Running tights have become more and more popular over recent years. It was not so long ago that runners would either be in shorts or a pair of baggy tracksuit bottoms. These days with the increase in sports science, we are all privileged to run in far more high tech clothing than ever before.
But what on earth was wrong with the shorts and baggy tracksuit bottoms of yesterday? Well firstly the tracksuits bottoms were often made of a moisture retaining fabric. This means that if you got caught in the rain you faced a whole host of problems. They would become heavy, they would rub against your skin and get more and more uncomfortable, and you would get cold. As for the shorts, well in theory nothing was wrong with them. Running shorts are of course widely worn today. However, the devil is in the detail, and rough stitching would over an hour or so, chafe and leave you with a painful problem.
This is where running sports tights come in. Firstly you will find that they made of very lightweight fabrics that do not retain water. If you're done in a shower, it really does not make a lot of difference. Your not getting cold as you run, and because they are tight against your skin, you are not starting to suffer chafing. You can see this effect when you pull them out of the washing machine. They will be pretty much dry before you even hang them out.
Also the construction of modern shorts and running tights is far more user friendly. Stitching often leaves the rough side facing out to minimize edges of material against the skin.
So all in all, men and women's running tights have a whole host of benefits, and that's before we even get started on compression tights!