The material is new in these tights. It has a very soft feel and has a very nice fight but feels a little tight around the knees because the fabric does not stretch as much. There are no zippers on the legs. This makes the fit more comforable but the grippers make it harder to pull them on. If you turn the ends inside out it makes them easier to put on. Overall, great Pearl Izumi quality so this is a great pair of tights.