TOP 19 Best Sports Compression Tights & Pants for 2021 Reviewed

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Compression tights have become one of the most popular pieces of activewear for exercise in the last couple years.

You might not be familiar with the word compression, so I will provide a quick explanation for it.

Compression clothing are performance athletic wear that provides support & stability for exercising. They can greatly improve your performance and increase comfort during workouts. Compression gear will help improve blood flow to your muscles, decrease muscle vibration, and help reduce the chance of injuries.

You will have a lot of questions about compression clothing, so we answered them:

  • What are the benefits of compression clothing?
  • Do compression tights help with muscle recovery?

Are compression tights good for running, yoga, weight lifting etc.?

Are compression tights worth it?

Does compression help with losing weight?

I have already answered these questions, plus many more.

If you are interested in getting into compression wear read our compression clothing review!

NameCategoryProduct
adidas Men's Response Long TightsBest Overalladidas Men's Response Long Tights
DRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm WintergearBudget PickDRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm Wintergear
2XU Men's Elite Compression TightsUpgrade Pick2XU Men's Elite Compression Tights

1. adidas Men's Response Long Tights

Our rating: 9 / 10

adidas Men's Response Long Tights

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Pros:

  • Strong and durable material.
  • Silicone leg grippers that stick firmly.
  • Strategically placed moisture-wicking mesh.
  • Eliminates pressure and friction points.
  • Mesh side-pockets for convenient storage.
  • Breathable air circulation.
  • Size-adjusting waistband with belt loops.

Cons:

  • A bit pricey.
  • They have a loose fit.

Built from the most innovative compression fabric in the world, the Men’s Response Long Tights have give you the ideal fit and feel you want in a pair of compression pants. They are lightweight and breathable adding to your comfort.

Their long fit and seamless construction offer a close fit for maximum muscle support. They also feature deep seams that prevents chafing and added mesh panels to release air for a cooling effect.

They also feature strategic mesh ventilation panels to keep you comfortable even when you work out hard. They also have a silicone leg gripper that keeps your pants in place as you work out, especially while lifting weights.

2. CompressionZ Men's Compression Pants Base Layer Running Tights Gym Leggings

Our rating: 9 / 10

CompressionZ Men's Compression Pants Base Layer Running Tights Gym Leggings

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Best for Yoga, CrossFit, Running and Weightlifting.

These compression tights are suitable for most sports and activities, from your base layer for yoga and weightlifting to running and CrossFit. They offer up to 3X compression and include the moisture wicking technology of 85% polyester and 15% spandex. These tights are designed for a full body fit, comfortably fitting all body types.

3. DRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm Wintergear

Our rating: 8 / 10

DRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm Wintergear

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Pros:

  • High-quality material
  • Perfect fit
  • Ideal for long treks
  • Anti-odor
  • Adjustable elastic waistband
  • Comfortable
  • Machine Washable
  • Resists hard-to-wash dye staining.
  • Negative Ion technology
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • Be careful of color bleeding in the wash.
  • Very tight. You might want to order a size up.

These are one of the most impressive new performance products I’ve ever seen. They seem to be made of the highest quality materials that are present in the market. Not only does it feel great on my skin, it’s easy to wash, and provides excellent compression and support to the knee.

The fit was impressive as well, especially for a guy who’s built just a little different than your average model. The flatlock tapered seam came up on the waist and back of the leg so that your skin would never touch the thread where the two pieces of fabric are stitched together.

4. Sub Sports Mens Compression Leggings Tights Running Pants Muscle Recovery

Our rating: 7 / 10

Sub Sports Mens Compression Leggings Tights Running Pants Muscle Recovery

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Pros:

  • High Quality- They fit perfectly and good quality fabric.
  • Fit nicely- fits comfortably and affordable.
  • True to Size- Fits just like the photo and the measurements match.
  • Mesh pocket in the waistband
  • Great Athletic Pants- Perfect for Yoga and Gym.
  • Nice details and nice quality.
  • Good to wear even if you are not working out.
  • Good as pajama and cycling pants.
  • You can easily pass for fitness apparel.

