Compression sports pants - Ultrasport Rainbow, 2XU and CEP run tights 2.0 in the test

Dear readers,

Fine shared her experience with in a support group on Facebook Compression sports pants reported and kindly allowed us to put this article online again for the public. We thank her very much and her openness! Hopefully the article will help you with your purchase decision. And let's go!

Fine contribution to compression sports pants

Hello my dear!
Sports pants are a big issue for us. Since I have three different Compression sports pants own, I thought, I'll compare them for you! All three pants are sports pants with a (slight) compression effect and, in my opinion, none can really be compared with medical compression. For me, however, it is a good compromise between functionality and comfort when doing sports.

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    1. The first thing I have is that Ultrasport Rainbow, priced it is by far the cheapest for 29,99 €. It has zippers on the lower legs, which make it much easier to put on, but make them unusable for some training (fascia training with the Blackroll). The waistband at the top has a simple drawstring and this unfortunately constricts. If I lace it too loosely, it sometimes slips, too tight it presses on the stomach; But over time I got my hang of it. I have good mobility in my pants during training, the fabric is firm and gives a good hold, the seams don't constrict. The hollows of the knees are spared from compression and have incorporated a mesh, very comfortable to wear. The pants have a small zip pocket on the back. Unfortunately, the reflector points go off very quickly. All around it is classic sports pants, only the waistband bothers.
      Click here for the Ultrasport Rainbow compression sports pants

      lipoedem fashion compression sports pants 2xu

    2. The next pair of pants on my list is these 2XU compression tights. First of all, unfortunately I seem to have caught a Monday model and a seam has torn. Many many from the group have with their 2XU compression tights but no problems, so I ignore my seam error in the description! The pants are new at around 109 €, but with a little luck you can get them for 50 €. Here you can choose from different colors in which the print is designed. Mine is blue as you can see. As for compression, it corresponds to that of Ultrasport Rainbow. Because the 2XU compression tights Has no zippers or something to put on is a bit more difficult but for me to master without great effort. Here, too, we have the drawstring on the waistband again, which really emphasizes my very present hip. The fabric is also firm and I have no problems with clothes showing through or anything. The pants feel good during training, they do not slip excessively and provide good support.
      Click here for the 2XU Compression Tights

      lipoedem fashion compression sports pants cep

    3. My newest pants are these CEP Run Tights 3.0. The manufacturer we know is behind CEP average. The trousers are priced up to € 129,90. The structure is very different from the other pants, both in terms of material and cut. The material on the lower and upper thighs reminds me a lot of an even firmer version of my circular knit compression, a classic sports fabric on the knees and hips and a light, soft mesh fabric on the hollows of the knees. The end of the ankle is a wide cut elastic band, it does not constrict or pinch. The federal government is also different. In the front area and on the side it is simply the double functional material (as I have it with most of my "normal" sports pants), on the back there is a wide elastic band. Personally, I like this solution very much, I don't feel so constricted and it hides my hips a bit instead of emphasizing them. In this model, the compression is limited to the areas with the circular knit, the knees / backs of the knees and the hip area is left out. It doesn't slip and is comfortable to wear. Getting dressed was a bit of a struggle at first, but with the gloves on I also defeated these pants. The seams are very tight and remind me of our flat knit supply. This makes them very stable, but also depresses a bit, but only an optical problem for me. Overall very comfortable to wear and good support.
      You can find the CEP run tights 3.0 here

Conclusion - compression sports pants

In terms of wearing comfort, I like them CEP Run Tights 3.0 preferably. I also like it optically best and makes a rock solid impression on me. However, the price of up to € 130 is very hefty. The Ultrasport Rainbow is because of its unbeatable price of 30 € the candidate that I would buy if necessary. I like the wearing comfort and everything else very much, the only deduction is the waistband. The 2XU compression tights is a nice pair of sports pants that I like very much in and of itself, but I think the price is too high. It is similar to the much cheaper one Ultrasport Rainbow so much so that I can't quite understand the 100 € price difference. And for the price I would then use the CEP.

I hope I was able to create a small overview, if you have any questions, please let me know! The evaluation is of course from my point of view and I am sure that others will perceive the pants very differently.

The editors would like to thank Fine and their commitment from the bottom of their hearts!

You can find more compression sports pants and tops here:
Product test: BV Sport - sportswear with compression

Product test: CEP - optimal compression clothing for sport

CEP compression socks

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Author: Caroline Sprott

I'm Caroline, born in 1989 and live in Augsburg. Why did I start the lipedema fashion blog? At the beginning of my diagnosis I was completely helpless before an uncertain future. Now, a few years later, through active participation in self-help groups and a lot of research, I have accumulated a wealth of experience that I would like to make available to other affected persons in one place - without the detour via private groups on Facebook. The fashion component is of course due to my hobby. At the time, I promised myself that I would never be restricted by compression stockings. This attitude gives other patients courage and so Michaela advised me to start a blog.

