such that they can used for ANY outdoor activity – running, triathlon, skiing – they go where you do.
*Sewn specifically to aid in reducing load on joints[/tab][tab]
*Pricepoint may be a turn off for some buyers
*No color options – black is what you get
*Minor chafing occurred during long distance runs[/tab][tab]
*$225 (multiple sizes available, please pay close attention to sizing)
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The Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Length Tight
Opedix has been making gear to aid with health and recovery for some time – you’ll recall that we actually took a look at some shorts from the good folks at Opedix years ago, and they turned us into believers in compression gear. Whether you’re looking to aid with injury recovery or injury prevention, compression gear definitely has it’s place in your closet. The best thing about the products from Opedix – include the Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Length Tight is that they are designed to be worn before, during and after your assigned activity. Typically, in the compression gear industry, you get one wearing style out of each – for instance, there’s a plethora of products on the market designed for after your event – but Opedix knows that prevention of injury starts during the event, so why only design apparel to treat half the problem?
The great thing about having a 3/4 length tight in your arsenal like the Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Length Tight is that it’s highly versatile – a three quarter length tight is functional on the bike, the run, and especially under outer layers during winter sports. Opedix even posts a pic on their site of a guy in ski boots, and I totally agree. I hate wearing full tights while snowboarding. They get stuck in my boots. It’s also nice to have a 3/4 length tight as that mid calf length is especially suited to cycling socks, or when hitting up a brick triathlon workout and running right after the ride. It’s a go anywhere, do anything (except for the coldest of days) sort of tight, and that makes it perfect for peeps in places like Colorful Colorado where multifunction is the name of the game.
Testing the Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Length Tight
Since I’m in the middle of training for a half iron distance triathlon (come see me at the Boulder Half Iron this year! woo hoo!), I was able to put these tights through their paces on a few different outings/sports. I biked in them, took them for longish trail runs, and even ran more than a few 10-12 mile runs on pavement in them. They aren’t designed for water, though, so don’t go taking them in the pool; I’m looking at you, triathlon crowd. Compression gear in the pool WOULD be interesting though – (hint hint Opedix) – so if we ever get any of that, we’ll let you know. As you can see from my earlier review of the Core-Tec shorts, I really like compression gear now as a result of using it quite a bit to help with muscle fatigue. I feel that my recovery happens faster when I’ve worn them in either a particularly arduous workout or in the second work out of the day on tired muscles – this is where they really shine. I’m not real sold on the fact that for shorter workouts they are particularly effective, but I definitely appreciate them in intense workouts such as sprints or hill repeats (really, any workout where you’ll be close to lactate threshold – ’cause you’re working hard, not cause they help you breathe). I feel like my muscles are less tired. Hope that makes sense. I should warn, though, that the fit is supposed to be really tight. This is how they work. I knew from previous testing (and because Opedix advised me of this) that when you pull them on, it sounds like they are ripping. Don’t worry, they’re supposed to sound like this. And you need to get them snug up, because if you don’t they don’t work real well. As mentioned above, in long runs they cause my a slight bit of chafing when worn directly on the skin, and also have zero padding/chamois as they aren’t bike specific; when biking I wear a chamois layer underneath, and when running I also layer to assist with this. This only happens on runs over 1.5 hours or so – to me it’s not a huge deal, and went away after I layered.
Final thoughts on the Opedix Dual-Tec 2.0 3/4 Length tight
The versatility of the garment makes it an excellent choice for a multitude of activities, and the fit and function is such that it may justify the price point. When gear is needed, it’s hard to shell out the cash needed -$225 – for something that may or may not be considered needed. I can tell that now that I have them, they’ll be in the rotation until I wear them out, at which point I’ll definitely snag another pair. The feeling you get on fatigued muscles is just great, and as for injury prevention? I can’t claim that they help with this – but I also can’t claim they don’t since I feel like I perform better in fatigued situations with them on. As for color choices – black is what you get; this might not sway you either way, but every now and then we want some flair, Opedix – can you get on that? Head on over to the Opedix site to check them out for yourself. Cheers.