These 5 Pairs of Tights and Pants Were Made For Cold-Weather Workouts
As an avid runner, dropping temps don't scare me. In fact, I rather prefer cold-weather running to dog days of summer training. While others might see the fall and winter as times to take the workouts inside, I'm doing just the opposite. As I get ready to swap out my running shorts and tanks for solid base layers and windbreakers, there's one piece that is essential to my all-season training: cold-weather pants.
Although there are many layers that make my cold-weather workouts a success, for me, it all starts with a pair of pants that's ready to perform. I need them to be light enough not to hold me back while I kick things up a notch but still warm enough to ensure I'm not losing valuable body heat.
Keep reading to see the five options from Athleta I'm adding to my cold-weather rotation this season.
The Rainier Tight ($109) is the base layer of my winter running wardrobe: they are high performance yet feel like a blanket. Designed to be a true cold-weather workout companion, the Rainier Tight features Plus SuperSonic fabric that blends both performance compression with supreme warmth with its brushed interior. I'm counting on these to be my staple regardless of the temps.
Rainier Boot Cut Pant
And for those days when my training takes me off the track and onto the trail, there's the Rainier Bootcut Pant ($119). This boot-cut version of the classic tight still boasts the same compression and warmth with a more comfortable and hiking-boot-friendly cut.
Altitude Stash Tight in Polartec Power Stretch
A little snow doesn't scare this outdoor-workout fanatic away. To make sure I'm armed and ready, I'm eyeing a true winter-friendly option like the Altitude Stash Tight in Polartec Power Stretch ($119). This unique tight features Polertec insulation fabric that's sleek on the outside and soft and cozy on the inside, aka the ideal match for icy temps.
Glacier Snow Skinny Pant II
Another essential that I look out for when picking a snow-friendly workout pant is water-repellant features. The Glacier Snow Skinny Pant II ($179) fits the bill perfectly thanks to Durable Water Repellent (DWR) fabric finish, which protects against light mists. What's more, I love how performance ready this option remains with its slim-fit compression design.
Rainier Reflective Tight
Night runs are common for winter runners, and as the days get shorter, I'm bound to find myself hitting the pavement in the dark. The Rainier Reflective Tight ($119) is a great option for those dawn or dusk runs with the reflective trim detailing that adds an extra level of safety.