It’s kind of like dating. Tights, like prospective dates, have personalities of their own, and getting to know what kind of traits you are looking for in your next pair of tights will help you before you purchase. It’s a crazy world out there, and there are a lot of options to look at, so let me break it down for you. Here are six types of tights that you will come across in your quest for this fine piece of leg apparel.
A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)
I’m there for you on your daily run. I’m there for you when there is a little nip in the air and your shorts just won’t cut it. I provide you with that coverage you need, and in my simplicity I hug your curves for a comforting fit and additional warmth. I know that some tights have let you down in the past… they chafed your skin, they wore out quickly, and they left you feeling unprotected and unsure of your running future. But now I’m here. I’m loyal, I’ll stand the test of time, and you know that you can always turn to me for your day-to-day needs.
A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)
Baby, it’s cold outside. Cold enough to keep you indoors. Frosty enough to make you deny yourself your daily run. It’s not that you don’t want to run… I know you’re not lazy! Let’s be honest, if I wasn’t here to keep your legs warm, you probably wouldn’t even make it out of your comfy PJ’s. Don’t even get me started about running in sweatpants to keep warm… I shudder at the thought. I am so much better than those! Not only can I keep your legs warm, but my moisture-wicking fabrics will ensure that your skin stays dry and cool as your perspiration increases. My thermal properties will provide the toasty insulation so that your legs remain at a comfortable temperature throughout the entire run. No one loves to keep your legs warm more than I do.
A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)
Where other tights fall short, I’m here to support you. I love going on long runs, trail runs, you name it. I would follow you to the ends of the earth. Graduated compression, zoned compression, targeted support… tights like me have a lot to offer. I’m complicated, but so are you. You need me. Muscle fatigue is a real thing, and you’ve experienced enough of that for a lifetime. You’re doing all that work, killin’ it out on the trail, and all I want is to help your strong legs stay strong. As soon as you try me on, you’ll instantly feel the difference, and you’ll realize what you’ve been missing. Simple tights are for simple runners, and you are no simple runner.
A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)
You stand out. You like being looked at. I’m not calling you vain… okay maybe just a little. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the life of the party, but you’ve gotta look the part, and I can help you with that. Why would you wear boring tights? Every workout is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Here’s the part where form meets function, and form wins. Let me provide you with pretty patterns, bright colors, bold shapes, and cute cuts, suitable for your run downtown… for exercise, or for your coffee date. My flattering, fashionable form can be as versatile as you want me to be, baby. I like the way you work it. (No diggity.)
A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)
You tend to run hot, and full-length tights are just too much. Or perhaps it’s just that awkward season between warm weather and cold and you can’t justify the coverage that long tights provide. Here I am: the cropped, the capri, the short tight. I don’t like to brag, but I’ve been called “cute” before, it’s true. And yes, everyone does ask me that… “Crop It Like It’s Hot” is a song about me. I try not to brag though. I give you extra breathability, and I won’t smother you. I love showing some skin, but I want you to know that I still provide the chafe-free experience you are looking for, but I’m more versatile. When it comes to long tights, they give you too much coverage… they can be clingy, I’ve heard the stories. I give you what you need, and no more, I’m not pushy!
A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)
You’re an early riser. A night owl. Or maybe you’re just keenly aware of the dangers you face while you’re out on the busy streets. It’s a crazy world out there, and my primary concern is keeping you safe while you do what you do. I can help you be more visible to drivers while you’re out running in dark conditions. Reflective seams, logos, panels, glow-in-the-dark features, and brightly colored materials are all trademarks that I possess, and I promise I look just as good during the day as I do at night. You can wear me anytime and not have to worry. Other tights pale in comparison to my bright qualities, and you’re bright (pun intended)… you deserve a tight like me with some real street smarts.
The Penny Pincher
A Great Match: Asics PR Tight (MSRP $36)
It’s not all about money, and you’re a down-to-earth girl, so you get me! I’m frugal, I’m simple, I’m all you need. Don’t invest heavily in a tight that is looking for long-term commitment.. if you’re not sure you’re ready for advanced features, let’s just start simple and see where this takes us! Some might call me “basic”, but there is nothing basic about the way I make you feel.
Running Apparel, Women's Running