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As a runner, you can’t allow the change in the seasons and gradual drop in temperatures to slow you down or cause you to miss a training day. The first adjustment you have to make is to your gear: replace the loose-fitting, highly breathable and lightweight summer gear with some muscle-compressing running tights.
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Not only will these running tights help to keep you warm, they’ll also promote blood flow, support hard-working muscles, minimize risk of cramping and injury, and offer some quality of life features, from reflective visibility strips to extra storage space, that make long-distance running less of a chore.
There’s no shortage of great options out there, but we helped narrow the field by choosing some of the most popular, best constructed running tights for men available now, across a variety of budgets.
Patagonia Peak Mission Tights
With fall here and winter around the corner, you’re going to need some tights that can stand up to the cold weather. We love this cozy nylon-polyester option from Patagonia. Reflective logos aid visibility at night, while the gusseted construction gives you unrestricted mobility, There’s even a handy zippered rear pocket so you can store your phone, credit card or house key without disrupting your stride.
New Balance Impact Run Tight
Made from a polyester-spandex blend, the Impact Run tights from New Balance are both sturdy and pliable, giving you total range of motion while you warm up or when you hit maximum stride length. They’re also treated with New Balance’s proprietary DRYx technology, for maximum sweat-wicking. We especially love the myriad storage options: drop-in pockets at the hip, a zippered pocket at the rear, and a pass-through channel for bringing a towel or change of shirt.
Under Armour RUSH SmartForm Leggings
If you like to do sprint sessions, intervals or HIIT training, you’ll want a pair of moisture-wicking, breathable and supportive tights. The Under Armour RUSH SmartForm Leggings adapt to your every move, giving you complete flexibility
MILER RUNNING Base Half Tight
If you want the support of tights and the freedom of shorts, pick up a pair of MILER’s Base Half Tights. They’re made in New York from a four-way stretch, moisture-wicking Italian fabric that will feel like a second skin minutes into your run. You can tell these tights were made for runners by runners with details like a reflective logo, internal drawcord and drop-in side pockets and a handy rear pocket capable of holding a phone, gels or even a spare t-shirt.
Tracksmith Allston Tights
This stylish, eye-catching running tight from Tracksmith is made from a combination of compressive nylon and elastane, resulting in a soft and form-fitting fabric that won’t lose its shape, even after long runs and multiple washes. Bonded seams and an elastic waistband add comfort, while a hidden zip pocket adds practicality.
Lululemon SenseKnit Running Tight, 28”
If you think Lululemon is just a yoga company, think again. They’ve been branching out into training and sports for some time now, with great success, and their SenseKnit Running Tight shows why. It’s made from a nylon and elastane blend, their proprietary SenseKnit technology, offering superior stretching and sweat-wicking while also drying quickly. Practical details like reflective design elements, drop-in pockets and a channeled pouch make it easy to live with these pants, even on longer runs or trips to the grocery store.
ASICS Road Balance Tight
ASICS is best-known for making quality running shoes, but their running apparel is second to none as well. Case in point? The Road Balance Tight. Made from a polyester-spandex blend, it dries quickly, supports and keeps muscles warm, and uses a rubber print compression to minimize chafing. In addition, there’s a drawcord waist for fast adjustments, reflective detailing to improve visibility, and a dedicated phone pocket with a moisture-resistant lining.
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