More protective than shorts yet lighter than full-length tights, three-quarter-lengths are a very versatile choice for the trails. They keep you warm during chilly days, and there are no more muddy cuffs to worry about. But with so much choice out there, it can be easy to get a little confused over which pair is right for you. Are you looking for a pair that has great compression? Or are you looking for high reflective detailing to keep you safe during your evening jaunts? Wild runner Sim Benson has put the best to the test.
SKINS DNAMIC SUPERPOSE 3/4 TIGHTS
WEIGHT: 190G Featuring shorts over standard-length three-quarter tights to give a more modest style, these are great for commuting or the gym. When running you donu2019t really notice the shorts; the tights feel well cut and supportive. Well made from a mixture of nylon, polyester and elastane, they have a zipped rear pocket and reflective details. VERDICT High-quality compression tights with shorts for modesty.
MORE MILE RUNNING CAPRI
WEIGHT: 200G These capris are the cheapest on test and they feel lower quality, but they look good and are quite nice to run in. The polyester/spandex mix fabric is stretchy and comfortable, but feels thin. They fit well and are cut nicely below the knee but above the calf. They feature a fairly big zipped rear pocket and lots of reflective detail. VERDICT A less technical tight, for commuting or everyday wear.
2XU HYOPTIK COMPRESSION 3/4 TIGHTS
WEIGHT: 140G Styled to stand out, these feature a cool reflective design on steel-grey tights. 2XU uses its PWX compression system to support the thighs, to boost performance and recovery. In use, the polyamide/elastane mix fabric feels smooth, high quality and supportive. The fit is excellent, but the cut is quite short and the cuffs ruck a bit. VERDICT High-quality tights with potential performance gains.
GORE AIR TIGHTS 7/8
WEIGHT: 230G A useful addition to a well-stocked wardrobe or an excellent only pair of tights, the seven-eighths length is great, protecting you from cold but comfortable when itu2019s warm, thanks to mesh panels. Gore uses a polyamide/elastane mix fabric to offer a durable but stretchy and well-fitted tight, with good reflective detail and a zipped pocket. VERDICT Great for winter races and training all year round.
RAIDLIGHT 3/4 RAIDER TRAIL RUNNING TIGHT
WEIGHT: 155G Raider tights feel protective and supportive, with a slightly longer-length and some low-level compression. They are well designed, with reflective details and two excellent hip pockets; big enough to leave the bag at home. Proving that eco credentials donu2019t sacrifice performance, these are made of 94% recycled polyester but feel really high quality. VERDICT BEST FOR ETHICS BEST FOR EXTREME WEATHER Well designed, high quality, protective and eco.
INOV-8 AT/C 3QTR TIGHT
WEIGHT: 190G These stylish, technical tights fit brilliantly: theyu2019re quite short, cut to just cover the knee, but have sticky grippers to stop them riding up. The nylon/spandex mix material is durable but also stretchy and comfortable. A useful but small zipped rear pocket and two open gel pockets mean you can often go without a pack. Large reflective logos keep you visible. VERDICT BEST IN TEST Ideal for long days or big races in serious places.
COMPRESSPORT PIRATE 3/4 T3 TIGHTS
WEIGHT: 130G These are sized by thigh circumference and itu2019s important to get the measurements correct. The high-quality polyamide/Lycra mix fabric is woven on medical-grade machines to offer targeted compression, to maximise performance and recovery. Supportive rather than restrictive, they are light and breathable, and feature a useful rear mesh pocket. VERDICT BEST FOR COMPRESSION Compressive, and packed with run-specific design.
ODLO FURY TIGHTS 3/4
WEIGHT: 175G The Fury tights feel really soft, comfortable and great to run in. They offer some warmth but feel light and airy, so are still good when it warms up; this is due to a polyester/elastane mix jersey fabric and the great multi-panelled cut. They are a normal three-quarter length, just covering the calf muscle, and feature a zipped pocket and reflective detailing. VERDICT Soft and comfortable, good all-rounders for racing or training.
SALOMON AGILE 3/4 TIGHT
WEIGHT: 175G These stylish standard-length three-quarter-length tights fit well and offer great value. The polyester/elastane mix fabric feels soft and stretchy, and is really nice to run in. The lightweight fabric offers some warmth on a cold morning but also breathes well, so you can wear them through the summer too. There is a zipped rear pocket and good reflective detail. VERDICT BEST VALUE Excellent lightweight tights, perfect for every runner.
OMM FLASH TIGHTS 0.75
WEIGHT: 185G A simple polyester/spandex mix tight, with a good run-specific design. Reflective details keep you safe, grip strips around the cuff stop the legs rucking up, and strategically placed mesh panels help keep you comfortable in warmer weather. The fit is looser than most, making them a comfy option for a full weekendu2019s mountain marathoning. VERDICT Simple running tights, great for multi-day runs or races.