Finding the best leggings for running can be a tough task if you don't know what to look for or where to look. Buying running leggings online can be frustrating so we take the guess work out of it. We take a look at the best leggings and how to find them.
When it comes to running, you need leggings that aren't going to fall down with every stride and leave you hitching them up every 2 minutes and interfering with your run. A comfortable, well-fitted waistband is paramount for a good run and so it's important to decide which type you're going to go for.
The safest option if you don't want your leggings falling down is to go for a classic drawstring waist. Sometimes the drawstrings are on the inside of the waistband like the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's running leggings and sometimes they're on the outside, but either way they will provide the comfort and security you need to complete your run without having to keep pulling on your leggings.
A drawstring waist will allow you to personalise the fit so that you can decide how tight or loose you want them. Another bonus is that if you are feeling particularly bloated one day, you can loosen them off without feeling uncomfortable. Everyone's weight and physiology fluctuates on a daily basis so this option can be a game changer.
Pockets or no pockets?
Many people like to be able to take their phone out on a run with them and even if you don't take your phone, you might still need storage for keys and other valuables. Many types of running leggings don't feature any pockets at all because they can be clumsy and uncomfortable, but now that a clear demand has arisen more companies are designing running leggings with sizeable pockets that can accommodate a smart phone.
Most of the time this pocket will be to the side of the leggings so that you can easily reach for your phone if you need it. This is especially useful if you listen to music while you run so you can skip to the next tune easily. This feature is present on the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's leggings as well as the men's leggings Roteck 3.0.
Sundried running leggings with pockets
If you don't take your phone with you when you run but do take keys and other small items, you might be better off with a small zipper pocket to the side or back of the leggings. A large phone pocket can be annoying and even pull the leggings down if the phone is heavy (although this won't happen with the Sundried leggings thanks to the drawstring waist!)
In that case, many running leggings have small zip pockets to the back or side which you can use to store keys, a spare hair tie, or an energy gel. To zip gives peace of mind so you know your valuables won't jump out of the pocket as you run and it keeps your hands free and unladen so you can perform better.
Full length or cropped?
Typically, you would choose to wear full length running leggings in winter and cropped leggings in summer, however this may not always be best for you. For example, if you are particularly short, you may find that some brands of activewear don't have full length leggings that fit you properly – you might find they're always too long. In this case, you might find that cropped or Capri leggings are better for you whether it's summer or winter.
On the other hand, some people simply don't like wearing cropped leggings and will prefer to wear full length running leggings all year. Really, this one is down to personal preference and shouldn't make too much of a difference to you. Some cropped leggings finish at the knee while others are slightly longer and finish mid-calf.
High waisted or not?
Some people prefer to wear high waisted leggings because they are less likely to fall down as you run and cover over any lumps and bumps you may have. They also have a tendency to make you feel more secure and 'locked in' which is another reason some people prefer them to regular fit leggings.
High waisted leggings are far less likely to feature a drawstring, however they shouldn't really need one as their tightness around the waist should keep them firmly in place as you run.
So what are the best leggings?
As always, what works best for you might be different for someone else. As a general rule, look for running leggings that aren't going to fall down as you run thanks to a secure high waist or drawstring waist. If you like to take things with you when you run, look for running leggings with pockets and storage but be wary of their placement so that the pockets don't impede your performance.
The best running leggings will be supremely comfortable, won't chafe as you move, and will allow you to forget you're even wearing them!
From Zumba to running, cycling to swimming and everything inbetween. We require a lot from our women's activewear so it’s important to pick a style which suits you. Sundried's handy guide to womens activewear will give you all the dos and don'ts, and will help you learn what to look out for when buying new pieces of women's activewear too.
Womens Gym Top
Fitted Gym Tops
Fitted gym tops are beneficial for those who want to show off a well earned physique. These tops are usually crafted with stretch materials which hug your shape and flatter your frame. Opting for a fitted gym top helps to ensure that your session is restriction free, as loose garments can catch on equipment or trap wind when running outdoors. A well-fitted top will also allow you to monitor your form, particularly watching for an arched or hunched back which is a common cause of injury. Sundried’s Tour Noir tank features 4-way stretch materials which create a streamlined silhouette and unique cut outs to the back engineered to provide the ultimate ventilation and freedom of movement.
