Why Our Editors Love These Tights For Every Fall Activity

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One of our favorite things about fall is that it ushers in a chance for new beginnings — or at least a return to old routines. Whether we're hitting the streets, trails, and studios again or trying a new activity altogether, we're excited to rededicate ourselves to fitness.

No matter what plans you have in store this season, having the proper gear is so important to help you achieve your fitness goals. The right leggings, in particular, can keep you feeling supported and comfortable but also motivated and inspired, even when it gets darker earlier or chillier than usual. For our editors, it's Athleta's Elation Tight that's the central piece around which all activities revolve. Although these leggings were made famous for yoga (not to mention the inclusive size range — they're available in XXS to 3X), they can work for a range of low impact activities. From running or hiking among the changing leaves to hopping on a bike to mentally wind down after work, keep reading to discover why we love this essential.

Biking
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Biking

"I could bike for hours on end any day, and it's my favorite after-work activity to clear my mind. After a summer hiatus, I'm excited to pick biking back up again this fall, when the weather cools down a bit. A biking outfit has to strike the perfect balance: it needs to be stretchy, comfortable, and supportive — bonus points if it's stylish. Recently, I've been reaching for the Elation Rib Tight before hitting the road. I specifically love that the tights are designed without side seams so I'm never distracted with itchy or uncomfortable legs. The ribbed texture makes the leggings feel a bit more elevated than standard workout gear, so I don't have to hesitate to text friends if I happen to be biking through their neighborhood. I'd wear the leggings with a cropped tank, my favorite fanny pack, and sneakers." — Rayna Rossitto, content coordinator

Running
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Running

"Going on a run is one of my favorite ways to start the day, and fall is the best time to do it. (Perfect weather! Beautiful foliage!) These tights are amazing whether I'm running two miles or five. They are insanely soft and have the perfect amount of stretch, and I absolutely adore how high-waisted they are. The waistband never pinches and I never have to pull them up while I'm in action, which is much appreciated. I wear them with a zip-front bra, and for chilly mornings, I'd throw on a running jacket, too. Stylish sneakers and a functional cap top off this run look perfectly." — Kathleen Owens, editor

Hiking
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Hiking

"Whether it's the crisp autumn air or the sight of the changing leaves, there is just something about hitting the trail during fall that feels more invigorating than any other season. When I'm hiking, I like to rely on no-fuss gear, and you can't get any more no-fuss than the Elation Train 7/8 Tight. The back pocket stows all my essentials, the design is extra streamlined, and the fabric is so soft and smooth while still holding me in thanks to the supportive compression. I could go for miles and they still feel like a second skin (especially in comparison to all my upper layers and clunky hiking shoes)." — Stephanie Nguyen, senior editor