Men’s Alpkit Koulin Trail Short
A two-layer short with a Polygiene-treated polyester/spandex inner and a lighter polyester outer. It is well featured for the price with stretch and zipped pockets. In use, the inner isn’t tight but is comfortable and doesn’t ride up. They also carry weight in the pockets without falling down; however, the cut could be improved as the outer rides up at the front.
Verdict: Brilliant value and well featured running shorts but the cut could improve
Flanci Double Layer Shorts
Avoid boring with Flanci’s bright, patterned prints. The inner short is cut quite long in a polyester-spandex mix stretch fabric that is comfortable and doesn’t ride up. The polyester outer is simple and modest. They are good value and nice to run in but lack any pockets and the waist band and inner seams are quite thick.
Verdict: Comfortable and good value with bold prints but no features
Men’s BAM Panelled Athletic Shorts
A soft sweat pant-style short that looks and feels great whether you’re in the gym, strolling along the beach or out for a run. Made from a mix of sustainable bamboo, organic cotton and elastane for stretch, they’re very comfortable but take a bit longer to dry than synthetics so are best suited to dry-weather running.
Verdict: Casual looks and feel, comfortable but not for serious running
These good-value women’s running shorts from Italian brand CMP feature a lightweight outer with split sides for freedom of movement and a mesh inner. They are finished with a drawcord for waist adjustment, colourful contrast print mesh inner pocket and reflective details.
Verdict: Good value colourful shorts for racing and summer running.
Ronhill Stride Twin 5in Short
This two-in-one short is one of Ronhill's most popular products. The inner stretch short provides a good level of support and reduces the risk of chafing, while the square-cut outer short allows for plenty of unrestricted movement. There is also a decent-sized zipped pocket at the rear which makes this a great everyday short.
Light, stretchy and almost seamless these three-quarter length tights give a bit of extra protection and warmth compared to shorts, but the wicking and quick drying fabric mean they’re still comfortable in warm weather. The cut isn’t as good as some others on test but at £25 they are a great buy.
Straightforward and comfortable all-weather tights at a great price
These mid-calf-length high rise tights are super simple and super comfortable. Having no pockets, zips or drawcords means there’s nowhere to stash your phone, but it also means they’re perfect for wearing under a waist pack or for core work or yoga. We liked the funky black and white Bridget Riley-esque print.
Simply comfortable high rise no frills leggings.
These are a slightly looser cut than the other leggings with a lightweight polyester/polypropylene fabric and wide elastic waist band for excellent comfort. The fit, along with the simple, pocket/zip-free design and wicking, lightweight fabric means these tights work particularly well as a baselayer on really cold days.
Good on their own but best as a comfortable winter baselayer.
A practical tight made from a stretchy polyester mix fabric with flat locked seams. The fit is tight but not constrictive and a waist drawstring means they won’t budge during a long day out in the mountains. The stretchy thigh pocket is very useful for a phone on a training run or gels when racing.
Good value and performance for long days out in the fells.
These comfortable, supportive leggings reach to mid-calf-length or just below. They feature a high waist band with flat drawcord for comfort, zipped rear pocket, flatlocked seams and stretchy mesh panels for venting and freedom of movement. The print is funky without being too loud and there’s a matching bra available.
Good comfort, support and coverage with matching bra available.
With their understated yet fun print, soft fabric, wide waistband with drawcord adjustment and zipped offset rear pocket, these full-length tights are great for everyday colder weather training or commuting. Designed for running with flatlocked seams and stretchy, supportive fabric they’re comfortable, durable and good value for money.
A great everyday training tight that won’t break the bank.
Named after a Malaysian mountain, Scott’s Kinabalu range is designed specifically for trail runners. These shorter-length three-quarter tights look and feel great to wear, however we found them tight around the calf and loose around the waist compared with other makes. Wide waistband and zipped rear pocket for essentials.
Great looks and comfort but odd sizing – try before you buy.
One of the funkiest prints on test, these full-length tights from Swedish brand Salming are designed for high energy activities. They’re comfortable with no pockets, zips or drawcords to get in the way – great under a pack, as a baselayer or for the gym. Bold reflective print for extra visibility.
Super bright day or night.
Made from a PWX Nylon/elastane mix these tights offer lightweight but powerful graduated compression without having to fight to pull them on. They feature a comfortable, fuss-free design using a wide elastic waist band and flatlocked seams, meaning they’d also work well as compression baselayer or under shorts in colder weather.
Light, comfortable, graduated compression tights good for high intensity workouts.
These warmer tights are designed for mountain adventures with funky printed Polarlite Cordura fabric that’s protective and durable. The lightweight, stretchy and breathable contrast panels add comfort and ease of movement. Well-designed features include reflective details, a zipped rear pocket and a comfortable elastic waistband.
Warm, durable and protective tights for winter or for high altitude running.
Wind chill can be uncomfortable, especially in certain areas of the body, but these tights offer welcome protection with well-placed windproof panels. The contrast panels are less protective, more stretchy and more breathable. They’re made from a quick-drying polyester/elastane mix fabric with reflective details and a zipped rear pocket.
Protective and very welcome when running in bad weather.
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Smartwool PhD Wind Tight £96
255g (M) www.smartwool.com
These tights feature a clever weave of ethically sourced merino wool, nylon and elastane. The fabric sits against the skin, providing soft, wicking, natural antimicrobial, warmth whilst the more protective and quicker-drying synthetic fibres are on the outside. A polyester windproof layer is sewn onto the front of the thighs making these brilliant in cold, windy conditions. The tights feature reflective detail, a zipped rear pocket, side pocket and calf zips.
Verdict Perfect tights for cold, windy days in the mountains.
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Supportive and comfortable leggings, perfect for everyday wear.Read More
Available from www.tribesport.com
These tights quickly became a firm favourite of mine and even though I took delivery of them for a winter test, I’m still wearing them now in this hotter weather and they're standing up to that test too.
They are particularly supportive (which many tights aren’t) and they feel like they're holding you in all the right places, preventing those ‘do not want’ wobbly bits from being on show.
The deep, flattering waistband is so comfortable and gives you a sleek profile. These tights are made from luxury, performance fabric with sweatwicking, breathable and antibacterial (for hygiene and anti-odour) properties. And they do feel luxurious. They stretch well but don’t bagand even after lots of use and washes, they look the same as they did when I got them out of the bag.
Anatomical high breathe inserts definitely did the job – so far I’ve not overheated in these tights at all, even though they are full length.
A zipped pocket at the back is handy for carrying small essentials and there is some reflective detailing, adding a bit of safety if you’re running in dull light or at night.
I love the Ocean Swirl pattern – it’s so hard to get trendy looking tights and this pattern really flatters. Makes the legs look longer – always a bonus.
I would highly recommend these tights to all runners at all levels. And they look good enough for the gym too. Result!
Available in XS – XL.
Verdict: These tights ticked all the boxes and I would give them 10/10 - based on performance and style.