Drape Gym Tops
A drape gym top is great for those looking to cover up that little bit more. Loose materials skim the body and flatter all body types. Drape tops such as the Sundried Grivola Tee are also perfect for fitting into your normal day wear and can easily be taken from casual to active. With its super stylish fit, this type of top is perfect for wearing to a yoga class or for a gym workout. A loose gym top is perfect layered over a more tight fitting top or just a stylish sports bra.
Compression Gym Tops
Compression wear is designed to be worn like a second skin and is great for becoming streamlined in sports such as cycling. It is also typically lightweight in design which is what makes it so popular for sportswear. Compression technology has also been shown to increase blood flow and help prevent aches, however this is often questioned and more supporting research is needed. For more information on the benefits of compression wear, have a read of our in-depth article.
Women’s Crop Gym Tops
Those wanting to flash their washboard abs tend to opt for crop tops. In warmer summer months, a crop top can make a stylish statement whilst keeping you cool. We suggest wearing our Breithorn bra solo when exercising in warmer weather, like our ambassador Sophie.
Finding the right gym bottoms is vital for your performance when training. Read our advice on gym tights styles here.
The Sundried Ruinette tights are multi-functional, providing support for a multitude of sports with extra waist support and a reflective trim for running in low light.
There are lots of different elements to activewear, and to complete your exercise outfits you'll want a stylish sports bra. There are lots of different types of sports bra, so it's important to pick the right one.
Sports Bra Crop Top
If you don't need too much support, for example if you are doing low impact exercise like walking or yoga, you can wear a sports bra crop top. These are incredibly stylish and fashionable and can make for really cute gym clothes. The Sundried Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra is designed in a crop top style so it can be worn on its own or under a casual jacket to take your activewear from gym to casual wear effortlessly. Sophie here is wearing hers under a denim jacket for chic style at a casual lunch with friends. When it comes to street style, there's nothing better.
High Support Sports Bra
If something more supportive is what you're looking for, take a look at the Sundried Busazza Sports Bra. It is made with seamless materials so it fits like a second skin and will give you that locked-in feel you want when doing higher impact activities like a circuit class or CrossFit. It is made with premium fabrics which are super soft to the touch and will feel amazing on your skin.
Womens Gym Clothes Online
Buying womens sportswear online can be a minefield, but if you know what to look for, you'll end up with cute gym clothes and exercise outfits that are the envy of all your friends. Have a read of our guide on What To Look For When Buying Sportswear so that you have everything you need to know in one place.
The main difference between buying ladies gym wear online and in a store is that you can't try it on. That's why Sundried have a comprehensive womens activewear size guide with tips on how to measure yourself properly and international conversions so that you know exactly which size you'll need. It's also a good idea to check that the online store you're buying from offers free shipping and free returns so that if it is the wrong size, you can swap it for a different size hassle-free.
There are lots of benefits to buying womens sports clothing online, the main one being convenience. You can browse the collections at your own pace and compare different styles of workout attire. Plus, when it gets delivered, it's like Christmas and all the presents are for you!
Gym wear is no longer restricted to just the gym. With the rise of womens activewear and athleisure trends, it's becoming perfectly acceptable to wear sports clothing as casual wear and there are lots of ways to make your gym wear fashionable. We take a look at the main features of fashion gym wear and give you some advice on how to pull it off.
When it comes to activewear clothing, seamless is one of the main features you want to look for. Not only does it make your womens fitness clothing more comfortable and functional, it feels great to wear all day and is super versatile. When it comes to cute gym clothes, there's nothing better than a hoodie. Layer an oversized jacket or hoodie over a sports bra crop top or tight fitted gym top for a super chic look, or find a fashionable hoodie like the Sundried Grand Tournalin Women's Hoodie and pair it with leggings and casual shoes for a look that will work both in the gym and out.
Where to buy workout clothes
There are lots of places to buy womens gym wear in the uk and it can be best to stick to British brands for an authentic experience. Sundried is based entirely in the UK and this is where all our sportswear is designed. We make all of our womens activewear sustainably, which means it does not harm the planet and a lot of our range is made from 100% recycled materials. The production of sportswear for women can have a big impact on the environment, so buying from an ethical activewear brand can make a big difference.
Our ethics also include donating to charity, as well as treating all our workers fairly. This means no sweat shops or slave labour, just happy employees who love their job and work in great conditions.
You can buy Sundried activewear on our website. Because our womens activewear is not available in stores or shops, we save on overhead costs, and pass those savings on to our customers.
