Tights or leggings are a crucial part of any runner’s wardrobe – especially if you live in the UK and are used to stumbling out of the house to get some extra miles in on those cold, dark winter nights.

Whether you favour a 5km, an ultramarathon, or anything in between, a decent pair of running tights will not only keep you warm, but will offer additional performance benefits too.

When looking for the perfect pair, the number one thing runners should consider is fit. Leggings not only need to be the right length, but should balance flexibility with compression to enhance – not hinder – your runs.

They also need to fit your waist so they don’t ride up or down mid session.

Material is also important, as sweat-wicking qualities can help to keep you cool and dry.

Finally, if you don’t like wearing a running belt, a decent sized pocket can be a game changer when it comes to carrying crucial items like your keys and bankcard.

We’ve spent the winter testing running leggings from across the market to help you find what you need.

From medical grade compression tights to simple thermal leggings, we’ve rounded up the best pairs so you can stop your search and get back to racking up the miles.

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The verdict: Women's running leggings

We loved Underarmour’s bold promises and found the brand’s leggings lived up to the hype. We were also impressed with Zone3’s compression leggings, which not only boosted our performance during our runs but also helped us recover at home.

If you’re looking for a louder design, Sweaty Betty offers some great options, while Saucony’s leggings also deserve an honourable mention.

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