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The Best Running Leggings For Women

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Whether you like them in muted shades or prefer to brighten up the world with multicoloured patterns, your leggings have an important role to play in heat regulation when running. The right tights can do a great job of cooling you down when you’re sweating hard or keeping you warm on chilly early morning runs – not to mention protecting you from wind, rain and harmful UV rays.

You’ll need leggings that both suit the conditions and fit you well, but finding the right pair of leggings that don’t fall down or ride up, chafe or make you too hot is easier said than done. Check the fit before you commit. Try different brands, styles and types of leggings to find the perfect fit for your body shape.

Stylewise, three-quarter-length cropped tights (or capris) will keep you cooler, while full-length thicker leggings will ensure you’re toasty on a winter’s day. Opt for compression tights for (possibly) faster muscle recovery and fewer aches after running.

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A selection of the running leggings tested by the author, Camilla Artault (Image credit: Camilla Artault / Future)

We’ve been testing the best women’s running leggings since 2018, and have recommended our favourites, as well as using our experience to assess and spotlight popular styles in a number of categories to make your decision easier.

If you’re building out your running wardrobe, you may like to browse our picks of the best running bras, women’s running jackets, women’s running tops and women’s running shorts.

Best Running Leggings With Pockets

Brooks Method 7/8 Tights

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Brooks Method 7/8 Tights

Supportive, high-waisted cropped leggings with pockets

Specifications

RRP: £68
Style: 7/8 length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High, secure waistband
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Supportive fit
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Lots of pockets, including one with key loop

Reasons to avoid

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No zip pockets
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Not available in full length
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Sizing comes up a little large

Another brand that’s moved with the times and embraced the high waist – hurrah! These running tights also have a wide, shaped waistband which won’t roll down when you bend over or slip down as you run. The supportive fabric is smooth and fairly lightweight, and perforated panels help keep you cool. There are plenty of pockets including two phone pockets on the legs and a fold-over pocket at the back of the waistband. They’re only available in a cropped length, but these ones tick all our boxes.


Designed By Sports Leggings

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Designed By Sports Leggings

Supportive, warm leggings with all the pockets

Specifications

RRP: £39.99
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Soft, warm and supportive fabric
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Attractive print
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Secure zip pocket, plus thigh pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Impractical giant shoelace-style drawstring
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Fabric not the best at wicking sweat

Offering excellent value for money, these leggings are high-waisted, squat-proof, and have a phone pocket on the thigh and a zip pocket at the back of the waist. We loved the feel of the thick, soft and supportive fabric, although you wouldn’t want to run in them when it’s hot. The high waistband was comfortable and stayed put even when we removed the uncomfortable, giant-shoelace-like drawstring. There are several prints to choose from but we fell hard for the moody Dark Denim Sky print.


Sundried Women’s Infinity Leggings

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Sundried Women’s Infinity Leggings

Incredible-value, breathable, high-waisted leggings with pockets

Specifications

RRP: £24
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Large pockets on both legs and zipped pocket on waistband
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Breathable fabric with laser-cut holes keeps you cool

Reasons to avoid

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None

Comfortable high-waisted leggings that don’t fall down, have pockets and yet don’t cost the earth are surprisingly rare, but this Sundried pair fit the profile. They’re soft and supportive, with a wide waistband and lots of pockets: two roomy ones on the legs and a secure zip pocket at the back of the waist. Perforated panels on the sides help keep you cool, too.


Lululemon Fast and Free Tight

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Lululemon Fast and Free Tights

Flattering, comfortable cult favourite

Specifications

RRP: £108
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable, non-restrictive fabric
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Flattering cut
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High waist with drawstring stays put
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Plenty of pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

These high-waisted full-length tights are among the best we’ve tried, combining a flattering fit with staying power thanks to the wide, contoured waistband and drawstring that mean there’s no need to readjust them mid-run. The lightweight, quick-drying Nulux fabric feels barely there, but still offers good coverage. Drop-in gel pockets can be found around the back and sides of the waist, and there are also two snug leg pockets ideal for your phone or keys. They also come in a cropped length, and a wide range of colours and sizes (the website lists US sizes; 0-24 translates to 4-28 in UK sizes).


