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What's the best type of pant to wear when running outside and it's 20-30 degrees out? Are running tights the best, or are other, non-cotton track pants just as good? Is there some advantage of pants which are very form fitting over looser pants?
I'm a bit confused, I would like to run outside during the winter, but I'm not exactly sure what to wear. I know not to wear cotton. I would appreciate any advice.
Pants or tights that are form-fitting won't cause as much chaffing as loose-fitting pants might. I haven't worn sweats, or anything like that, in over a decade. Tights are usually pretty comfy, and come in a variety of material that can be adjusted to fit the temperature. I don't know how much else I can add. I can't tell from your user name whether you're male or female, so I'll add this anyways. If you're male, and you wear tights, you can easily slip a plastic bag down the front of your pants to keep your privates warm when you're running in the wind.
Hope this helps.
in this months issue of runner's world mag they have some in the back pages, 3 types to choose from. Sweats are not the way to go because they'll hold moisture and make you colder and chaff.
In the good ole Cool running forums, there were several postings about running tights recently and it prompted me to get a pair and they're great for cold weather running. I also found a place on-line to get them cheaper, but don't have it handy at the moment but had posted it in one of the forums. I'll take another look and if I find it, I'll drop another note.
Tights, definitely. Track pants are loose, so your legs will be cold, but the nylon doesn't breathe, so not only will you be cold, but you'll also be sweaty. Lovely combo in 20-degree weather. Some tights are much thinner than others, though, so it's worthwhile buying them in a store where you can actually see how warm they are. (I came back shivering from a run in my apparently very thin CW-Xs one day, sat down on the edge of the tub, and for a second was wondering when I'd gotten a heated bath tub. My Sugois are much thicker, but I imagine both brands have different models.) Generally speaking, it's your derriere that will get chilly -- I've never heard anyone complain about cold knees, say -- so if you do have thin tights, just thrown on a pair of shorts like several people have suggested, and that should do the trick.
Somewhere in the world someone is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win.
I actually run in yoga pants (the fitted, boot cut type). They are a cotton/synthetic blend, I believe. I ran outside in them in 30-40 degree weather, and I have run inside on the treadmill with them. I have tried several brands and they all work great for me. I just don't dig the traditional tights.:p
I'm 5'11" on the tall side. With the many brands of tights available for running, most were made for guys that are about 5'9". I live in Texas so the only time I need them are for the really cold months of Jan-Mar. Most brands that fit the best are Nike and Zyflex. Zyflex is the most comfortable with an 80/20 blend of lycra and spandex. Do you run in tights for cold mornings too?