We tested and reviewed over 25+ pairs of men’s running tights to find the best ones for all types of weather conditions and budgets.
Staying comfortable and dry is a top priority in order to make your runs as pleasant as possible. With today’s current fabric and design technology, there are various types of tights for all temperatures and weather conditions.
Depending on the season and where you live, you might want a lighter pair of tights, wind-proof tights, 3/4 length, or cold weather tights.
The best men’s running tights wick moisture from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. Winter tights are heavy and thick to keep out the cold temperatures. And wind and water-resistant running tights usually have a nylon outer liner on the front part of the tights to protect you from the elements.
If you are looking for ladies tights, check out this article with the best tights for women.
Take your runs to the next level with the these men’s running tights available now…
Top 3 Best and Favorites
New Balance Impact Tights
ASICS Lite-Show Winter Tights
CW-X Stabilyx Joint Support Compression Tight
Best All-Around Men’s Running Tights
1. New Balance Impact Tights
Run free and smooth in these near-perfect running tights. Made by New Balance – one of the leading running companies – the Impact tights are the best overall running tights in our list.
These tights move well and feel great. They are a great value compared to other tights. They also have flat seams to prevent chafing. The flat waistband and drawstring allow you to fine-tune to the perfect fit.
A pocket has enough storage for money, keys, or ID. New Balance technical fabric efficiently wicks sweat away from your skin. Reflective detailing helps keep you safe in low light conditions.
Overall, these tights work in a variety of temperatures and conditions. They are priced well and will hold up over repeated runs.
- Medium-weight to work well in a variety of temps
- Soft feel
- Flat seams to prevent chaffing
- Small back pocket
- Lacks a lot of reflective detail
- No large pockets
Best Reflective Running Tights
2. Brooks Carbonite Tight
Cooler temperatures coincide with shorter days – if you run outside in the early morning or the evening, you want to make sure you can be easily seen.
Brooks’ Carbonite tights are the best on the market to be seen in the dark. Reflective markings cover these tights in the front and around the calf. Bright yellow coloring and reflective 3M Stretchlite on the lower part of the tight ensures you’ll be seen.
There will be plenty of reflective movement that passing cars can pick up. 360-degree reflective details on the front and back ensure you’ll be seen in all directions.
Compression fabric stays close to your skin, to quickly remove moisture while providing muscle support and a comfortable fit. The crotch has seamless stitching and soft fabric for a smooth, chafe-free ride.
A zippered back pocket provides enough room to carry a small phone.
- Good reflective qualities
- Warm, but not too thick tights
- Overall nice fit
- Won’t keep you warm in coldest temps
Best Running Tights for Winter
3. ASICS Lite-Show Winter Tights
ASICS Lite-Show winter tights perform double-duty. Yes, they are thick, warm tights guaranteed to keep you toasty warm on the coldest days. But they also have lots of reflective detail if you are running in low-light conditions.
These tights are thick without feeling heavy. They feature a water-resistant shell fabric to keep you comfortable in the rain and snow. A fleece-lining on the inside of the tights helps you stay warm. At the same time, they are made of sweat-wicking material to keep you dry.
They also have a zippered rear pocket. For added safety, reflective detail is on the parts of your legs that move: the ankle, knee, and thigh. This means when headlights hit the tights, cars will see moving reflective parts – letting them know it’s an actual person out there running.
- Warm, fleece lining
- Reflective details
- Small pocket for key, gels
- Priced well for cold weather tights
- Pocket not big enough for phone
Best Running Tights to Fight Odor
4. Smartwool Merino Sport Fleece Tight
One of the many benefits of merino wool clothing is its ability to resist nasty smells. If you’ve ever taken a whiff of an old polyester running shirt, you know that it can take on an odor that won’t come out no matter how many times you wash it.
Merino wool, on the other hand, stays odor-free.
The Smartwool Sport Fleece tights not only resist odor but keep you warm even when they are wet. Merino wool also remains breathable. And unlike regular wool, it’s soft and doesn’t scratch or cause itching.
These Smartwool tights have a zippered pocket in the back to store keys, gels, or a small phone plus another pocket on the side. Reflective details up both legs add an extra layer of visibility to your winter running outfit.
