Running tights etiquette

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18/11/2012 at 06:41
Jon Paul 2 wrote (see)
3/4 tights have benefits, while long tights i have difficulty to understand the benefits of the zip up leg is old fashion of sorts. For one thing 3/4 or capri tights give compression at your knees joints and don't bunch up loosely like long tights at ankles. What is the deal with the ankle zipper for long tights. I understand people wore long tube socks and needed to unzip there tights to put them on or to adjust, but today who the hell wears long socks? We all now see men wear short ankle socks don't we? Only see dorks or geeks wear long socks or baseball, basketball, football players etc..which they need to have no choice of there uniform. As calling males who wear 3/4 running tight style for men gay or girly is unbelievable... It is that type of ignorant thinking that gays have a proclivity in wearing running tights more so then other males sounds so absurd. Anyone who speaks of this or writes about it is, dare i say, redneck or very immature person. This would be hurtful to gay people to hear even though they have no interest in wearing clothing like 3/4 tights or be associated with people wearing something they feel looks odd or ugly to there sense of manly style. If you ever notice gay men wear clothing much more masculine then a heterosexual male. I'm not into the gay scene or populous but what i observed from gay males time to time on there attire, it is more conservative refined and to the liking of many mainstream people. The insane thinking that clothes have something to do with your sexual preference is preposterous. These hatting group opinions are very foolish, in clothing make or say, something about sexual predisposition. As if you called every black man N**er because it suited your view. Saying every N**er either plays sports, sings, deals drugs and abandons there children or is in prison. What does it say about you when you agree or say these things to black people in general? The same goes to when you slander or label falsely men who are pleasant, decent, respectful heterosexual working out in adequate 3/4 running tight attire or leggings how's that make them feel? For those who judge men who are not suppose to wear 3/4 capri tights only that women look good in. Last time i checked men have legs and haven't grown a tail in the back of there ass. Most men who are fit have tapered legs, ankles, to calves, to knees, to thighs and narrow hips. While many today's women get away having no shape to there lower body only to be described as elephant leg syndrome, don't need to say, or describe, what i mean, it does not look very attractive. While women routinely go out wearing tights, as if they got nothing to wear buying bread. Men finishing or in route do the same as women buying bread it is frowned upon as incorrect same standard should be kept for the gals. I know when i complete my workouts in the gym i change into street clothing when doing errands afterwords or walking to my car. Same consideration should be dawned onto women's clothing when they walk around civilization, stop from being lazy and change out of your smelly sweaty clothes, please.. Let's not judge people on what they wear or how they look accept people that are different not in a bad way but respectful. By changing peoples opinions on accepting men wearing capri tights as normal mainstream workout clothes for both genders. Only then we all can get rid of hatting, mockery and foolish childish behavior some people generally feel they need to write about or spew out of there mouth like snake venom. Even those who say nothing and don't accept the clothing of choice men can pickup mocking looks or ill will feeling from others without hearing a word.


18/11/2012 at 06:45


PSC    pirate
18/11/2012 at 06:58
Oh, for goodness sake! Who are you (JP) to judge anyway? People can wear what they like. If they have chunky legs or whatever, so bloody what?
18/11/2012 at 09:50
Thank you Patrick, for dragging up a two year old thread and posting pics of yourself.

I think people should wear what they feel comfortable wearing but there is a line to be drawn somewhere. No one wants to draw attention to themselves for the wrong reasons. There is a reason why some clothing is designed to fit men, and some to fit women.

Me? I looked at some Nike and some Ron Hill running tights the other day, purely because of a particularly bad weather marathon, if I was to do a winter fell run I might be tempted.

If it's cold enough for me to wear long trousers for a long run, then there will be ice about and I'll be only running short runs.
18/11/2012 at 16:20
Patrick's pictures put me right off my Sunday lunch!
18/11/2012 at 17:50

Two year old post! why you're right.

People have been shot for less.

