Running tights for the cold winter

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NRR
10/12/2010 at 19:09
Already this winter I've experienced temperatures down to minus 13.  I know some others have had it colder but what running tights are there to cope with these sort of cold?
10/12/2010 at 20:16
I put two pairs on when it was that cold - my normal Ron Hills with Endura cycling tights over them. Ran like that in -11 and felt just right.
10/12/2010 at 21:16

Virtually all makes of tights come in "winter" mode - they're brushed fleecy stuff on the inside and are warmer.  I've just got a pair and they're

11/12/2010 at 18:12
Hi, I normally run just in tights but when it was around -5C my bum was really cold. I have had a groin injury so have to make sure this area is warm, apart from proper warm up of course, put short tights underneath normal running tights but only in sub zero temperatures. After a few runs in sub zero temperatures I had a pian so prefer to wear something additional to avoid it.
11/12/2010 at 18:22
Skins Snow - expensive but I love the white camo!
11/12/2010 at 20:01

Powerstretch tights. Several manufacturer's do them... Lowe Alpine , Mountain Equipment, Mountain Hardwear and Marmot spring to mind. Very stretchy, very warm and wind resistant. Good wicking. Available in male and female versions.

http://www.lowealpine.com/eng/prod_app_det.php?catid=3&itemid=701&type=woman

http://www.webtogs.co.uk/Mountain_Equipment_Powerstretch_Tights_102422.html

http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Power-Stretch%C2%AE-Tight/OM3213,default,pd.html

11/12/2010 at 20:39
Cycling tights tend to be thicker and warmer due to increased wind chill factor. However many come as 'bib tights' (with built in braces) and I am not sure if they are cut in a slightly different way to suit the cycling position. Sorry, not much help really, but worth considering if all other options fail.
13/12/2010 at 15:55
If you can put up with trousers rather than tights then i'd recommend a pair made for casual xc skiing such as Salomon or Craft. That's what I use under -10 anyway. Note I don't mean for downhill, which are too heavy.
Edited: 13/12/2010 at 15:58
14/12/2010 at 16:50
Jeepers in a Winter Wonderland wrote (see)

Virtually all makes of tights come in "winter" mode - they're brushed fleecy stuff on the inside and are warmer.  I've just got a pair and they're


Keir wrote (see)
Cycling tights tend to be thicker and warmer due to increased wind chill factor. However many come as 'bib tights' (with built in braces) and I am not sure if they are cut in a slightly different way to suit the cycling position. Sorry, not much help really, but worth considering if all other options fail.


'Jeepers'

On the bike, that type of lycra is called 'Roubaix' (pr; 'roo-bay'), & is (normally) available in 2  grades (medium & thick)

'Keir'

I wear some of my cycling 'bib-tights' to run in when it's very cold, the high rear helps keep your back toasty warm

http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2354089970047309372ckHBrd  (wrong choice on this day, they were too warm)

http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2750344170047309372pEzADL  (bib-tights have the same top-design, but the legs are plain-black, with foot-loops)

They are available with/without the chamois pad, & at a large range of prices... from perhaps £20, right up to the (ridiculously priced) 'ASSOS' brand at around £250 for essentially the same items

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/Bib-Tights-Bib-Longs-Assos-Winter-LL-Bib-Tights-with-S5-pad/ASSOZBBT570  (my Club uses 'Giordana' as the supplier)

With regard to the 'pads',  I've run fell-races, & 10K's, in my cycling shorts which bear the club name (before eventually joining a running club) under whose name i used to enter races

Edited: 14/12/2010 at 16:52
20/12/2010 at 11:28
Richard A Thackeray wrote (see)

I wear some of my cycling 'bib-tights' to run in when it's very cold, the high rear helps keep your back toasty warm


I ran to work yesterday morning (@ 05:30), in thermal bib-tights (circa -8 C), & they were wonderfully warm... to the point of my back sweating by the end of the first mile 

29/12/2010 at 15:43
hi just to join in...I got Craft thermal tights and top in the sale and they keep me lovely and toasty..

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