Running leggings are perhaps not the most exciting bit of kit to buy, but whatever you do don’t overlook their importance. Running tights cover a large surface area of your body, so the right pair are potentially really helpful for cooling you down when you’re sweating hard or keeping you warm on chilly morning runs.
Make sure to try them on to check the fit before you buy: too loose and they’ll chafe, too tight and they’ll be restrictive and uncomfortable. Three-quarter-length tights (capris) will keep you cooler, and full-length thicker tights will ensure you’re toasty on a winter’s day. Opt for compression tights for (possibly) faster muscle recovery and fewer aches after running.
Here’s our selection of some of the best running leggings out there.
Saucony Bullet Capri
These may look basic, but they are very possibly the perfect running leggings. The supportive yet lightweight fabric is breathable and wicks sweat away efficiently. Large side pockets are ideally-sized for storing energy gels, and there’s a zip-up back pocket for your valuables. The wide waistband ensures they sit comfortably at the waist and don’t slip down or ride up.
Buy from Saucony | ￡60
Nike Epic Lux
The smooth, form-fitting fabric of the Nike Epic Lux has great sweat-wicking properties and offers good support. The soft, stretchy fabric keeps you cool and there’s a thinner slash of fabric on the lower legs for extra airflow. The design is pretty plain, which could be a welcome respite from the garish patterns and flashy logos that adorn many leggings, but they do come in a few different colours: if you want to stray from the standard black there’s also grey, burgundy and dark blue options.
Buy from Nike | ￡74.95
Lululemon Fast And Free Crop II
Quick-drying Nulux fabric ensures you’re always cool and comfy in these high-waisted ?- length running tights from the Canadian athleisure brand. Side pockets allow you to run with your phone without it flapping around all over the place, and there are four colours available: two dark, and two more interesting – smoked mulberry and teal blue. The two prints follow a similar split – one subtle, one wild.
Buy from Lululemon | ￡88
2XU Mid Rise Compression Tights
The market leader in compression gear, Australian brand 2XU offers a range of engineered compression tights. These ones sit nicely thanks to the wide waistband, but the fit is pretty snug – that’s the idea with compression after all, but go for the next size up if they start to feel claustrophobic. A word to the wise: you won’t find any pockets in these ones.
Buy from 2XU | ￡80
Brooks Threshold Tights
This pair will keep you snug as a bug on chillier days. The waistband is wide and comfy, and there are several pockets to stash your belongings in. A zip on the lower leg allows for a quick pre-race kit change.
Buy from Brooks | ￡65
Adidas How We Do ? Tights
These capris will keep you cool on even your most intense runs, with Climacool fabric that’s exceptionally good at wicking away sweat. The wide waistband ensures a comfy fit and flat seams mean less friction. A zip pocket at the back keeps your phone safe and there’s a stash pocket tucked into the front waistband for your keys.
Buy from Adidas | ￡49.95
Soar Oriel Capris
These Soar leggings are made from high-performance technical fabrics with fine moisture-wicking properties. Bonded seams avoid chafing and silicone strips at the top and bottom help to keep the leggings in place. There’s a zip pocket at the back to ensure your valuables are safely stowed.
Buy from Soar Running | ￡75