Run in Comfort in the Best New Compression Leggings

Are your athletic leggings just not cutting it on your runs anymore? Maybe it’s time you try compression leggings.

February 6, 2021
8 min read

Although the benefits of compression leggings are often debated among experts, there is one beneficial element that we don’t believe is up for debate: the comfort factor. Compression leggings are designed to be tighter and warmer than your run-of-the-mill athletic leggings, which many runners believe increases their comfort level and allows for their run to be more enjoyable. Let this guide help you decide which pair of compression leggings is right for you to try on your next run.

Dona Jo All Day Legging 

A simple appearance does not mean simple quality when it comes to the Dona Jo All Day Legging

The seemingly sleek and simple Dona Jo All Day Legging is actually anything but. Thanks to the bioactive minerals in the yarn DNA, human body heat is converted into infrared rays and then sent back to the body, stimulating blood microcirculation. The benefits of this include a reduction in muscle fatigue and faster muscle recovery. Other features include a high-rise waistband, flat seams, and a large pocket on the waistband for storing your running essentials. As for the best part, as exemplified by the name, you could literally wear these leggings all day. There’s no need to change into your “athletic leggings” before you workout, creating extra laundry for yourself - you’re already in them! 

Dona Jo Power Legging

The deep side pockets of the Dona Jo Power Legging allow you to take your phone and other essentials with you on your run.

Now if side pockets are a necessity for you, look no further than the Dona Jo Power Legging. The deep pockets will give you room for your phone, keys, and any other running essentials. The mesh detail gives you room to breathe and contributes to that sporty chic look you might be going for. These leggings have a medium compression feel, making them breathable but still form-fitting. The leggings come in a variety of colors, including Black, Black Luxer, Galaxia, Leaf Deluxe, Geo Viena, and Camo Shark.

Dona Jo Ultimate Legging

The high-rise and drawstring combination of the Dona Jo Ultimate Legging ensures that your pants won’t slip below your waist as you run.

Newly redesigned with thicker fabric, the Dona Jo Ultimate Legging is perfect for those who enjoy running outdoors even in the cold winter months. The leggings also come with a drawstring so you can pull the waist in as tight as you like, preventing any sort of sliding down of the leggings. These too come with deep side pockets for storing running essentials as well as flat seams for additional comfort.

Fabletics Mid-Rise PowerHold Legging

Rock your Fabletics Mid-Rise PowerHold Legging anywhere from the track to the cycling studio.

Fabletics describes their Mid-Rise PowerHold Legging as a “solid foundation for any workout,” which we believe couldn’t be more true. Their signature PowerHold fabric is designed with maximum compression to flatter your legs and bum, yet still allows you to move freely and comfortably as you run. These leggings are also chafe-resistant, which is always a plus. And don’t be afraid to drop into some squats after your run - these leggings have you covered for every type of movement!

LuluLemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 28” Non-Reflective Brushed Nulux Legging

The LuluLemon Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 28” Non-Reflective Brushed Nulux Legging in Heritage 365 Camo Deep Coal Multi allows you to reap all the benefits of their new sweat-wicking technology while still expressing your individuality.

Running freedom and unrestricted movement are just two of the things LuluLemon had in mind when creating their Fast and Free High-Rise Tight 28” Non-Reflective Brushed Nulux Legging. Engineered with four-way stretch and sweat-wicking and brushed on the inside for softness and lightweight warmth, you’re comfortable even when you’re sweaty, and warm even when you’re running in the cold - not to mention it comes in a variety of colors including Black, Submarine, True Navy, and Heritage 365 Camo Deep Coal Multi.

Athleta Rainier Tight Legging

The Athleta Rainier Tight Legging has reflective detail for early morning or after-dusk outdoor workouts.

Sustainable. Breathable. Safe. All of these words describe Athleta’s Rainier Tight Legging. Made with recycled nylon, these leggings allow you to enjoy a high impact workout while having a low impact on the environment. Their breathable fabric allows sweat to travel through the fabric so it can evaporate on the surface. And the reflective detail makes you noticeable so you run safely before the sun comes up or after the sun goes down. Zip pockets secure your essentials, and a back pocket is the perfect size for your phone. The leggings come in Agate Purple, Ancient Forest, Black, and Dried Cinnamon.

Under Armour Women's HeatGear® Armour Hi-Rise Capris

Shop Under Armour Women's HeatGear® Armour Hi-Rise Capris if your preferred choice of leggings is capris.

If capris are more your style, you might opt to go with Under Armour Women's HeatGear® Armour Hi-Rise Capris. The compression fit is ultra-tight, yet the ergonomic flatlock seams deliver a comfortable, chafe-free fit. Its four-way stretch construction allows you to move easily in every direction, and its high-rise waistband allows for optimal coverage and support with every move you make. Anti-odor technology and a side pocket are a plus. 

Under Armour Women's UA RUSH™ Run Stamina Tights

Under Armour Women's UA RUSH™ Run Stamina Tights compression fit is ultra-tight.

Under Armour Women's UA RUSH™ Run Stamina Tights compression fit is ultra-tight, which is really all you need from a compression legging. But Under Armour doesn’t stop there. Other features include mesh panels for increased ventilation, a mid-rise shaped waistband and a drawcord for extra support, a zip back pocket for your phone, and, as a precaution, reflective details for early morning or late night runs

Puma Forever Luxe ellaVATE Women's Training Leggings

Puma Forever Luxe ellaVATE Women's Training Leggings have three pocket storage at the waistband - perfect if you have a lot of items you can’t part with during your run.

Imagine not having to sacrifice comfort for style… Oh wait, you don’t have to with Puma’s Forever Luxe ellaVATE Women's Training Leggings. Choose between Light Lavender or Puma Black, and enjoy features such as dryCELL material that draws moisture away from the skin, keeping you comfortable and dry, and flatlock stitching that decreases friction and increases comfort as you run.

Before we send you on your way to make some big purchases, here are a few things to keep in mind: if you’re uncomfortable in what you’re wearing during your run, you’re not going to want to run. And if you don’t feel like you look good in what you’re wearing when you run, you’re also not going to want to run. These things may not seem so important at first thought - leggings are leggings after all and any pair will get the job done. But comfort and style are important if you want to run consistently and enjoy it every time you do. So go get those compression leggings, girl!

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