Comments about Mens CW-X Stabilyx Ventilator Fitted Shorts:
This my second Stabilyx and third CW-X product. I wear them primarily for running but other cross-training activities as well.
Are they a placebo? If so, an effective one. Objectively I see a difference in my times -- 3 to 5% -- and, subjectively, believe I have a better recovery. So having gotten used to the tights over the winter, I went looking for a cooler version in the warm months.
The Stabilyx Ventilator Shorts obviously do not cover as much of the leg as the full tights. So the shorts do not offer the same compression experience. Nevertheless, they seem to benefit the quads, hams, and core.
The Ventilator shorts are cooler than the tights, not only because there's less of them, but the material is somehow a cooler blend. (Tried 'em both one cool morning.) So breathability-wise, these are not simply the regular tights in a cutdown version.
Workmanship is excellent. I do have a question on sizing. My two CW-X full tights are Mediums and, while initially I was dubious about their being large enough, after a couple of wearings I concluded, "Yeah, medium is it." My shorts are Medium, too, and we do all right, but I'd sure like to take a Large on a test drive. So my suspicion is that the Ventilator shorts may be sized just a little small ... but I don't know.
In sum, the news Stabilyx Ventilator Short is a good thing and I'm pleased to have them.
Feels true to size
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend