Trail Tested: adidas Response Long Tights
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Material: 83% Polyester, 17% Elastic
Weight: 5.6 oz | 159 grams
Best Features: Climacool fabric allows for excellent ventilation, zippered calves, articulated knees, moderately priced.
Room for Improvement: Calf zippers are noticeable if you have protruding ankle bones; zip pocket barely fits a smartphone (tested with a google pixel 1).
The adidas Response Long Tights (women’s are here) are a really nice addition to the trail-running quiver. They are by no means a cold weather tight, but they work well for moderately cool runs, when it is just a bit too brisk for shorts. They are also excellent tights for warm-ups, before a workout or hard effort. The ventilation of the Response Long Tights regulates body temperature really well and the tights are soft to the touch—not over doing it on techy performance feel.
It doesn’t rain often in Colorado, but when it does, I get nostalgic for my East Coast roots… for about five minutes. The tights were a great choice for a “wet cold” East-Coast-style morning run. They acted like a membrane around my legs, didn’t soak up the rain and didn’t let me get too chilly.
These are a great addition to a tee shirt, buff and glove outfit to keep the legs toasty and warmed up while regulating temperature.
—Tim Nooney placed third in the Grand Mesa 50 Miler and runs 80 miles per week, typically with a new piece of gear that Trail Runner makes him take along and review.