New Balance Shape Shield High Rise Pocket Crop

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New Balance Shape Shield High Rise Pocket Crop

High-waisted leggings with a flattering and functional contour waistband

Specifications

RRP: £60
Style: 7/8 length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Shaped waistband is flattering
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Drop-in phone pocket 

Reasons to avoid

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Available only in black

These slightly cropped leggings from New Balance have a panelled design at the waist which is both flattering and functional, helping the wide waistband stay put. A drop-in pocket at the top of the thigh allows you to keep your phone within reach. The NB DRYx premium fabric feels soft, gives good coverage and is efficient at wicking away sweat.


M&S Go Move Gym Legging

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M&S Go Move Gym Leggings

High street leggings that look the business

Specifications

RRP: £25
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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High waist with drawstring stops slippage
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Blackout opaque
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Thigh pocket and zip pocket
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Stylish prints

Reasons to avoid

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Thick fabric not as breathable or stretchy as some leggings

An excellent-value high-street option, these supportive and high-waisted leggings from M&S’s Goodmove range offer totally opaque coverage, a phone pocket on the leg and a zip pocket on the waistband. And best of all, they come in some stylish prints that could almost be from one of the high-end athleisure brands. We won’t tell if you don’t.


Gore R3 Mid Tights

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Gore R3 Mid Tights

Warm, breathable leggings with ankle zips and pockets

Specifications

RRP: £79.99
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Warm yet breathable fabric
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Zip and drop-in pockets
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Ankle zips for quick kit change
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Secure wide waistband with drawstring

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in black

Soft and warm yet breathable, these running tights from Gore are ideal for chilly morning runs. Zips by the calves mean you can wear them while warming up for a race or a track session before whipping them off easily. The wide elasticated waistband with a drawstring stays firmly in place, and the zip pocket on the back waistband will keep your valuables secure while the two side pockets are perfect for your phone or gels.


Best Nike Running Leggings

Nike Epic Faster

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Nike Epic Faster Leggings

High-waisted, smooth leggings with lots of pockets

Specifications

RRP: £59.95
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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High-waisted with drawstring
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Smooth, comfortable fabric
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Lots of pockets

Reasons to avoid

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May come up small

The fabric on these 7/8 length leggings is soft, smooth and stretchy and uses recycled polyester, and once you’ve wriggled into them the high, wide waistband with hidden drawstring keeps everything in place. A small drop-in side pocket and a larger zip-up pocket at the back of the waist ensure you can take your essentials with you, while zips on the lower legs mean you can change out of these leggings in a flash.


Nike Epic Luxe Pocket Leggings

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Nike Epic Luxe Pocket Leggings

Sleek, breathable mid-rise leggings

Specifications

RRP: £79.95
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Sleek lightweight fabric 
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Five pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Colour choices won’t appeal to all

Made with Nike’s premium Luxe fabric, these leggings are soft and sleek, with just enough compression and coverage. The flattering mid-rise waistband has a drawstring that ensures it stays put. With five pockets, including a large zipped one on the back of the waistband and two phone-size pockets on the legs, you won’t struggle to stash your essentials. Laser-cut holes on the lower legs give extra ventilation.


Best Patterned Running Leggings

Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity High Waisted 7/8 Running Leggings

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Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity High Waisted 7/8 Running Leggings

Lightweight leggings with a second-skin feel

Specifications

RRP: £95
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight, supportive material
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High waist with drawstring and zip pocket
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Bum-sculpting with second-skin feel

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric not opaque when stretched

These lightweight, compression running leggings are high-waisted, bum-sculpting and available in some pretty awesome prints. There’s a secure zipped pocket at the back of the waistband and a deep side pocket that will fit your phone. Although a popular choice among runners, be aware they’re not ideal for anything that involves squatting because the lightweight material isn’t completely opaque when stretched.