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  • Hello, I've been diagnosed with lipedema for a few days and am wondering whether you can just do the med. You can leave the compression on and simply pull something over the body part. 0 so that you can't see the seams ... what do you think of that as an old bastard? LG Magdalena

    • Hello Magdalena!

      This is definitely how it is intended in everyday life. For sport you should leave the compression on and just wear sports pants over it. Some still need a small alternative, even if it is not perfect. Something like the compression sports pants could be. For example, I go running in the morning and often don't put on tights for that. When I run in the evening, of course, I still wear them.

      Try it out for yourself. If in doubt, you can always use the sports pants: o)

      All the best

  • Hello

    Good tips, but: do you happen to have a tip for fat legs? Trousers size 50+?
    Because, of course, they are far too small 🙁

  • Hello dear ones,
    Do you happen to know what happens when the last leggings (medi) are taken over by the health insurance company? Maybe instead of one of the two compression tights that are reimbursed?
    Kind regards and thank you for your effort! 🙂

    • Hello Victoria,

      Unfortunately, CEP is a sports brand and not a medical remedy: / ​​Therefore I think that the health insurance company will not reimburse anything for no very good reason.

      Kind regards and thank you very much 🙂

    • Hey ladies

      I was also diagnosed with stage I lipedema a few years ago. Sport has always been a part of my life and I decided relatively quickly to wear sports pants with compression properties. The 2xu, another brand - I don't remember - and skins I ordered at the time. The first two had a very narrow waistband and could only be tied with a ribbon. Of course, it looked accordingly and was also uncomfortable to wear. I then decided on the skins that cost me € 100 at the time. But now that I've had it for two or even three years, every euro was properly invested. The pants fit like a second skin and even in summer when I run in the forest, I think it's okay from the warmth. Meanwhile I have a second one that is even more intense - has extra rubber inside the pants for better grip. Unfortunately, I can't always wear it, sometimes it presses my stomach too much, but I'm really super satisfied with the brand. In my opinion, the price is worth it if you do sport regularly and have big legs. But everyone has to decide for themselves with the prices.

      As a hint at the beginning, I often pulled a second pair of shorts or long pants over my pants, depending on the temperature. Looks super professional then

      I am currently toying with a third pair of pants but am thinking of trying something new, for example CEP or Under Amour. Let's see what it will be. All the best to you!

  • Hallo,
    I was diagnosed with lipedema a few weeks ago, and I still don't have my actual compression garment due to a series of mishaps. When doing sport, I always had the feeling that my legs would burst before the diagnosis.

    Specifically, I was looking for compression sports pants beforehand. I got stuck with under amour. Maybe one or the other will find something for themselves!

    Best regards,


  • Huhu!
    I just got my ultrasport rainbow .. I ordered it because I want to do sport but don't have any compression yet.
    I'm totally unsure of the fit 😐
    The measurements at Amazon didn't help me at all.
    Seems too far to me. Maybe I have to order a smaller one ...
    Greetings Julia

    • Hello dear Julia,

      mhh, that is of course annoying 🙁 I would almost say write to the Ulrasport service and ask again about the measurements. And please also criticize directly that they were of no use to you on Amazon. Maybe then it will improve 🙂

      Best regards,

  • Hallo,
    good article, thank you very much. I have a few additional comments:

    I wear the sports compression as a capri in addition to the stockings. Since I (still) wear circular knits, this is an additional relief for the thighs, where the compression of the stockings is weaker.

    The problem with many trousers is the waistband. It's way too tight and way too tight, especially if you have too much volume on your hips / lower abdomen like many LiLys. Unfortunately, the sportswear is tailored to the slim runners (this also applies to 2XU - if I have a Capri, I don't wear it because it is much too tight, even after reaching almost normal weight). I have found that the tight band prevents the lymph flow and can cause a "water belly" in the stomach area, which means that it builds up somewhere. Unfortunately, it is uncomfortable and unattractive when the belly becomes bigger as a result.

    So thanks for the tip with CEP The bund solution is convincing, even if the price is unfortunately very high by my standards.

    By the way, I think it's a shame that I haven't found a single sports compression pants in a light color - does anyone have a tip?
    I am outdoors a lot and afterwards search my body and clothing for ticks. This is much more difficult on dark clothes than on lighter ones, of course. And I think that anyone who has lipedema does not need borreliosis as well. Or TBE.

    LG coco

  • Dear Caroline,
    Thank you first for your contributions. You are really interesting.

    I was recently diagnosed with stage II lipedema and in a couple of weeks I will have the custom-made stockings and compression pants. Question: Would it make sense to equip myself with "compression sports pants"? What speaks for or against?


    • Hello dear Cathleen,

      in general, you can't go wrong with them. Athletes in particular swear by sportswear with compression. So just give it a try 🙂
      It would be important, however, that you move with the compression so that it can also fulfill its function. If compression and compression sports trousers are too much, sports trousers are still better than nothing 🙂

      Best regards,

  • Thank you for this contribution,
    Although I don't have lipedema, I have severe venous weakness and would like to try these pants while running. Really helpful post 🙂
    LG Maria