Normally we’d be all for the last leg of a five-mile run, but when our skin stings with every gust of freezing cold wind, we're just about ready to give up. Turns out, we can’t wear the same thin, nylon summer leggings when temps drastically dip in the winter. This year, we’re investing in a few pairs of fleece-lined, moisture-wicking and body temperature-regulating leggings that keep us cozy for the long haul. Oh, and you bet we’ll also be wearing them when we’re not exercising.
1. Patagonia Capilene Thermal Weight Base Layer Tights
Patagonia makes some of the warmest fleeces on the market, so it’s no surprise that these leggings get the cold weather seal of approval. They’re thermal weight but feature a high-tech moisture-wicking fabric, so you can comfortably wear them under ski clothes or during chilly outdoor runs.
2. Sweaty Betty Team Ski Base Layer Leggings
Planning to be on the slopes all winter? These have to make it into your weekender. The cutest racing checkerboard motif gives off pro skier vibes, while the ultra-cozy base layer material ensures you don’t have to warm up in the lodge after every run.
3. Falke High-Rise Sports Leggings
This high-rise style promises to regulate body temperature (that includes both cold and hot) to keep sweat away.
4. Nike Pro Warm Hollywood Tights
The metallic thermal panels at the hip aren’t just for show; they actually help to keep you warm and dry while training outdoors. We also love the wide, supportive waistband that helps to secure your core, even if you’re just sitting on the couch.
5. Under Armour Women's ColdGear Authentic Leggings
The dual-layer fabric in these leggings serves two purposes: The inside is made of an ultra-warm brushed material that helps maintain body temperature; the outer layer is fast-drying to keep perspiration from ruining your workout. This pair also features welded seams that help to eliminate chafing, no matter how you move.
6. Icebreaker Comet Winter Sport Tights
Are you one of those people who shuns treadmills in favor of pounding the pavement all year round? These technical terry-lined tights were made for you in all their warm and cozy glory.
7. Rebel Icon Class Dri-FIT Fleece Training Pants
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt the sting of so-cold-they’re-numb legs. (Raises hand.) You’ll never have to feel that again thanks to these fleece-lined training pants.
8. Adidas Design 2 Move ClimaLite High-Rise 3-Stripe Leggings
Luxury is a wide, comfy waistband, and these deliver exactly that. Plus, the body-hugging fit and ClimaLite fabric hold everything in.
9. 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Fleece Lined Leggings
With over 500 positive reviews, we already know these were worth it. But throw in their brushed fleece lining, tummy control waistband and extremely affordable price, and we’re officially sold.
10. Plush Fleece Lined Stirrup Leggings
Barre, Pilates, yoga: all examples of workouts where we really want our pants to stay put. The stirrup at the bottom keeps these in place and offers another cozy layer at the foot. Toes are free to grip the floor and our legs are happy thanks to a silky, lightweight fleece lining and ultra-stretchy fabric. Win-win.
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