Running: Running tights or running pants

If you dress appropriately, running in winter can be fantastic. Here's how to choose the right running tights and pants.

The ever-changing seasons in this country give us unique opportunities for fun running sessions. But nevertheless, it can be difficult to know how to dress. One day can have bright sunshine, while on the next session in the same week there may be sleet, wind and slush conditions. So how to dress correctly?

When it comes to winter clothing, the 3-layer principle on the upper body is good advice. After choosing which running jacket suits you best, you also need to decide how to keep your lower body warm. 


What are the alternatives?

Although there are indeed shorts with inner tights, for most people a running shorts will be reserved for the warmer months. In winter, therefore, your choice is between running tights or running pants

There are advantages to both options. Here we give you some of them. We also give you advice on when to choose running tights with extra insulation when running this winter.


Running tights without extra insulation

A specialized running tights are a good choice for both low- and high-intensity training because of their stretchy and snug fit. The compression in the tights gives the muscles good support, while being flexible enough to provide optimal freedom of movement.

Running tights come in a variety of lengths, fits and thicknesses and are specifically designed for running, which distinguishes them from cross-country tights and trousers in several ways. Among other things, the cut and fit are different. The materials and thickness are also different, to give you optimal properties for the individual activity.

The thinnest running tights can probably get too cold if you are going to run outdoors in midwinter, then a tights with extra insulation is a good option.


Running tights with insulation

For even better protection against the cold, insulating running tights are composed of various materials, carefully placed to keep your muscles warm – so you can perform at your best even in demanding conditions. 

As tights with extra insulation are usually reserved for colder temperatures, they can quickly become too warm in late winter and into spring, when temperatures rise throughout the day.


Trousers for running

For those who prefer a looser fit, running pants are a good choice. Unlike running tights, trousers are usually constructed in thicker materials and can provide better protection than tights.

Unlike trousers for cross-country skiing, running trousers – although they provide good mobility – have a more formal style, which makes them just as useful for jogging as for work.

Dress according to the conditions

Whether you prefer running pants or running tights, it's important to invest in the right clothing for a comfortable and efficient running session in winter. 

Keep in mind that you also have to pay attention to more than the weather as it looks out the window. -3°C on Tuesday may be different than -3°C on Thursday. 

Dress according to the conditions so you can run with full focus all year round.