Cons:

  • These pants work for running.
  • The ones for women may be a lot lighter. Go for compression fabric and compression tights.
  • If you want to wear them to the gym, get a bigger size.
  • They are on the thinner side, not ideal for cooler weather

The compression legs are a nice tight fit. They can be worn easily with leggings. The compression fabric is great for a lot of sports. Imagine you are getting ready for a run in the morning or you are working out in the evening and you want to warm up, wear these pants.

Be careful not to get them wet or to do any washes in water. They will be harder to get on after a wash. You can even wear them as pajamas or as cycle pants.

5. Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Fly Base Layer Pant

Our rating: 7 / 10

Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Fly Base Layer Pant

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Pros:

  • Breathable, extremely durable
  • Good cold-weather base layer
  • Windproof material helps keep the cold out
  • Warm and comfortable
  • Doesn’t hold odor, can easily be worn multiple times
  • Good fit, feels like it’s flexible and moving with your body
  • Top quality material, doesn’t feel weird, cheap, or flimsy
  • Very comfortable

Cons:

  • Slow to dry
  • A bit creased when you take it out of the package

Helly Hansen is a Swedish company that’s been creating high quality clothing for more than a century, and this fleece base layer proves why. This is a lightweight fleece that makes a great cold weather base layer. It’s 100% polyester so that can be worn under your work clothes, or in comfort while in the field, skiing, hunting, fishing, or camping.

They are also a good fit, and there’s reflective tape for safety. One buyer said that they are ideal for ice fishing, so you can wear them every day after work, and they don’t get smelly, and you don’t wake up all sweaty and gross in the middle of the night.

6. 2XU Men's Refresh Recovery Compression Tights

Our rating: 7 / 10

2XU Men's Refresh Recovery Compression Tights

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Pros:

  • They are very comfortable; you can wear them for days.
  • Made of a stretchy material that allows for great freedom of movement.
  • The material is very nice, thick and soft. No seams.
  • Sizes are not too big or too small.
  • The price is a little high, but considering that it's only on the market for a short period of time, and that the material is made of 100% recycled fibers it's a great deal.
  • Tights are long; they cover the knee.
  • Very suitable for perfecting your squat.

Cons:

  • Might take some time to get used to them and it may seem uncomfortable, but don't worry, within a few days you'll be doing your sets in peace and comfort.
  • The size is a little smaller than what I'm used to, but they still fit comfortably. All the other sizes were not available, so I bought the smaller size but I would have preferred something larger.
  • A little expensive.

7. Nike Mens Power Speed Compression Running Tights Pants

Our rating: 6 / 10

Nike Mens Power Speed Compression Running Tights Pants

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Pros:

  • Great pants for anything from CrossFit, to power-lifting, to running, to weight-lifting.
  • Great for providing mobility while remaining remarkably strong.
  • Very light weight for their strength.
  • Great for a variety of sports.
  • Provide the necessary warmth for weight lifting (if you are new to it then you will learn quickly this is very important).
  • Very well made, they don't feel cheap or like they will rip apart.
  • The moisture wicking is exceptional.

Cons:

  • They tend to fit more large than what your size is, so I recommend ordering a size down.
  • Not the type of pants that will be acceptable in the office, but then why would you wear them to work?
  • If you buy the wrong sized pants then they will not fit correctly and will be way too loose and baggy underneath the thighs.

Years ago when they first started making these type of pants I never would have believed that I would be writing a review for them, but that is another testament to how good they have gotten. Nike has mastered these types of pants, they are incredibly durable and they move with you really well when you are running and or doing other high-intensity sports.

8. Sub Sports Elite RX Mens Graduated Compression Base Layer Tights/Pants

Our rating: 6 / 10

Sub Sports Elite RX Mens Graduated Compression Base Layer Tights/Pants

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Pros:

  • Ultra stretchability.
  • Breathable mesh is anti-odor.

Hard to put on over shoes. Better to use before putting on socks and shoes.

