Our newest reviewer, Melissa, looks into the Opedix Women’s CORE-Tec shorts. These women’s compression shorts are designed to provide proper alignment in the pelvic region, promote core stability, and improve dynamic balance.
When I received these compression shorts in the mail, I was completely skeptical. I am a runner as well as a soccer player and I am accustomed to loose fitting, breathable, and non-bothersome clothing. So when I decided to try these shorts it was a leap of faith for me. Traditionally, I am totally thrown off by tight shorts for a number of reasons. Maybe the waistband dug into my tummy, or the legs are too tight, or the material doesn’t breathe well enough, or the shorts ride up in the crotch area. Enter Opedex CORE-Tec shorts….
The first thing I noticed was the universally snug (but not too tight) fit. The waistband was a slightly higher rise than I am used to but that proved to be the reason it didn’t dig into my tummy. The waistband is a thicker elastic band than I am used to seeing on most spandex shorts. But it does not roll down or dig. And, there is a drawstring to use (should you need it). Furthermore, the leg bands do not bother me at all. Typically I will have to move the seams around in order to keep my legs from getting the wretched band lines around my legs that seem to cut off circulation. Or I will have to “adjust” the inseam from riding up my crotch. This never happened with the CORE-Tec shorts.
One thing I should mention is that I have worn these shorts a handful of times during recovery phases of my workout schedule. On the whole, the Opedex CORE-Tec shorts are made of a very breathable material. However, the weather in Charleston has been miserable and running in 90+ degree weather and a heat index of 100+ is not conducive to wearing long tight shorts. Not for me at least. I do believe that I will be able to use them more frequently for workouts when the weather cools down some.
But the most interesting thing I found about these shorts was the anatomical correctness it helped me maintain. I have terrible posture and it is something I try to work on everyday through workouts, daily activities, and conscientiously using anatomically correct movements. It actually almost felt like I had ACE wrapped my core, hips, gluts, and thighs to a point where if I tried to move in such a manner that was outside the correct range of motion or not using proper compensatory muscles; all the correct muscles were encouraged (in a way) to execute this motion properly. Now, this feeling is very slight and hardly noticeable unless you are being extra cognizant. The lovely thing is that since it provides a little compression; it helps pump the blood back up to your heart from your legs. Therefore providing some muscle fatigue relief. And for post-workout legs, this is a good thing. (On a side note: I know there is a lot of research on the knee stability theses shorts provide. However, I do not have any knee issues -knock on wood- so I can only attest to the relief that I feel in other places).
Washing the Opedix shorts is easy enough. I machine wash them and lay flat to dry. I never dry my workout clothes so that’s no different for me. Sizing seems to be true to fit. I ordered a small and it fits perfectly. They do have a sizing guide on the website that helped me determine which was the correct fit. The price for these babies is a little steep, but with the stability they provide to my hips and core; I feel like the added stability could add up and essentially pay for itself if it helps to prevent future injuries.
Fit and Feel
Summary : Good shorts that provide excellent support. A bit pricey, but they deliver