SUPERNOVA LADIES’ SEQUENCIALS TIGHTS
The guys at adi have used soft lightweight fabric
that incorporates moisture management technology for these tights, making them
really comfortable in any conditions, and enhanced the fit with a nifty seam
just behind the knee and a calf-hugging panel. That really makes the tights hug
the back of the leg, more so than some other pairs tested. Two small side
pockets and reflective stripes round off the design.
R499 at adidas Concept Stores and selected outlets
(men’s and women’s).
The most noticeable feature of this pair of tights is
the thicker lower front leg panels, which are designed to be more durable out
on the trail – more water- and stain-resistant, and none of those pesky little
thread-pulls from thorny bushes! Another welcome feature is breathable mesh
panels behind the knees for a bit more ventilation at a traditionally sweaty
area. Made from moisture-management polyester, these tights have a zipped
pocket on the right hip and a flap pocket on the left, plus reflective logos on
front and back.
Sportsmans Warehouse (men’s and
The curving seamline down the front of the thigh
makes a noticeable difference to its body-fitting form and comfort, and that is
then enhanced still further by the cut of the front knee panel. Also noticeable
is the useful sticky rubber inside the bottom hemline, which prevents the
tights from riding up, The package is rounded off by prominent reflective strips
on front and back, and an inner key pocket.
Capestorm stockists (men’s and women’s).
FIRST ASCENT P3 TIGHTS
offering superb reflectivity for better visibility and safety, and a huge
zippered pocket at the back that can carry more than most pockets on tights,
the best feature of these tights is their calf-hugging, extra-ventilated mesh
lower leg panels. The seams wrap around the leg to really contour the tights
onto your muscles, and offer a smoother, more comfy ride.
R549 at First Ascent stockists (men’s and women’s).
LIGHTNING DRY GO 2 TIGHTS
This is a relatively simple, straight-forward pair of tights, with no New Balance stockists
bells and whistles – not even zips on the lower legs – but that means they
offer an ever-so-slightly looser fit that will appeal to some runners who just
want their legs covered, not contoured. Great moisture-management is still
provided, plus reflective strips and a small inner flap pocket.
(men’s and women’s).
New Balance stockists
3/4 TIGHT 2
The mesh ventilation
panels all the way down the outer side and on the calf are key to this design,
offering extra comfort on top of the moisture-wicking of the fabric. Really
tight in their cut, these ‘tights’ really live up to their name, so make sure
you try them on first to get a comfortable sizing. Also with a small mesh
pocket at back and reflective logos and tabs on the legs.
at PUMA stockists (men’s and women’s).
SAUCONY WOMEN’S IGNITE
TIGHT CAPRI II
tights feel thicker than most others tested here, and proved a bit warmer and
cosier in colder conditions as a result, but still offered great
moisture-management and comfort. The fit and performance are enhanced by a
ventilation strip down the outer side and contoured calf panels on the back of
the leg. Also has a small back zippered pocket at the back.
R599 at Saucony stockists.