¾ RUN­NING LEG­GINGS

Sim Ben­son puts mid-calf run­ning tights to the test

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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.

VER­DICT

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

re­flec­tive de­tail.

VER­DICT

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.

VER­DICT

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

re­flec­tive de­tail­ing.

VER­DICT

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

marathon­ing.

VER­DICT

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.

VER­DICT

Com­pres­sive, and packed with run-spe­cific de­sign.

FEA­TURES

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.

VER­DICT

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.

VER­DICT

High-qual­ity tights with po­ten­tial per­for­mance gains.

PRO­TEC­TION

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.

VER­DICT

Well de­signed, high qual­ity, pro­tec­tive and eco.

MOREMILE RUN­NING

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.

VER­DICT

A less tech­ni­cal tight, for com­mut­ing or ev­ery­day wear.

COM­PRES­SION

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.

VER­DICT

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.

VER­DICT

High-qual­ity com­pres­sion tights with shorts for mod­esty.

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