Pour Moi Energy Printed

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Pour Moi Energy Printed Leggings

High-waisted leggings that flatter a curvy figure

Specifications

RRP: £34
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Cut to flatter curves
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High-waisted
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Phone pocket on thigh

Reasons to avoid

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Won’t suit all shapes

We love the fresh aqua camo print here, as does TV personality Jess Wright who chose these as part of her Pour Moi edit. The high-waisted leggings, available in sizes 8-18, have extra elastic around the wide, shaped waistband to ensure they don’t roll down, and the sweat-wicking material is squat-proof and supportive. There are two mesh panels for ventilation on the lower leg, as well as two mesh side pockets and a hidden key pocket.


Tikiboo Running Leggings

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Tikiboo Running Leggings

Leggings in eye-catching prints

Specifications

RRP: £38.99
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Huge range of fun prints
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High waist and compression fit
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Large zip pocket
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UPF50+

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best at wicking sweat
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Slippery fabric can slide down

If you’re sick of ordinary running gear, and instead crave joyful prints and bright colours, Tikiboo is for you! Designs range from galactic skies to neon rainbow leopard print, via snakeskin, graphic monochrome and skull prints. Tikiboo running leggings are high-waisted, made of stretchy, breathable, medium compression Lycra with flat-locked seams and don’t suddenly turn see-through when you squat. There’s a large pocket with a zip at the back of the waistband. One word of caution: these leggings are suited to cool-weather workouts.


Lucy Locket Loves Activewear Leggings

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Lucy Locket Loves Activewear Leggings

Leggings in fun prints and patterns

Specifications

RRP: £33
Style: Full length and capri
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Range of funky patterns and prints
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High waist 
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Large zip pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best at wicking sweat
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Slippery fabric can slide down

Another brand with some fabulous prints, Lucy Locket Loves has a fun and colourful selection of printed sportswear leggings with elasticated high waists and double-stitched seams. The squat-proof spandex material is supportive and has moisture-wicking qualities, although it’s not the most technical fabric on the market. From psychedelic patterns to sea creatures and kitsch tropical prints, eye-catching designs are available in either full length or capri. All have a secure zip pocket at the back that’s large enough for a phone.


Best Seamless Running Leggings

Sundried Ruinette 2.0 Leggings

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Sundried Ruinette 2.0 Leggings

Seamless high-waisted leggings at a great price

Specifications

RRP: £20
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High-waisted
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Seamless, comfortable fit
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Generous length 

Reasons to avoid

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No pockets

For a comfortable feel and a form-fitting look, try seamless leggings. We love these from British brand Sundried, which makes some of its affordable sportswear from recycled coffee grounds and plastic water bottles. The resulting fabric is a high-quality polyamide/elastane blend that feels soft and comfortably stretchy against the skin. The high-waisted cut is extremely flattering and has become a new favourite with our tester. They are fairly long in the leg. The only downside is that there are no pockets.


Best Lightweight Leggings

Janji ⅞ Groundwork Tights

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Janji ⅞ Groundwork Tights

Best for petite runners

Specifications

RRP: £65-£70
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and comfortable
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No slipping down
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Four pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Colours can run in the wash

Made with a tight-knit blend of nylon and spandex with a polyester-power-mesh lining, these lightweight leggings are soft and comfortable while providing structure and support. Also, most importantly, they don’t need yanking up mid-run. The fabric choice makes for less microfibre shedding in the wash and a more durable garment. As well as drop-in waist pockets there are two deep leg pockets that will keep your belongings bounce-free and within reach. The shorter length and mid-rise waist makes these leggings a popular choice for petite runners.


