Opedix® Knee-Tec™ Tights
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
I have bad knees.
Not sure why – it can’t be the years of skiing, cycling, hiking and climbing mountains. So, when I heard about Opedix Knee-Tec tights – tights that have been designed to reduce knee pain during action sports – whoa, that sounded like something I needed to try.
Opedix Knee-Tec Tights in the gym
I got my pair of Opedix tights in November and started wearing them to the gym for pre-season ski conditioning.
We went to the gym about every other day in November and December and I wore them every time I went except once, when I wore plain yoga tights, to see if I noticed the difference. I did. The Opedix tights definitely provided more knee support and I didn’t feel the post gym fatigue and knee soreness that I did when not wearing them.
Opedix Knee-Tec Tights on the bike
So, all conditioned and ready to hit the slopes by mid-December and… Mother Nature forgot to send snow to Tahoe. Of course, since we moved from Aspen in May, Colorado was already measuring snow in feet.
So, with no snow, what’s a girl to do – ride a bike of course. The Opedix tights are perfect for winter riding. They are warm, keep your knees aligned well, and are really comfortable when riding.
On the bike I wear them with mountain bike shorts over them for a bit of padding and that works great. I’ve worn compression gear before while riding, but the difference comes from the added knee support – which primarily resulted in reduced after-activity knee pain. So – great in the gym, great on the bike – and… while we’re waiting on some snow to give them a try on the mountain, let’s find out how they work.
Opedix Knee-Tec Tights – how do they work?
According to Opedix:
“Your body is an interconnected system. It consists of myofacial (muscles and connective tissues), articular (joints), and neural (brain and nerves) components. These components have to work closely together and require the sequential coordination of each joint to be properly aligned, stable and mobile to create a movement pattern. The motion produced at any joint in the kinetic chain directly affects the joints above and below it, so, dysfunction in any one component influencing a particular joint may have a direct and detrimental effect on the function of a neighboring joint.”
The Opedix Knee-Tec tights effectively work like one of your body’s muscles, holding things in place and providing stability. By supporting your body’s movement and keeping things aligned where they need to be, you end up with less fatigue, injuries, and pain.
Opedix Knee-Tec Tights on the slopes
Finally, we have snow at Tahoe!
As soon as the first snow fell, we were on the hill at Northstar and I put the Opedix Knee-Tec tights to their first on-mountain test. The tights were warm and provided great support. Cold ski lift rides can turn a warmed-up, functioning knee into a painful, stiff hindrance but the tights kept my knees both warm and functioning well without the restriction a brace causes. After a full day of skiing, I had no fatigue or joint pain.
Overall, the Opedix Knee-Tec tights are great in the gym, on the bike, and on the slopes. Super comfortable and they provide support around your knees without having to wear a knee brace, which I don’t like to do. They are well constructed, designed well and they look good.
The facts straight from Opedix: Opedix Knee-Tec Tights product features
- Retail price: $225
- 19-panel construction
- 90% nylon, 10% spandex
- Gusseted crotch
- Durable internal stretch draw-cord at the waist
- Moisture wicking to pull sweat away from the skin’s surface
- Breathable fabric to help regulate temperature
- Anti-odor fiber technology to reduce odor and preserve freshness
Disclosure & disclaimer: We received a product sample for evaluation for this review and were not otherwise financially compensated by the sponsor. Some samples are donated following the review. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.