How To Choose A Womens Running Tight

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 Women Running in Tights














The best running tight can help you run comfortably in all types of weather. A variety of designs offer characteristics that do everything from keeping your muscles warm and dry to compressing your lower body. Running tights can also be stylish and fun, with a wide range of colors and styles to select from. Running tights are a very important part of a long-term runner's wardrobe. Running tights provide leg protection during colder conditions, but they also should supply breathability and comfort. Constricting tights will create an unpleasant running experience.

When choosing a running tight, its important to know the different types of versions and the material used for the running tight.


1. Types of Running Tights


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Basically there are three versions of running tights: full version, three quarter, and half version (shorts).



Half version types are perfect for summer running and exercise. Half version types only cover the top half of your legs and don't extend passed your knees. The half version tight helps compress your quadriceps muscle to help the blood flow.


The three-quarter version is a running tight in lengthwise between the half and the full version. The 3/4 covers and extends pass the knees. It could be used in the spring and the fall when the conditions are cooler.


The other running tight type is the full version which covers most if not all of your leg. The full version works very well for winter running, giving you the necessary warmth for outdoor winter exercise conditions.

The full version running tight possess a few characteristics that do everything from keeping your quadriceps and calf muscles warm to compressing these lower body muscles which helps the blood flow to maximize your running workout.

When shopping for a running tight, it's important to know the different material types.


2. Running Tight Fabrics

When choosing a running tight, it is important to choose pants with some synthetic material which will wick the sweat away from your body to help you stay dry and warm when you run. The following are the different types of running tight materials.


Synthetic Polyester

Synthetic polyester materials work the best in wicking away the sweat from your body and help you to stay dry and warm. Several different running companies use these synthetic polyester brand types which are shown below

DryFit - Nike

CoolMax - New Balance

ClimaCool - Adidas


In addition to synthetic polyester material, there are other synthetic types which are shown below:



Nylon has high durability for its high tenacity fibers. Nylon has high resistance to insects, fungi, molds, and mildew.


Elastane is a fabric made from polyurethane and is very similar to spandex material. It is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity and is very strong.


LYCRA® fiber is a man-made elastane fiber. Never used alone, but always blended with other fibers as listed here, it has unique stretch and recovery properties. LYCRA® fiber adds comfort, fit, shape retention, durability and freedom of movement. Lycra can be stretched up to seven times its initial length.


Spandex has great elasticity and is able to resist perspiration, cosmetic oils and lotions. Spandex is strong, yet light and comfortable to wear.


Elastane, Lycra, and Spandex are very similar being made from polyurethane and are patented by different chemical companies.

Some running clothing manufacturers will engineer a blend of the above synthetic types.


For example, Brooks manufacturers the Infiniti running tight which is

88% polyester and 12% spandex


Another example, New Balance Go 2 Running Tight makes a running tight which is

87% Polyester and 13% Elastane


Therefore, choose a tight with a blend of synthetic polyester material and any of the other synthetics types such as Lycra, Elastane, Nylon, or Spandex.



3. Running Tight Features


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There are many different styles and features of mens running tights. These features are listed below. The more expensive running tights will have most if not all of these.


Flat Lock Seam

Most if not all running tights will feature a flat lock seam construction weave.


The better running tights feature a reflective logo for visibility and safety. Some runner like this feature since they run in the evening and it is darker at night.

Zipped Ankles

Having a running tight that has ankle zippers makes it much easier to take on and off your running tight. The zipper runs down the outside bottom leg. Also, you can zip it to fit your run.

Small Zipped Pocket

Another zip feature is having a zipped pocket where you store your car key, ID card if necessary. It is an added feature, but other standard run tights feature a non-zipped pocket which works too.

Waistband Tie

The last feature on a running tight is having a waist tie draw string where you can tie the string so the tight fits snug and does not move around.


4. Running Tight Fit

Running tights protect the legs from cold and perspiration during long or short runs. They act like a second skin to keep circulation flowing through the legs and prevent chafing.   Running tights should fit tightly around the legs and not cause friction between the thighs. Look for tights that offer moisture wicking properties and flexibility for running and stretching.

While running tights should be tighter than pants and provide support, they should not squeeze or compress the entire body. If there is discomfort while wearing the tights, then they are too tight. Purchase a larger size. The tights should not pinch at the waist or crotch area. In general, the higher priced tights provide additional protection and support features over the inexpensive brands. However, for all but the most dedicated and professional runners, the lower end tights should perform well enough.

Many sporting goods stores offer running tights for women. If possible, try to purchase the tights in person to check the fit and comfort. You will have to try on the tights with underwear in the store, but you will get a better idea of what size and feel you need and prefer.  Road Runner Spots is one of the largest running and exercise stores in the United States

When shopping for a running tight, try on the tight before purchasing.  Expect to pay between $30 to $120 for a quality pair of running tights.




Do you like/dislike wearing running tights and which features do you like the best?





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