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Women’s running tights: 4 of the best

The chillier months are here – and unless you want chapped legs, a pair of run tights are a must. Helen Webster tests four new run tights for women

best run tights for women

Make sure you stay warm when running this winter with a pair of good running tights.

Salomon Agile Warm


Salomon Agile Warm run tights

With a brushed interior, these were hands-down the snugliest tights on test, but still managed to feel light and breathable. Our mediums were a good, close fit (for a UK12 tester) and other features included an adjustable waist elastic, zippy rear pocket and ankle zips, all of which added brownie points. There were also a couple of reflective stripes for low-light safety. While running they were comfy (if a little warm in late summer testing!).

Verdict: warm and practical leggings for winter training 92%

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On Tights Long


On Running tights long

On Running describe these as insulating tights for cold conditions, but we didn’t notice the fabric being much warmer than a regular pair. Yet we did like the feel of them, and the concertina-effect above the knees is designed for warmth, but also aided movement. Waist elastic and ankle zips feature, and there are three decent-sized tuck pockets in the waistband, yet sadly without zips. The internal central crotch seam is a bit of a shame as well!

Verdict: stylish design but expensive, sizes come up large, 79%

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Famara Flamenco


Famara Flamenco running tights

Launched in 2016 by an artist keen to bring her designs to sportswear, Famara are named after the surf village in Lanza. We loved the vibrant design and our capri-length pair (full-length also available) were very soft and comfortable, with a wide and high waistband. The sizing is generous and stretchy – a size small fit our size 12 tester with plenty of room. There are no pockets, though, and they wouldn’t be toasty enough when winter truly bites.  famaraonline.com

Verdict: nice capris, but not for cold runs. Our new yoga staples! 70%

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Element Karbon


Element Karbon run tights

Billed as ‘squat-proof leggings’ we immediately loved the comfortable feel of these camo/flower leggings from this new women’s brand. With a similar high, wide waist to the Famaras, these felt similarly smooth on the skin, but with a slightly thicker fabric and the addition of a waist elastic and a well-sized zippy pocket on the rear (hurray!). They felt good to run in and other prints are available, plus matching crop tops and shorts for summer. elementkarbon.co.uk

Verdict: quality & value tights with snazzy features, 87%

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