For some, the moment the weather gets cold enough to necessitate wearing tights to run is the moment they choose to pack in running outside altogether until the spring. Pah, we say to them, pah! Running in the winter is just as enjoyable as running in the summer – you just need the right kind of running gear.
Good running tights will keep you snug without restricting movement and offer some compression to help warm up your muscles and aid in their post-run recovery. Here are six sets of running leggings to consider.
Adidas Response Climawarm Tights
When warmth is your primary concern, this cosy pair from Adidas will see you right. The Climawarm tech in the fabric keeps the cold at bay and breathes well enough to prevent your legs from getting clammy underneath, making them ideal for easy runs in all conditions. Pop these on in the moments just before a run when your trepidation at heading out into the cold is at its highest and their reassuring warmth will provide the perfect boost to get out the door. £62.95, buy on adidas.co.uk
dhb Run Tech Tight
If you’re working on a tight (excuse the pun) budget but still want a quality garment then, as always with running gear, dhb’s running range is worth a look. These snug tights have mesh panels behind the knee to avoid overheating, and even offer a sizeable back pocket that’s large enough to accommodate a phone – always a pleasing bonus on running clothes. £30, buy on wiggle.co.uk
Asics Windstopper Tights
Whether it’s down to blustery conditions, or a byproduct of the extraordinary speed at which you run, freezing wind is the greatest enemy of the winter runner. These tights have hi-tech windstopper fabric on the front to stop the breeze cutting through you and stretchy panels on the back so your movement remains free enough to keep the pace up. £70, buy on asics.com
Odlo Evolution Warm
These lightweight thermal tights have no seams, which means you avoid any unpleasant rubbing, and are designed for faster runs in cold conditions. They’ll keep you warm as you get up to speed, but once you’re firing on all cylinders the wicking fabric will handle with sweat. In our eyes, you get extra credit if you opt for the luminous yellow option. £50, buy on odlo.com
SOAR Dual-Fabric Tights
We’re not entirely sure why two fabrics – French and Italian fabrics, no less – are required to make these tights, but we are very much certain that we like the results. The SOAR tights are extremely comfortable, even with the mild compression they offer on the calf which will help get the blood pumping in chilly conditions. There are reflective details on the thigh and ankle zips to help with night-time visibility, although if it’s reflective details you’re after, it’s worth checking out our next pick. £110, buy on soarrunning.com
2XU Reflect Compression
The calf and shin areas on these compression tights are covered with reflective crosses to help others spot you from all angles when you’re running at night. They’re not as warm as some of the other tights on this list – in fact they’re lightweight and breathable enough to be worn all year round – but they’re ideal for speedy evening runs through the winter months. £85, buy on 2xu.com
Iffley Road Windsor Slate Tights
So soft and cosy you might find you end up just wearing them around the house. And get this: unlike almost every other set of men’s tights out there, they’re not black! They’re dark grey. £75, buy on iffleyroad.com