I’m travelling overseas, what should I wear on the plane?

For plane travel, we have a range of Compression garments with a graduated fit to reduce risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) through heightened circulation. Our 24/7 Compression Socks feature 2XU PWX yarns for the benefits of compression, combined with a cotton blend for greater comfort and softness. The 2XU Recovery Compression Socks are engineered of a higher powered PWX fabrication to further enhance circulation through powerful gradient pressure.

Will sweat show on colored (i.e. other than black) compression tights?

While completing high intensity workouts in colored compression garments, it is important to note that sweat may appear through the fabric. To avoid any sweat patches we suggest using these garments for low-mid intensity workouts.

What is the difference between 2XU compression tights?

Core Compression Tight (70 Denier) – our lighter fabric designed to maximise flexibility and breathability to ensure comfort during active use. This tight will also provide recovery benefits.

Elite Compression Tight (70/105 Denier) – powerful 105 denier fabric in rear panels provides extra support to abductors, glutes, hamstrings and calves to maximise muscular endurance and reduce fatigue.

MCS Elite Compression Tight (70/105 Denier) – the next-generation MCS (Muscle Containment Stamping) is a revolutionary fabric support system traced over key muscle, tendon and fascia groups to focus greater compression power to wrap precise areas (calves/quads) and reduce muscle oscillation and damage

Recovery Compression Tight (105 Denier) – to aid the athlete’s return to form with the greatest possible efficiency. The optimal recovery tool after rigorous training and competition, and exceptional muscle support for non-aerobic activities

What are the major benefits I will see from wearing 2XU Compression?

2XU Compression has proven benefits in a wide range of activities.


  • Reduced muscle damage and injury via better muscle containment + stability
  • Heightened agility via increased proprioception + awareness
  • Improved Performance
  • Reduced muscle oscillation via reduced muscle fatigue in order to improve muscle endurance, strength and power
  • Better moisture management through high quality LYRCA® which wicks moisture from the skin
  • Temperature control via breathable fabric to keep you comfortable in both hot and cold conditions
  • UPF 50+ sun protection rating to guard you from harmful UV rays
  • Odor management via antibacterial, odor resistance fabric to keep you comfortable and confident when working out.


  • Faster recovery from fatigue
  • Reduced swelling and muscle soreness
  • Improved ability to maintain performance levels after wearing Compression garments for recovery between bouts of exercise
  • Improved circulation and more efficient flushing of lactate from the bloodstream.


Less risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and jetlag when travelling due to heightened circulation.

Do 2XU Compression garments have proven benefits?

Our 2XU Compression garments have been extensively researched, designed and tested by world class athletes and several of the world’s foremost sporting bodies including the AIS, VIS and RMIT University.

2XU Compression garments are independently tested by leading physiologists at the AIS, who have now released scientifically proven results to indicate that wearing 2XU Compression garments improves athletic performance and recovery.

Is 2XU Compression only appropriate for sporting use?

The benefits 2XU Compression has already been identified across a vast number of sports and activities including running, cycling, rowing, football, soccer, tennis, golf, cricket, skiing and snowboarding to name a few.

Beyond sport however, 2XU Compression can also offer benefits in everyday activities – particularly for those who spend extended period of time standing or sitting. Perhaps you’re a chef, office worker, driver, bank teller or frequent flyer? When travelling, wearing 2XU Compression Tights or Socks can reduce the effects of jetlag and lessen the risks of DVT.

How do I know which 2XU Compression garment is best for me?

2XU Compression garments are separated into three easy to distinguish categories:

ELITE – WHEN EVERY SECOND COUNTS AND ONLY THE BEST WILL DO - The difference between winning and losing can be very small, coming down to fractions of seconds or the smallest of margins. Our best in class ELITE range of products utilize the latest technology and fabrics to provide you with the winning edge.

PERFORM – YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK - Sometimes you need a little help to push you beyond what you thought possible. Our PERFORM range of products are engineered with technical fabrics to provide powerful compression to increase performance and take you further. 

ACTIVE – THERE IS AN ATHLETE INUS ALL - Whilst you're not likely to break any world records, you do want to stay fit and look good. Our ACTIVE range of products are created with mild compression to provide the ultimate comfort for almost any activity.

