The 10 Best Compression Tights for Men

Compression tights, as with most compression wear, are mainly used for the protection of the outer skin and muscles. By keeping muscles warm, compression wear can help prevent strained muscles as well as muscular fatigue. It also helps keep blood circulating correctly the way that shorts would but the difference with tights is that these benefits extend to your calf’s and this, in turn, helps prevent potential blood clots.

To help you find the best compression tights for men, I’ve listed a some of my favorites.

10 Best Mens Compression Pants


CompressionZ tights
4.3 out of 5 stars

Tesla Cool Dry Tights
4.6 out of 5 stars

Smartdoo base layers pants
4.6 out of 5 stars

Sub Sports base layer tights
3.9 out of 5 stars

DRSKIN DAB11 tights
4.1 out of 5 stars

CW-X perform x
4.8 out of 5 stars

Skins A200 long tights
4.6 out of 5 stars

UA Heatgear tights
4.6 out of 5 stars

2XU tights
4.9 out of 5 stars

Nike Dri-FIT Max
4.6 out of 5 stars


Base Layer Men’s Compression Tight Reviews

10.CompressionZ Pants

compressionz camouflage compression pants

We’re going to start this list off with a very reliable pair of compression tights from CompressionZ company. These are a great pair of tights that will typically fit you even if you get a size too big or too small. They’re snug but not to the point of being uncomfortable and being snug also means that the area around your ankles won’t get bunched up when you are running. The material doesn’t rub your skin the way some can and overall they are a good starter pair of compression tights for anyone looking to dip their toes in the compression wear waters without spending a ton of money in order to do so.

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Why buy these?

  • fabric, which keeps you warm in cold temperatures and vice versa
  • anti-odor, itch material
  • 4-way stretch technology to retain shape after multiple washes.

9.Tesla Men’s Cool Dry Compression Baselayer Pants

mens telsa cool dry tightsTesla has been making compression clothing for a number of years now and they’ve done a pretty good job of it so far. These new compression tights are great under layer for runners and they do a positive job of keeping your legs warm during the early morning but not much beyond that. Don’t expect them to help a great deal during the winter months because as nice as these are, they are extremely thin. Despite how thin they are, they are made from an extremely durable material. A cool thing about these is that they offer tights in a variety of interesting colors.

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A couple of reasons, why you might like these:

  • good elasticity, with great range of motion
  • quick time dry function

8.Smartdoo Under Base Layer Tights

black smartdoo base layer pantsThese are a solid pair of compression tights that will keep everything where it needs to be and more important than that, they keep you warm in colder weather but most important of all there sizing charts are nearly spot on. You’ll have a difficult time finding a better pair of leggings for this price, as they are really cheap. The material is flexible and sturdy even if you are pushing 250 pounds.

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Key takeaways from a manufacturer:

  • ergonomic design –  to fit your body sleeky
  • quick-dry function.

7.Sub Sports DUAL compression pants

white sub sports compression pants

Sub Sports is a reliable brand that has gotten people talking lately. They do tend to run a bit small with this particular pair but in this case, that’s okay because these are really meant to be a base layer and they are really something you want to have a snug fit underneath your shorts or whatever you happen to be wearing. For those of you that sweat profusely, this is going to be the pair for you on this list. They can wick away great deal of moisture and will also keep your skin surprisingly dry when you are ready to peel them off at the end of the day

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Why you might choose these:

  • ” stay dry” moisture wicking fabric
  •  all seasons use

6.DRSKIN DABB11 Tights

black drskin compression pants

Here is a pair of great athletic pants from the company Dr. Skin. If you haven’t heard of this company yet, then prepared to have your mind blown because Dr. Skin makes some of the best pants in the world at the moment. Remember the first time you wore a pair of Dr. Scholl’s insoles? Well, get ready to feel that kind of comfort the first time you try these on. They feel like silk over your skin and when they get to work, they keep you warm in the cold, cool in the heat and keep your skin as dry as if you used talcum powder. Seriously, pick some of these up, at the price they’re now – how could you pass them up?

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Some of the cool stuff these have:

  • 98.8% UV blocking
  • ” Aerocool” water absorption layer

Premium/athletic men’s compression tights

5.CW-X Men’s Perform X

 black-cw-x-perform-x-tightsNow we’re going to get into more professional athlete level compression wear and starting off we are going to start with CW-X. This particular pair is good depending on who you ask. Mostly due to the fact that they don’t offer much compression and they can’t fit a bit to snug thanks to the drawstring. Drawstrings aren’t something you often find on compression pants and as a result, this pair has to be on the bottom of the top five. Other than that, they do what you want in terms of keeping your body temperature regulated and the material is absolutely top notch and they are extremely durable.

