Monday, February 8, 2016

Opedix Dual-Tech 2.0 ¾ Length Tights Review


Bad Joint Alignment
Opedix is a company that makes athletic wear that is scientifically engineered to activate your kinetic chain.  What is your kinetic chain you might ask?  It is another term for how your body moves. Opedix products are made to promote dynamic alignment and keep everything lined up so your joints function as they should.  By helping keep your joints in better alignment, you should be able to participate in your favorite activities better, for a longer amount of time, with less pain.  Opedix calls their products “Kinetic Health Gear.”

Opedix claims that their gear can help reduce wear and tear on your joints and decrease the rate that your body fatigues, it also can be used to come back from a joint injury or reduce the amount of pain that you are in when you run.  They even claim that their products can help you improve your performance.   Opedix didn’t just throw some material together, they partnered with renowned orthopedic surgeons and biomechanical scientists to come up with products that would really make a difference.

Good Joint Alignment
I tested the Dual-Tec 2.0 ¾ Length Tights.  They are made with 23-panels for optimal fit and function.  There is a draw cord that unlike many cords out there didn’t cut into my mid-section.  It has a gusseted crotch to allow freedom of movement and comfort. The material wicks moisture really well.  Even after my really hard 14 mile run, they were relatively dry, which would not be the case for most of my running gear.  The Dual-Tec has an anti-odor treatment and the whole thing is made in the USA.

I got the Dual-Tec tights in the mail and the packaging looked great.  It comes in a mesh wash bag and the material looked really cool.  The instructions said that you might hear some popping the first time that you put them on.  They said that the tight is customizing itself to your body.  I put them on and the popping began.  While the packaging said it was normal, all I could think of was that my big butt was splitting the seams.  Did I order the wrong size?  No, and I couldn’t see any seams that had split. 

The Dual-Tec tights felt really good once I put them on.  I decided to take them out for a long run to see how they would perform.  Usually I am able to keep “good running form” for about 8 miles.  After that, depending on the intensity of my runs, my form starts to fall apart.  That is where the knees and lower back pain would normally start.  I ran 13 miles in good form, not just one time, but both of the long runs that I tested the tights out on.  Not too bad.  The other thing that I noticed was that because I was able to stay in good form, it took significantly less time than usually to recover from the runs. 

The claims that Opedix makes about improving mobility and stability during training is not new in the industry.  Many companies claim big things, but many products don’t stand up to their claims.  I did some research and found this article from Outside Online called “Debunking the (Often Phony) Science Behind Performance-Enhancing Apparel.”  The author did debunk several companies claims, but didn’t with Opedix.  He appreciated their science explainer page, which I did as well.  It made it easier to understand the technology.

Opedix realizes that their products aren’t going to be found in the dollar section at your local store.  The Dual-Tec 2.0 ¾ Length Tights cost $225.  If you are spending that kind of money, you would want some sort of warrantee.  Opedix stands behind the products that they make.  If you are not completely satisfied with your product, just return it to Opedix within 30 days and you will get a replacement or full refund, no questions asked.  You can’t beat that.

Pros:
Light weight and breathable
Provides tons of support to aid in joint pain
Improves your form by supporting your muscles
Reduces recovery time
Great guarantee

Cons:
Priced for serious athletes at $225.

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I was extremely impressed with the materials, construction, and feeling of the Dual-Tec 2.0 ¾ Length Tights.  While the price will be too much for most runners, it would be great for racers and people who have been dealing with serious knee pain, but still want to run.  You can get a pair at the Opedix website.  I really felt the difference on my longer runs when my body typically would get tired.  The Dual-Tec tights really did help me keep my running form longer and I felt like it reduced the amount of time it took to recover from those hard runs.  If you are willing to spend the money, it is a product that I would recommend to you.

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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