Few things ruin the afterglow of a kick-ass workout like a swampy pair of leggings, am I right? It's a testament to the fact that not all "performance-driven" activewear is actually created equal. In reality, finding leggings that will wick moisture even during (and after) the toughest of workouts can come to trial and error, as well as personal preference.
But that's also why you have us. As a crew of editors who collectively enjoy a variety of different workouts, we can definitely vouch for the leggings that keep us dry and happy, no matter how (and how much) we're breaking a sweat. So without further ado, shop our favorites below—and stay cool out there.
Nike Dri-FIT High Waist Crop Running Tights ($65)
These running tights have Nike's signature moisture-wicking Dri-FIT technology so you won't feel too gross after an especially tough workout.
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings ($59)
Zella leggings are one of the most-purchased items on THE/THIRTY, and we can totally see why. They hug your body just right and feel so comfortable. This pair has moisture-wicking fabric so you can dry off quickly after class. Plus, there's a hidden pocket for cash or a key.
Athleta Elation Camo 7/8 Tight ($89)
Wear this pair to a yoga or studio class. The fabric is quick-drying, breathable, and soft so they're comfortable for any type of workout.
Alo Yoga Moto Legging ($110)
These leggings have a cool moto detail, which will make a statement in your hot yoga class (or the gym or other studio class). Since the pair is high-waisted (with a five-inch waistband) you won't have to worry about pulling up your leggings while you're working out. The fabric also has moisture-wicking antimicrobial technology.
The price really can't be beat for JoyLab's leggings. These leggings are soft and comfortable to move around in, but they also do a good job of keeping you dry (or as dry as you can get). Plus, the design brings some personality to a workout.
Girlfriend Collective Shadow Float Seamless High-Rise Legging ($68)
Girlfriend Collective is known for its premium activewear made from recycled bottles, and these leggings don't disappoint. Stay dry while feeling these supported you with a comfortable high waist and snug, compressive fit.
Core 10 Full-Length Leggings ($49)
Amazon has its own brand of activewear gear, and the reviews are pretty positive. This pair of leggings can be customized—choose from a high or low waist, and regular, short, and long inseams. The moisture-wicking, medium-weight pair has side pockets and mesh panels.
Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity Ankle Leggings ($128)
"They're the only full-length leggings I can stand to work out in," says Who What Wear's Assistant Beauty Editor Erin Jahns. "They don't trap sweat or heat or make me feel claustrophobic while I work out. Plus, on a more superficial level, I've never gotten as many compliments (from total strangers!) on an item of workout clothing before."
Zella Live In High Waist Ankle Leggings ($65)
Move freely with these popular Zella leggings. You don't have to worry about going hard and getting sweaty since they're moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and have seaming that doesn't irritate.
Outdoor Voices Techsweat 7/8 Leggings ($98)
These leggings are definitely a departure from OV's signature structured fabric, but I fell in love with them the first time I wore them out on a long, sweaty hike. They're butter-soft and feel almost invisible—and most importantly, they always stay dry.
Lululemon Fast & Free Tight ($128)
Editor Aimee is a huge fan of these leggings. "I have literally participated in super-sweaty workouts where everyone else had crotch and butt sweat and I didn't," she says.
FP Movement High-Rise 7/8 You're a Peach Leggings ($98)
You'll get plenty of support in these ultra-compressive leggings. They're squat-proof, moisture-wicking, and have reflective details.
Lululemon Speed Up Tight ($108)
Super breathable and seat-wicking, these tights are designed for running. The fabric has a cool feeling and four-way stretch. It also has side pockets so you can easily stash your phones or keys.
Alo Yoga 7/8 High-Waist Airbrush Legging ($78)
With no side seams, Alo's leggings are so comfortable. They're smoothing, sculpting, moisture-wicking , and antimicrobial.
Athleta Shakti Mesh 7/8 Tight ($98)
With mesh details for breathability, you can wear these to a hot yoga class. The high-rise waistband ensures you'll be extra comfortable during your sweat session.
Outdoor Voices Techsweat 7/8 Zoom Leggings ($98)
Hit up those HIIT classes in these hard-working, sweat-wicking leggings. The waistband is designed to stay put and not ride down, and it's got a handy pocket in the back.
Sweaty Betty Power Sculpt Workout 7/8 Leggings ($100)
These are super sculpting and supportive. The fabric also has reflective details, which is perfect if you normally exercise outdoors.
Nike Boutique Bungee Detail Training Tights ($99)
Made with Nike's Dri-FIT fabric and ventilation, these leggings give you permission to get as sweaty as you want during your workouts.
Lululemon Mapped Out High Rise Tight ($128)
Whether you're hitting up a yoga or HIIT class, you'll be comfortable in these tights. They have ventilation all over and are quick-drying so you can keep cool.
FP Movement High-Rise Ankle-Length Double Black Diamond Leggings ($128)
Ultra-compressive, you'll feel extra supportive in FP Movement's leggings. They're designed for HIIT workouts, weight training, squats, and stretching.
Alo Yoga 7/8 High-Waist Element Legging - Marina/Black ($108)
The cool dual-color design with piping makes these leggings really stand out. They're breathable and moisture-wicking—perfect for those hot yoga classes.
FP Movement Ultra-High-Rise Keep Your Cool Leggings ($128)
The fabric on this pair is unique because they're made of a deodorizing and hydrating material. It's sculpting, compressive, and have a super high rise.
Zella Solar Contrast High Waist 7/8 Leggings ($79)
Your classic black leggings get an update with bold stripes on the side. It's also got a zip pocket on the back waistband to easily store a credit card, keys, or phone.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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