Opedix KNEE-Tec 2.0 Full Length Tights
I've been using Opedix products for three months now and find they provide great stability, support, and pain reduction over the day. They are also very comfortable and the low waistband means I can easily wear them under pants and shorts.
I have suffered with sacroiliac joint and hip problems for 15 years. I've tried many sacroiliac and hip belts/supports, most of which were uncomfortable, unhelpful and/or painful. Opedix is the product I have been looking for. I use Opedix Core-Tec Shorts. Cheers, Opedix!
- Comfort, especially around the waist
- Support, stability, and pain reduction
- They are more expensive than other tights, but worth the extra money
Breathability: Great. No smell or sweat.
Warmth: Good but not stifling.
Easy to get on and off.
Extremely well made.
Washes and dries well.
I am in Australia and I emailed them about ordering. Opedix couldn't have been more efficient with the transaction and delivery.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: About $100 Australian
Technical tights that improve alignment for increased performance. A valuable tool that can be used for training, racing, or injury rehabilitation.
- Helps with knee and hip alignment.
- Lightweight and breathable
- Less fatigue during exercise
- A little pricey
When I first received the Opedix KNEE-Tec 2.0 tights I was not sure what to make of them. Opedix has utilized years of scientific research in the biomechanical movement of the human body when designing their performance wear. In order to achieve what Opedix calls Kinetic Health, they have designed their tights with what they call "Torque Reform Technology" to assist in the alignment of the body during exercise. The idea is the Torque panels sewn into the tights assist the body in maintaining perfect alignment which in turn reduces injuries and increases performance in a variety of movement sports.
I have been testing a pair of the tights in a size medium over the course of the last 8 months. As with any tights, it takes a little bit of time to get them on and properly aligned. The low-profile elastic waistband with drawstring allows me to wear shorts over the tights without bunching at the waist. The tights feature a gusseted crotch that is very welcome when worn while mountain biking.
Opedix uses OPX (optical path exchange) fabric and TR+ Mesh banding fabric throughout the garment for moisture wicking and breathability and I have found them to breathe very well. The tight's Nylon and Spandex fabric provides a very comfortable tight fit and have been treated with odor control which allows them to be worn several times between washings.
The heart of the KNEE-Tec 2.0 tights is the Torque reform technology. The TR+Mesh banding fabric has been overlayed on the tights with a 2 1/2-inch strip that begins at the ankle and widens to 4 inches along the side of my hip before attaching to the waistband. Incorporated into the strip is a large band that surrounds the leg at the top of my knee and flows around the lower front of my knee effectively tying all the leg and knee alignment muscles together.
So does it work? I feel it definitely does, during mountain biking which is where I initially started my testing, I felt the enhanced alignment the most when pedaling uphill, especially long uphills. It seems to me to increase my pedaling power quite a bit. I feel less fatigue after riding when I wear the tights. I also appreciate the extra coverage when biking during the colder wetter seasons.
I was initially a bit worried about wearing them during downhill skiing as I thought they would be too warm when used in my California climate where the temperatures are more in the upper 20's to mid 30's. So for ski testing, I took them to Canada where temperatures ranged day to day from 5 to 20 degrees. I should have remembered how breathable they are as overheating was never an issue.
Testing the tights every other day for 7 days allowed me to judge how well they helped with fatigue and muscle soreness. I have come away a new convert for wearing the tights skiing, little to no muscle soreness was felt in the hip, quad, or knees on the day after use. On the off days when I started with some muscle fatigue and soreness the extra support allowed for quicker recovery. I also felt they allowed me to ski with even more abandon than usual.
All Opedix products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
When science is brought into sports equipment, I think we all win.
- Size: Small - 2Xlarge with tall available in Small - Large
- Color: Black/Black, Black/Orange
- Price: $195
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept the product after testing.)