Rockay Women’s Tights

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Rockay Women’s Tights

Lightweight leggings with ankle zips and secure pocket

Specifications

RRP: £78
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight but not see-through
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Zipped pocket on the leg
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High waist with drawstring
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Green credentials

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

The most eco-friendly leggings are, of course, the ones already in your wardrobe. However, if you need a new pair and you’re looking for a brand that takes sustainability seriously, check out Rockay. As well as using recycled polyester, proceeds from each sale funds the ReSea Project, which removes plastic waste from the ocean. We loved the lightweight, stretchy fabric which also manages to be squat-proof. They are high-waisted, and we found they didn’t fall down because the waistband itself is very wide and supportive, with a drawstring to keep it in place. There’s a large zipped pocket on the leg for your phone. They’re also treated with an anti-odour substance, which means you can get several wears out of them before they need a wash: another win for you and the environment.


Tentree inMotion 7/8 Pocket Legging

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Tentree inMotion 7/8 Pocket Leggings

Lightweight, comfy and sustainably made leggings with a pocket

Specifications

RRP: £65
Style: 7/8 length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High waist that stays put
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Pockets on both legs
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Soft, lightweight fabric made from recycled post-consumer waste

Reasons to avoid

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None

These lightweight leggings were an instant hit with us. The fabric is soft and smooth; it’s body-hugging but feels barely there. The wide, high waistband offers plenty of support and ensures the leggings won’t drift downwards. There’s a mesh phone pocket on the leg and a drop-in pocket at the waist. And what’s more, these leggings are made with polyester from recycled post-consumer waste, diverting materials from landfill and giving them a new lease of life.


On Running Active Tights

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On Running Active Tights

Lightweight cropped tights for a second-skin feel

Specifications

RRP: £90
Style: 3/4 length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable even in hot conditions
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High waist with drawstring
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Plenty of pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Phone pocket doesn’t feel completely secure
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Expensive

These second-skin leggings are made with a lightweight, soft and stretchy fabric that uses mechanical stretch rather than elastane. The wide waistband has a hidden drawstring and there are several drop-in pockets, one with a key loop, while the pocket at the back of the waistband is big enough to fit a large smartphone.


Under Armour Fast Fly 2.0 Printed Tights

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Under Armour Fly Fast 2.0 Printed Tights

Eye-catching mid-rise leggings

Specifications

RRP: £55
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight but supportive fabric
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Secure waistband

Reasons to avoid

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No secure pocket
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Fabric shows sweat

We loved the unusual colour combination and the asymmetrical print of these mid-rise leggings from Under Armour. The fabric is soft to the touch and lightweight with a mild compression fit. The wide mid-rise waistband has a hidden drawstring to keep it in place. There’s a shallow drop-in gel pocket at the back of the waistband but we didn’t fancy risking our keys falling out of it and there’s nowhere to stash your phone.


Adidas Own The Run 3/4 Leggings

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Adidas Own The Run 3/4 Leggings

Lightweight mid-rise capri leggings for warm weather running

Specifications

RRP: £43
Style: 3/4 length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and breathable
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Wide waistband with hidden drawstring
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Made with recycled material

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric can become see-through when stretched

These lightweight mid-rise capri leggings may not be the most exciting-looking but they are a good choice for racing or training in warm weather if you prefer more coverage than shorts. A hidden drawstring on the wide waistband helps them stay put, and there are drop-in pockets on the leg and a phone pocket at the back of the waist. The very lightweight material (made partly from recycled polyester) combined with mesh panels below the knee helps keep you cool and dry.


Kalenji Short Leggings

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Kalenji Short Leggings

Specifications

RRP: £9.99
Style: 3/4 length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value
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Secure zip pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Fabric can become see-through when stretched

An absolute bargain, these sleek Kalenji capris show that it’s possible to acquire a good pair of running leggings for less than a tenner. The fabric is very lightweight with a fashionable sheen to it. The mid-rise waist has a hidden drawstring for a secure fit, and there’s a zip pocket for your phone at the back of the waistband.


