More and more hikers are looking for clothing options outside the traditional hiking pants range. For a long time, leggings were reserved for the gym but there are plenty of great options out there for outdoor enthusiasts. The right leggings or tights for hiking tend to be more durable and give more protection from the elements than you might need in the gym.
Leggings offer great comfort and flexibility no matter what activity you are doing, they make a great base layer in cold weather and if you get a sudden spell of rain, which you’re likely to in Ireland, it’s easy to slip your waterproof pants over them quickly. Ideal for hiking trails or a bit of urban exploration.
Mountain Equipment Sonica Tight
A soft shell tight for hiking and fast-moving mountain sports in cool conditions.
High waisted with full stretch t as well great wicking this tight is functional as well as comfortable. The durable material gives the wearer solid compression with two discreet pockets so you can keep your essential secure on the trail.
Patagonia Pack Out Hike Tight
Soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking fabric these versatile tights are just what you need for increased mobility in the wilderness. A high waistband ensures comfort, and a zippered pocket will keep your essentials safe wherever your adventures take you. Patagonia are also leaders in sustainability so you can enjoy these knowing they’re Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
Dare2B Influential Tight
This tight comes from the collection of Irelands very own, Laura Whitmore! The Laura Whitmore X Dare2B fitness edit pairs style with function. Great for keeping you cool while training these are soft and stretchy with flat locked seams for extra comfort. Quick drying and squat proof they’re not as heavy duty as some of the hiking tights on this list but perfect for training outside or some urban exploration.
Columbia Windgates II Leggings - Nocturnal
From trail run to yoga class, these leggings are built for performance and comfort with sleek ultra-stretch fabric and a high-rise waistband. Made from Columbia’s advanced Omni-Wick™ fabric designed to keep you dry whatever adventure you’re on. They also have a side pocket.
The North Face Paramount Tight
When adventure calls these are the pants you want to be wearing. The North Face Paramount Tight is made from FlashDry-XD™ fabric, quick-drying and keeps you cool. Super comfortable these are fitted with a high-rise waist. The pop of colour on leg is a bonded thigh pocket with zip. These also offer UPF 50+ sun protection perfect for keeping you protected on all adventures.