¾ RUNNING LEGGINGS
Sim Benson puts mid-calf running tights to the test
We’ve found the 24 best buys
SALOMON EXO PRO ¾ TIGHT
110g Men’s M www.salomon.com These well-cut, super-light and wonderfully supportive tights are made from polyamide and elastane. A clever honeycomb knit provides light compression on all but the back of the knees, making these very comfortable to wear – it looks cool too. They offer reflective details, a zipped pocket, two gel pockets and grippy cuffs to
stop them rucking up.
Quite pricey but really well designed; great to run in.
SALOMON AGILE ¾ TIGHT
150g Men’s M www.salomon.com These stylish standard-length three-quarterlength tights fit well and offer great value. The polyester/elastane mix fabric feels soft and stretchy, and is really nice to run in. The lightweight fabric offers some warmth on a cold morning but also breathes well, so you can wear them through the summer too. There is a zipped rear pocket and good
Excellent lightweight tights, perfect for every runner.
KALENJI KANERGY ¾
TIGHTS 175g Men’s M www.decathlon.co.uk These performance-enhancing compression tights are good value if they fit you well. We found the lack of stretch on the compression panels around the legs supportive but quite uncomfortable, so try before you buy. They are made from a polyamide/elastane mix and feature good reflective details, plus five pockets around the waistband, including
two with zips.
Compressive and well featured; good value if they fit.
ODLO FURY TIGHTS ¾
175g Men’s M www.odlo.com The Fury tights feel really soft, comfortable and great to run in. They offer some warmth but feel light and airy, so are still good when it warms up; this is due to a polyester/elastane mix jersey fabric and the great multi-panelled cut. They are a normal three-quarter length, just covering the calf muscle, and feature a zipped pocket and
Soft and comfortable, good allrounders for racing or training.
OMM FLASH TIGHTS 0.75
185g Men’s M www.theomm.com A simple polyester/spandex mix tight, with a good run-specific design. Reflective details keep you safe, grip strips around the cuff stop the legs rucking up, and strategically placed mesh panels help keep you comfortable in warmer weather. The fit is looser than most, making them a comfy option for a full weekend’s mountain
Simple running tights, great for multi-day runs or races.
COMPRESSPORT PIRATE ¾
T3 TIGHTS 130g Men’s M www.compressport.com These are sized by thigh circumference and it’s important to get the measurements correct. The high-quality polyamide/Lycra mix fabric is woven on medical-grade machines to offer targeted compression, to maximise performance and recovery. Supportive rather than restrictive, they are light and breathable, and feature a useful
rear mesh pocket.
Compressive, and packed with run-specific design.
Reflective detailing is important for safety, and a good-sized pocket means you might not need a bag.
INOV-8 AT/C 3QTR TIGHT
190g Men’s M www.inov-8.com These stylish, technical tights fit brilliantly: they’re quite short, cut to just cover the knee, but have sticky grippers to stop them riding up. The nylon/spandex mix material is durable but also stretchy and comfortable. A useful but small zipped rear pocket and two open gel pockets mean you can often go without a pack. Large reflective logos keep you visible.
Ideal for long days or big races in serious places.
2XU HYOPTIK COMPRESSION ¾ TIGHTS 140g Men’s M
www.2xu.com Styled to stand out, these feature a cool reflective design on steel-grey tights. 2XU uses its PWX compression system to support the thighs, to boost performance and recovery. In use, the polyamide/ elastane mix fabric feels smooth, high quality and supportive. The fit is excellent, but the cut is quite short and the cuffs ruck a bit.
High-quality tights with potential performance gains.
More protective than shorts but cooler than full tights, three-quarterlengths are brilliantly versatile.
RAIDLIGHT ¾ RAIDER TRAIL RUNNING TIGHT
155g Men’s M www.raidlight.com
The Raider tights feel protective and supportive, with a slightly longer-length and some low-level compression. They are well designed, with reflective details and two excellent hip pockets; big enough to leave the bag at home. Proving that eco credentials don’t sacrifice performance, these are made of 94% recycled polyester but feel really high quality.
Well designed, high quality, protective and eco.
CAPRI 200g Men’s M www.moremile.co.uk These capris are the cheapest on test and they feel lower quality, but they look good and are quite nice to run in. The polyester/spandex mix fabric is stretchy and comfortable, but feels thin. They fit well and are cut nicely below the knee but above the calf. They feature a fairly big zipped rear pocket and lots of reflective detail.
A less technical tight, for commuting or everyday wear.
Three-quarter-lengths with compression panels often fit very well, but can be expensive.
GORE AIR TIGHTS ⅞
230g Men’s M www.goreapparel.co.uk A useful addition to a well-stocked wardrobe or an excellent only pair of tights, the seven-eighths length is great, protecting you from cold but comfortable when it’s warm, thanks to mesh panels. Gore uses a polyamide/elastane mix fabric to offer a durable but stretchy and wellfitted tight, with good reflective detail and a zipped pocket.
Great for winter races and training all year round.
SKINSDNAMIC SUPERPOSE ¾ TIGHTS 190g Men’s M
www.skins.net Featuring shorts over standard-length three-quarter tights to give a more modest style, these are great for commuting or the gym. When running you don’t really notice the shorts; the tights feel well cut and supportive. Well made from a mixture of nylon, polyester and elastane, they have a zipped rear pocket and reflective details.
High-quality compression tights with shorts for modesty.