How Tight Should Men's Running Tights Be?

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How Tight Should Men's Running Tights Be?
Running tights come in many lengths and materials. (lady running from back image by jimcox40 from

Many runners wear running tights during all of their exercises. Running tights are meant to be close-fitting so that they compress the leg muscles. Running tights are made of a stretchy material that should fit snugly around your legs. Some runners are especially fond of wearing tights in the winter, as the muscle compression helps keep their legs warm in cold weather.

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Tights May Be Restrictive

Some runners find running tights to be too restrictive and uncomfortable. They may prefer the freedom of regular running shorts. In the winter, heavy running tights may keep the legs too warm. Many runners prefer split-panel shorts for this reason.

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While split-panel shorts may be more comfortable for some, according to The Runner's Guide website, many distance runners and the vast majority of sprinters prefer running tights. They provide muscle compression and are more aerodynamic than regular shorts because they do not catch any wind during a run. Running tights are more likely to prevent chafing caused by fabric brushing against the skin.

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