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Written By Clare Wilkes - December 01 2016
Try as you might, even the hardiest of runners have a few days a year where they are forced to resort to running in something a little longer than a 5-inch split short. For road running, the primary function of running tights is normally to give a bit of protection against the cooler temperatures. On the trail they can serve a few purposes; warmth, and a barrier between your bare legs and all those fun things you encounter when romping through the forest. Whichever way you swing, and however short you like your shorts, you’re probably going to need something to ensure you make it through the cold winter months with everything still intact.
For the hardened shorts wearer, ease yourself in with something lightweight and breathable like the Adidas Supernova tight. The zipped ankle detail gives you the option of extra ventilation should you need it, and the men’s version includes a reflective panel on the calf to ensure you stay visible on dark winter days.
Lightweight protection and performance come together with 2XU compression tights - perfect if you’re looking for ultimate bang for your buck from your apparel. Powerful compression wraps and protects key leg muscles, promotes greater blood flow and helps recovery, while the reflective pattern keeps you seen on the roads.
Add a bit more warmth and just a splash of pattern with the Newline Imotion printed tights (also available in men's) to bring a bit of colour to the seawall this winter. The medium weight, sweat-wicking fabric will keep you warm but not overheated, and the spacious zip pocket is perfect for keeping your phone or keys safe while you run.
If you’re toughing it out on the trails this winter, stay protected from the wind and rain with the Salomon Trail Runner Windstopper tights (also available in men's). The Gore WindStopper fabric will keep you cosy on the bleakest of days, and the looser fit around the calves coupled with a lightly padded fabric make them the perfect crossover tights for winter hiking and snowshoeing.
For the ultimate in comfort and warmth, the Newline Iconic thermal power tights (also available in men's) are perfect for those days when you’d rather stay in bed and only the warmest, cosiest running clothes will persuade you otherwise.
Snug fitting with a brushed fleece lining, cuffed ankles and multiple pockets, these tights will carry you safely through your winter runs and beyond - after all, they look pretty good too.
If you still can’t stomach the thought of your legs being completely covered, three-quarter length tights will keep the chill at bay, or if you’re still not convinced, layer the Newline Imotion Cross pant over shorts on the way to and from your workout.
Whether you look forward to tights season or are already counting down the days until you can expose your bare legs to the world again, be sure you have something on standby to ensure you love the run all year round, even if it is just a pair of calf-height socks.