The new trend that's sweeping the nation is called 'athleisure'. This trend is the fusion of fitness and fun, gym style and street style, and it's taking the fitness industry by storm. With super soft fabrics and stylish designs it's perfect for all-day wear, but with the careful design and technical materials you can also wear your athleisure wear to the gym for a great workout.
Gym Fashion Ideas
If you're looking for inspiration on how to wear your new athleisure or activewear purchases, take a look at our inspiration page with lots of gym fashion ideas for both men and women.
A great idea is mixing sportswear with casual wear. Try layering a denim jacket over your sports bra crop top for an effortless look that can transition from lunch to the gym. Your sportswear and your everyday wardrobe are not mutually exclusive - try mixing it up!
Below, Sophie is wearing the Sundried Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra under a denim jacket for a casual lunch date.
Wear your mens leggings with confidence. Whether you're a runner, cyclist, or gym goer – mens leggings are for you. This buying guide will give you all the information you need to buy the right mens leggings for you. Buy men's leggings to enhance your performance and improve your training.
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 activewear market grows, so does the popularity of wearing men's leggings and tights to the gym.
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.
Leggings for men
What to look for from your men's leggings. The benefits of wearing men's leggings and tights for running and to the gym, including features and functionality.
Wrapping up in leggings can prevent wind chill whereas loose clothing allows wind to get trapped between the garment and your skin. Mens leggings provide a streamlined shield between your skin and the wind. Tight leggings also reduce drag in the wind.
Leggings will help to keep you warm and are a better option than sweatpants. They offer extra warmth for your legs, without the extra weight of joggers or the dreaded cold draft from the wind.
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.
Research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that wearing compression gear 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.
Tips for Fitting Men's Leggings
To reap the rewards from all the benefits of mens leggings, 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!
- Make sure they stay up
Just because your leggings are made of spandex, it doesn’t 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.
- 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.
- Have a place for you 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.
- 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.
Mens Leggings Fashion
When it comes to leggings for fashion, it is something that has definitely not caught on as much as the women's leggings for daywear. Mens fashion leggings will typically be designed as a functional piece of training clothing. Leggings typically are a highly technical garment worn for running or int he gym. The Sundried leggings are black and understated in design. Our mens black 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 striping them off at the first opportunity.
How to wear men's running tights?
Is it okay to wear mens gym leggings without shorts?
- Streamlined performance
- Flexible range of motion
- Shows off the body you’ve earned
- Lightweight support
- It can be cold without shorts
- Wearing shorts over the top can improve your confidence
Mens Leggings – Your Questions Answered
Mens leggings 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 mens 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 mens 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.
What are compression leggings?
Compression technology is thought to aid circulation and improve recovery, however the proof is inconclusive. Some people find that wearing compression leggings improves their performance. Compression leggings will be much tighter than regular leggings in an attempt to support the muscles.
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When the colder months hit, it can be hard to find the right winter running clothes. You need to keep warm, without overheating in your mens leggings once you get going.
When it comes to running gear, mens leggings should be an essential part of your wardrobe for training during darker, colder months. As the weather changes, your priorities change and you need to find activewear with technical fabrics which will help keep you warm on even the coldest of runs. Adding running leggings to your regular running wardrobe can make a lot of difference to your run, enabling you to train for longer in comfort.
Mens Running Tights
Sundried have developed our men's running tights with the help of leading triathletes and Personal Trainers to help you have the best run possible. With hidden features designed to subtly assist your performance such as the double-tie waistband, secure secret pocket and reflective lining. When out on the road, one of the most annoying occurrences for any runner is their sports tights slipping down, interfering with running stride and frustratingly distracting. In order to combat this, the Sundried Roteck Leggings have a two-way system to ensure your male leggings fit securely with an elasticated waistband and additional drawstring tie at the waist for a personalised secure fit.
Our reflective mens gym leggings provide a safer run during the darker months, helping to increase visibility with reflective trims lining the cuffs.
Does your running gear have storage for a phone and keys? Our running tights have secure back pockets for running valuables with zip fastening.
Mens running leggings are on the rise and whilst they may not be as popular as women's running tights, men are catching on to the benefits of wearing tights rather than sweatpants or shorts for running. On a freezing cold run, sweatpants allow cold air to become trapped between the trouser and your leg due to the loose fit and shorts will leave your lower leg, and other places, freezing! The tight fit of running leggings for men may seem unusual to newbies, but it is more than worth it for the exceptional benefits the right men's running gear can bring to your run.