Five of the best winter running tights

MR gives you five of the best running tights to keep you warm this Christmas

114511_0904_0010227545_q_front_primaryASICS ESS Winter Tight – £40

This no-nonsense design from ASICS is fitted with the industry’s most effective chill neutraliser. Sleek and comfortable, they’re a wise choice for winter attire.

Pros: Designed with Motion Therm technology, this is ASICS’ solution to the extreme cold, frostiness and gales. More flexible and smooth than the Salomon tights.
Cons: Hard to find fault, these are a very good option.
Value for money: Stylish looking and comfortable using advanced technology, £40 is a very competitive price.

Style: ASICS want you to know what brand you’re wearing with four logos on the tights. A great piece of kit.


Star rating: 4.5/5


Nike Dri-Fit Thermal – £38.49

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Stretch Dri-FIT fabric provides a locked-in fit designed to pull sweat away from the skin for comfort and support.

Pros: The brushed interior and Dri-FIT fabric is tried and tested and definitely delivers good moisture management. You can tell Nike’s designers have taken their time to make sure these tights move with the runner – zip hems with interior grip tape for a secure fit and quick changes.
Cons: Not as warm as some of the other tights on test, and the back zip pocket is a little on the small side.
Value for money: Normally pricy, but they’re extremely functional and well-designed.
Style: It’s Nike, so expect sleek looks and über-cool styling, difficult to pull off in a winter tight.

Star rating: 4.5/5


Helly Hansen Pace Winter tights – £55

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Norwegians are famed for their Arctic and Antarctic exploits, so it’s no surprise that this product oozes quality with a cutting-edge fit and dual layers to double the thermal affect.

Pros: Different thicknesses of fabric are used in areas you want to keep warm such as your thighs, knees and bottom. Body mapped fabric provides extra comfort.
Cons: Depends on whether you want a warm bum or not! These tights pack in a lot of technology; beware the ankle zippers though.
Value for money: In the middle of the price range, these tights are a solid winter option.
Style: Understated, skin-fit without being restrictive. All black with Helly Hansen logo on the side of the calf.

Star rating: 4.5/5


Ronhill Trail Winter tight – £50


These multi-purpose tights from Ronhill are a great winter product, packing a range of details into a cost-effective bundle.

Pros: A combination of heavier inner fabrics and Powerlite ensure the overall package can deal with the harshest of winter conditions. Elasticated hem and lock down ankle zips are included.
Cons: The feeling of a zip skin-tight to your Achilles took a while to get used to.
Value for money: These tights deliver an effective shield against the cold and for a great price.
Style: Comfortable and 10g lighter than the Salomon trail tights, these tights feature reflective taping for visibility.

Star rating: 4.5/5


ASICS Leg Balance Tight – £60


Designed to reduce muscle fatigue, improve posture and be practical.

Pros: Built with MotionDry and Windstopper technology to keep you warm in the cold bite.
Cons: Another layer added to the ankle cuff would make these tights just that little bit better.
Value for money: These tights will put a dent in your pocket – a top functioning item that covers all the basics.
Style: Garish looking tights that provide great comfort. Reflective lines seem a little strange, though.

Star rating: 4/5

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