These pants are perfect for people who are very active they work great for running hiking bike riding basketball and any other type of active sport. They are made from high quality material and they are very durable and comfortable.

These pants are made with a muscle-toning compression technology that is specifically designed to support your performance while preventing muscle fatigue and provides the muscle-toning compression technology that is specifically designed to support your performance while preventing muscle fatigue. This pants are also great at increasing blood circulation and oxygen supply. They do this by restricting the blood vessels so that a steady flow of blood is directed towards the muscles. This ensures that your muscles recover quickly after a hard workout.

9. Under Armour Womens Fly by Textured Capri

Our rating: 6 / 10

Under Armour Womens Fly by Textured Capri

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Pros:

  • Fantastic style
  • Durable construction
  • Smooth material feels great on the skin

This is a fantastic pair of compression pants for women. They come in a variety of colors from light gray to classic black. They are made from super soft, moisture wicking fabric. These pant are designed to keep moisture off your skin so they work great as a base layer or for workouts in damp or humid conditions.

Not only are they fashionable, but they will also improve your performance and comfort. The compression provides support to your muscles and helps to prevent injury. They are very versatile, soft and smooth to the touch.

10. 2XU Women's Hyoptik Reflective Thermal Compression Tights

Our rating: 6 / 10

2XU Women's Hyoptik Reflective Thermal Compression Tights

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This pair of suede-style tights from 2XU is a nice choice. They are ideal when you spend a lot of time in a gym setting and need to be able to see your ankles. The compression these tights provide are solid, and you can definitely feel the difference.

The tights themselves are nice, light, and comfortable. They feature a lot of the nice Flex Direction technology in various aspects of the tights, and these wicking materials will help keep you cool and dry no matter how hard you push yourself. The tights feature a great choice of colors with designs on the inside as well.

11. Reebok Men's Cross Fit Compression 3/4 Pants

Our rating: 6 / 10

Reebok Men's Cross Fit Compression 3/4 Pants

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Pros:

  • Material is breathable
  • Certified Vegan
  • Sizes are offered for the tall
  • Leg pocket
  • Relatively high waist

Cons:

  • Rip easily
  • Run about one size LARGER than actual sizing.

Like most compression tights, these run VERY small. I am 6'3" and 200 lbs. I ordered 4 separate pair in the same size I wear in Under Armor compression leggings. The waist was so small that even with heavy duty athletic briefs I couldn't get them up to the waist. I sent them all back and ordered a size larger and even THESE were too small around the waist. I then ordered even anoth er size and high er waist and THEY WERE STILL TWO Sizes TOO SMALL. I finally resorted to ordering them 2 sizes larger than I wear in anything else and I was able to wear them with athletic briefs that had a waistband. I would recommend ordering a size larger than you normally order AND to order even larger if you are taller than 5'11" or so.

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12. Under Armour Men's ColdGear Leggings

Our rating: 6 / 10

Under Armour Men's ColdGear Leggings

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Pros:

  • Cooling technology
  • Laser-perforated holes for breathability
  • Pull on waistband for freedom during movements
  • Polyester/Spandex blend is soft
  • Very light and thin

These leggings from Under Armour are made of a comfortable polyester/spandex blend and are perfect for athletes who need to keep their muscles comfortable.

They also have a laser-perforated design that makes them more breathable than most other pants. This is great for when you are sweating it out. They are a great bargain at their current price point.

13. Sub Sports Mens Compression Leggings Tights Running Layer Sweat Wicking Fabric

Our rating: 6 / 10

Sub Sports Mens Compression Leggings Tights Running Layer Sweat Wicking Fabric

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Pros:

  • I received these and upon first inspection they are good quality
  • They appear to be pretty thick which I like
  • Soft liner
  • Good size pockets without being too baggy and getting caught on equipment
  • Good length (not too long, not too short)
  • Good weight
  • Good durability and stitching
  • Price is right
  • 35% Spandex fibers have the function of elasticity, temperature regulation, moisture absorption.
  • High compression fit

My only concern is that they are not warm enough for us in Chicago. I feel that they do a good job keeping the sweat away, but your legs won’t be toasty warm.

