The breathable 2XU Core Compression top ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort, support and reducing muscle fatigue.

When it comes to compression, 2XU’s training and recovery gear is generally a cut above the competition. And this lightweight, technical top is no exception. It’s among the best workout clothes for doing mobility work or performing stretching exercises.

Men’s Fitness verdict

With a close, compression fit and thick yet breathable material, this top offers noticeable muscle support and boosts circulation while regulating your core temperature.
  • Good compression
  • Excellent flexibility
  • No colour options

How we tested the best workout clothes

To see how this workout tee performed, MF tester Kieran Alger put the top through a range of varied workouts, from runs, tennis and cardio classes to lifting sessions at the gym. He assessed the top for comfort, fit, and sweat-wicking capabilities, alongside the all important compression technology. He also paid close attention to any durability and how well it survived the wash cycle.

2XU Core Compression Long Sleeve
The compressive fit boosts circulation for improved recovery and reduced muscle stiffness post-exercise. 

2XU Core Compression top: technology

The long-sleeve has a tighter fit than most of the base layers on test, though it does use a thicker fabric than most dedicated compression tops. But that compressive fit does help boost circulation for improved recovery and reduced muscle stiffness post-exercise. 

Despite its name, it’s not just about compression with the 2XU. This top is excellent for layering in warmth without getting too hot, thanks in part to vent panels on the back and under the arms, which boost breathability and improve air flow. 

Raglan sleeves – continuous fabric from the collar into the arms – provide good, unrestricted movement. Elasticated waist and sleeves ensure it stays however vigorous your session. This construction makes it suitable for all kinds of workouts, both indoors or outdoors, whether you’re looking for warmth, protection or support. One of the best compression tops on test, it’s excellent for running, cycling and any outdoor endurance efforts. And it keeps on working long after you’ve stopped. 

2XU Core Compression top: additional features

The flatlock seams reduce the risk of chafing, its close fit offers noticeable muscle support and the breathable fabric helps regulate your core temperature. If you wear a chest-strap that tight fit will help keep it in place too.

There’s reflective detail in the form of a large ‘X’ logo on one sleeve for extra night-time visibility if you’re not layering up. It only comes in black but there are six sizes from XS to XXL as well as short-sleeve and sleeveless options, too. 

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