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You might find interesting that these have:

  • double-reinforcement with flat drawcord
  • reflective logo  –  for those of you who are night runners
  • versatility –  can be base layer and outerwear
  • support and alignment, that gives additional power when running

4.Skins A200 Men’s Compression Long Tights

gray skins a200 running tights

Skins makes supremely comfortable compression clothing and more than that, they make clothing that works for you. From the thermodynamic pressure fitted material to the cross stitching that keeps the tights in shape after a heavy run or workout. These pants work great for taller people as well, something I know a lot of people have taken issue with in the past.

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Here’s what these shorts will offer you, in addition:

  • special technology to reduce muscle vibration
  • fabric which helps increase oxygen delivery to muscles( for more power)

3.Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Sonic Compression Leggings

UA heatgear yellow/blue compression tights

Did you really think you were going to get through this list without seeing something from Under Armour? Don’t be a fool because the champions of compression wear are back with a moderate price and finally top of the line materials. Under armour kind of fell off the wagon there for awhile in an effort to save money but no more of that because this pair is made from breathable, light and comfortable material. The material fits like a dream and keeps the skin dry, more importantly, you can wash it again and again.

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Some really cool stuff these have:

  • UPF 30+ protection
  • Anti-microbe technology
  • Fabric with special moisture transport system

2. 2XU Men’s Compression Tights

2xu mens compression tightsNow we’re getting into the big leagues. These tights need to be cared for more so than any other on the list because of the special material that is used. These ones are expensive and as such you can expect the highest quality material and performance from them. These aren’t for everyone however as they have a tight fit and tend to cater to a thinner, taller market but if you fit into that category, then, by all means, buy these now. Remember though, DO NOT WASH IN A WASHER. Seriously these are hand wash material only.

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Some premium characteristics these have:

  • SPF 50+ sun protection
  • DVT (deep vein thrombosis) protection

1.Nike Men’s Pro Hyperwarm Dri-FIT – Best Nike Compression Tights

gray nike pro compression pantsHere we are. Finally, at the number one spot, we have the Nike Hyperwarm Dri-FIT and these are at the number one spot for a reason. Going out for a run in the blistering cold, better have a pair of these handy. These aren’t for the runner, these are for the man that has thick and bulky thighs. The inseam is meant for a larger man so if you’re going to buy these and you happen to be on the bulky size, order a size or two up so they will fit you properly. Nike is number one for a reason and once you use these you will understand that.

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Some aspects worth pointing out:

  • special Dri-FIT fabric to wick away sweat
  • for greater ventilation – smartly placed mesh panels
  • really flat seams for increased comfortability

How To Choose the Best Compression Pants For Men?

Fit and Sizing

Fit is one of the most important things to keep in mind when buying compression tights. Tights should be…well, tight. But they shouldn’t restrict your movement. You’ll want to pay attention to both the sizing guide provided by the company in question and the cut of the tights.

Unlike most clothes, compression tights aren’t always sized by inseams and length measurements. Instead, they are sometimes sized according to the height and weight of the wearer. Whatever the case, be sure to check that you’re ordering the right size.


compression tightsCompression tights are usually worn in lieu of pants. Since you won’t be wearing these underneath other pants, you want to be sure that the pair you choose are well suited to the environment in which you work out. If you live in a very cold place or are buying these tights with aspirations for winter sports (in which case you would wear them under snow pants), make sure that you get a pair that retains enough heat to be comfortable.

Keeping your legs warm has benefits beyond comfort; warm muscles, joints, and ligaments are less likely to become injured.


If you’re going to wear compression tights, you might as well look good doing so! Style is a personal concept, not an objective one, so there’s really no advice I can give on this. Personally, I prefer to rock an understated look when I work out. There’s really nothing more embarrassing than tripping or underperforming while looking flashy as a peacock.

Of course, that’s just me! I’m not a collegiate athlete, and if I were, I might feel differently about dressing in neon green compression tights.


When it comes to best men’s running tights, my opinion is to go big or go home. What’s the point of having compression tights that don’t do anything special? Still, I don’t like to spend a ton of money on things if I don’t have to, which is why I recommend a pair of premium tights with a condition: make sure you can get them on sale. The CW-X tights are a good bang for your buck.

If you don’t feel like spending that kind of money, try the Dr. Skin tights. They’re a new company, but they’re gaining a reputation for quality in the market. They might prove to be a great balance between cost and quality.