I wouldn't been seen dead wearing close fitting tights. My arse almost scrapes the ground.

19/11/2012 at 13:33






Edited: 19/11/2012 at 13:34
19/11/2012 at 14:35

 Hmmm ... not sure ... any opinions?

11/02/2013 at 16:29
Why does anyone compare clothing to sexual disposition?
One has something to do with the other?

Clothing is suppose to be practical, correct? For cold we wear more insulated fabrics not exposing skin.. In the heat we need our clothes to breath release the moisture from our bodies.. This is all sensible, why do others not understand this basic need and pick on lycra wearing males?

Only because lycra wearing male has the confidence to wear it comments from others of ridicule follows. Its not valid or smart..
11/02/2013 at 17:10

i wear running tights all the time if the temp is low, i wear shorts over the tops to keep me warmer, as i dont wear underwear when running (it chafes) and to carry my phone gels etc.

nothing wrong with them, anyone who says there is clearly isnt a runner... i would like to see anyone run longdistances comfortably in close to freezing temps without them...

11/02/2013 at 20:47

Bloody hell. The knuckle dragging, try-hard macho attitude applied to tights from some on here is akin to when rugger buggers claim their sport is better than another because no one cheats.

11/02/2013 at 21:54

tights are gay? wtf? who cares

11/02/2013 at 22:34
Don't believe i protest to much. Frankly i keep a low key approach around others knowing there dismay about my choice of clothing.

Feel i stand up for myself or others who wear tights on this forum... Being labeled gay is juvinile and frankly disappointing on peoples behavior atitude towards male attire..
The whole notion of the label gay towards clothing is tiresome and invalid.. Call someone wearing what other males think is gay or straight because it is unique versus the norm of what others wear is stupid ridicule or narrow minded individuals...
Rather not know people who slander falsely males because of what clothing they wear. This is simply discrimination and bias towards lycra tight sportwear.. If you fall in that group your comparable to a racist or bigett plain and simple..
People like those i described are useless individuals walking on this earth..

Thinking that male in tights looks gay or is one says alot about the individual
ridiculing. Ask yourself seeing a male in tights turns you on thus you need to label someone as gay laughing for what your feeling... In reality your bias label in turn to say he looks gay is a defense mechanism hiding your true homosexual desires.. If a straight male sees a man in tights and appreciates his appearance commenting how well he looks is one individual that is secure in his sexuality..
Edited: 11/02/2013 at 22:55
11/02/2013 at 23:17
Understand people misuse words. Doesn't make it alright or excuse to be disregarded..
Had friend say to me he found certain concert goers terrible what they wore saying it looks gay, faggy, disgusting don't want to accociate with these sorts of people..
What does that description or mindset say to respectful minority who are gay? Just shaking my head at the commentary being unfair and out of line that needs correcting, not encouraged or passive outlook..

People have been frightened to say nice things to me only because it maybe miscontrued.. What society we live in when people can't compliment others only be regarded as gay or slutty.

Had couple talking about me overhearing the man saying to his wife he would like to compliment me on my tights and how i look but was afraid i may misconstrue as a gay overture.
Same is true with women who are afraid to compliment me on my body in lycra swimwear. Married Woman believe i may take it the wrong way and feel they are hitting on me while in reality they want to be kind and respectful.. So people have become mice hiding there friendly thoughts or comments because soiciety will think the worst..

Guessing it's so much easier to hate and be crass to others making a joke out of a minority group which you despise for whatever reason... That is plain evil, simply put nothing ever good comes from it... Suppose the smiles you gather from like minded peers makes you feel better and appreaciated as good sense of humor and personality to expense of one lonely soul...
Edited: 11/02/2013 at 23:45
12/02/2013 at 11:02

JP - with respect, this does seem to be a bit of a pre-occupation.  Do you really have that many confrontational situations relating to the way other people view what you wear to partake in sport?  Or are you just imagining it?

