Athleta Rainier’s Tight Cold Weather Running Review
Here in the mountains of northern Arizona, winter often makes me run outside in temperatures near or below freezing. Every year I go in search of great cold weather gear. This brought me to the rainiest in Athleta. I actually bought this pair last winter so I wore and tested them for a whole winter season. They have proven their worth! Since Athleta brought that style back into the rotation this season, I wanted to share how they’ve held up.
The Rainier Tights are designed for cold weather training, which can include activities like running or hiking outdoors, as well as workouts in low-temperature gyms. Tights have a few key features. The side zip pockets are big enough for my iPhone 11 Pro (barely). The narrow zip entry flares out, making my phone a little hard on the inside, but it works. The side pockets also have a reflective stripe, as well as tiny reflective dots on the back of the ankle. In addition to the two thigh pockets, there is a central back pocket on the wide waistband in the form of a slit pocket. The waist pocket is also big enough for my phone, but again it has a narrower entry, so a bit of coaxing is needed to get it inside.
I bought these tights in XXS, my usual Athleta size. They fit true to Athleta’s size and are comparable to a lululemon size 2. In general, for most Athleta items, if you are in between sizes, I recommend you go for the smaller size you are looking at. They offer moderate compression that holds you back but is not binding. The level of compression is perfect for my preference for running tights. The rise is a normal medium-high level, falling about an inch below my belly button. Overall the fit is really comfortable on me.
I wear regular crotch, and as you can see I don’t have a ton of excess crotch at the ankles. I’m only 5’3 “so if crotch length is an issue you may want to consider their high waist option. Unlike the model photos on Athleta’s site, I notice a bit of creasing around the knees for me, but that’s not too bad. Note that lighter colors like this shade of red make wrinkles more noticeable. The darker color I have in these tights hides fine lines, wrinkles, or lines better. minor bumps.
The outer side of the fabric is smooth, smooth and pilling resistant for high impact, high friction workouts. The interior is lightly brushed and slightly fluffy, but not all fleece. As for the warmth factor, I was very happy with these tights in mild to moderately cold environments. I classify them as cold weather tights that work for most cold weather scenarios. I wouldn’t wear them in very cold weather: for example, they would be too cold for 20-year-old temperatures and overcast weather. Having said that, I tend to get cold so your mileage may vary. Previously my favorite cold weather tights were lululemon’s technical warm tights. These tights are very comparable to toasted technologies in terms of warmth, fit and performance. Since my warm technologies age and wear out, they are a great replacement for me.
By the way: if you are looking for an ultra-warm tights that are very resistant in cold weather, I recommend the altitude tights, which are made of Polartec. I have a version of the previous year’s version of Athleta’s Polartec performance tights, and these are the hottest tights never.
Overall, the rainiest tights are a must-have for cold weather performance. I like them enough that (so far) I bought them in two colors. At $ 98, they’re easily as good as lululemon’s cold weather deals, but at a better price. I recommend trying them out for anyone who spends a lot of time exercising in cold weather.
Athleta rainier tights – hibiscus red
Athleta Whittier Peak half-zip * – white
Lululemon run with me ear warmer *
Reflective Glove Athleta Intent *
Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 *
*: last season, linked comparable version
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