The Best Men’s Running Tights
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, in no particular order, seven sets of running leggings to consider.
Asics Lite-Show Winter Tight
Reflective lines on the front and back of these tights make you visible from all angles when running, while the sweat-wicking brushed fabric keeps your pins warm without making them uncomfortably hot. There are zips on the bottom of the legs to make it easier to put the tights on and take them off, and there’s a small zipped pocket that will hold essentials close to your body so they don’t bounce around while you run.
Buy from Asics | £70
New Balance Windblocker Tight
Even more than rain, sleet and snow, freezing wind is the nemesis of the winter runner, because it can cut right through thermal clothing that isn’t designed to keep the breeze at bay, chilling you to your core and slowing you down to boot. These tights have windblocking panels on the front, with a fleecy material used elsewhere. There are also reflective strips on the shins and calves of the tights, and a zip pocket on the hip.
Buy from New Balance | £65
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.
Buy from Adidas | £49.95
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.
Buy from Wiggle | £30
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.
Buy from 2XU | £90
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.
Buy from Iffley Road | £75
Lululemon Surge Warm Tight
Aside from some reflective details around the ankle, these tights are as plain as they come – ideal if you prefer your tights to be as inconspicuous as possible – but there’s plenty of clever stuff going on in the Luxtreme fabric, which wicks sweat away and stretches every which way to keep you comfortable. No matter what pace you choose to run at, the tights will keep you warm and dry without overheating. They also have anti-shrinking properties, because no-one wants a pair of tights that get tighter with every wash.
Buy from Lululemon | £98