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With so much choice it’s hard to know the difference between all the types of leggings and tights out there. What makes running tights different to yoga tights? Here’s the lowdown on finding the right ones to suit you and your workout.

A great pair of leggings and tights is an essential part of any workout clothing. Whether you are training outdoors or at the gym, doing a yoga session at home, or running in the forest, Boozt have got you covered from hip to ankle or just below the knee if you prefer.

Choose the right function

Different activities require different features when it comes to training tights. Here are the different types of tights to meet the different needs. 

Training tights

If you are a gym bunny then training tights will be the best choice as these types of leggings are made of functional fabrics that offer support, flexibility, stretch and moisture management. This will not only make them more comfortable in your workout but will make sure they don’t rip or slide down during your session and keep you dry and cool. These leggings should fit well, have a waistband that suits your body and make you look and feel good. Drawstring waists and pockets plus other technical features are small details that make the difference and create a superior fit.

Yoga tights

Most yoga tights are made from soft, warm, figure-hugging fabrics where fit and feel needs to be comfortable allowing the freedom of movement whether you are at home or in the studio. For more stability and support its best to go for a wide waistband and seamless to avoid chafing. You can also look for yoga pants which are made of a blend of polyester and elastane. These provide compression around the waist for back and ab support. Often made of double material in many areas and sweat wicking which will help to regulate temperature in Vinyasa flow or hot yoga classes.

Running tights

If running is your vibe, then these types of training tights are the most technical. Materials that they are made of should offer support and moisture management to help carry you through those long runs. Look for polyester leggings with compression and a stable, structured fit to ensure they always stay in place even during intense movement, while also supporting muscles. Drawstring in the waist, pocket for your keys, iPhone and technical features will give a great fit. Reflective details, wind and water-resistant fabrics will add to the comfort factor and keep you safe on those dark winter nights.

Choose the right size

Size does matter - at least when it comes to training tights! Training tights should have a slim and tight fit so they stay in place during your training session. They should fit comfortably, and not be too tight so they do not hinder your movements. If tights are too big they will be in the way and you will contanstly pull them up and adjust them through your session. Make sure that the tights fit you well both around your legs but also in the waist. Training tights have alot of stretch in them which means that you can probably squeeze in a smaller size than in regular leggings - but be careful not to go too small either, as if they are too tight they may restrict during exercise.

Different waist for you

With three main fits to choose from the choice is down to comfort and personal choice.

Mid-rise leggings are worn around the waist and are a great blend of support and comfort. A soft wider elastic in the waistband keeps the tights in place and gives a really flattering shape.

Usually with a 10cm waistband, these types of tights hug the body which makes them very comfortable. Worn high on the waist they provide ab and back support.

Low waisted
These are the regular waist height when it comes to training tights, but they are sometimes called low waisted at around 5cm waistband.



What length is for you?

A personal preference, the length of tights is down to where you train, whether it be indoors or outside, the weather and overall, what you feel most comfortable training in.

Full length – These fall just above your trainers and are the best for colder weather, so especially good in winter.

7/8 length – This means that the leggings fall just above the ankle. Great if you have shorter legs and find the full length too long. A good all-round tight.

¾ capri – These fall to the mid-calf, perfect for a sunny run, light job, or workout. The shorter length makes them perfect for outdoor summer training.

½ length - Otherwise known as a classic bike tight these are great for summer training and give you flexibility with anything from squats to yoga.



Choose the type of fit

Tights should feel like a second skin and comfortable. The waistband should not be tight or too loose, so you must keep pulling them up. Here are the different types of fit:

Slim fit
All tights should have a tight fitting, but slim fit will feel a bit more so and tighter on your body.

Compression fit
Through compression, it helps reduce muscle fatigue and increase blood flow to benefit your training. Usually made from a strong, stretchy material that forms your body and produces a tight compression mainly around the calves.



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