Posts Tagged ‘men’s running tights’

Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Men’s Tights

November 6th, 2014

Alright guys, winter is coming, and you know what that means. Lots of annoying Game of Thrones puns, pumpkin spice flavored everything, lazy Sundays watching football, and that disconcerting noise (and smell) your heater makes when you turn it on for the first time in a while. Oh, and it also means that it’s time to toss those running shorts aside and reach for something warmer. One peek at all of the different tights out there can be disorienting, so I’m going to break it down for you. Tights are kind of like superheros. Bear with me as I explain.

You need tights that are going to empower you. Strengthen you. Keep your muscles from fatigue. Help you recover after an intense workout. Save you from freezing in the cold weather. You need something to illuminate you, make you visible, and keep the dangers of the road at bay. In other words, you need a hero. A hero to help you be the best runner you can be, no matter the conditions.

Also, food for thought: Did you notice that many superheros wear tights? Coincidence?! I think not.

That being said, there are a lot of different features to choose from, and knowing what you want and need ahead of time, will make tights shopping a whole lot easier. Allow me to introduce you to the five types of superheros tights you should know.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, it’s…

The everyday tight.

Clark’s Choice: adidas Men’s Response Long Tight (MSRP: $55)

adidas Men's Response Long TightThis is your basic running tight, good for daily training and armed with the essentials. The Clark Kent of tights: simple in stature, but when you put these tights on, your running experience is transformed. Built with moisture-wicking fabric to keep your skin dry and comfortable, features often include flatlock seams to prevent chafing, reflective details to increase your visibility, and sometimes ankle-zippers to help you get in and get out fast. This is the bread and butter of running tights, everything you need to keep your running routine lively as the temperatures drop.

The Dark Knight Night

Be seen with highly reflective tights.

Mr. Wayne’s Favorite: Nike Men’s Flash Tights (MSRP: $150)

Nike Men's Flash TightsIt’s always darkest just before the dawn… or just before you put on your high visibility tights. You prefer to run by the dark of night. You’re fast, but no matter how fast you are, you can’t outrun the dangers that you face while running in low-light conditions. Most tights have some form of reflective detailing, but some tights are a cut above the rest. These high visibility tights are ideal for you runners who embrace the darkness.


3/4 length, cropped, and short tights.

Torch’s Top Pick: Gore Men’s Essential 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $69)

Gore Men's Essential Tights 3/4You’re on fire. You run hot, and when you’re giving 110% during your run, full-length tights may be the wrong choice.  There are times when full-length tights are necessary, but not today! The smothering feeling of longer tights is enough to make you burst into flames. Cropped lengths are just the ticket – you still get great coverage and support, but thanks to the shorter length and ventilated panels behind the knees and lower back, you will finally be able to breathe and cool down.

You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Tights for performance and recovery.

Dr. Banner’s Best: CW-X Men’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Men's Revolution TightsLike the giant green rage machine, Hulk, you’re incredibly strong. When you get worked up and motivated for an intense run, you transform into a maniacal running monster. You embrace the hardcore running life, and your legs do their best to keep up with your intensity. Give your muscles and joints added support through various compression options, from zonal compression to graduated compression. Many high performance tights also help speed up your recovery, so you can bounce back quicker. Let’s pause a moment and be thankful that when you’re done with your run, you don’t wake up in a field naked.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Best value options.

Spidey’s Selection: Asics Men’s PR Tight (MSRP: $36)

Asics Men's PR TightScraping by on an up-and-coming freelance photographer budget? Saving up to move out of your aunt and uncle’s place? Plans to buy your sweetheart a modest engagement ring? It’s true that money can’t buy virtue, and for some, every penny saved has a purpose. After evaluating your needs, you should probably settle for the basic tights without the bells and whistles. Low-cost doesn’t mean low-quality, however – it’s just low financial commitment. As you sling webs run around the city, you’ll feel great about your run, and great about the money you saved for the next big purchase.

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High-Tech Tights for Men

November 16th, 2012

Hey, Northern Hemisphere runners, notice that it’s getting colder? Your favorite split shorts just aren’t going to cut it anymore. It’s time to call in the heavy artillery of lower-body running clothing: Tights.

We’ve put together a list of five tights to keep you running warm this winter. Don’t worry – these aren’t the tights your girlfriend wears to yoga class. These high-tech running tights provide the best protection from winter that science currently offers.

2XU Sub Zero Run Tight

The name of the 2XU Sub Zero Run Tight pretty much speaks for itself. In case you don’t get it, these tights were made for sub zero (a.k.a. freezing) conditions. You know the scene in the movie Titanic where everyone is cold and frozen while sitting in lifeboats/lying on floating doors waiting to be rescued? You won’t feel like those people while running in these tights, thanks to a brushed interior and a front wind-proof panel.

New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight

Ever notice how wind can have a funny way of taking a mildly cold day and making it feel downright frigid? Probably not, because you’re too busy rocking the New Balance NBx WindBlocker Tight. Thermal fleece lining throughout and front wind blocking panels will keep you running even when the cold and heavy winds try to say no. And who wouldn’t like the stretch mesh panels on the back to keep you super mobile?

Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight

This winter, don’t let the cold hold you down. It’s time to make a stand against the oppression of low air temps and run a free man! The Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Tight is the perfect weapon to rebel against winter conditions, with warm thermal lining and wind-resistant paneling. Waterproofing treatment on the lower legs guards from puddle splashing, and side holster pockets provide quick and easy access to your pistols energy gels.

Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight

Look outside. See that? That’s snow on the ground. Good thing you’ve got the Sugoi SubZero Zap Tight for this run you’re about to go on. This tight features a thick, thermal inner lining to protect you from the biting cold, and with a weather-resistant DWR coating, you won’t have to worry about kicking up snow all over your legs. Don’t waste your time sitting by the fireplace – you’ve got a run to tackle.

Salomon EXO III Tight

Think we can put together a blog post on high tech running apparel without mentioning Salomon? Puh-lease. Salomon is the frontrunner in futuristic, ultra-functional apparel for the serious athlete. The Salomon EXO III Tight does more than just keep you warm in cold conditions; EXO Sensifit Agility technology provides muscle and postural support to keep you upright and running, long after fatigue arrived thinking it could slow you down.

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