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Guide - How to find the right leggings for your needs

What’s the difference between all the different types of leggings out there? What makes running tights different from training or yoga tights? What features should you look for? Is waist height even important? Well, at Sportamore, we’re aware of how hard it can be to orient yourselves in this jungle of leggings, and we know that a great pair of leggings is a core part of any workout attire. Whether you’re training outdoors or at the gym, doing a yoga session at home, or running in the wild, we’ve got you covered from hip to ankle, or just below the knee if you prefer.

Let’s start with the various sports focused leggings and what sets them apart:

Training leggings

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Training leggings should be made of functional fabrics that offer great support, flexibility, stretch and moisture management. This will make sure they don’t rip or slide down during a HIIT workout.

Yoga leggings

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Oftentimes these are made from soft, warm, figure-hugging fabrics where the fit and feel needs to be comfortable, giving freedom of motion. For more stability and support, choose a wide waistband.

Running leggings

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Polyester leggings with compression and a stable, structured fit are a great choice as it will ensure they always stay in place, even during intense movement, while also supporting the muscles.

A little extra knowledge:

Yoga pants are a great alternative to yoga leggings, typically made as a polyester and elastane blend, just like leggings. This product provides compression around the waist for continued back and abs support, while being a bit more free flowing. Often made with double material in many areas and sweat-wicking which helps you regulate temperature. Comes in more body-fits than leggings.

What are the different leggings lengths out there?

Full lengths

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These fall just above your trainers. Best alternative for colder weather.

⅞ leggings

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This means the Leggings fall just above the ankle. Great all-around choice.

¾ /capri leggings/crop leggins

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These fall approximately mid-calf, perfect for a sunny run, light job, or workout.

What are the different fits available for leggings?

Mid-rise tights

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Worn around your waist. A great blend of support and comfort.

High waisted tights

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Worn high up on your waist. Provides ab and back support.

Maternity tights

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Made with extra flexibility and waist width.


Seamless leggings

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Leggings made without seams for added comfort and to avoid chafing.

Compression tights

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Through compression, it helps reduce muscle fatigue & increase blood flow.

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