Women’s Winter Running Tights | Buying Guide 2016

Tracy Garneau, Canada. Photo: Tim Kemple. The North Face Rights Expiration Date: April 30, 2014.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. I am not a very decisive person. Put a few options in front of me, and I’m going to go back and forth a few times before finally deciding. And chances are that by the time I’ve made my final purchasing decision, I’ve already started to change my mind again. That’s just how it is when I go clothes shopping, and if anyone heard my internal dialog, they would probably have me committed.

This issue is compounded when online shopping for winter running tights. Because, let’s be honest, a lot of them LOOK exactly the same, and I can’t touch them, put them on, or feel their weight and thickness. We’re here to help you out, sister friend – even if you’re not as indecisive as me. Here are a few of our top Winter Tight picks, sorted by weather condition.

Best for Freezing Temperatures

asics_w_softshell_tightASICS Women’s Soft-Shell Tight – MSRP: $100.00

For when it’s just plain freezing. Literally. The brushed interior will help you generate thermal warmth as you run, and the medium thickness helps you to feel cozy and comfortably covered. The DWR coating is a plus because it means if you run into any unexpected light precip or mist, your tights will shed the moisture (there is almost nothing worse than being damp when you’re running in the cold).

Runner up: The North Face Winter Warm Tight – MSRP: $85.00

Best for Wind

craft_w_cover_wind_tightCraft Women’s Cover Wind Tights – MSRP: $125.00

When it’s windy and freezing cold, you need a little extra protection. Craft kills it on the execution of this beauty. The windproof fabric on this Craft tight will help shield you from that nasty, biting wind. The brushed interior will help you generate heat as your body moves, keeping you extra toasty.

Runner up: Brooks Women’s Seattle Tight – MSRP: $165.00

Best for Rain

brooks_w_seattle_tightBrooks Women’s Seattle Tight – MSRP: $165.00

Ahhh, Seattle. Best known for its iconic Pike Place Fish Market, plaid-loving hipster culture, and Dr. Meredith Grey. Oh, and rain. Lots and lots of rain. It would only make sense to name a running tight that’s built to withstand a good ol’ run in the rain after this location. The waterproof and windproof panels will help to keep you dry when the rain (or snow!) is really coming down. You’ll also feel toasty despite the cold since the Seattle Tight also features a brushed interior.

Runner up: Nike Women’s Shield Tight – MSRP: $90.00

Best for Dark Runs

ASICS Women’s Lite-Show WInter Tighthigh-vis-2016-fb-wom – MSRP: $80.00

For years, the Lite-Show line of apparel has really killed the visibility game… even when the designs weren’t super cute. But good news for you, ASICS has really upped the style factor of these highly reflective tights. That fun graphic pattern at the lower half of the leg? Oh right, it’s also SUPER BRIGHT when you shine a light on it. Kudos, ASICS. With a brushed thermal lining, these tights will also keep you plenty warm during your cold winter runs.

Runner up: Saucony Women’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.

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