Running tights in a comfortable stretch fabric for high paced pursuits on and off road.
- Fabric – polyester/spandex training
- Curvy Lifa-striped reflective elements
- Zipped seat pocket – 14 cm wide x 9 cm tall (5.5 in x 2.3 in)
- Zips at the lower calf – 18 cm (7.1 in)
- Measured size medium (all measurements stretch)
- Weight – 275 g (9.7 oz)
- Waist – 70 cm unstretched(27.6 in)
- Inseam length – 75 cm (29.5 in)
- Width at thigh – 21 cm (8.3 in)
- Width at knee – 16 cm (6.3 in)
- Width at cuff – 11 cm (4.3 in)
- Retail – $70
I tested these in conjunction with the Helly Hansen Pace 1/2 Zip Top. Helly Hansen has been making outdoor apparel since 1877. With that much history they have a lot of experience in apparel making. I was lucky to be sent a pair of tights along with the top to review. It is part of their Training collection for active pursuits.
The Helly Hansen Pace Tights are made out of a polyester and Elastane mix. They have a good stretch to them and are made to be skin tight. The waist band is 3.5 cm tall to distribute pressure over a wide area of the waist. There is a thin draw string inside the waist band for a secure fit. At the top of the waist there is a small stash pocket . From the hips and down the outside of the quadriceps is a Lifa-striped reflective element for low light conditions. The calves feature an 18 cm zipper for easy on and off. Last and not least there is an elastic cuff at the bottom with gripping elements.
The Pace Tights are made in sections for an optimal fit. Behind the knees there are mesh panels to breathe. All the seams are flat locked for comfort against the skin. In the back and below the knees there are a couple more reflective elements to complete the package. They definitely are a thicker fabric than the Pace Top and are absent of any of the Lifa fabric.
The tights do in fact fit next-to-skin. The fabric stretches well and adjusts to all the curves of your body. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on the wearer. I personally do not wear tights too often as I tend to be on the modest side. The gusseted crotch moves well with you. The calves are a bit looser than the rest of the garment. The lengths of the tights were good for me. The inseam is made a bit shorter than regular pants would be for a reason. You do not want the tights to bunch up at the ankle and these do not. I tested a medium and it is the right size for me.
The Helly Hansen Pace Tights are a pleasure to run in. I do feel a bit self conscious in them since they are tight. The fabric stretches well and does not chafe no matter how far you run.
I prefer to wear running underwear with these and do so with all tights I run in. The fabric breathes well and never felt clammy on my runs. The back pocket is nice but I get a bit sweaty in my lower back so I had to be cautious what I put in that pocket. The tights provide the right amount of warmth for cold weather running, they cut the wind just enough without causing you to overheat. They also have a bit of compression to them which probably helps a little bit but it has not been tested on these to my knowledge.
Overall these are solid tights. The Pace Tights are comfortable and have some good features to them. The tights might not be for everyone as they are definitely next-to-skin. They have reflective elements to help you be seen and unlike the Pace Top, they can be machine washed and dried. I felt like these are good tights, I was just not as impressed with these as I was the top. That being said, I still would recommend these as a winter running or cross country skiing tight. I just liked the Lifa fabric better. At $70 these are priced similar to the competition. As always, your mileage may vary.
- Stretchy fit
- Wide waist band for comfort
- Behind the knee mesh
- Slightly looser at the calf
- Missing the Lifa fabric technology