What are the best winter-running pants?

What are the best running pants to wear in the dead of winter when the wind is blowing and the snow is flying?

Feb 22, 2012
Outside Magazine
Winter running tights

Winter running tights    Photo: Courtesy of Arc'teryx, Pearl Izumi, and Nike


When the wind is blowing and the snow is flying? I'd recommend sitting in front of the TV with a pair of sweatpants on.

I'm a bit pigeon-toed, which means my feet tend to snag on loose material when I run, so I prefer tights. I've also found that I don't lose much heat off my legs, at least compared to my upper body or even my arms, and unless it drops much below 10 degrees I generally stick with mid-weight tights.

My go-to tights work for both cycling and running. If you both ride and run, my first recommendation is to check out Performance Bicycle's house-brand Radiator Tights ($50). They come without a cycling chamois and are made from a stretchy polyester-Spandex blend that resists wind and wicks moisture. They're warm, but I've used them comfortably in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Otherwise, take a look at the following three options from Nike, Arc'teryx, and Pearl Izumi.

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