10 Best Leggings for Running in 2022





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Last Updated: December 22, 2021

A quick peek at my New Year’s resolutions for the past five years will show you two things:

  1. I have enormous aspirations of becoming a runner
  2. I have failed to achieve said aspirations on a yearly basis

If this cycle sounds familiar, trust me, I get it. The idea of running is so appealing, but the reality has yet to live up to my dreams.

But, it really can be an enjoyable form of exercise to keep you healthy and happy, two things all of us could use nowadays. So, whether you’re a veteran runner or determined to start running this year, here’s a list of the top 10 best leggings for running that’ll make you feel like you could run a marathon.

Best Leggings for Running

Lululemon: While the price tag on Lululemon leggings can be cringe-worthy, you can’t argue with the high quality product that the brand delivers. I couldn’t help but include two of the brand’s top-selling running leggings.

Lululemon Fast and Free Tight 

If you’re willing to shell out the cash, the Fast and Free tights are some of the most highly recommended running leggings on the market.

Made with the company’s Nulux fabric that is engineered for running, these sweat-wicking and quick-drying leggings are a hit. The high-waisted fit prevents them from slipping during exercise. They’re also durable, with one customer writing: “Today I slipped on the ice, scraped both my knees, but these leggings DID NOT RIP!” They also feature plenty of pockets (two-phone sized pockets and five smaller waistband pockets).


Lululemon Pace Rival High-Rise Crop 

For those of you who prefer a cropped legging, the Pace Rival High-Rise Crop is a great option. Lululemon itself writes that the Pace Rival High-Rise Crops “have you covered from quad-burning hill sprints to feels-so-good floor stretches.”

In contrast to the Fast and Free, these leggings are made with the company’s Luxtreme fabric. This fabric, in combination with the leggings’ mesh paneling facilitate comfortable breathability without sacrificing the compression that supports you during your workout.


Colorfulkoala Women’s High Waisted Leggings 

One of the most popular Lululemon dupes, these affordable leggings are perfect if you don’t want to pay Lululemon prices.

These leggings recently went viral on TikTok for their comfort and affordable price point. Like the Lululemon Align, the fabric of these leggings is very soft and lightweight, lacking the compression of other styles.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter on your skin and a lot easier on your bank account, check out these bad boys.


Under Armour Women’s ColdGear Authentic 

As the name suggests, these leggings are great for the winter months, especially for those who live in colder climates.

They are an ultra-compression fit, meant to sit tight on your skin. The website highlights the dual-layer fabric of the ColdGear authentic leggings:

  • The inner layer is a soft, brushed, and warm
  • The outer layer is smooth and fast drying

Hundreds of reviewers share stories of the freezing temperatures they have endured in this product and one thing is clear: these leggings keep you warm!


Fabletics The Boost 7/8 

Theyse leggings are made with the brand’s signature Powerhold fabric, which is known for its strong compression. They also come in fun colors and the criss-cross design on the back simultaneously adds stylish detailing to the product, while adding further lift and compression to the fit.

The brand’s size range is quite extensive. And while the brand has received mixed feedback in general for its VIP membership, reviews for individual products are full of 4-5 star praise (check out our review).


Athleta Rainier Tight 

The Rainier tights come highly recommended from seasoned runners.

They offer a high-waisted fit in combination with strong compression, which prevents the waistband from slipping and keeps everything locked in place. But customers insist that it moves well during exercise in spite of its compressive structure.

These leggings are advertised for “medium and high impact workouts in cold climates” according to the Athleta website. While customers praised the style of the Rainier tight, keep in ind that many state this product fails to keep you warm in the cold.


Nike Epic Luxe 

The Epic Luxe Women’s Running Leggings are some of the highest rated leggings from Nike. They are simultaneously lightweight and compressive, offering the best of both worlds in terms of fit.

The product received good reviews for its comfort and functionality, as it has several pockets to hold your essentials. It also boasts a mid-rise waistband with an adjustable drawstring, so that you never have to worry about them slipping while you run.


Aerie OFFLINE Goals High Waisted Pocket Legging 

These Aerie leggings are available in a variety of fun colors, which in combination with their mesh detailing, make them the perfect leggings if you’re looking for maximum style on your run.

The mesh serves a greater purpose than looking cute – it also houses pockets to store any items you’re carrying on your run.

The sole criticism customers have is that they tend to roll over at the waist, leaving you to adjust throughout your workout. However, for the lower price, many have been willing to deal with it!


Old Navy Elevate Compression Leggings 

If you’re looking for Athleta-level style at a cheaper price, these Old Navy leggings might be for you. Since the two brands are owned by the same parent company, the Old Navy Elevate Compression leggings are as close as you can get to Athleta quality for half the price.

I’ve shared the high-waisted fit, but they come in a mid-rise style as well as a variety of lengths. In particular, plus-size customers have commended the brand for its inclusive sizing and comfortable fit.


Baleaf High Waisted Workout Leggings 

The Baleaf High Waisted Workout Leggings are listed as Amazon’s Choice on the Amazon website, and for good reason. They are super affordable and surprisingly size-inclusive for a lesser known brand.

They come in a wide variety of colors and offer a thick waistband to prevent any slippage during activity. If you’d like to carry a key or card with you during your run, these leggings contain a hidden pocket in the waistband.


Bottom Line

To sum up the best leggings for running, these are some of the top-rated options on the market! Whether you want to splurge on Lululemon or find an affordable (but high-quality) legging, there’s bound to be something perfect for you. Happy running!