14. Skins Men's A400 Compression Long Tights

Our rating: 6 / 10

Skins Men's A400 Compression Long Tights

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Pros:

  • Terrific for ice hockey and pro cyclists.
  • Maximum muscle support and recovery
  • Comfortable fit with no binding
  • Light compression for ample support
  • Washable and durable material
  • Great for sports and daily wear

Cons:

  • Run large so order a size smaller than it initially states.

Up to athletic and larger build body types. They are

A bestseller vs. other compression pants for daily wear

And athletic performance.

15. Virus Au8.5

Our rating: 6 / 10

Virus Au8.5

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These compression tights would look great in the gym, in your office for casual crossfit clothes, or to throw on to stay dry or warm while you commute on your bike.

These compression pants are made from a blend of materials that act as a Space Age fabric that holds in the warmth while allowing your skin to breathe.

Virus Au8.5 pants have a slim, flattering fit that looks great with a high-performance jacket or top. They look amazing whether you’re exercising outdoors or running errands on a brisk morning.

16. Anthem Athletics HELO-X Grappling Spats Compression Pants Tights

Our rating: 6 / 10

Anthem Athletics HELO-X Grappling Spats Compression Pants Tights

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Pros:

  • 100% Made in The USA w/Dual yarn knitting technology
  • High-density flat lock stitching pull-over for comfort
  • An advanced 4-way stretch design for maximum mobility & range of motion
  • Helo-X Compression Technology
  • Highly Moisture Wicking
  • Moisture Active Polymer (MAP) Toe protection
  • Patented knitted-in Grip Technology Sock-Like ankle cuff
  • Anti-Microbial and Anti-Odor
  • Double reinforced stitching and reinforced draw-string for highest quality
  • Ultra thin lightweight compression fabric, these are high compression spats

Cons:

  • Doesn't have a strong enough mid-section compression to hold in the gut
  • Maybe too long for someone my height 5"2 or below
  • Only comes in black

Judo, Yoga, Crossfit, & Powerlifting.

17. 2XU Men's Elite Compression Tights

Our rating: 6 / 10

2XU Men's Elite Compression Tights

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Pros:

  • Breathable Dye-sublimated 3D mesh panels
  • Strategically positioned flat lock seams
  • Ergonomic seat and crotch panel
  • Coldblack treatment
  • Flat-lock seams throughout a comfortable riding position
  • Water and wind resistant
  • Smoothskin technology for a chafe and rub-free fit
  • Ultimate high performance tights
  • Breathable compression fabric

Cons:

  • Stitching is not durable
  • Sizing runs small
  • Not very thick

The 2XU Men’s Elite Compression Tights are something you won’t want to buy once and then find you need to buy another one. These are made for the serious athlete who puts in many miles, which is about 400+ meters per workout most days of the week. The 2XU Men’s Elite Compression Tights will be a solid workout companion with many seasons of use.

18. Nike Men's Pro Hypercool Printed 3/4 Training Tights 904632 325

Our rating: 4 / 10

Nike Men's Pro Hypercool Printed 3/4 Training Tights 904632 325

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Pros:

  • No-zip design for easy on and off
  • Mesh insets for ventilation
  • Moisture wicking fabric
  • Dri-fit technology for enhanced comfort
  • Elastic waistband
  • Compression fit for increased support and muscle recovery
  • Lot's of color options

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Don't have much compression for someone over 200 lbs

Nike makes really nice quality compression pants. But I find these too loose and too thin for powerlifting and weightlifting. The thickest they get is about 5 mm. There are several better options in this guide if you want a good pair of lifting pants.

But if you prefer the Nike brand, you can look at the Nike Compression fit pants,.

If you want a full tights then the Nike Dri-Fit Power series half tights will be a better fit for you.

