The setting: Early January. The mood: That post-holidays funk settled on the Salty crew like a cold, heavy fog. Energy and creativity-levels were low; we needed something, anything, to liven things up in the dead of a dark, dreary winter. The idea that sparked our curiosity and got us a little excited to check the mail obsessively for a couple of weeks? Leggings. Obnoxious, personalized to our specific tastes, bright and shiny new running tights to look forward to and to wear for our running buddies’ delight on the cold streets and trails. Retail therapy, cheap retail therapy at that, combined with running seemed the answer to our group winter-blues.
If you use social media or if you shop Amazon, you’ve probably seen pop-up ads for a seemingly endless array of leggings. Many of the pictures feature women wearing amazing tights twisted into a pretzel-form in a yoga class or dead-lifting at a Crossfit gym. Sometimes the models are just hanging around and looking cute, but most often they’re working out. This made us wonder: since regular ol’ running tights run upwards of $75 and come in variations of black or grey, how would these incredibly cheap flashy tights compare? In the end, eleven of us purchased a pair (or three) and took them out for a test-run, ranking them on a 1-5 snail-scale: “1” being throw-them-away-and-burn-them-now and “5” being out-of-this-world fantastic.