Comfortable, sweat-wicking leggings that won't fall down are hard to find — but we've got you covered.

By Kylie Gilbert
Updated Apr 29, 2020 @ 4:15 pm
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Whether you already have a few races under your belt or are a brand new runner looking to get fresh air, finding a go-to pair of leggings for the job is key. Not only do you want these bad boys to look good, they need to perform, too, because there is nothing like continuously hiking up your leggings to promptly ruin your run.

On the list of must-have features, we've got high-performance, breathable material, a waistband that stays put, and pockets, this way you can bring your phone and keys with you if you're heading outside. Luckily, there are few running leggings out there that definitely fit the bill, and we've listed our six favorites, ahead.

1. Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Workout Leggings

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Not only do these sweat-wicking leggings stay put for long runs and wick away moisture, they're also just about the most flattering pair we've ever tried. (The brand refers to their fabric as 'bum-sculpting' — enough said.) As an added bonus, there’s both a side pocket for your phone and a zippered pocket in the back for your valuables.

2. Outdoor Voices TechSweat 7/8 Zoom Leggings

Yes, these color-blocked leggings are Instagram-ready, but there's more to them than meets the eye. Made from the brand’s lightweight yet super sweat-friendly TechSweat fabric, these high-rise leggings are up for the challenge of a sweaty treadmill class or a long run on a hot day.

3. Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25”

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Made from Lululemon's newest, fastest-drying fabric, Everlux, these supportive yet breathable leggings feature a hidden waistband pocket and side pockets, plus a drawstring to keep them in place. They also come in nine different colors, ranging from basic black to a bright tangerine.

4. Tory Burch Glow High-Rise 7/8 Leggings

Lightweight with a barely-there feel, these high-performance leggings (made for 'extra-hot conditions') are so comfortable, you'll want to wear them just to hang out on the couch. The artsy design has an added bonus of being reflective, so you're protected for evening or early-morning runs.

5. Free People Movement Ultra-High-Rise Keep Your Cool Leggings

You may not think of Free People as your destination for high-performance activewear, but we put it to the test and the results were impressive. In addition to their ultra-high-rise and compressive fit, they boast another hidden benefit. The trademarked fabric purports to be both deodorizing and hydrating, so your skin feels better post-run than it did before.

6. Nike Epic Lux Women's Running Crop Tights

Leave it to Nike to make a no-nonsense running tight that checks every box. The fabric acts like a supportive, stretchy, second-skin, with perforated details to keep you cool. Multiple pockets and reflective details seal the deal.