The temperature in Charlotte finally dipped low enough for me to pack up the shorts and invest in some cold weather pants. The most popular options are: 1. Running Tights 2. Cold Weather Compression Tights 3. Running Pants
When purchasing cold weather pants, the three most important things for me are: 1. Fit – Just like buying jeans or slacks, I want my pants to fit in the thighs and have enough room for the junk in the trunk. I also like brands that have various lengths. 2. Fabric –According to Trails.com, you should avoid Lycra running tights. I will also suggest avoiding cotton and picking pants that have your favorite wicking fabric, for example Nike's DriFit. 3. Price
Top 5 Running Pants for Winter
1. C9 by Champion Relaxed Fit Woven Running Pant With Side Ankle Zipper Price: $17.99 Fabric: Fit: I admit, they weren’t the perfect fit that I was looking for – a little tight in the behind. Other than that, the pants were loose and warm and ankle zip makes the pants easy to slip off over your shoes. Although I won't wear them on long runs, they are perfect for short runs (2 miles), walks and wearing to the gym.
2. Reebok Women's Cold Compress Tight Price: $36.00 Fabric: Fabric Content: 61% nylon, 23% polyester, 16% spandex Fit: Surprisingly, these were the best fitting compression tights that I tried on! They fit like a glove over my curves and I love how they stretch. They are also one of the least expensive pair of compression tights that I found.
3. Nike Cold-Weather Women's Running Pants Price: $39.99 Fabric: They are made with Nike’s DriFit technology, which is my favorite wicking material. Fit: Like most Nike products, my first move was to roll down the waist of the pants, which was too big. Overall, I think these pants provide a great alternative to wearing tights - which I only really wear on long runs. They are also comfortable, warm and stylish.
Price: $59.99 Fabric: Under Armor’s cold gear technology, which is wicking and also has ordor control. Fit: In my opinion, Under Armor runs small, so these pants were a little snug. Overall, I love the weight of the fabric and the warmth.
5. Asics Thermopolis XP Tight Price: $75.00 Fabric: Polyester and Spandex Fit: I am slowly growing to love Asics. These tights were a great fit, and I love that they have a key pocket and zip ankles.
Other Tips: 1. For long distances, I recommend wearing compression tights. Compression tights apply pressure to core muscles, increase circulation and help you have a smoother run. 2. The temperature here in Charlotte will only dip below the thirty degree mark a few days in February. But for those of you in colder climates, you may want to try SportsHill. They specialize in creating tights for much colder climates.
What other cold weather pants to you guys recommend?