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Men's Leggings | Guide to Gym and Running Leggings for Men

by Alexandra Parren

Wear your men's leggings with confidence. Whether you're a runner, cyclist, or gym goer – men's active leggings are for you. This buying guide will give you all the information you need to buy the right men's leggings for you. Buy male leggings to enhance your performance and improve your training.

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If you were to ask one hundred guys what they think about wearing leggings to the gym, over half of them would probably say it's a no-go. However, it has recently become a rising trend and as the demand for men's activewear grows, so does the popularity of guys wearing leggings to the gym. Now when you go to the gym you'll find that you will definitely see men wearing leggings.

Compression wear and compression leggings are gaining increasing popularity in our workout wardrobes, and this is because the technology has advanced and wearing compression tights can enhance your training.

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Best leggings for men

Here we will explain what to look for from your men's leggings and the benefits of wearing men's exercise leggings and tights for running and to the gym, including features and functionality. 

Wind Chill

Wrapping up in leggings can prevent wind chill whereas loose clothing allows wind to get trapped between the garment and your skin. Men's leggings provide a streamlined shield between your skin and the wind. Tight leggings also reduce drag in the wind.

Warmth

Running leggings will help to keep you warm and are a better option than sweatpants. Men's warm leggings offer extra protection for your legs, without the extra weight of joggers or the dreaded cold draft from the wind.

Sweat Wicking

Sweat wicking materials keep your body cool and comfortable because of their ability to lift moisture from the skin's surface. Wearing wicking leggings in the summer can provide a drying effect and stop you overheating as well as providing exceptional temperature control. In the cold winter months, wearing moisture-wicking leggings can be effective for both controlling moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation.

Prevents Chafing and Rashes

Chafing is painful and once the rash sets in, it’s difficult to treat because there’s no convenient way to keep your thighs from touching for an entire week. A combination of sweat wicking fabrics and compression gear is the perfect defence and helps to prevent painful rashes as well.

Enhanced Recovery

Research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that wearing compression gear (especially compression tights) has a moderate effect following workouts that typically lead to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). That is, it helps to lessen the severity and/or duration of DOMS. The best compression leggings for men will not only keep you warm and comfortable but also encourage blood flow to your muscles. 

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Tips for Fitting Men's Leggings

To reap the rewards from all the benefits of men's exercise tights, you need to fit the tight right.

  1. Total coverage is key

If you’re tall, you could end up with cold ankles. What’s worse than cold ankles? Cold ankles and see through leggings. Try your leggings on under different lights to make sure they stay opaque, especially if going commando underneath!

  1. Make sure they stay up

Just because you buy men's spandex leggings, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to hold up, simply because every body is built differently so it can be hard to compensate with a one size fits all. Opt for leggings with extra support such as the Roteck Legging which have a drawstring waist to offer a personalised fit. Having to keep pulling up your leggings can really interfere with an otherwise good training session.

  1. There is such a thing as too tight

Wearing tights that are too tight will prevent you benefiting from the compression and can cut off circulation and chafe. When leggings are too tight they don't lay right. Seams on running tights are often designed to follow the lines of your muscles, providing support to the major muscles like your hamstrings and quads, a seam in the wrong place can be detrimental to your performance.

  1. Have a place for your valuables

A good pair of leggings will find space for your valuables even when they're super tight. Running with an extra bag for your valuables defeats the point of light weight, streamlined bottoms. It’s also worth testing that your valuables won’t pull your leggings down before you go out on a long run.

  1. Quality Materials

If the materials used aren't up to scratch, it’s only a matter of time before they loose their integrity and become either see-through, saggy, or both. Opt for leggings which use high quality materials that are durable and long-lasting. Men's lycra leggings contain spandex, a highly stretchy and technical material. 

Men's Leggings Fashion

When it comes to leggings for fashion, guys in leggings is definitely not something that has caught on as much as the women's leggings for daywear. Men's fashion leggings will typically be designed as a functional piece of training clothing. Usually you will only see men in leggings at the gym or out running, as men's leggings typically are a highly technical garment. The Sundried leggings are black and understated in design. Our men's gym leggings are developed with gym and running in mind. The sweat wicking material acts as heat control meaning as you work harder and warm up your legs can perspire naturally. With the right leggings you may want to wear them all day. Get the choice of leggings wrong and you will be hot one minute, cold the next and you will be stripping them off at the first opportunity. 

How to wear men's running tights?

Do you have to wear men's running leggings with shorts? Or can you wear them on their own?

Pros:

  • Streamlined performance
  • Flexible range of motion
  • Shows off the body you’ve earned
  • Lightweight support
  • Comfort

Cons:

  • It can be cold without shorts
  • Wearing shorts over the top can improve your confidence - if you're trying them for the first time you might want to wear your men's leggings under shorts

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Men's Leggings – Your Questions Answered

Men's tights still cause a fair bit of debate and you may find you've got some questions. Here are some of the most popular questions people are asking about men's training leggings.

What are seamless leggings?

Seamless clothing means that the clothing is made without stitching. This gives a super comfortable feel without the possibility of chafing or itching and improves the freedom of movement, perfect for sports clothing. All of Sundried's activewear is made with multi-way stretch materials so that you can bend, stretch, and jump to your full potential without being held back by your fitness clothing.

Seamless leggings are made without a seam and are made from one piece of material. This is a fairly new innovation and is becoming hugely popular due to being very form-flattering and comfortable. For men's athletic leggings, seamless means you can comfortably wear under shorts for running and outdoor training to keep you warm as a subtle base layer.

Are gym leggings the same as running leggings?

Gym leggings and running leggings will vary slightly in both their design and their functionality. When running, you are likely to be outdoors and possibly at night, so running leggings will often feature reflective detailing - like that found on the Sundried Roteck 3.0 mens leggings - so that you can be seen and stay safe when running in the dark

Running leggings are also more likely to feature pockets to store you valuables and a drawstring waist so that they stay put when you bounce and move. On the other hand, gym leggings will usually feature a more subtle design so that you can squat, jump, and lunge without restriction. 

So what are men's compression tights and why should I wear them?

Compression technology is thought to aid circulation and improve recovery, however the proof is inconclusive. Some people find that wearing men's compression leggings improves their performance. Compression leggings for men will be much tighter than regular leggings in an attempt to support the muscles.

Sundried's Best Men's Running Leggings and Tights

When shopping for men's sports leggings, there's a lot of choices out there. We've put together a list of our best men's leggings, to help you find the perfect pair of running or gym leggings for you. 

1. Sundried Roteck 3.0 Men's Leggings

These will be your ultimate pair of running leggings. Featuring reflective detailing, drawstring waist and smartphone pocket, they include everything you need for your run or workout.

2. Sundried Monte Tamaro Men's Leggings

Crafted with sweat-wicking and temperature control technology, these leggings will be a staple in your winter workout wardrobe. Extra long ankle zippers aid in easy removal.

3. Sundried Monte Emilius Men's Leggings

These compression style leggings are perfect to wear under shorts whether your training outdoors or in the gym. Like the best compression tights for men, the compression style technology of these gym tights will enhance your performance and aid recovery. 

Got more questions about men's leggings? Ask us using the form below and we'll answer!

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