If I ever want to reassert confidence in my own sexuality I usually reach for the skinsuit.  Mmm!


12/02/2013 at 12:36

Tights are just a transition step towards a unitard. Who likes short shorts?!

Edited: 12/02/2013 at 12:36
12/02/2013 at 14:32

we haven't seem to move on from this. Just wear what you're comfortable in. If you're concerned about shape showing out from tights, just wear something under. I read in some forums ago, runners wear underwear, some also suggested a dance belt" to be a good alternative as it works for ballet dancers in white tights!

I wear skins half tights during summer, 2xu long tights during winter. I recently bought the Nike Swift Gyakusou range which has very cool designs. I wouldn't want anything over my tights when I invested £100 on it.

Why would anyone be so conscious of how they look in the front when they are running? Spectators would only have a glimpse of you for 3-4secs when you run pass them. I haven't come across anyone running in front would bother looking behind just to gawk at your front. Anyone who does has a different intention from running.

Hope this helps.

12/02/2013 at 15:56
Believe i only vent what i observe from others about my lycra tight clothing with many years of reflection wearing them.. Yes people have commented to others enough for me to clearly hear what haters they are and what they think of me. Save everyone the horrible things they say without regard that they don't care to hurt my feelings or make me out as an outcast..

As regards in feeling self concious about hanging it all out there believe me when i say i got it all covered in that respect. Not that i hide or wear clothing to coverup quite the opposite being i'm not self consious being a nudist... Not afraid of showing my body off or shy about it.. Yet very respectful wearing a cod piece and thong for the sake of no offending others...

Yet i still can't imagine why others are pointing fingers while most are use to seeing me tend to ignore me and label as a weirdo... With my experience observing behavior from others about what i wear, easily i can know when group or crowd of people don't appreaciate my lycra attire.. Through basic body language and other tells it is easy to know what there thinking or saying about what i'm wearing, overheard it all and it's mostly bad or just amusement from looking upon me...

Would i trade wearing "normal" clothes versus my tights not at all because i know it works and practical to wear.. Rather be comfortable in clothes rather then miserable and regretting not wearing tight clothing only because of criticim...
13/02/2013 at 06:39

This is in your head, no one really gives a toss. Do you run or just wear the stuff, agree with Philpub this is a massive pre-occupation of your own making

13/02/2013 at 10:24
Suppose everyone is correct about my views... If my haters and there are some protest constantly telling others trying to embarrass me about wearing tights, has to be a reason why...
I've concluded if they protest enough being my worst haters in reality they desire me in some strange level.. Sort of like a child pulling girls pigtails in school liking her but being mean and crule at the same time.. Guess some females really like me to some extent but prefer if i wore something other then tights, thus the obsessIon of my clothing. Also i ignore others if they have strong negative feelings about my clothing.. Thus some want to go beyond the norm of hate to get a reaction from me and aknowledge there correct and take there advice...

As for being preoccupied by it only when i see peoples sly grins looking down upon me as there better then me.. Not in my head just years of years of careful observation of people finding me as a joke wearing what i do.

Leave you with one quote. My mind is like an elephant i never forget the cruel things they say! Some say i may have more in common with elephant then there brains looking upon me in the front.. Thus the ladies want to get to know what i really got hidden so tightly down there... Everytime i do alternating bent leg abdominal crunches always women feel it is a good opportunity to stare upon me... Suppose there is slight envy and intrigue when people see me in tights. While others feel i look confident to wearing tights i must have a big ego thus the need to put me down. Never have i thought i was showing off my big bulge for everyone to see on purpose. Yet others feel the need to look at it first then any part of my body.. Yes, some females have commented on how big it is, having made fun upon how i look so unsymetrical...small hands and fingers asking how on earth could i possibly masterbate or walk correctly with three legs... There jokes not mine that i overhear...
So ya, i suppose envy is a factor when others look at me..
Edited: 13/02/2013 at 11:07
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