Where to buy tights?
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Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Where to buy tights? on 04/07/2011 21:49:01 MDT Print View

Hey folks,

I've read that some of you hike in tights. I've never done that. What kind do you wear? Are they suitable for in-town wear? Or do they just look like long johns?

Thanks,
Ken

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Where to buy tights? on 04/07/2011 21:57:24 MDT Print View

Some people that have a slim or normal figure like tights. They look like long johns except maybe they are a little sleaker, and there is no fly. There is a fashion statement.

There are some areas of town where you could wear those, but you would be mugged for sure.

--B.G.--

William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
Man card? on 04/07/2011 21:58:10 MDT Print View

I'm sorry Ken were gonna have to revoke your man card for saying tights we have to refer them as jogging or biking pants lol rei has some fleece is nice there basically just longjohns but usally more durable

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Where to buy tights? on 04/07/2011 22:04:51 MDT Print View

Check the running stores. Many choices.

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Not sure I could do it... on 04/07/2011 22:21:17 MDT Print View

I'm just toying with the idea... I currently pack a set of light long johns for sleeping/layering. In an emergency, they can be worn under rain pants in place of a second pair of pants (I've just recently given up packing extra pants/shorts/shirts).

At 240 pounds, I'm not sure wearing tights is the wisest idea for me. Stuffing my tree trunks into fleece ti... er... biking pants would result in the "bad breakfast" look (muffin top on fuzzy sausages). Still, if I ever get back to a shape that is a little less "egg", maybe it's an option. In that case, I just wanted to get an idea of what's out there.

Thanks again,
Ken

Zachary Zrull
(zackcentury) - F

Locale: Great Lakes
why? on 04/07/2011 22:56:03 MDT Print View

I've never heard of this, why do people wear tights on the trail?

I think windpants would be a better option for several reasons: they can be more tightly woven and thus more water and wind resistant, they are more acceptable in town, and they can (for the same material) be more insulating. And if picky bushes or snagging is a problem, nylon, especially microfiber, can be more durable.

Konrad .
(Konrad1013) - MLife
Re: why? on 04/07/2011 23:01:01 MDT Print View

Hey Zach, I wear patagonia cap 2 tights because it prevents chaffing, it part of my sleeping system (extra insulation), looks acceptable if layered under a pair of running shorts, more breathable than wind/rain pants. This is usually enough for me for 3 season use. I hike in running shorts, and don't bring pants. If its cold, the tights go under the running shorts. If it rains, they dry quickly enough. It's great when your running shorts are only a couple ounces, and your tights--which you use for sleep anyways--serve as your pants as well. It's very dual use, and the equivalent of bring pants without the weight penalty. That said, I can see the benefits of wind-pants as an additional layer for winter use. Did I mention tights are more aerodynamic? I get an extra 20 miles/day in easily with tights

Edited by Konrad1013 on 04/08/2011 00:46:55 MDT.

Ryan Krause
(rmkrause)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Tights on 04/08/2011 00:19:13 MDT Print View

Most guys that wear tights on the trail (or for that fact, running in the neighborhood) wear a pair of shorts on top of them. I like CW-X compression tights - cuts down on muscle soreness.

Running shops will carry them, REI, backcountry.com, etc they are very common.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Men in Tights on 04/08/2011 08:03:38 MDT Print View

I forgot the old "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" movie:

We're men, we're men in tights.
We roam around the forest looking for fights.
We're men, we're men in tights.
We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right!
We may look like sissies, but watch what you say or else we'll put out your lights!
We're men, we're men in tights,
Always on guard defending the people's rights.

[Dance number, chorus line style]

We're men, MANLY men, we're men in tights. Yeah!
We roam around the forest looking for fights.
We're men, we're men in tights.
We rob from the rich and give to the poor, that's right!
We may look like pansies, but don't get us wrong or else we'll put out your lights.
We're men, we're men in tights (TIGHT tights),
Always on guard defending the people's rights.
When you're in a fix just call for the men in tights!
We're butch.

