Just because days are shorter and temperatures aren’t ideal in the colder months does not mean it’s OK to come home from work and veg out with a bottle of wine and a pizza every night. Slip on a pair of these warm and comfortable thermal pants, resume your exercise plan of choice, and send winter weight packing.
1. Nike Pro Hyperwarm Dri-FIT Compression Tights (Men’s)
Everything about these tights was made to help you perform at your peak. Nike’s HyperWarm fabric keeps your muscles warm, while strategically placed compression helps key muscle groups recover before you’re even done working out. These are serious tights for dedicated athletes who can’t imagine training indoors.
2. Pearl Izumi Pursuit Thermal Tight (Women’s)
If you need a high-performance tight that can repel late afternoon raindrops, this is the pair. The company’s PI Dry technology lets moisture out but not in, and the thermal fleece interior traps just the right amount of body heat. Wear these over some padded bike shorts and start pedaling this winter for some early triathlon training!
3. Columbia Heavyweight II Stretch Baselayer Tight (Men’s)
These heavy, four-way-stretch tights are great for an all-day adventure. Let the company’s Omni-Heat thermal reflective construction trap your body heat inside this base layer, so you’re comfortable and warm starting from the bottom.
4. Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Pant (Women’s)
Helly Hansen makes clothing for some pretty harsh conditions, so you know cold is basically a non-issue in their warmest base layer. The merino wool construction will keep you warm, but it lets excess heat escape, and it feels super soft next to your skin. Wear these under your outer layer while skiing or snowshoeing when the temperatures drop below freezing.
5. Dakine Larkspur Baselayer Pant (Women’s)
Sport these as your only pant while enjoying a brisk fall night by the fire pit, or layer up under your ski pants when snow starts falling. We love how the comfort-fit wide waistband keeps your tights exactly where they need to be. Plus, we can’t get enough of Polygiene’s permanent odor control technology — it fights off stink like a bad habit.
6. Hanes X-Temp Thermal Pant (Men’s)
“Basic” has a good meaning when it comes to these poly-cotton blend thermal pants. The classic waffle look and more relaxed fit are good for a cold (but not super chilly) day. Wear them underneath a pair of jeans if you’re sauntering around town or underneath your hiking pants while walking in the woods.
7. Brooks Threshold Running Tights (Women’s)
We love these pants for cold-weather outdoor training, whether you’re running, hiking, biking, or just taking the dog for a walk. The company’s DriLayer Threshold thermal fabric keeps you plenty warm, and it moves with you. But don’t worry — the oversized waistband keeps these tights exactly where they belong, no matter how fast you’re going.
8. Skins A400 Thermal Long Tight (Men’s)
he targeted compression technology in these pants, in addition to a thermal lining, will help get your blood flowing. They’ll keep your body warm while pulling moisture away from your body, and they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
9. 2XU Hypnotik Thermal Comp Tights (Men’s)
You won’t have a problem exercising outside on cold, dark nights with these pants. The logos on both legs are reflective, so you can be seen. They even have graduated compression to help your muscles recover faster.
10. Adidas Response Climawarm Tights (Women’s)
Don’t let the pounds pack on when winter comes around — adidas made these tights to thrive in cold weather, thanks to their breathable climawarm fabric that keeps your legs warm with ease. We love the details here, too — ankle zips make it simple to slide these on and off, a water-resistant zip pocket keeps your cell phone sweat-free, and reflective details help you stick out at night.
11. Duofold Mid-Weight Thermal Leggings (Women’s)
Throw on this budget-friendly, next-to-skin layer for any low-impact activity. They’re made of cotton, so they won’t wick insane amounts of sweat. However, this thermal double layer will keep you feeling toasty.