The Best Men’s Running Tights in 2018
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.
Take your runs to the next level with the best men’s running tights in 2017.
Best All-Around Men’s Running Tights
Brooks Greenlight Tights
You’ll run free and smooth in these near-perfect running tights. Made by Brooks – the leading running company – the Greenlight tights have flat seams to prevent chafing. The flat waistband and drawstring allow you to fine tune to the perfect fit.
A sweat-resistant back, zippered pocket has enough storage for money, keys, ID or a medium-sized phone. DriLayer technology built into the fabric efficiently wicks sweat away from your skin.
The Brooks Greenlight tights are lightweight and provide good freedom of movement – but they are thick enough to keep you warm on cool days.
Best Reflective Running Tights
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.
Saucony’s Reflex tights are the best on the market to be seen in the dark. Reflective markings are where you need it most: from the knee to the ankle. This ensures lots of reflective movement passing cars can pick up. 360 degree reflectivity on the front and back ensures 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, chaf-free ride.
A zippered side, hip pocket allows easy access to a phone, keys, or wallet.
Best Running Tights for Winter
ASICS Men’s Anatomic Softshell Tights
While many cold-weather running tights cost upwards of $120 or more, the ASICS Anatomic Softshell tights are one of the best values at $100 (often less online).
These tights are thick without feeling heavy. They feature a water-resistant shell fabric to keep you comfortable in the rain and snow.
With strategic ventilation around the knees, these tights provide warmth without overheating.
They also have a zippered rear pocket and reflective detail on the shins for added safety. A final touch is silicone gripping at the bottom of the tight to keep them from riding up.
Best Running Tights to Fight Odor
Smartwool Men’s PhD Wind 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 PhD wind tights not only resist odor but keep you warm even when they are wet. Merino wool also keeps you warm while remaining breathable. Unlike regular wool, it’s soft and doesn’t scratch or cause itching.
These Smartwool tights also have a wind-resistance layer on the front of the tights to keep out wind, rain, and snow. They have a zippered pocket in the back to store keys, gels, or a small phone.
Best Cheap Running Tights
Nike Men’s Power Essential Running 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 Nike, they are solid tights that look as good running as they do for casual wear.
Top Compression Tights for Running
CW-X Men’s Performx Tights
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 functional 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.
Men’s Running Half Tights
adidas Men’s Running Supernova 3/4 Tights
The adidas Supernova 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. A sweat-resistant zippered pocket stores small items. The elastic waist draw cord lets you find the perfect fit.
Best running tights with side pockets
Brooks Men’s threshold tights
The Brooks Threshold tights are made with soft fabric resulting in a smooth ride that feels great. Even better, there are two deep pockets on the sides of both pant legs just below the hip.
Like other tights, they do a great job wicking moisture from the skin and have an elastic waistband for a custom and snug fit.
These are also Brooks’ warmest tights. They’ll get you through the coldest days feeling warm and comfortable.
Best Tall Running Tights
Under Armour Men’s ColdGear Armour Compression Leggings
These tights are budget-friendly and come in tall 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.