running tights/leggings

  • ncsudude

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    Feb 05, 2014 3:43 AM GMT
    I leave in NC and the cold is really causing issues with my running.

    I'm considering

    UA STEALTH RUN STORM TIGHTS
    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/mens-ua-stealth-run-storm-tights/pid1238954-001

    UA DYNAMIC RUN COMPRESSION TIGHTS
    http://www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/mens-ua-dynamic-run-compression-tights/pid1239433-001

    2XU MEN'S COMPRESSION TIGHTS
    http://www.2xu.com/mens/compression/tights/compression-tights-ma1967b.html

    thoughts other suggestions? Plus is there really any difference between leggings and tights?
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    Feb 05, 2014 6:13 AM GMT
    A few years ago I bought some that are supposed to help with recovery. They have bands of extra strong elastic. CW-X. They're hard to put on because they're so tight. I'm not so hard core that I need them for that and I think I only used them once or twice. Money wasted.

    http://goo.gl/UXaIUV

    So I'd focus more on what'll keep you warm.
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    Feb 05, 2014 7:11 AM GMT
    I guess it depends how long you plan on running outdoors. They would all work well but I would choose the stealth storm tights if you plan on being out for more than 30 min.

    My tights have a very minimal lining that I appreciate on those long two hour runs in the winter. Now, if a company could just develop some ultra warm gloves. My hands are often so cold I struggle to grasp the key to open my back door.
  • quirkyquirk

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    Feb 05, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    I run about twenty miles a week outside all winter. I would vote for Gore Windstopper Running tights. They wear like iron and I have never been cold in them.... The windstopper keeps me from the need to wear a wind brief also... (Frosted 'nads are no fun!)

    Hope it helps and stay warm!
  • ncsudude

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    Feb 16, 2014 4:02 AM GMT
    u go commando in tights? or normal undies?


    quirkyquirk saidI run about twenty miles a week outside all winter. I would vote for Gore Windstopper Running tights. They wear like iron and I have never been cold in them.... The windstopper keeps me from the need to wear a wind brief also... (Frosted 'nads are no fun!)

    Hope it helps and stay warm!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Feb 16, 2014 7:52 AM GMT
    There was a thread about going commando in tights a while back. I got cheap Karrimor ones from Sports Direct and they seem to have got me through the British winters. Dunno if that helps or not....
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    Feb 16, 2014 8:36 AM GMT
    Tights for warmth are not the same as tights for compression.

    If you want to keep your legs warm while running in cold weather, but you don't want the abrasion of loose fabric flapping about your calves, then you need thermal tights. For example (illustrative purposes only, not a recommendation): http://amzn.com/B0054PDAKI These typically have thicker construction with a brushed inner surface that helps trap a layer of warm air between the skin and the fabric.

    If you want compression, most thermal tights will do that to some extent, but tights specifically designed for high compression can be more effective. For example: http://amzn.com/B00591IER6 Generally, the heavier the fiber, the more compression.

    Although most brands will generally fit properly if you get the correct size, different people will find different brands to have a better fit than others. I will say, though, that CW-X tights do *NOT* look comfortable, since they are practically unisex. Even for men's tights, there is just one front seam going right down the center, with no place for your man parts. 2XU are better, but Skins are probably one of the best in this regard.

    Personally, my preference is for a covered waistband, rather than underwear-style (compare the 2XUs to the Skins A200 http://amzn.com/B0054PD0YO to see what I mean).

    How well do they work? For cold weather protection, they work okay. If you sweat a lot in your legs, they won't be as effective--but if you're sweating, chances are you aren't that cold. For compression, it's important to get the right size. If you do, then I've found the 2XUs to work really well so far. They do lose a bit of tightness after a while. They are *supposed* to be super tight. In my opinion, it helps reduce muscle soreness after running--but only if you keep wearing them for several hours after your run.

    I can't recommend UA. Their products used to be better back when they focused on a small range of athletic wear instead of pushing the brand, but now I feel like their fabrics are cheap, the tailoring is poor, and the pricing isn't justified. They've become like Nike: it's about brand value rather than creating the best performance wear they can.
  • ncsudude

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    Mar 20, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    thank you for all of that info heropup, it really helps!!!