Aaron Reichow
(areichow)

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Bad Breakfast on 04/08/2011 08:46:14 MDT Print View

> Stuffing my tree trunks into fleece ti... er... biking pants would result in the
> "bad breakfast" look (muffin top on fuzzy sausages).

HA! Coffee out of the nose out of this one!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
I've heard on 04/08/2011 17:29:42 MDT Print View

that Victoria's Secret offers a very stylish line on manly tights for those interested in backcountry haute couture. ;-)

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
i'm proud to say i wear tights on 04/09/2011 12:57:28 MDT Print View

i consider them a key ingredient of my cool/cold weather kit. they are very comfortable, shed rain/snow ok and breath great. i'll typically wear a pair of nylon gym shorts over them. if conditions worsen i just slip a pair of wind pants over them. the tights i hike in were made by patagonia years ago and sold as running tights. they have a drawstring waist and ankle zips. liberate yourself an join the legion of men wearing tights.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: i'm proud to say i wear tights on 04/09/2011 18:03:48 MDT Print View

"i'll typically wear a pair of nylon gym shorts over them"

What you describe was the unofficial uniform of generations of Seattle Mountaineers. It's what I climbed in for years. I think the younger generation has gone a little upscale, but you still see crusty old farts stomping around in shorts over tights, usually polypro or Capilene, up in the Cascades.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
Yoga baby on 04/09/2011 18:28:33 MDT Print View

Lululemon ... Take the instore yoga class while yr at in and enjoy the scenery from the back row ;)

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Going commando? on 04/09/2011 18:39:53 MDT Print View

I typically wear some Starter DriStar compression shorts (poor mans Under Armour). With tights, do you skip the skivvies and just go commando?

Eric Thompson
(er0ck) - F

Locale: PNW
always with shorts! on 04/09/2011 20:25:30 MDT Print View

IMO, men should always always always wear shorts (or even pants) over their running/hiking tights. the only time i don't is when i'm biking, but i tend to also wear full bike pants or bike shorts over the tights which basically have a built-in diaper.

i typically only wear tights hiking if it's 40-50 temps and i'm on a day hike. on backpacking overnights or longer i don't wear tights. i'm not quite sure why. i think because they are heavy and don't pack down well.

they snag easy if you have to bushwhack or XC at all.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: always with shorts! on 04/09/2011 20:57:41 MDT Print View

"IMO, men should always always always wear shorts (or even pants) over their running/hiking tights."

A UL purist would just wear a Pertex fig leaf.

James Arzigian
(Renais) - M
Raceready on 04/09/2011 21:02:24 MDT Print View

Raceready makes excellent running shorts and tights (http://www.raceready.com/men/tights.html). The tights can even be obtained with a pocket, and do not require you to wear shorts over them. Note that these are intended for runners, but, unless you are doing bushwacking, should also be suitable for most hiking. Raceready products tend to cost a bit more than some of the competition, but, in my opinion, they wear signficantly better. In particular, liners in raceready shorts just do not wear out.
Jim

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Tights on 04/09/2011 21:04:53 MDT Print View

I am a cyclist and obviously wear cycling shorts and tights....with that said, you don't wanna see me wearing tights while hiking.....no thanks

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
"unofficial uniform of generations of Seattle Mountaineers" on 04/10/2011 11:58:00 MDT Print View

that would be me. while i don't live in the pnw, i've made regular pilgrimages over the last 25-years. in the handful of times i've climbed rainier the hike from the parking lot to base camp has always been in tights and running shorts. with the exception of once, there's always been snow all the way to the parking lot at paradise. i wouldn't think of starting out in anything but tights and running shorts.

as far as what to wear under the tights, i typically wear under-armor heat gear compression shorts with the mesh front panel.

Edited by RICKO on 04/10/2011 20:40:22 MDT.