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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.

FLAME ON.

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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Buying Guide 2014: Choosing Women’s Tights

November 3rd, 2014

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.

The Everyday

A Great Match: Nike Women’s Tech Tight (MSRP: $75)

Nike Tech TightI’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.

The Warmer

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s SubZero Zap Tight (MSRP: $100)

Sugoi Women's SubZero Zap Tight

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.

The Supporter

A Great Match: CW-X Women’s Revolution Tights (MSRP: $200)

CW-X Women’s Revolution TightsWhere 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.

The Looker

A Great Match: Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero Tight ($80)

Sugoi Women’s Linear MidZero TightYou 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.)

The Shorty

A Great Match: Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash 3/4 Tight (MSRP: $60)

Pearl Izumi Women's Flash 3/4 TightYou 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!

The Bright

A Great Match: Saucony Women’s Omni LX Tight (MSRP: $70)

Saucony Women's Omni LX TightYou’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)

Asics Women's PR TightsIt’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.

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Flattering, High-Feature Tights

November 15th, 2012

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight, Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight, The North Face Winter Warm Tight, and Nike Element Thermal Tight

When you’re shopping for running tights, chances are that the first thing on your mind is finding a tight that will handle the temperatures you need it to and offer the mobility, breathability, storage and other key features you want.

But right there in the back of your mind, of course, is that little angel/devil who wants to make sure you look good in whatever you choose. Nevermind that many of the miles you spend in these tights will be in dark, rainy, and let’s face it – unfashionable – conditions. The bottom line is you still need to look good!

If knowing you look like a million helps you charge the road or trail like the rock star you are, check out a few of the running tights we carry that bring on the tech without even a whiff of frump:

Simply Sexy

Brooks Utopia Thermal Tight – Warmth without weight and bulk means you can run fast and look good doing it. The tech here is all in the Vapor Dry fabric, a polyester/Spandex blend that’s on the lighter side for the heat retention it provides. The high waistline creates a pleasing shape, and several of us in the office here really appreciated the flattering cut of the panels.

High Feature Haute Couture

Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight – You’ll feel like a sexy action hero (think Lara Croft) in these high-tech tights. Why? For starters, you can store gels or other items in the trick “holster” pockets on the rear hips. Plus, waterproof calf and ankle panels and a gusseted crotch for increased range of motion mean you’ll be able to outrun the baddies no matter the terrain or conditions.

Stone Cold Fox

The North Face Winter Warm Tight - This tight is your friend if you want to look hot when the weather is anything but. A protective layer for your coldest runs, the Winter Warm Tight has thick fabric and a fully brushed interior, but it manages to avoid looking bulky. In fact, the thicker fabric on this tight actually does a nice job of shaping us in all the right places.

The Elements of Style

Nike Element Thermal Tight – It’s hard to look much more sleek and speedy than you will in this tight. The water-resistant lower leg also helps you look smart, not soaked, when you trudge your way through rain, slush and snow. This tight is available in lengths so you can get a more custom fit.

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