First ever Athleta winter tights review!
We are a group of gals that are far more familiar with being on open roads, not the Internet and the information superhighway. But in those hours on the roads, we have shared an entirely frivolous love of talking – and especially talking about running clothes. It started with the discovery of skorts, and has sense moved to every item from crises over shoe redesigns to “why can’t they make a sports bra that doesn’t chafe?!?, Why???” Because we represent such a wide group of body shapes, styles, and running experience, we thought it would be fun to share those observations with others and – HOPEFULLY – help companies make better (and cuter) things for us to wear!
So, we begin with the first ever review of Athleta winter running tights! Yes, I know. This blog is called “skortaholics.” And this post won’t comment on even one skort. Sigh. But, I actually think it is better this way. While we were inspired by mostly all of our love of skorts (we do have one defector!), it’s cold outside, tights are a better topic, and really, we don’t just talk about skorts. So, bring on the cold, the snow, the rain, the wind, and the long tights! (I’m not really excited about all that and really hate running in the cold and any kind of weather, but if I have to do it, I would like for my tights to at least be cute.)
So, in the interests of all my buddies and you, Sandy and I have now struggled into and jumped around, in and also run in, most of the eight pairs of tights I ordered from Athleta.
On my part, other than feeling a bit like a sausage and like I’ve had enough exercise to skip the run these tights were intended for, it was sort of fun. (One qualifier, while you will see I tried on tons of tights, I did not test any with zippers at the ankles. I don’t like zippers. They always chafe my ankle. So, I either have to leave them unzipped, which is just goofy, or end up with a bloody ankle. I like neither option. So, no zippers, sorry.) But Deborah has volunteered to test a pair with zippers, and we will update this post with her results!
I tried warm tights (the Ski Line and Power Lift), and Sandy and I both tried regular rights (the Relay, Be Free, and Stride). The unanimous verdict? The Athleta Be Free series continues to impress with great design – and FOUR, can you count them, FOUR pockets – and really cute colors and patterns. Here’s a pocket comparison:
So, that’s our choice for a go to winter tight. Be Free!!! We love the knickers (I’m sure we will post on them too) and now I love the tights. Athleta still has room to improve them with more reflectivity, but they are still the best combination of fit, comfort, and cute-ability.
Look how cute Sandy looks in the red ones!
Both Sandy and I thought the Stride tight was, well, too tight. Just not comfortable. If you like a compression tight, the Stride would be great, and the reflective version of it was very cool looking on. And the Relay series is always a good option. The fit is a bit lower-waisted than the Be Free if that is your preference. For those really, really cold days that for whatever insane reason you decide to run outside on instead of on a perfectly nice indoor treadmill, I loved the Ski Line pants (and am wearing them right now). They are snuggly fleecy comfort in a pant that did great on our below 20 degree run on Saturday.
FYI, Sandy and I both wear and tested a size small in all the styles. Here’s the complete run-down and stay toasty my friends!
|Reflective Relay||Pretty Well!||Good, unless it’s in the 20s||Yes||One rear||Yep!||No||Great Choice!|
|Be Free||So, so – the “flicker” effect||Good, unless it’s in the 20s||Yes||Heck yes! FOUR of them||Darn near perfect||No||Best overall, did we mention pockets?!|
|Stride||Best in class||A bit less warm than the Relay and Be Free||Compression fabric, you may want to size up||One rear||Compressive. Very sleek, tight fabric||Yes||Uncomfortable. Too much like control top panty hose|
|Power Lift||So, so – the “flicker” effect (there is a reflective version)||Comfy into the teens!||Compression fabric, you may want to size up||One rear, smaller than others||Compressive side leg and tummy panel that really pull you in||No||Looks smart, but the others are more comfy|
|Ski Line||Nope||So snuggly! Comfy into the teens||Yes||One rear, smaller than others||Not your Mom’s sweatpants!||No||Well worth one pair for super cold days, either this or the power lift version|
Let us know if you have any comments on these tights or have others you would recommend!