Cold weather running is best met with extra layers for added warmth, compression and comfort. While some may be okay with shorts, I prefer lightweight joggers or thermal tights for winter trail running. And, the Patagonia Peak Mission Tights have done the job quite well on even the coldest of days.
Patagonia Peak Mission Running Tights Features:
- Recycled nylon, polyester and spandex blend
- Brushed-terry back for warmth and comfort
- Internal, flat elastic in the waistband
- Stretchy drawcord closure
- Gusseted construction for freedom-of-movement
- Secure zippered rear pocket
- MSRP: $129
Cold-weather running tights FTW
As temperatures have dropped from the 40’s to the 20’s, the Patagonia Peak Mission Tights have seen increased use for morning trail running and hiking with the dog. Not all guys are down with running tights, but there’s no denying the comfort and coverage these offer. Admittedly, I have had one or more of my kids say to me, “Dad… I’ve never seen you wear leggings before.” In the end, function over form and these tights function nicely.
Pulling them on, you’ll immediately notice the cozy, brushed Terry backing for warmth. Not only does it provide warmth, but it also aids in optimizing moisture transfer. The fit is snug throughout, except for the last 8 inches of the legs, which straightens out just enough instead of cinching down to your ankles. With that, it makes putting on longer socks much easier and provides extra diameter to accommodate thicker socks. This shows that the designers knew their audience well.
As I have pulled them on, I have had one of the drawstrings pull through the hole and double-back inside the waistband. I did have to get some tweezers to carefully pull it back out. Since then, I’ve been extra careful not to pull the waist open that far. That being said, the drawstrings could use a little extra length to avoid pulling them through while giving more leeway for tying them off.
Throughout my testing, I’ve worn these with a pair of ExOfficio Give-N-Go briefs. Thought not ideal, they have worked well enough. I’d prefer a little more snug pair of underwear but that’s all I’ve got for running.
Overall, I feel like the compression is good, but I could appreciate just a little more muscle support. Stretch and comfort while running at even the highest paces or on the steepest climbs is perfect. There is no noticeable resistance to body movements and muscle flex.
The added warmth is nice down to the mid-20’s so long as it’s not too windy. They do block most of the wind to take the edge off, but a brisk morning wind can still penetrate the fabric. As temperatures approach 50-degrees, the Peak Mission Tights remain comfortable — thanks to their superb moisture wicking abilities. When it starts raining, don’t expect much in the way of water resistance. No, this fabric just soaks it up and shows the lack of any DWR. Something to keep in mind if you often run in the winter rain.
The small rear pocket is best used for a SiS Gel or two and a credit card or two. Yes, I can comfortably carry my iPhone 13 Mini back there, but I’d prefer another pocket location for that (maybe along the hip).
Fit: I’m 5’11” and 173 lbs and am wearing the size medium.
- Added warmth on cold trails
- Brushed backing is cozy
- Extra diameter at the leg openings for socks
- Stretch and move with you
- They just disappear
- Waistband remains secure and comfortable
- Rear pocket could be a little larger
- No water resistance
- Drawstring should be longer
The Bottom Line: Patagonia Peak Mission Tights
For cold weather trail running, there’s no denying the utility of running tights. Patagonia has done a great job here by providing ample warmth with just a little compression — all in an ultra-stretchy and comfortable package. The fabric blend is spot-on as they just disappear with every stride. Watch out for rain as they soak it right up, but if the weather is cold and dry, These are a great choice.
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