While they are pricier than standard tights (due to merino wool’s higher cost), we feel they are worth paying a little extra.
- Very warm
- Resists odor
- Great feel, especially for wool
Top Windproof Tights
5. GORE R3 Partial Windstopper Tights
Featuring protective panels along the front and back of these tights, GORE’s R3 Windstopper Tights are a nice option for cool, windy days.
GORE developed protective fabric that keeps out wind while remaining breathable. Warm air that builds up under the tights is allowed to vent and escape to keep you cool. While at the same time, outside wind is blocked preventing your legs from becoming too cold.
In the R3 Windstopper Tights, GORE has put this unique membrane along the front and back of the tights down to the lower thigh level. Below that is a more traditional fabric that breaths but doesn’t block the wind. This makes the R3 tight more of a hybrid cold-to-cool tight rather than all-out cold weather tight. It’s perfect for chilly fall and spring days when it’s too cold for shorts but too warm for heavy tights.
These tights also feature a reflective band along the back of the legs. Nice for low light runs. There is also a small zippered pocket in the back. It’s great for stashing keys, gels, or a small phone. But it’s not big enough for a larger phone.
We also liked that the elastic drawcord is one connected piece, rather than two ends you find on most tights. It makes it a little harder to cinch and tie. But not having to worry that one end slips inside the waist liner when it’s being washing is a nice plus.
Sizing runs small. This is according to GORE’s website and we found it true when testing. The waist seam is also thin, which made these tights a little more comfortable around the waist than other tights.
Overall we felt the R3 Windstopper Tights are a great option for shoulder season, windy runs. They were nicely balanced in keeping out the wind while remaining breathable.
- Windproof and warm
- Soft feel with good freedom of movement
- Connected elastic drawcord
- Sizing runs small
- Thin waistband slightly uncomfortable
Best Cheap Running Tights
6. ASICS Essentials Tights
These are just some good, basic tights. They don’t have the bells and whistles of some of the other running tights. But the price is right.
And being made by ASICS, they are solid tights that look as good running as they do for casual wear. Even better, if you are tall, these tights come in tall lengths for runners with long legs.
- Awesome value
- Dries quickly
- Come in tall lengths
- Not many colors
Top Compression Tights for Running
7. CW-X Stabilyx Joint Support Compression Tight
These tights perform double-duty. They are great for running and have powerful compression. But they also have targeted compression to provide relief to injured knees, quads, and hips.
Meant to replace buying and using endless amounts of Kinesio tape, CW-X tights have additional compression snaking down the tights to provide the same level of relief as tape. They function just as well as recovery as they do for running.
The CW-X Performx tights also wick moisture away from the skin and stretch so you can run freely.
- Compression for recovery
- Helps with injuries
- High-quality compression
- May be too tight for some runners
Men’s Running Half Tights
8. Nike Pro 3/4 Tights
Similar to the full-length Nike Pro tights, 3/4 tights are designed to provide a second-skin feel while wicking moisture to keep you dry.
These tights look sharp and are made of super-stretchy fabric to keep you moving freely. Despite being a great value, these tights are durable and should last a long time.
- Good value
- Wicks away sweat and moisture
- No pockets
- Won’t last as long as other tights
Best Running Tights with Side Pockets
9. New Balance Anticipate 2.0 Pant
Ok, so these are really tapered pants and not tights. But they are warm, comfortable, and have two large side pockets with zippers. Even better they are made with soft fabric resulting in a smooth ride that feels great.
Like other pairs of tights, they do a great job wicking moisture from the skin and have an elastic waistband for a custom and snug fit.
These tights are warm, but they are also versatile enough to be used for spring, fall, and winter. They have a bit of reflective details for running in the evening or early morning.
- Two large, zippered pockets
- Well… they are pants, not tights
Best Tall and XL Running Tights
10. Under Armour ColdGear Compression Leggings
These tights are budget-friendly and come in tall and XL sizes. A common problem with running tights is that sizing is often dependent on waist length, but not inseam. If you are tall or have long legs, regular tights ride above the ankles.
But the Under Armour Cold tights come in tall sizes with longer inseams. They also do a great job wicking moisture and are thick enough to keep out the cold weather.
- Keeps you toasty and warm
- Comes in various lengths
- Some people felt they were sized small