/ Decathlon running tights as winter base layer?

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Ginger McGrath - on 11 Dec 2013
Hi all,
I'm looking for a cheap replacment for my knackered old thermal tights. Has anyone tried these?

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/essential-warm-running-tights-id_8280370.html

I'm not that near to a deacathlon just wondering if anyone knows how insulating they acctually are? or whether they are just a bit like ronhills?

cheers.
Sempafi - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

I went trekking round the Himalayas and wore a pair of nike running leggings and they were fine. Skins also do some good ones
coldwill - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

Too much elastane feels cole against the skin.
Flat4matt - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

Im a believer that anything 'tight up' against skin wont allow for the bodies natural heat retention function to work properly ie hairs sticking up on arms legs etc etc trying to retain heat when its cold.

The idea of compression I can understand being a possibility for muscles to maybe reduce vibration and maybe reduce fatigue etc but certainly not for warmth properties or rather it doesnt work on me anyway.
Mr. K - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

I use them as a warm baselayer, they're warmer than my standard weight synthetic baselayers for sure. Very comfy, only complaint is they could do with flies to make toilet stops through multiple layers and a harness a little easier! =o)
nniff - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

I've been using them for years. They're like powerstretch but with a significantly stronger elastic element. They get used for winter climbing under softshell trousers. I also have a pair that I wear on the bike and another pair that have been cut off below the knee for the OMM. They last for years and years. They dry fast when wet, and they're warm on a bike in tipping rain.

As mentioned, there's no fly, but that's hardly the end of the world.
r0b - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Flat4matt:

Surely a pair of tights next to your skin is going to trap more air than your leg hairs - unless you're very hairy!
peebles boy - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:
Same thing? Half the price? No need to go to a Decathlon? Well OK then!!

http://www.fieldandtrek.com/campri-thermal-pant-mens-402024?colcode=40202426
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Tricky Dicky - on 12 Dec 2013
In reply to r0b:

> unless you're very hairy!

I think it does depend on your hairyness, I even find that cycling arm warmers make my hairy arms colder as they're quite tight.

Flat4matt - on 13 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:

I wouldnt consider myself particulary hairy, just a theory I have and seems to work for me. May not work for others but if it does then great, if not try something else til you find what works best :-)
martinph78 on 13 Dec 2013
In reply to peebles boy:

Also Sports Direct - the Karrimor running stuff is pretty decent.
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Hay - on 14 Dec 2013
In reply to Ginger McGrath:
Yes, they're fine.
Used for the one day out so far this year under light softshell trousers. No probs.
Have also used as baselayer under chest waders. The Tay is a cold place in October and they seemed to work fine there too.
Bruce

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