Best Women's Running Tights 2019
Author: Paul Larkins
Performance clothing such as tights are all about allowing you to run comfortably, at pace without any chafing, movement or bits flapping in the wind. Ease of movement, looks and performance are all watchwords when it comes to selecting tights. Whether you choose to wear them over or under shorts is your call, but think about them as a massively important piece of kit when it comes to allowing your muscles to work at their most effective temperatures. Warm muscles are important when it comes to performance, but not hot. Overheat and you’ll run slower - it’s a surprisingly complex sporting balance that the perfect pair of tights can create. You’ll never think of them again as just a piece of clothing, Truly, there are made with fast times and running efficiency in mind.
Today’s performance clothing is a far cry from the heavy sweatpants of yesteryear. The best kit no longer hangs heavy because it has soaked up sweat or the rain and of course it has to have the ability to carry your phone or very least keys. For something like a pair of tights, compression also plays an important role and can help with your running as the way they hold your muscles in place as you move means you can recover more quickly, and therefore feel better when you next run; simple! Also look for paneling back and front which can offer wind protection and help maintain the best running temperature in differing weather conditions. It’s for that reason we love tights like the Arc’Teryx Nera 3/4 tights (£75). This fits superbly but recognises you live in the 21st century so you can carry a smartphone easily thanks to the great sized pocket. Take a look at the Bam Enduro leggings (£48) for great economy but not at the expense of comfort, support and warmth. These are ideal for autumn, winter and spring days out running, yoga and even for casual wear such is their fab look.
Lululemon Moment to Movement tight
Here’s a pair of tights for those of us who love to stand out from the crowd. They feature all you need for performance - integrated pockets, stirrups for a great fit and extra warmth plus they have that look! What more do you need from a stylish piece of kit.
Patagonia Centred tight
We love the price and we love the feel - a real winner. These are Fair Trade certified and include all you need from a piece of performance clothing. The pockets are great, there’s a super comfortable wide waistband and don’t forget the flat locked seams for comfort while you’re running.
Flanci Active print leggings
This new British brand ticks all the right boxes for us: price, look and most importantly, fit and feel. They are soft and comfortable but perform superbly at pace out on your run.