Ronhill Stride Twin 5in Short review

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Ronhill Stride Twin 5in Short
£40
ronhill.com

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.

Dare2b Zonal III ¾ Review - Men's

www.dare2b.com £25

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Straightforward and comfortable all-weather tights at a great price

Adidas Ultimate High Rise Three-Quarter Tights Review - Women's

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www.adidas.co.uk £26.87

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Simply comfortable high rise no frills leggings.

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Helly Hansen Lifa Active Pant Review - Men's

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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.

Verdict: 8/10

Good on their own but best as a comfortable winter baselayer.

OMM Flash Tight 0.75 Review - Men's

www.theomm.com £40

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Good value and performance for long days out in the fells.

Bellum White Snake Leggings Review - Women's

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www.bellumactive.co.uk £60

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Good comfort, support and coverage with matching bra available.

Ronhill Momentum Tight Review - Women's

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www.ronhill.com £42

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.

Verdict: 9/10

A great everyday training tight that won’t break the bank.

Scott Run Kinabalu ¾ Tights Review - Women's

www.scott-sports.com £70

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Great looks and comfort but odd sizing – try before you buy.

Salming Flow Tights Review - Women's

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www.salming.com £49

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Super bright day or night.

2XU Accelerate Print Compression Tights Review - Men's

www.2xu.com £80

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.

Verdict: 9/10

Light, comfortable, graduated compression tights good for high intensity workouts.

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Salewa Pedroc Winter 2 Polarlite Tights Review - Men's

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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. 

Verdict: 8/10

Warm, durable and protective tights for winter or for high altitude running.

Columbia Titan Wind Block II Tight Review - Men's

www.columbiasportswear.co.uk £65

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.

Verdict: 8/10

Protective and very welcome when running in bad weather.

Smartwool PhD Wind Tight review

Smartwool PhD Wind Tight £96 

255g (M) www.smartwool.com

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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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Tribesport Printed Women's Tights

Price £55

Available from www.tribesport.com

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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.

KEEP YOUR LEGS WARM

New launch

 

KYMIRA Sport, the performance and recovery enhancing sportswear expert, has recently added to its collection of human powered thermal sportswear, by launching an innovative range of ¾ length leggings, available for both men and women.

Made from a lightweight infrared emitting fabric, the new leggings not only offer outstanding thermal qualities but also provide enhanced performance and recovery attributes, KYMIRA Sport garments are recognised for globally. Using KYnergy infrared technology, the leggings have the ability to improve the wearer’s performance due to the active minerals that are embedded into the fabric. The minerals capture the energy produced by the human body during exercise and re-emit it back into muscles, providing increased circulation, increased tissue oxygen levels by up to 20% and pain relief.

Ideal for winter sports, the new leggings have been specifically designed to be paired with KYMIRA Sport’s infrared compressions socks as the fit ensures there is only a slight overlap between the sock and legging. This pairing results in the wearer being free from any pressure points inside their boot.  

The new thermals leggings are available in sizes XS – XL. For more information visit: www.kymirasport.com

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SOCKS ON TEST

We've had the socks on test here and can report they are a superb performance type piece of kit. How do they feel? Well, let's say you don't notice you have them on... which surely is just about the best thing you can say about a sock! Would we buy them? Oh yes. We've seen the technology used at work under the microscope and it definitely looks the business. Well worth a look

Compression leggings

Boost your recovery and help keep warm with one of our recently review compression leggings

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Asics Finish Advantage Leggings 

200g UK Men’s M
www.asics.com
£96
The textured bands criss-crossing these tights are Viscomagic compression strips – there to provide support to key muscles, delaying fatigue and helping you to maintain a strong posture. According to Asics’ men in white coats, these areas have been identified with biometric testing and are crucial to improving performance. What that feels like in reality is, frankly, bloody tight – getting these leggings on is by no means graceful.
But once you’ve overcome that, the Finish Advantage tights live up to their name; the support is instantly recognisable, and they don’t restrict movement either. A really strong product from Asics.

9/10


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2XU MCS Run Compression Tights 

202g UK Men’s M
www.2xu.com
£99
Designed with anatomical precision, these MCS tights from 2XU certainly tick the box marked ‘compression’ – they feel supremely secure and supportive throughout
a prolonged run, and the pressure is exerted on exactly the areas where you need it most. There’s extra compression around the thigh, for example, to support the knee from heavy impact running, while the calf mapping reduces muscle strain during immediate contact with the ground. All of which contributes to a smooth, steady gait even over very rough trails – we found we felt more confident picking up the pace off-road, without worrying about fatigue.
9/10


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Inov-8 AT/C Full Length Tights 

250g UK Men’s M
www.inov-8.com
£60

Given one word to describe these tights, we’d be cheeky and opt for a hyphen – multi-use. The rear zipped pocket and compression fabric make them ideal for racing in, and yet the easy-access ankle zips seem purpose-built for a quick change post-warm up. They’ll be comfy no matter what you wear them for – the flat elasticated waistband remains comfy after prolonged use, and the stretchy fabric prevents it from wearing out. They don’t compress quite as much as other tights – so you won’t experience as speedy a recovery – but that’s the expense you pay for race-ready features. We’d recommend these for long days in the hills.
8/10


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Nike  Pro HyperCool 

190g UK Men’s M
www.nike.com
£38

You’ll get your best use from these during hot interval training sessions – as the name suggests, they’re engineered to dissipate heat from the body, which means you can train at a high intensity for longer without overheating. They don’t exert as much pressure on the muscles as other compression leggings, which is both comfortable – the material is softer on the skin – and a bit perplexing. By not offering as much support, they felt more of an accessory than an essential part of our kit. Still, they do what they say on the tin and are effective at keeping you cool – we tested these both out on the trails and in the gym, and they wicked away moisture on all occasions.
7/10


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NEW BALANCE Precision Run Tight

200g UK Men’s M
www.newbalance.co.uk
£70

Featuring NB Dry – New Balance’s moisture-wicking fabric – these tights are designed to keep you cool and dry on the move, by moving sweat away from the body and drying quickly. Also assisting that cooling effect are the laser-cut perforations at the back of the knee, to increase breathability. The pocket has been lowered further down to the thigh, presumably to prevent irritable chafing around the hip – it feels a tad strange at first, but you can see the sense in it. A bright orange zip isn’t the only garish feature, either – the striking design isn’t there simply for show, as each stripe contains a nylon spandex blend, for extra compression.
6/10


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Montane Trail Series Long Tight 

207g UK Men’s M
www.montane.co.uk
£70

Fresh from the box of Montane’s new Via Trail Series, this is one product that has been designed specifically for the trails. The lower leg, for instance, includes an Aeroflyte QD shin panel to help ward against obstacles you’re likely to encounter off-road, and the Quartz Skin stretchy fabric wicks away moisture and has a UPF of 50+ to protect from sun damage. At the back there are gel-shot pockets to aid longer runs, and the entire product is treated with Polygiene antibacterial finish, to prevent odour accumulation. Overall, these tights were designed by trail runners – that much is very clear, and it pays dividends when running.


These reviews appeared in the Oct/Nov 2017 edition of Trail Running.