Proviz Reflect 360

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Proviz Reflect 360 Leggings

Reflective tights to help you stay visible after dark

Specifications

RRP: £59.99
Style: 7/8 length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Reflective elements help keep you visible
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Soft, lightweight fabric 
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Wide, supportive waistband
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Phone pocket on the left leg
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Secure zip pocket 

Reasons to avoid

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Not completely opaque when stretched

Shine bright with these leggings from reflective gear specialist Proviz. The material is lightweight and comfortable with plenty of stretch, and the high, shaped waistband offers plenty of support. A smattering of reflective dots on the lower leg will keep you visible to traffic in low light, without being overwhelmingly bright. You can keep your phone at hand thanks to a deep pocket on the left leg (left-handed runners rejoice!) and there’s also a small zipped pocket below the waistband at the back to stash your keys. One warning: these leggings are not totally opaque when bending over.

Best Compression Running Leggings

2XU Force Mid Rise Compression Tights

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2XU Force Mid Rise Compression Tights

Full-length compression tights with a rock-solid fit

Specifications

RRP: £100
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Targeted compression panels
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Flatlock seams help avoid chafing
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Wide waistband for comfort

Reasons to avoid

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No pockets
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Expensive

If it’s compression you’re after, 2XU has you covered. The Aussie brand specialises in engineered compression tights that promote maximum blood flow to the muscles, potentially aiding recovery and improving energy efficiency. These mid-rise tights feature the aggressively named “Muscle Containment Stamping” – a form of muscle mapping, in which varying levels of compression are delivered by panels covering different muscles. Flatlock seams and a bonded wide waistband help avoid any chafing. There are no pockets, though.


CEP Run ¾ Tights 3.0

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CEP Run ¾ Tights 3.0

Cropped compression tights with a secure pocket

Specifications

RRP: £99.95
Style: 3/4 length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Targeted compression panels
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Flatlock seams help avoid chafing
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Bands on lower calves stop them riding up
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Zip pocket

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow, mid-rise waistband 
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Expensive

An update to a classic, these mid-rise, ¾-length tights offer targeted medical-grade compression. According to CEP, the compression delivers an extra boost of energy during intense sessions, as well as ensuring more joint and tendon stability. Seams are extra flat, and there’s a soft stay-put band on the lower calf. Although the waistband is narrow, the compression fit means the tights shouldn’t move while you run. There’s a small zip pocket at the back of the waist.

Best Race Leggings

Inov-8 Race Elite Tight

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Inov-8 Race Elite Tights

Warm trail tights with lots of useful features

Specifications

RRP: £80
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Stretchy fabric allows for freedom of movement
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High, wide waistband with gripping strip
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Calf panels offer protection from brambles 
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Ankle zips allow for a quick change

Reasons to avoid

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Warmer panels on the front of the legs only

If you’re racing in cold weather you may well want full coverage for your legs. For maximum freedom of movement without sacrificing warmth and support, go for these warm, full-length leggings. They tick all the boxes, including a zip pocket with key loop, a mesh pocket for your energy gels, ankle zips and a snug, high waistband with a stay-put strip that grips.

Best Eco-Friendly Leggings

BAM Kennick

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BAM Kennick Leggings

Soft yet supportive leggings made with bamboo

Specifications

RRP: £49
Style: 7/8 length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High wide waistband holds you in
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Soft yet very supportive fabric
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Large leg pocket
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Excellent green credentials

Reasons to avoid

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Not as stretchy as polyester-based fabrics

These bamboo leggings come from a “climate positive” company, meaning it goes one better than carbon neutral: not only does BAM offset the carbon emissions of bamboo fabric production, it also accounts for the estimated emissions generated by washing the leggings 50 times. As well as being surprisingly soft, bamboo fabric is highly absorbent and therefore efficient when wicking sweat away from your skin. The Kennick leggings, which are high-waisted and slightly cropped in length, are made from a fabric that’s thick and very supportive and yet manages to feel soft and comfy. The two deep leg pockets feel secure and there are no zips to dig in if you’re doing floor work.


