Performance clothing such as running 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 running 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 as just a piece of clothing. Truly, there are made with fast times and running efficiency in mind.
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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 women's running tights, compression also plays an important role and can help with your running. 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!
So, let's get into it. Here are the best women's running tights. Looking for men's running tights? We've got you.
Best Women's Running Tights To Buy In 2022
1. TCA Women's Pro Performance Supreme High Waisted Leggings
TCA is a trusted brand when it comes to running tights, and these leggings are its number one bestseller. The fabric is stretchy and soft, but they hold you in well. They're high-waisted so will stay up even during your most intense runs and there's a zip pocket at the back for your phone/keys.
2. CRZ YOGA Women's Naked Feeling II High Waist Leggings
These leggings are insanely popular on Amazon and can easily pass for a pair of Lululemon leggings. The textured matte fabric is silky soft, and the high waist is flattering and keeps them in place. Plus, it's a flat waistband, which is always a plus. The hidden pocket has enough room for your phone and keys.
3. Sweaty Betty Peak Thermal Leggings
These leggings from Sweaty Betty are great for running in the winter months. The temperature regulating thermal fabric has a reflective stripe, so you'll always be seen in the dark. They're high-waisted with an adjustable drawcord so you can get the perfect fit. There are two pockets, one on the side and a zip pocket at the back.
4. Flanci Active Print Leggings
This 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. With a whole array of fun designs, you can really pick and choose to match your mood.
5. Domyos 500 Women's Fitness Cardio Short Training Leggings
Are you looking for a pair of leggings that feel great from the moment you put them on? Then you've found them! A huge benefit is they don't chafe when out running. Plus, you can go from the park to the school run in them. Top tip: for the best fit, choose the size up.
6. Nike Air 7/8 Performance Tights
These simple running tights from Nike might not have all the bells and whistles, but they'll do the job. If you want something simple that looks great, these running tights with a wide, adjustable waist can be your new go-to. The fabric is soft, stretchy, and well ventilated for working up a sweat, though you might find them a little more chilly come winter.
7. Under Armour HeatGear Armour Workout Leggings
These highly rated comfy sports leggings from Under Amour are a great pick for running. They feature an elasticated waistband and are made of high-quality four-way stretch material. It is also light, breathable and sturdy which allows movement of the legs in all directions. The comfortable leggings control the build-up of perspiration on the body so they are great for intense workouts.
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