Review: Item M6 Compression Tights

Item M6 Tights ReviewYes this is a review for tights of the non-athletic variety – but let me explain. 

While I wish I could sport workout gear all day long, real life dictates the need to wear office-appropriate clothing from 9 – 6ish. Heavy on the ish.

These tights are a sneaky way to wear both at the same time.

Here’s where I’m coming from: I tend to favor skirts and dresses over pants, and bare legs are a laughable option when it “feels like” negative fifteen in New York City. Actually, nothing short of neoprene keeps out the stabbing chill when it’s that gosh darn cold outside, but you catch my drift. So tights and I have a love-hate coexistence from about November through March. And for all the ladies out there, if you have ever purchased a pair of black tights before, you know the frustration is real. It says black opaque on the label, but how opaque are they really? Is “control top” code for “cutting off my circulation at the waist”? Will these rip within 30 minutes of putting them on?

So when Item M6 sent me a pair of their much buzzed-about black tights, I was curious to see what made these superior to the other 10 pair dying a slow winter death in my drawer.

A few things:

  • The secret weapon is compression. You know how good your legs feel in compression sleeves during or after your long run? Think about that same cozy snugness helping your circulation all day long.
  • The tights have an extra dose of compression around the M6 meridian (hence the name) – a spot above the ankle that acupuncture aficionados say increases energy and general well-being. The idea: wearing these tights is good for your legs and your spirits.
  • The extra-thick fabric is similar to the stuff used in high-performance sports apparel.

So how did they stack up?

Item M6 Tights ReviewThe pros: 

  • Call it a placebo affect, wishful thinking, or science – but I honestly felt a difference in my legs throughout the day. I can’t say I had any particular increase in my “well-being,” but my legs felt refreshingly energized from the compression. And that’s after a morning spin class + one mile walk to work.
  • The thick fabric is a game changer in the cold. While I got a cooling sensation from the fabric at some points during the day, outside in the elements they did a bang up job against the blistering wind. Not perfect, but better than your average lycra.
  • They are actually opaque. The picture above doesn’t quite do the fabric justice, but outside of leggings, these are the most opaque tights I’ve ever owned.
  • The waistband doesn’t double as a torturous vice. It sits where it is supposed to without cutting off your circulation.

The cons: 

  • They take an extra 30 seconds to put on in the morning. Due to the compression, they’re extra tight and require a bit more care and effort when wiggling into them.
  • They are $88. Compared to my standard $15 Hue tights, they’re definitely an investment.

Would I purchase these for myself? After a bit of hemming and hawing over the price, I think I would. As someone who is training for a half marathon and is constantly in some state of soreness from various fit crashes, the compression feature is a welcome relief on my tired legs. Aside from their athletic perks, these babies win points in my book for being truly opaque and thick enough to stand up to old man winter. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

Thank you to Item M6 for sending me a pair of tights to review. I honestly wore these for two days in a row and all observations and opinions are from my personal opaque-tights-clad experience. Cheers!

Meaghan is the creator and editor of The Fit Crasher. A transplant to NYC from Washington, DC, she’s here to give you the skinny on all of her latest sweaty adventures, must-try trends, and fitness discoveries. When not exploring the city in spandex, Meaghan enjoys cooking, bluegrass music, and finding that perfect Instagram filter.


  1. Raine February 24, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Any full length photos with a flash? Just would like to see how they reflect the light.

    • The Fit Crasher February 24, 2015 / 10:38 pm

      Hi Raine – I don’t have any but please check out their website, perhaps there are some there. Thanks!

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