Simply choose your relevant category followed by your appropriate product and 2XU has engineered a garment in the most appropriate PWX fabric to ensure you enjoy the optimal compression benefits.

What is PWX?

PWX is a collection of premium compression fabrics engineered to offer optimal POWER, WEIGHT + FLEXIBILITY in perfect equilibrium depending on your needs. Each feature high gauge elastomeric yarns and medical grade circular knit structure to allow 360 degree stretch, greater flexibility, unsurpassed power and durability.

The 2XU PWX Collection promises a solution for every user; from weekend warriors to elite athletes.

Are there any differences between knit structures?

Knit structure is but one contributing factor to the quality of a compression garment. Other elements such as the type of yarn and the yarn density affect the quality of one fabric against another.

2XU PWX garments are constructed using a circular high gauge knit structure. This delivers an evenly distributed 360 degree stretch compression and superior fabric return, unachievable in garments with tricot knit.

2XU Compression delivers long life performance through the use of the highest grade elastomeric yarns with Invista LYCRA® which is vital to achieving a high level of elasticity and compressive properties over the life of the garment.
All 2XU products use powerful performance fabrics with high gauge denier ratings.
Independent testing by experts at RMIT University has found 2XU PWX Compression fabrics produce a lighter but more powerful and enduring result than competing compression brands.

Are 2XU Compression garments just for winter or cold weather?

Compression garments are suitable all-year round. Traditionally worn during the colder months because of its thermo-regulating properties, 2XU Compression garments breathe exceptionally well and thus continue to offer benefits despite climatic conditions. 2XU Compression fabrics also offer the highest clothing sun protection factor of UPF50+ to protect your skin from the sun when training outdoors. For those seeking even greater warmth and insulation in particularly cool conditions, we are pleased to offer a range of Thermal Compression garments.

How long do compression garments last and how to care for them?

Our high performance products carry a 12-month warranty against fabric or manufacturing faults. Taking heed of the following tips will ensure you get maximum life from your Compression garment.


2XU Compression Tights are a technical garment demanding care when putting on. The graduated (tapered) fit means the foot cannot be forced through the leg. Fitting this garment is like a stocking - start at the toe and work progressively up the leg. When fitted, the bottom of the Tight may not necessarily be at the base of the ankle, but more the base of the calf muscle.


Toe Ankle

Bundle the leg of the tight and 
pull over the toes and foot

Slide over the heel until bottom 
of tight is above ankle.

Pull the leg of the tight progressively upward in a series of gentle pulls until the garment is correctly positioned. The bottom of the tight may finish above the ankle, closer to the base of the calf muscle.



2XU Compression garments require careful washing to protect the fabric and enhance its performance life. All 2XU Compression garments are engineered from powerful, technical and durable fabrics featuring world-class INVISTA LYCRA® fibre.

That said, even world-leading fabrics have product lives.  To ensure your 2XU Compression garments deliver optimal performance and durability, we recommend you take the following steps:

  • Rinse in clean, cold water after a workout or swimming - sweat and chlorine will accelerate the degeneration of elastane
  • Hand wash in cold water is recommended.  If using a machine, select a cold water setting for delicates.
  • Use a mild detergent - strong detergents can accelerate the degeneration of elastane
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not iron
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not dry in direct sunlight.


Please refer to the additional care instructions attached to your 2XU Compression apparel to ensure its life is maximized and warranty is not void.

There are so many compression brands to choose from. Why 2XU?

The official choice of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) since 2009, 2XU has long been recognized as the market leading engineer of high performance compression garments.

2XU was the only brand selected to become the Official Compression Partner of the AIS for its athletes and associated Research + Development program moving into the future.

Using the latest fabric innovations and construction techniques from across the globe, 2XU leads the market in compression product development. Our engineers work alongside independent experts and institutes like the AIS, to achieve a winning compression formula – garments which are more powerful, durable, comfortable and significant in their user benefits.

Can I wear my compression garments when swimming?

Yes, you can wear your compression garments during swimming and other water activities, however keep in mind that chlorinated water will break down the elastane in the garments. After wear in chlorinated water, immediately rinse the garment in fresh, clean water to lessen this process. It is also recommended that you do this after wearing your garments in salt water.