Editor’s Note: This is a guest review of CW-X compression shorts. But I too use these shorts in training and love them. The support they provide is fabulous, and I feel that I recover quicker when I run with them. The difference between these shorts and cheap compression shorts (such as Under Armor) are like night and day. You really do get what you pay for with these. Now, on to the guest review!

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CW-X Compression Shorts Review

I am far from a full time runner. I started running as a way to lose weight after being a fat kid all my life, and it did wonders. I ran my first 5K recently and I’ll probably do another soon, but most of my running is confined to the streets and trails near home when it’s nice outside and the gym treadmill when it’s not.

Running every day is hard. I don’t think there’s a morning where my hamstrings aren’t sore. If I AM blessed with such a day, then my quads are worn out and hurting instead! That’s why I decided to try compression shorts by CW-X. It’s funny because you associate this kind of high-end gear with marathon runners, not gym rats and weekend warriors like me. I have to say, though, that these shorts are definitely not just for the elite.

Support

I usually put in about an hour on the treadmill. I like to push myself, varying speeds and inclines to keep the workout fresh. My problem is that the last 20 minutes or so, regardless of how much occasionally slow down to rest, my legs are killing me and pushing out that last bit is a struggle. This is where the CW-X Compression shorts really came through for me. The shorts I tried are reinforced to add needed support to hamstrings and quads and the difference was shocking. I was considerably less sore and was easily able to finish my run.

Wicking

I tried the CW-X Compression shorts outside on a humid Maryland summer day and was impressed. My normal running shorts get soaked in the front and back, clinging like a nasty sponge and making continuing incredibly uncomfortable. The CW-X shorts breathed surprisingly well for something made to cling to the skin. They kept me cool and wicked sweat away from me. (Editor’s note: The CW-X Ventilator shorts have very effective venting in them as well. I never feel overheated in them).

Recovery

The morning after a run is the worst. Sore, stiff legs, limping, the whole thing. The CW-X compression shorts made a huge difference here. I guess the support and air flow kept my muscles from working so hard and stiffening up, I’m not sure. All I can say is I didn’t roll out of bed with a groan or limp to breakfast.

I usually list cons at the end of a review like this, but I really can’t think of any. I guess you could say that, at around $75, the price is a little steep. But I’ve always been a believer in “you get what you pay for.” I’m sure compression shorts could be had for a lower price, but after my experience with the CW-X shorts, I don’t feel the need to try.
Long distance runners know what’s comfortable and what works, and those of us who aren’t marathoners can learn something from them. Sure, me wearing top-of-the line compression shorts is like slapping a fresh coat paint and new rims on my 2002 Accord, but if it works, I say go for it!

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