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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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.
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
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
Boost your recovery and help keep warm with one of our recently review compression leggings
Asics Finish Advantage Leggings
200g UK Men’s M
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.
2XU MCS Run Compression Tights
202g UK Men’s M
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.
Inov-8 AT/C Full Length Tights
250g UK Men’s M
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.
Nike Pro HyperCool
190g UK Men’s M
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.
NEW BALANCE Precision Run Tight
200g UK Men’s M
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.
Montane Trail Series Long Tight
207g UK Men’s M
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.
These are cosy, practical and a delight to wear in really cold weather.Read More
Windproof, water repellent and thermal. These are a great choice for winter.Read More
Super comfy, with the benefit of compression. Great for cross-training.Read More
Incredibly warm and comfortable for running or cross-training.Read More
Comfortable looser fit for extra layering, or if tights just aren't your thing.Read More
Warm, supportive and secure, with a fair amount of pocket space.Read More
Super cosy and protective, and ideal for cold winter days out on the trails.Read More
These are heavy, despite no thermal lining. Nice option for cold dry days though.Read More
Stylish design and great for comfort. Try before you buy.Read More
Great value tights – ideal for everyday training.Read More
Simply-designed everyday tights at an affordable price.Read More
Light, comfortable and well-featured; made for the trails.Read More
Great design and comfort. We’d wear them all day.Read More
Great comfort and features, with a fun and funky design.Read More
Standout looks, with natural-fabric comfort to match.Read More