It's cold. It's winter. It's the time when indoor training takes over the cycling miles and we seek warmth at the gym or at home.
Just like cycling, we want to look and feel good whatever we do and gym kit is no exception. Now with a variety of technical fabrics and performance enhancing science, fitness apparel is booming and the variety has never been wider.
Fitness clothing brand, 2XU (Two Times You), certainly knows a thing or two about performance wear. The Austrailian brand launched back in 2005 and has since become famed for their use of quality compression fabrics. So with indoor training well underway, I've been trying out the new compression three-quarter tights and long-sleeve fitness top.
Engineered Long Sleeve Top
What do you want for a fitness top? Ideally, something that moves with the body without being restrictive, breathable, lightweight and attractive.
2XU's Engineered long-sleeve top is wonderfully simple and elegant. It's stretchy, it has a flattering feminine cut whilst remaining loose on the body and it's been treated with an anti-bacterial coating to help reduce body odour.
The way in which the fabric has been sown is intricate enough that it reduces seams throughout the garment so there's minimal irritation, rubbing or puckering of the material. What's more is that the tri-blend grey and discrete branding on the top allows this to easily cross over from the gym into casual wear too!
2XU Fitness Compression 7/8 Tights
When it comes to your muscles and training, you want some support and compression for warmth, blood flow and reduced fatigue.
These compression tights offer mild compression for low impact sports and activities. They have a wide flat waistband for comfort, moisture wicking, breathable, anti-bacterial, SPF50 protection and even anti-chafing... everything but the kitchen sink!
The panelled tights have a contouring design which sculpts the legs for a more streamlined and aesthetic look.
When it comes to fitness clothing, I couldn't really have asked for anything more. The long-sleeve top is comfortable, it moves and breathes as you train and it's simplistic look made it easy for me to carry it off for casual wear too.
The compression tights were great also. They aren't see-through, which is usually a concern for me, and they offered adequate support for the muscles which comforted me through training. However, there was one niggle for me and that was the leg cuffs which were folded and stitched almost a little too tight on my calf muscles.
Overall, I'm really impressed by both garments. They're comfortable, look great and offer enough support to see me through a good training session.