Smartwool PhD Run Tights – Review


A few weeks ago we reviewed Smartwool’s PhD Smartloft Divide running jacket, but what good is a cold weather running jacket without a wicked cool set of running tights to go with it.  Well Smartwool didn’t disappoint and hit another home run with their Smartwool PhD Run Tight.  Now I must say I am not the biggest fan of running tights.  In fact I will go out of my way not to use them.   That said, if I am going to run in them, I think I just found perfect pair.

Smartwool PhD Run TightsWhen you slide the PhD Run Tights on, they feel almost like a second skin.  The tights are a combination of nylon and merino wool.  They are engineered so that the merino is against the skin and the nylon faces the outside elements.  The merino wool is woven with closely knit slanted ridges.  This I assume leaves ridges to help wick sweat and moisture away, while also providing a pocket of warmth.  Whatever the engineering is, all I can say is it works and works really well.  On cold days (We are talking Texas cold – 30s), I felt completely comfortable.  When the temps got a little warmer, I didn’t get as hot as I thought I might.  The Smartwool PhD Run Tights seemed to manage body temperature extremely well.

The Tights are considered Form Fit, which basically means they have an athletic fit to them and are designed more for athletically built individuals.  They are also mid rise tights, which means they should be worn about 2 inches below the belly button.

Smartwool PhD Run Tights Overview

  • Knit in Vietnam of 24% Merino Wool, 56% Nylon, 20% Elastane
  • Form Fit – Mid Rise
  • Continuous loop drawcord at waist
  • Engineered to place Merino against your skin and nylon against the elements
  • 360° Reflectivity
  • $100 Retail

If you are looking for even wind protection, Smartwool offers a beefed up version called the Run Wind Tight.  Go to Smartwool’s website to check out the Smartwool PhD Run Tights and other cool stuff.

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Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

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