Women’s Running Tights
Have you noticed that most brands have a visible seam that begins at the waist and then continues vertically straight down to your groin where it ends in a patch somewhere in the middle of your vagina?
This isn’t comfortable for running! Who designed this? And why are the majority of running tights for women (long or short) created like this?
If you didn’t get the picture yet, I’ll tell you. As you move and sweat, this seam gets more and more uncomfortable. It digs into your labia and causes chafing. It’s distracting and becomes painful quickly.
I’ve found a few shorts and tights that have a U shaped seam in front instead. It’s much better, not only does it not have a seam in the most intimate place on a woman’s body. The u-seam is designed to pull the material away from this area. Under Armor has tights like these, and Asics has one pair that I’m aware of. The Asics Fit-Sana tights runs small, so get a size large than you usually wear.
This is a big deal. You don’t want to be distracted by uncomfortable, chafing underwear that rides up when you run.
You might have heard that cotton is the best material for women. It’s supposed to aid the PH balance in your vagina whereas other materials disrupt it and might cause irritation and even yeast infections.
Not so for running. When you sweat in cotton underpants the moisture stays in the material and your underwear becomes crusty and stiff. This isn’t a good thing if you are on a seven mile run in the summer.
What you need is a sweat wicking material such as nylon microfiber. My favorite brand is
“Bali Women’s Comfort Revolution Seamless High-Cut Brief Panty.” This panty is sweat wicking, don’t ride up and is seamless, meaning that there isn’t a cumbersome horizontal seam across the panty right in front.
I use them every time I run and I have no chafing issues at all anymore.