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11 Oh-So-Soft Fleece-Lined Leggings That Fight the Cold

You aren’t wearing pajamas—they’re just your super-cozy running tights.

best fleece lined leggings

While the “official” beginning of the winter season comes in late December, cold temps can start in the fall and go way beyond into the spring in many places. And this year especially, with many gyms closed or out of commission due to COVID-19, you may be heading outdoors for your runs out of necessity instead of logging your miles inside on the treadmill (even if you typically hate treks in the cold.)

And not wearing the proper clothing can make your runs in cold temps and blistering winds miserable. To keep your lower extremities warm and blood pumping to your muscles, having the right leggings is essential. To better prep you, we’ve rounded up some of the best fleece and thermal leggings to help keep you warm and motivated for your winter runs. We tested pants on runs and gathered assessments from other runners. Here are 11 of the highest-ranking pairs.

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Built-in Fleece Leg Warmers
Terez Legwarmer UpLift Leggings

These Terez leggings are perfect for outdoor runs. The legging itself is made of a spandex and nylon fabric that created a high-compression fit when I slipped them on. But the best part is the fleece leg warmers. Since the lower part of your legs are ultimately what are exposed to the whipping winds and wet snow, the built-in fleece leg warmer really did keep my calves warm.

Available XS-XL.

Temperature-Regulating Fabric
Sweaty Betty Thermodynamic Running Leggings
Sweaty Betty

These thermal leggings were specifically designed for outdoor running. The thermodynamic polyamide and elastane leggings help regulate your temperature and offer tons of stretch. And they also have a convenient side pocket and back zip pocket to store your stuff safely. 

Available XXS-XXL.

Jogger-Legging Hybrid
Beyond Yoga Cozy Fleece Foldover Long Sweatpant Joggers
Yoga Outlet

I love Beyond Yoga leggings for cross training workouts, but I got to test these out for winter runs. While I don’t think they’re the best pair for high-intensity training runs, I put them on multiple times for cold morning walks and shorter, slower runs (like recovery runs) and they really became my go-to pair. I personally loved the foldover waist—they felt great on my waist and not too constricted. And while they’re labeled as joggers, they really fit more like leggings.

Available XS-XL. 

Thermal Wool Material
Nike Epic Luxe Run Division Wool Running Tights

These Nike wool running tights are a great alternative for other thermal materials. They are very thin but designed to keep you dry in the wettest of conditions. I can’t wait to wear them once we have lots of snow. I loved the zipper pocket at the back of the waist to carry my keys and lip balm.

Available XS-XL.

Warmth On a Budget
Baleaf Fleece Lined Leggings
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These leggings are a #1 best seller on Amazon, with a 4.5 star-rating out of almost 6,000 reviews. That says something. A runner noted that these leggings prevent any wind from piercing through them and that they do an amazing job wicking sweat. They also have two smartphone side pockets and another in the waistband for storage. Plus, they come in 21 different varieties and colors; like pairs without pockets on the sides, and shades like vibrant rose red or subdued olive green.

Available XS-3X. 

Insulating Waffle Knit
Alo Yoga High-Waist Micro Waffle Lowkey Legging

If you love a waffle knit thermal layer in the winter, you will love these Alo Yoga Micro Waffle leggings. I tested these out on a cold morning walk/run, and they did an amazing job of keeping me warm. I love that they are not super thick, and the high waist helped me feel extra supported. A side note: they did stretch out as I wore them.

Available XXS-L.

Thick and Wind-Resistant
Athleta Peak Hybrid Fleece Tight

If you live in a cold, cold place, I recommend these Athleta tights. I was surprised by how thick (in a good way) these were. They’re made of a nylon and spandex blend that has a woven fabric on the outside that really resists wind. And they have two zipper pockets on each thigh to really keep your stuff secure, as well as a zippered pocket at the back of the waist.

Available XXS-XL.

Adidas Alphaskin Cold.Rdy Long Tights

These Adidas leggings are made with the company’s Alphaskin compression material that supports your muscles and helps with circulation. They also have a double-layer waistband that offers double the core support. On top of that, the insulating Cold.Rdy polyester/spandex fabric is moisture-wicking and works to keep you dry, but mostly warm. 

Available XS-2XL. 

Best Baselayer
Under Armour ColdGear Authentic Leggings

Under Armour created these ColdGear leggings to provide warmth without being bulky. You can wear them alone or under thicker bottoms. One runner noted that they are her “winter legging of choice” for her cold Iowa runs because they supply the “perfect warmth.”

Available XS-XXL. 

No-Bounce Storage
Brooks Greenlight Tight

If you tend to carry lots of stuff with you on your runs (i.e., fuel, keys, cash or your phone), you will love the pockets on these leggings. There are two deep, no-bounce pockets on each thigh that will keep your stuff in place as you run. And there is a bonus pocket at the back of the waist as well. They're also made with Brooks’s signature DriLayer HorsePower fabric, a polyester and spandex mix that will keep you extra warm.

Available XS-XXL.

Second-Skin Feel
Oiselle Flyout Tights

Oiselle’s Flyout Tights are another great thick option for chilly runs. They’re made of Oiselle’s Polartec knit—a nylon/poly/spandex blend— a super soft and stretchy material that felt amazing with every stride. On my run, they didn’t feel constricting. A note about the bottoms: they’re tulip cut, so make sure you wear a longer sock to cover up your ankles.

Available 2-12. 

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