Men’s compression tights have come a long 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 only about what it gives you in terms of performance benefit, moisture management, support, and comfort,” Dan Leraris, Under Armour’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,” Dr. 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.