Pay Weekend Purchase: January 2018

I go through a lot of running kit. In fact, I own far more technical clothing than I do actual clothes. My wardrobe is a brightly coloured collection of fast-wicking, anti-chafing, hi-vis outfits which is constantly growing. At our weekly ‘Runbetweeners’ running group, Kenny and I are often asked for advice on kit and so we decided that each month, on payday, we would list an item which we have found useful (or just fun!) with a brief description of why it is a valued part of our running arsenal! So here we go!

This month I have mostly been wearing…

Ronhill Infinity Blizzard Tights

Men's Infinity Blizzard TightBrand: Ronhill                                                                                Price: £70                                                                                     Rating: 4.5/5

I have owned dozens of pairs of running tights over the last decade but I can honestly say that these are the warmest that I have ever owned. They have a ‘brushed inner fabric’ and are made of a ‘heavier weight Roubaix’, according to the Ronhill website – which, to put it simply, makes them very cosy. This makes them great for slower paced, easy runs but I wouldn’t wear them for faster training sessions or races as I fear they would get a little too warm. With the majority of my running being done at an easier pace however, this makes them a fantastic addition to the wardrobe – particularly at this time of year in Scotland!

Whilst the colour options are restricted to simply ‘black’, and there is next to no reflective element to the tights, this isn’t really a concern as I tend to wear an impossible to miss Hi-Vis Jacket when out in the darker hours. The neutral colour also means that they can be paired up with almost any running top (if you’re particularly fashion conscious when pounding the pavements!).

One slight issue which I have found with my tights is that the legs are quite long and I am fairly vertically challenged. These are one of a few pairs of Ronhill tights which do not come in an XS option – which is a bit annoying. They still do the job, but I do find that they gather around the knees a little bit – which doesn’t really bother me but might be a concern for others.

All in all, these have been fantastic in the recent icy temperatures and I have definitely got my money’s worth out of them. They are undeniably placed at the pricier end of the market but I feel they have been worth the expense as they are noticeably warmer than other pairs which I own and they seem to be hard-wearing – I’ve worn them loads over the winter and they’ve been through the wash plenty of times without any sign of wear. I’d highly recommend these to anyone looking for a pair of winter running tights to get them through the cold, slower paced runs.