It’s hard not to get swept up by the energy of the New York City Marathon. This weekend, the cheering crowds and determined runners were electric enough to make even the biggest couch potato want to get moving. If you find yourself inspired but your workout gear lacking, let us help. We’ve already tested the best sports bras according to both sport and chest size, but what about leggings?
Allow me, a fitness obsessive who isn’t afraid of any workout, to help you out. I’ve tried countless pairs of leggings as I’ve made my way through sports both conventional (running, spinning, yoga) and less orthodox (rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking). These are the six pairs that have held up through years of repeated washings and still haven’t turned see-through. Scroll down to check them out.
The Best Cheap Pair
Fabletics can be hit-and-miss, so skip the membership and spend a little extra for the one item that’s worth the price — these leggings. They’re nice and tight around your waist (without cutting off circulation!), they lift your butt, and they come in shorter inseams for petite girls.
The Most Comfortable Pair
The Best One for My Ass
Whenever I’m doing anything strenuous like running or spinning, I reach for these leggings. Yes, they’re expensive but they’re worth every penny. The fabric is thick and the compression is strong enough to give you an instant butt lift. If you like staging thirst-trap photos at the gym, buy these.
The Cool Ones
These are the leggings to buy if you care about the Instagram presence of your workout pants. Outdoor Voices has great branding, and they also know how to make your butt look good while you’re suffering through a class (though their compression isn’t as good as the Lululemon style). The only downside is the rougher fabric, which some might find uncomfortable.
The Best for Super Sweaty Workouts
The Best for Cold Days
Fleece-lined tights are a miracle for people like me who love sports that involve being in sub-zero temperatures for hours at a time. I wore these under my snowboarding pants when it was -25 degrees Fahrenheit in Canada and they kept me cozy. They’ll do the same if you’re an outdoor winter runner.
The Ones You Can Wear All Day
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