Men’s compression tights have come a lung way. If you’ve never considered them out of fear of …. ahem, overexposure, you should know that the innovations in crotch covering have greatly improved. And tight-fitting leggings have been embraced by more men than ever thanks to this.
“It’s not just about what it gives you in terms of performance benefit, moisture management, support, and comfort,” Dan Leraris, Under Armor’s VP of Apparel for Men’s Training, Basketball, Golf and Youth, previously told Mens Health. “It’s also about the psychological benefit of how you put it on and lock in.”
And wearing a pair of compression tights may improve your athletic performance. The theory behind wearing compression gear is as follows: the tight fabric squeezes and supports your veins and helps your blood make the journey back to your heart, thus improving oxygen flow and speeding recovery. (They may be an asset to help prevent muscle soreness.) And compression gear comes in all types, from shorts to arm sleeves to shirts.
“It can help with biomechanics,” Drs. Gerardo Miranda-Comas, a sports medicine physician and assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine, previously told Mens Health. “And personally that’s why I recommend it at times. … Compression helps recruit muscle adequately and give you more synchronized movement.”
Looking to invest in a great pair of compression tights? These 10 pairs can serve as functional pieces of clothing, style statements, and recovery tools, making them some of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can put on your body.
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Ten Thousand Full Length Tight
These full length tights from Ten Thousand are made from a quick-drying Italian fabric that is pre-treated with an anti-odor antidote so they stay fresh longer. They also have a 3-layer front pouch for extra coverage and support, as well as a convenient carry pocket to stash your keys and cards.
Nike Dri-FIT Swift Men’s Running Tights
These Nike tights have a ribbed material that helps provide cooling and a perforated Flyvent waistband for lightweight ventilation. They also have 2 zippered, drop-in pockets at each hip to store your phone and cards.
Lululemon Vital Drive Tight 28 “
These Lululemon tights were designed for hard workouts and are made of a sweat-wicking Lycra fabric that has reflective details which makes them great for training in the dark. They also have drop-in pockets with a hidden phone sleeve for extra storage.
Men’s UA RUSH Seamless Leggings
These Under Armor tights are made of a mineral-infused fabric that absorbs & reflects heat back to improve endurance. They are also seamless, so there are no itchy seams to irritate your skin.
Vuori Limitless Compression Tight
These Vuori tights are made of a soft polyester / elastane material that has flatlock seams and a back zip stash pocket. They also have a super cool zipper at each ankle that allows for more breathability.
Sankofa Compression Pants
Take on your workout with support and flair in these high-stretch, 100 percent spandex compression pants. The company offers three unique colorways with the eye-catching Kente print.
Gym Shark Element Baselayer Leggings
Yes, you’ve seen this brand plastered all over the internet — but the gear can perform in the gym, too. Use these leggings as a base layer to crush your strength training workouts.
Brooks Momentum Thermal Tight
If your workout takes you outdoors in chilly temps, these are the compression pants for you. Along with extra insulation, the leggings feature two different types of pockets to stow your stuff.
2XU MCS Run
The 2XU brand offers some of the best tights in the game, with graduated compression that the company claims will improve speed and recovery. These leggings have targeted areas on the quads and calves specifically meant to reduce muscle fatigue.
NOBULL Compression Tights
CrossFit-favorite brand NOBULL created these leggings for your toughest workouts — and with a “shaped front basket,” as part of the design, you won’t be thrown off by an overtight fit.
Saturday Long Tights
Take on long runs or high-intensity workouts with these tights from adidas, which are made out of at least 60 percent recycled materials. The drawcord allows you to adjust your fit, while a back pocket is perfect for storage.
Alo Yoga Warrior Compression Pant
These Alo Yoga Warrior Compression Pants have a full gusset and double inseam panel so you can wear them alone or layered under shorts. They have an elastic waistband and an adjustable drawstring for a customized fit.
Matador Galaxy Meggings
If you’re looking for a ‘statement’ tight, these are a great pick. Matador’s ‘meggings’ have a soft crotch cup that conceals your VPL (visible penis line, as they call it.) They also have an inner drawstring so you can adjust the waist to prevent slipping.
3/4 Strider Compression Tight
These leggings are cut a bit higher than the other options on the list, which makes them perfect for layering with shorts if you’re not quite confident enough to wear them on their own. There’s a snug hip pocket, too, perfect for storing your phone, keys, or anything else.
Fabletics Baseline Tight
These compression pants focus on comfort and support. They’re made from sweat-wicking, four-way stretch materials and have a useful hip pocket to store your phone.
These American-made tights are ideal for the busiest exercisers, with a dual pocket design for phones and other gear you might need to stow between points A and B.
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