The 2XU Compression Tights are identical in every regard to their higher dollar Elite Compression Tights with only one difference: The Elite version is made with 70 Denier fabric at the calves and hamstrings, and 50 Denier everywhere else. In comparison, the standard Compression Tights use 50 Denier fabric throughout. Given that most cyclists have their worst soreness in their quadriceps muscles, paying more for extra compression in areas of secondary consequence might not make sense, and for those folks these Compression Tights are a great choice. Just like the Elite, the Compression Tights have flat lock stitching to prevent seams from abrading your skin, and the graduated fit at the calves give you the perfect amount of compression without over squeezing your legs as they taper down to the ankle. Thanks to the way in which 2XU's circular knit provides compression in all directions of the fabric not just in the up and down and side to side manner of most 4 way stretch fabrics, you'll get increased blood circulation, improved venous return, and decreased muscle damage and fatigue done by intense training.