19. Compressport Under Control Trail Running Full Tight

Our rating: 4 / 10

Compressport Under Control Trail Running Full Tight

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Pros:

  • Cool design, looks awesome and can be worn in all weather.
  • Mesh material for better breathability and moisture wicking
  • Kinesiological and anatomical compression providing essential support for muscles and joints
  • Comes with pockets for fruit, wallet etc. so that you can avoid carrying a bag when running
  • Good dark red tint and good black/white contrast. Adidas generally do these things right
  • Honestly for the price I paid, there’s no better pair of tight available

Cons:

  • It is a one way tight and you can’t reverse the second leg to avoid sweaty legs in warm weather.

This pair of tight has a nice slim line and one size fits all. I had no issues with it at all. It is a little expensive but from the looks of it so far it seems worth the price.

Most of the reviewers seem to rate this quite highly and if you are into trail running it can be safely said that it is a great product.

If you want to get into serious trail running and are looking for a good pair of running tights, this should be a good option.

20. Skins Women's Ry400 Recovery Long Tights

Our rating: 4 / 10

Skins Women's Ry400 Recovery Long Tights

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Pros:

  • Recovery compression pants for full body recovery.
  • Good fit
  • Keep the muscles warm during recovery.
  • Wash and wear easy.

Cons:

  • Need to buy a bigger size
  • No pockets. No side pockets. No pockets at the back, or even in the NO.

This is a 3/4 length pant made of a soft, supple fabric that moves as you move. The fabric has a brushed inside which is very comfortable. The fabric feels "second-skin" close but is still cozy. No annoying seams at the knees means a seamless, smooth feel. The fabric also has a light compression to it which helps in recovery. These tights are made from 87% nylon/13% spandex. They contain the Motionlast technology which targets the main muscle groups, quads, IT band, hamstrings, glutes and core. This fabric is also odor resistant, which is a big plus.

Another benefit of the compression fabric is that your muscles will be kept warm during recovery. You don’t have to bother with heating pads or other heating tools. Just put on the compression and you are good to go.

This pair does not have any pockets. If you need pockets for keys, money, tools or whatever, you will have to go with some other pair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which compression tights are best?

Compression tights are a type of garment that are made to provide support and compression to muscles preparing them for activity. The special aspect of these garments is the compression garments ability to provide support for muscles and joints that are used directly and are often suffer for active athletes.

Do compression leggings make you look slimmer?

Short answer: No, they don't.

Long answer: Skilled marketing and clever photography can fool anyone, including yourself. And good for the sellers, too – but realize the reality of your figure in these garments.

In actuality, compression pants have almost no effect on the definition of your thighs. They are more about ergonomics, increased blood flow, and so forth. Compression material is simply applied to areas around leg muscles in order to better control circulation and fatigue. And yes, there are pants designed for men that do peak at the thigh, but for the most part, it is all part of the same compression garment.

What are the most flattering workout pants?

Are compression tights good for working out?

Comfortable to wear, functionality is most important to be called high-performance compression garments. In general, compression garments are designed to aid in blood circulation to reduce recovery time between workouts.

When you workout, there are times you wear the compression pants and other times when you don't wear them. If your job is physically demanding, you may want to go with compression pants every day, but if your job is mostly sedentary, or you have a regular workout schedule, compression pants are great for certain kinds of workouts and not so great for others.

Conclusion

You will be surprised to know that compression clothing is going to be your best friend when it comes to exercising or doing your daily activities. The reason is that the compression clothing is designed to hold and support the muscle groups during exercise and prevent muscle strain, fatigue or injury.

Compression clothing can be beneficial to anyone who does regular exercise, whether its walking, jogging, weight lifting, or any other strenuous activity. When you wear compression clothing, it improves the circulation of blood flow to the muscles, reducing fatigue and muscle soreness.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
adidas Men's Response Long TightsBest Overalladidas Men's Response Long Tights
DRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm WintergearBudget PickDRSKIN Men’s Compression Pants Sports Tights Baselayer Running Workout Active Leggings Yoga Dry Thermal Warm Wintergear
2XU Men's Elite Compression TightsUpgrade Pick2XU Men's Elite Compression Tights