Based on how long it took you to warm up on your last run, and based on how low the temperature has been dropping each evening, it is time to suit up, my friend. Winter running tights provide the weather-specific protection you need for running this time of year, and you may be surprised by what a difference the proper tights will make on the quality of your run.
Here are our suggestions for running in a winter wonderland.
Best for Freezing Temperatures
Sugoi Men’s SubZero Tight – MSRP: $100.00
The name really says it all. This tight is built to keep you warm along your coldest runs, even when the mercury on the thermometer drops below freezing. The meticulous design of the SubZero Tight makes it a valuable piece for your winter running wardrobe, and you can thank the fleeced interior for generating that thermal warmth that will keep you running throughout the season. A DWR coating comes in handy when you find yourself facing some unexpected light rain.
Runner up: The North Face Men’s Winter Warm Tight – MSRP: $85.00
Best for Wind
Craft Men’s Cover Wind Tights – MSRP: $125.00
Wind has the ability to change a cold, but doable run into what feels like a horrible, horrible mistake. When it’s blustery and freezing out, the Craft Cover Wind Tights come in handy with windproof protection. Craft has executed this piece beautifully, and the windproof fabrication of this Craft tight will help shield you from that nasty, biting wind. The brushed interior will help you generate heat as your body moves for extra warmth.
Runner up: Brooks Men’s Seattle Tight – MSRP: $165.00
Best for Rain
Brooks Men’s Seattle Tight – MSRP: $165.00
Named after the city that’s practically synonymous with rainy days, the Brooks Seattle Tight is designed to withstand those cold, rainy days when you need to get your miles in. Waterproof panels keep the rain at bay while you pound the pavement, and the soft, brushed interior helps to keep you feeling warm despite the weather.
Runner up: Nike Men’s Shield Tight – MSRP: $90.00
Best for Dark Runs
ASICS Men’s Lite-Show Winter Tight – MSRP: $85.00
The days are shorter now, and darkness dominates the times of day when most of us have time to run. Reflective tights help to increase your visibility when you’re out on the roads. The ASICS Lite-Show Winter Tight isn’t your average, everyday reflective tight, though, as it comes equipped with cold weather protection, including a DWR finish for light rain protection and a brushed interior for winter warmth.
Runner up: Saucony Men’s Omni Reflex Tight – MSRP: $98.00
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Rachel runs for fitness. It’s entirely about personal health and mental/emotional wellness for her. She’s one of those weirdos that finds proofreading to be thrilling. As manager and lead editor for the Running Warehouse Blog, THIS is her baby. She also recently started a graphic design business with her husband Ryan as a side hustle.