This probably doesn't warrant its own thread so I'm posting this here where the sporty types may be able to help out.....Compression pants, such as 'skins', '2XU', etc; is their any real science behind their efficacy when riding/running or exercising and as a recovery aid?
I used them when I went to bed after I really managed to over do it and it didn't take long to feel a lot less sore. The problem is; I can't find much in the way of credible research telling me that these things actually do to much.
I did a cursory search for any real science behind the concept too, after my super athlete brother suggested compression shorts for running, all I found was ad copy. The problem I was having was thigh chaffing, and my bits as well, and so I asked him what the best product out there was. I very much doubt there is any real "science" to this concept, and if there ever is, it will debunk the marketing gimmicks that our trending for "compression". But I swear by Under Armer compression hot weather shorts for running and working out, but only for the dreaded chaff, oh, and also for keeping everything in place. It's like manna from heaven for chaffing.
The only other use I have found for "compression" products are the ones sold for cold weather riding, for a base layer when layering up. It's also like spanks or something, and makes my flabby upper body feel more, um, shall we say; firm? So, bonus.