Eight of the best running leggings for women
Whether you're a marathon runner or a treadmill sprinter, make sure you get a pair of high-quality bottoms. By Kirsty Major and Linda Taylor.
1. Saucony Women's Omni Reflex Tight: £48.30, Wiggle.co.uk
You might know Saucony for its shoes, but the brand also makes quality clothing. These are ideal for winter running. The stretch thermal fabric, with its soft brushed interior, allows sweat to be wicked from the body, while keeping you warm. The stripped pattern on the lower legs is fully reflective, too. And there's also a handy zip storage back pocket with waterproof lining.
2. Asics Women's Stripe Tight: £33.60, Wiggle.co.uk
Asics is a Japanese sportswear brand with a background in sports science - meaning every item has been carefully designed to aid a runner's movement. The proof came in the range of movement that these leggings allowed. The fabric is breathable and further aided by mesh patches at the back of the knees. We like the metallic design on the calves and the fact these also include a little pocket, which is perfect to store your phone. They are relatively lightweight, so probably best for milder autumn days or in the gym.
3. Roxy Safiny Leggings: £45, Roxy-uk.co.uk
You might know Roxy for its surf and snowboard gear, but the brand also does some standout running gear. The soft, swimsuit-like fabric with mesh panels just below the knees helps with ventilation and breathability while you are building up a sweat. The high waist keeps everything where it should be when you're running and the colours are bright and bold, so there's no fear of shrinking into the autumnal background with these bad boys.
4. Nike Power Speed: £105, Nike
Nike makes some of the best-performing and best-looking gear. These tights are no exception. They compress key muscles, preventing strain, and the fabric wicks moisture from the skin, and feature a zip pocket with a vapour barrier to keep items dry. They come in nine colour ways and have discreet reflective patches - ideal for keeping you visible on dark winter nights or mornings.
5. Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 leggings: £75, Sweaty Betty
These hard-working leggings are flattering. They shape and lift in a way that a lot of other tights don't, while still being breathable and stretchy on, making them ideal for running as well as other classes like spin or bar. The fun print works for those who want to stand out from the all-black running pack, too. And they also have a pocket big enough for your phone and keys. The fact that these are slightly shorter than full-length means they can work well for petite girls who find some running gear too long.
6. Ashmei Tight: £100, Ashmei.com
Ashmei tights are for the committed winter runner. The design includes Merino wool around the thighs and compressive, water resistant nylon on the calves, as well as a rear pocket and reflective detailing on the ankle zips. Wool might not sound exactly like the type of fabric you want to wear when running, until you discover that the material locks in body heat for warmth, and thermo-regulates to avoid post run chills in winter temperatures.
7. New Balance Precision Run Capri: £65, NewBalance.co.uk
We love the laser-cut design on these breathable black leggings that creates a reflective pattern on the legs. They're moisture-wicking and are more flattering than some we tried. Although they are a little tighter on the legs than others tested, we say combined with the capri length, it makes these ideal for treadmill pounders rather from those doing half marathons or longer.
8. Gymshark Flex Leggings: £32, Gymshark.com
These leggings are sold on the website as having a 'form-flattering pattern'; we're not sure what dark magic British brand Gymshark is casting, but something is working. The moisture-wicking fabric kept us dry on our run and they felt so comfortable that we almost forgot to take them off after our workout. Perfect for someone who lives in their gym gear.