The Difference Between Thermals and Compression Tights

Many athletes, especially those who work out in cold weather, wonder about the difference between thermal and compression tights.

Now, term “thermals” can connote several different types of clothing, from tights to shorts to shirts. Some people even consider sweats to be thermals. Essentially, the term means any clothing that will keep you warm.

Thermals are usually created from materials designed to keep body heat close to the skin to keep the body warmer overall. Some thermals are thick and somewhat bulky, often made of materials such as wool;while the high-tech thermal pieces may be thinner and fit closer to the body.

Now compression tights are just as their name says: They are tights that provide “compression.” Interestingly, this compression benefit can also help keep the muscles warm, similar to thermals. However, compression tights offer additional benefits which thermals do not such as:

  • Increased blood circulation
  • Increases oxygenation in the blood
  • Prevents strains and pulls
  • Prevents chafing
  • Muscle recovery

Compression wear also provides wicking properties, which can help keep moisture away from the skin so sweat doesn’t build up.

ZeroPoint Compression Gear for Warmth

While it may seem that compression gear may not be good for cold weather activities that is actually incorrect. Compression gear can be used as a base layer to provide added warmth. And as we mentioned, the muscles and body will stay warmer due to the increased circulation benefit.

We have winter sport brand ambassadors, including professional snowboarders, who use our products for their cold weather sports.

We invite you to discover the benefits of compression gear, no matter the sport you take part in. Please feel free to call us to talk about the difference between thermals and compression tights or how compression gear can provide terrific benefits for your performance and recovery!

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