It’s no secret that GoLite is one of my favorite running apparel companies. I’ve spent hours researching their company and business practices and the more I look into them, the more I like them. Just as a quick recap… they’re a certified “B Corporation”, they only sell direct to keep their prices extremely low, and they have great customer service.
I got some nice GoLite winter running gear as a birthday present and so you’ll see several GoLite reviews in the next month or so! The first item up for review is my new pair of GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tights (try saying that five times fast!). These tights weigh just 9 ounces and feature a lightly compressive fit throughout the leg. They only have one color: black. Although, in this case, I’m pretty sure black should be the only color allowed. After all, there’s a reason why cyclists basically only wear black bibs. There’s also a decent amount of reflective elements throughout the legs.
They feature ankle zippers which help out a lot in getting these on and off. To be fair, ankle zippers are pretty standard on running tights, though they are not on all pairs. I have a pair of Under Armour tights with no zippers… and they are definitely much harder to get on and off. There is also a drawstring waistband although, unlike their shorts, the openings are on the inside. Having the drawstring open to the outside would make these tights more comfortable in my opinion. On the back of the tights there is a nice, zippered pocket. The pocket is a great place to hold keys, id, credit card, or cash (in a plastic bag). There’s no pesky swinging like other pockets when you use this rear pocket. I actually wish more shorts would put a pocket back there now.
The materials and construction for this pair of tights is great! There is a decent amount of wind protection, though they’re definitely not wind-proof. I’ve used these in temperatures down to the mid to high 30s and been happy with them. On the inside there is a brushed stretch-fleece on the front of the leg which definitely helps with warmth. It’s also extremely comfortable and doesn’t cause any chafing issues whatsoever. The seams are also extremely well done and don’t cause any irritation on the move. I’ve used these tights on runs up to and including 2 hours as well as under my marching band uniform for about 8 hours.
These tights are a solid choice for performance running tights. Before GoLite switched to all direct sales, they would have run you about $120, but now you can get them for just $48. If you’re looking for a great pair of tights and aren’t interested in paying near $100, definitely buy these tights.
*These products were not provided by GoLite, they were a gift to me from my family and therefore they were paid for in full. I received no incentive for motivation to write this review.*