Running in Cold Weather: Finding the Perfect Tights

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Winter running is a whole other ballgame when compared to warm-weather running. Learning how to dress to feel good takes a little experimentation. The hardest part of this experimentation process was the amount of money it cost me. My hope is that this recent series of “How to find the ___________ for Winter Running” will help you save some cash.

In case you missed it, the first post in the series is How to Find the Perfect Running Shirt for Winter, Spring and Fall. Today we're tackling how to find the perfect winter running tight.


  • First and foremost, be wary of zippers and seams. Neither should feel itchy. Chafing from a zipper is never fun.
  • Tights should have zippers for ventilation and for adding another degree of cooling after getting warmed up.
  • Drawstrings are usually not your friend. Look for tights that are flat waisted.
  • Fit should be snug, but not so snug that they won’t allow you to tuck your shirt or base layer in (tucking in your base layer is essential on a super cold day).
  • Choose tights according to your tolerance for cold weather and for the area you live in. There are lightweight tights, mid-weight tights and even wind-resistance thermal tights. If you can’t decide, go with a light thermal pair.
  • Lastly, tights are an investment piece in any winter runner's wardrobe. They cost as much as a pair of shoes, but last a lot longer. I’ve had my favorite pair for four years (wish I could say the same about my fave running shoes).


What do you look for when shopping for running tights?