Best Women’s Running Tights in 2018
We’ve worn, tested, and reviewed over 30+ pairs of women’s running tights to find the best tights and leggings for all weather conditions, budgets, and styles. The best women’s running tights need to look and feel good, but they also must perform to high standards. Ideally, they’ll work as well running
Whether you are running in the summer, cold weather, rain, sleet, or snow, having the proper pair of running tights is key to being comfortable and having satisfying run. Capris or 3/4 length tights are usually good bets for warm weather. Thicker, thermal tights – sometimes fleece-lined – are perfect for winter. And tights with protective outer layers will shield you in the rain, sleet, and snow.
Find the perfect pair of tights for wherever and whenever you run with these great tights!
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Best Running Tights with Side Pockets
1. Saucony Women’s Bullet Tights
Saucony’s Bullet Tights combine a smooth, chafe-free design with a fit that easily moves with your body. These tights are made with Powerluxe fabric, Saucony’s plushest, most comfortable fabric. They have a soft hand that make them as feel as good as they look.
These tights also have a bit of reflective trim for increased visibility. There’s plenty of room for storage – the Bullet Tights have two side cargo pockets and a zippered back pocket.
Saucony has made the full length tights in black as well as a gray/black honeycomb design.
There are crop and capri options for shorter lengths.
Best Running Tights with Fleece Lining
2. Oiselle Lesley Tights
The Oiselle Lesley Tights are designed by women for women. They have a fit that looks and feels great. Best of all, a thin layer of fleece on the inside of these tights keeps you warm on the coldest days.
The design allows you to move freely with chafing or discomfort. There’s a small zippered pocket in the back.
These tights are perfect when out for a run or just running errands.
Best Cold Weather Tight
3. Saucony Siberius Tights
Stay warm with the thick, plush Siberius tights. These tights are made with a brushed fabric that provide warmth without sacrificing movement.
They feature a small zippered pocket in the back to store ID, gels, keys, or a small phone. The wide, flat waistband provides a custom fit without bunching around the waist.
The coolest feature: the Saucony logo changes color when the temperature dips below freezing.
Best Budget Cold Weather Tight
4. ASICS Thermopolis Tights
Costing about 20% less than most thermal tights, the ASICS Thermopolis tights are the best budget cold weather tights we could find.
The soft, spandex material stretches with you while providing targeted compression in just the right places. The thick, thermal tights will keep you warm on the coldest days.
A water-resistant rear-centered pocket provides room to store essentials while out on the run.
Best Cold Weather Running Tights with Side Pockets
5. Brooks Threshold Tights
Not only do these tights feature two side pockets just below the hip, but they Brooks’ warmest running tights. They help you stay warm on cold, winter days.
They also sport a small interior, sweat-resistant pocket for storing essentials like keys, money, or ID. The fleece-lining helps keep you warm and a drawstring waist lets you customize the fit.
Best Reflective Tights
The Saucony Reflex tights offer 360 degrees of reflectivity so cars can see you in all directions. The reflective design also starts at the ankle and rises to the knee, ensuring lots of movement so drivers will see you running.
These tights are also warm and provide free-range of motion. Compression fabric keeps you dry while supporting muscles. There is a zippered back pocket with a water-resistant lining to store small items.
Flat seams provide a chafe-free ride throughout your run.
And check out this video to see how much cars can see you with reflectivity below the knees (plus other great tips for being seen).
Best Odor-Free Running Tights
7. Smartwool PhD Running Tights
If you’ve ever smelled an old running shirt, you know that once it starts to stink, the odor won’t go away no matter how frequently you wash it. The beauty of merino wool is that it resists these funky smells while polyester clothing smells worse the more frequently its used.
The Smartwool PhD running tights offer warmth, comfort, and resist odor thanks to merino wool.
In addition to fighting odor, merino wool keeps you warm even when wet. And like other running fabrics, it wicks moisture from the skin and dries quickly.
Unlike regular wool, merino wool doesn’t scratch or itch – it feels just as soft and comfortable as other running tights on the market.
The Best Nike Running Tights
8. Nike Pro Women’s Training Tights
These Nike tights have a silky, smooth feel. They allow you to move easily whether you are running or just working out at the gym.
The backs of the calf area are thin mesh allowing great ventilation to keep you from overheating. The elastic, flat waistband provides a secure and flattering fit.
Best Compression Tights
9. CW-X PerformX Tights
The PerformX tights offer great compression and support across the entire lower body. Strategically placed compression is further added along the IT band, hip, and quads to aid with injury recovery.
There is enough compression in these tights that they function equally well for recovery as they do for running. The Coolmax/Lycra fabric pulls moisture from your skin while allowing you to move freely.
The flat seams reduce chafing and the waistband is reinforced an extra layer of fabric for enhanced durability.
Best Tights and Capris for Summer
10. ASICS PR II Tights & Capris
Made with super-soft, high stretch spandex, these tights and capris offer superior comfort at a great price.
They’re light-weight, perfect for warm weather running. They feature flat seams to prevent rubbing. And like other tights, will quickly wick moisture from your skin.
Best Maternity Running Tights
11. Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Maternity Performance Legging
These affordable tights are made with a polyester/spandex blend to wick moisture while holding everything in place. The tights ride high to cover your baby bump and keep it in secure while running. They also look and feel great.