Girlfriend Collective High-Waisted Pocket

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Girlfriend Collective High-Waisted Pocket Leggings

Sleek leggings that are as functional as they are Instagrammable

Specifications

RRP: £65
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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High wide waistband and flattering cut
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Two leg pockets
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Made using recycled plastics

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of drawstring means the waistband isn’t secure enough for some

California-based Girlfriend Collective uses recycled plastics to make high-end leggings in gorgeous jewel hues. Each pair is made using the equivalent of 25 recycled water bottles, and they are manufactured in an SA8000-certified factory in Vietnam (like Fair Trade, but for clothing manufacturers). Their high-waisted compression leggings are now available with two side pockets. The brand claims that their supportive, non-pilling fabric moulds to the shape of your body the more you wear it. Sizing is inclusive, ranging from XXS to XXXL, and they’re cheaper than many high-end brands.


Kit Change RUN Legging

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Kit Change RUN Leggings

High-waisted leggings from a company that takes sustainability seriously

Specifications

RRP: £60
Style: Full length
Tested: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High-waisted, secure fit
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Made using recycled plastics 
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Zip pocket
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Fun striped colourways

Reasons to avoid

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Impractical giant shoelace drawstring 

We liked this high-waisted, squat-proof pair with a large zip pocket at the back of the waist. We also like Kit Change going the extra mile by using recycled zips as well as recycled polyester. The material is lightweight and close-fitting with a mildly compressive feel. We found the wide waistband comfortable and it stayed put. The only minus for us was a weirdly long shoelace-style drawstring – but that was easily removed. As well as plain black, there’s navy or khaki with fiery orange stripes down the side of the leg.

Best Warm Leggings

Puma Favourite Leggings

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Puma Favourite Running Leggings

Great value squat-proof black leggings

Specifications

RRP: £38
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Made with recycled materials

Reasons to avoid

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Available only in black

They’re not the easiest to wriggle into but once on, these high-rise leggings are body-hugging and squat-proof. The fabric is partially recycled polyester, and the use of PUMA dryCELL technology means it wicks sweat away from your skin efficiently. An envelope-style pocket at the back of the waistband will take a phone. Note that these ones are quite long in the leg.


Montane Women’s Thermal Trail Tights

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Montane Women’s Thermal Trail Tights

Warm leggings with lots of pockets

Specifications

RRP: £80
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Warm and partly windproof
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Lots of pockets

Reasons to avoid

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Waist could be higher

With a hidden non-slip pattern on the inside of the high, wide waistband, these leggings should stay exactly where you want them. The soft and stretchy fabric is designed to keep you warm in cold conditions, and yet it’s breathable and quick-drying. The design keeps things simple, but there’s a phone pocket on the leg.


Odlo Millennium Yakwarm Tights

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Odlo Millennium Yakwarm Tights

Leggings with yak’s wool panels for extra warmth

Specifications

RRP: £70
Style: Full length
Tested: No

Reasons to buy

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Contains yak’s wool blend for extra warmth
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Made with recycled polyester
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Secure zip pocket

Reasons to avoid

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No leg pocket
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Front of waistband could be higher

Harnessing the insulating properties of yak’s wool, these soft tights will keep you cosy and dry in freezing temperatures. An adjustable waistband ensures a comfy fit, a zip pocket allows you to stash your essentials, and their reflective elements are useful if you’re a nocturnal runner.


Adidas Agravic Trail Running Leggings

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Adidas Agravic Trail Running Leggings

Warm leggings with pockets for days out in the hills

Specifications

RRP: £65
Style: Full length

Reasons to buy

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Warm and partly windproof
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Secure zip pocket
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Drawstring on waist for secure fit

Reasons to avoid

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Length is on the short side
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Waistband could be higher

Wind-resistant at the front of the legs and more breathable at the back, these leggings will help you battle through any headwind on the trails. The fabric is soft and stretchy, and there are two inner pockets and a zip pocket on the back of the wide waistband. Zips on the lower legs make them easier to get on and off. You may want to size up because these tend to be a little small.

Camilla Artault is a writer and keen runner. She has covered women’s running gear – testing leggings, jackets, bras, tops and shorts – for Coach since 2018, as well as interviewing experts and writing about a range of health and lifestyle topics.