Much like any complex system, your body requires regular maintenance and proper care in order to perform at its best. As we see the first signs of winter popping up across the U.S., an important aspect of that care will be wearing weather-appropriate apparel. Doing so helps limit a number of problematic effects, including decreased performance, injuries, and the all-consuming pain of frozen body parts. As a runner, wearing the right clothing is particularly important for your legs. So, if you’re planning on getting in the miles this winter, we recommend taking care of your legs with a good pair of running tights, and if you don’t already have one, we created a list of our top winter tights for five distinct categories.
Made with higher elastane content than most standard tights, this pick stands out as one of the more comfortable and functional tights for the cool days of early winter. For added comfort, this tight features a flat, brushed, elastic waistband that grips without digging, and mesh paneling behind the knees for breathability after your legs have warmed up. A moisture-resistant zipper pocket is included on the right hip to safely store small essentials.
Runner up: ASICS Men’s fuzeX Tight
For days when running outside is dangerously cold, this tight is the play. DWR treated paneling adds a layer of protection against wind and rain, while a brushed interior creates a pocket of warmth for your legs. A stash pocket on the right hip can hold items as large as a phone, and a media cord opening lets you run headphones underneath your top. This tight also features extensive reflective printing for safety, and ankles zippers for quick changes.
Runner up: The North Face Men’s Winter Warm Tight
Buffeting headwinds are never enjoyable, and in the depths of winter they can be downright tear inducing. With a windproof front panel and a brushed interior, this tight is designed to keep your legs warm no matter how intense the gale. For storage, this tight features a rear zipper pocket and two stash pockets along the sides. With the additional reflective taping and neon paneling for increased visibility, you’ll be ready to run at all hours.
Runner up: The North Face Men’s Brave The Cold Tight
Rather than cover your entire lower body with waterproof material, this tight features weatherproof paneling on the areas that receive the brunt of stormy weather — i.e., the front of your legs and your calves. The remaining area is covered by flexible fabric with a brushed interior that provides a full range of motion and ample warmth. Any small items can be stored in the water-resistant rear zipper pocket, and removing the tights post-run is made easy with ankle zippers.
Runner up: ASICS Men’s Softshell Tight
For early morning or evening runs, alerting cars and other vehicles to your presence is key for safe running, and this tight makes visibility its top priority. The reflective print covers all sides to ensure that you are noticed, and a peached interior works to keep you warm. Storage is made up of two water-resistant zipper pockets on the rear, while ankle zippers make changing that much easier.
Runner up: Saucony Men’s Reflex Tight
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.