Whether you're brand new to the sport, a seasoned athlete or training for your first big race, irrespective of your experience, all runners have one thing in common: we need comfortable kit. But investing in specialist running gear is about more than just feeling good – the right pair of leggings can impact your performance, while the wrong pair can turn a joyful run into a total washout, and could even sabotage your race day plans.
But when it comes to finding the best women's running leggings (also known as tights), the options can seem endless. Should you opt for capris, or full length? Will you ever find a pair that won't ride up or down when you move? And what about pockets for storing all your essentials?
From technical tights designed for petite runners, to the coolest plus-sized leggings on the market, keep scrolling for the best running leggings for women to shop now.
Help choosing the best running leggings for women
- Fit: There's nothing worse than a pair of leggings that just won't stay put. Look for features such as a drawcord waistband to pull your leggings tight, a high-waistband to sit more comfortably on your hips, and seams that follow the natural contours of your body.
- Style: The fact is, if you look good, you feel good. And if you feel good, you stand a better chance of enjoying your run. So don't be afraid to put style as well as function on your to-do list when shopping for the best running tights.
- Leg length: If you're a shorter runner, beat the awkward legging-fold by shopping for capris or keep an eye out for 3/4 and 7/8 length leggings.
- Run safe: If you often run at night, lots of technical kit now comes with reflective detailing to make you visible to motorists and help you stay seen after dark.
- Pockets: All runners need pockets! Whether it's a drop-in side sleeve big enough for your phone, or a zipped pocket to hold your keys, space to store your essentials can make all the difference to your run.
Runner's World Editor's Picks
The leggings you see here are hand-picked by our editors. Using our expert knowledge of performance running apparel, and our experience of testing thousands of pieces of kit, we ran the rule over these on the road, in the gym and on the trails.
Runner’s World Expert Tested
Below you'll also find a number of 'Expert Tested' leggings. Our expert testers at the Runner’s World Lab put 30 pairs of leggings through their paces to find the styles you can rely on mile after mile, and those which scored the highest marks have been included below. This is how they did the testing:
On the road
Over 100 RW staff and readers rigorously tested the leggings, wearing each pair for at least three different types of workout. They then filled out a detailed questionnaire, sharing their thoughts on everything from the overall performance of the leggings to their comfort, design, versatility and value for money.
In the lab
While our panellists pounded their local pavements, parks and trails, our lab team took each pair of leggings for a spin through the washing machine to check for any shrinkage. They also assessed their sweat wicking claims by noting how well the fabric absorbed moisture and timing how long it took to dry.
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The best women's running leggings for petite runners
Tired of turning up your legging bottoms and battling with baggy knees? Shorter runners will be pleased to hear that the days of bunched up tights are over, and brands have finally started to cater to smaller people. We've hand-picked our favourite leggings for petite runners, available to shop now.
The best capri women's running leggings
If you prefer to wear leggings all year round and you're after a pair of summer running tights to keep your legs covered without overheating, capris are a great compromise. To help you find your ideal pair, we've rounded up some of the best capri-length leggings on the market.
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High-waisted leggings are a blessing for runners who prefer a bit more support around the middle when you move. If you favour a thicker waistband, we've rounded up some of the best high-waisted running leggings on the market.
The best plus-size women's running leggings
Runners come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has the right to feel stylish and comfortable while they workout! Thankfully most major running brands have caught on to this fact, and now you can buy leggings in a wider range of sizes. Keep scrolling for our pick of the best plus-size running tights available to shop now.
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