There are only three things I want in a pair of running tights:
- They fit well – which includes staying put (so I don’t have to tug them up every mile)
- They aren’t see-through
- They have a place for my key (a place for my phone is a bonus)
The Brooks Greenlight Tight ($80) has all three, including the bonus. The deep pocket fits even the largest phones (you know who you are), and the elasticity of the material prevents bouncing. After hearing my friends’ marathon chafing horror story where her thigh phone pocket bounced and left her with a raw spot, I knew a long run in these would be the ultimate test. I wore them at the Klickitat Trail Half Marathon and am happy to report no chafing! There’s another pocket on these tights, on the back left waistband, perfect for a credit card, some cash, or car keys.
I have a number of Brooks tights, and they’re all opaque. No one wants me to wear shear running tights. No one. The Greenlight Tight met my expectation. The size M was just a little snug on me (I’m about 5-8 and 160 pounds because I have been eating Goldfish like they’re going out of business), but they still didn’t stretch out and become see-through. Everyone liked that.
The Greenlight Tight comes in three colors, one of which is black. The one I tested was the one pictured here, with a sort of all-grey northern lights type pattern on the front and back with a black panel down each side. The other design is an eggplant color with a fun pattern on the panel down the sides.
You can get them online here, or visit one of our local running stores. If they don’t have them, they’ll be able to order them for you and have them shipped directly to your house – and then you’re still supporting local! If you order online through their holiday promotion and spend $130+, you get a free beanie or shirt.
Now, I’m going to get myself some more Goldfish to snack on and get started on my laundry, so I can be sure these tights are clean for my long run tomorrow!