First is, which I guess more annoying than anything, I have had many pairs that just slide around too much while I'm running. I find myself constantly pulling them back up because they slide down. Part of this is because I have big thighs and a smaller waist. Another cause is that many of the pants don't come with a drawstring for tightening. The third cause actually leads into my second problem with most running pants and that is I usually have to wear a pair of compression shorts underneath because the pants don't keep me warm enough. Most of the time, it's not that I felt cold while running but when I get home and take the pants off, my behind and thighs are bright red. After I start defrosting, I get super itchy and sometimes tingling and pain which I know is because my skin was not protected enough from the elements, hence the need to wear an additional layer underneath. Anyway I think shorts cause the pants to slide around more as the pants don't stick to them the way they do to my skin.
2XU thermal hyoptic pants, look awesome. I love the logos on the legs which btw are reflective for higher visibility. Cold, winter running also means more running in the dark. Most running pants are black, causing us to blend in which is more dangerous. I also happened to notice the placement of the reflective logos are in key spots. I'm sure this must have been on purpose that no matter which side of the road you are running on the logo is facing out towards traffic on the leg closest to the road. SMART.
|the reflective logos are a great feature|
|guess it's time to wash the pants.....|
|Clearly I still had a great time despite the pants sliding around a bit|
My final conclusion is that they are totally worth the money. One pair of 2XU thermal hyoptik pants is way better than having 10 crappy pairs. So far they are the ONLY pants I have worn for all my cold runs and the only ones I plan to wear, so one pair is all you need to get through winter especially since there's no need to wash them much ;-)
Addendum: I was waiting to post this until after #jonas #blizzard because I had a feeling I would get a good snow run in this weekend. Today I went out without any extra layers under the hyoptik pants. I ran for over an hour in them including through huge piles of snow. Not only did I feel warm the whole time, but the snow would melt off and the pants would dry immediately. I never felt wet. I also kept them on for a couple hours of shoveling after the run. When I finally took them off, no red skin, no irritation. These pants are better than I ever could imagined!!!
|climbing through snow mountains to get out of my driveway|
|I love snow running even more now that I have good pants!|