What makes a great pair of running leggings?
After getting the right trainers and a supportive bra, choosing the right running leggings is one of the most important decisions you'll make and buying your kit.
We've done the hard work for you, and only stock leggings that we've found brilliant to run in. These are the things that feature high on our list on when making our choices:
- Technical, sweat-wicking material that will keep you warm or cool dependent on the weather
- Thick, supportive waistband that doesn't roll down when you run
- Pockets that are big enough to fit your phone and other running essentials
Girlfriend Collective Leggings
We chose to stock Girlfriend Collective in part due to their eco-credentials and in part due to the high quality and performance of their leggings. We've pretty much lived in them since we discovered them. Technical enough to perform brilliantly on those long runs and stylish enough to slip in to your day to day wardrobe.
We stock two different styles of Girlfriend Collective Leggings - the High Rise Compression and the Pocket Leggings.
As the name suggests, the Pocket Leggings feature a pocket on each hip, easily big enough to fit your phone in one and other running essentials in the other. Perfect for when you're heading out on a longer run and want to take some energy snacks with you.
The High Rise Compression Leggings have a laser cut pocket in the inside of the waistband at the back. The pocket is easily big enough for your phone, house key and credit card. The thick supportive waistband stays in place even when loaded down with a phone so you don't need to worry about hitching them up half way round your run!
I particularly like that they come in 2 different lengths - 7/8 and long. At 5'5" I find the 7/8 length hit me just above the ankle.
SAYSKY Universe Blaze Leggings
The SAYSKY women's Universe Blaze Tights is our favourite pair of winter running leggings. The fit is amazing - snug enough to be compressive but not tight enough to be uncomfortable. They also a super soft inside feel, and a thick supportive waistband to add to the comfort factor. And let's not forget the all important zipped pocket on the back of the waistband.
My favourite feature is the reflective universe print that'll keep you seen when running in darker light conditions. A subtle print for during the day, it's like running with thousands of stars shining off your legs when headlights hit them at night.