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Discussion: Gear question...knee coverings vs tights

in: Adventure Racing; Gear & Toys

Sep 22, 2017 11:32 AM # 
hey there APers

wondering if anyone out there has an opinion on knee coverings vs full length tights on 24-hr races?

I've always worn full tights the entire race but looking at maybe switching to knee coverings that I can take on/off easily. Pros I see are better temp control but I'm worried they're not going to hold up to a long bushwhack or that they're going to slip a lot.

Anybody out there love them or hate them?
Sep 22, 2017 3:23 PM # 
castelli or similar knee warmers that grab way up on the thigh work well. esp paired with long socks, covering your whole leg.. easy to remove if it warms, and they protect you in bushwacks.
Sep 27, 2017 7:37 PM # 
I'm from the UK and I sometimes wear lycra shorts (in lieu of tights) and carry leg warmers for potential colder periods and/or evenings. Same applies for top half: short sleeve T with arm warmers. Good for heat regulations.

However you'd need to make sure you have the right thigh diameter to make sure they leg warmers don't fall down!
Sep 27, 2017 9:37 PM # 
3/4 tights plus calf sleeves/gaiters
Sep 29, 2017 3:08 AM # 
Same as silkychrome
Oct 4, 2017 8:23 PM # 
I usually wear minimal clothing as I overheat easily and stay warm in cold weather but I often just wear shorts and put on shin sleeves (leaving my knees exposed) or rain pants when the bushwhacking gets bad. If it is cold enough throughout the race I do the 3/4 with shin sleeves as well. I have used leg warmers before. I agree that leg warmers can fall down when running but dependent on size, style, and fit.
Oct 6, 2017 7:34 PM # 
thx all for the feedback.

I ended up going with Pearl Izumi knee coverings and they worked really well. Held up to some rugged bushwhack/swimming etc and were super easy to get on/off as needed.

I think it's going to be a permanent switch for me.
May 22, 2018 7:02 PM # 
I find cycling jerseys hold up well to bushwhacking—durable material, and likewise was wondering about switching out from running tights because they are not that durable.
I’m not much of a cyclist, so I don’t know, do they make knee or leg or tights in the same durable material as cycling jerseys?
My other idea was Orienteering 3/4 tights with gaiters.
Oct 15, 2018 7:26 PM # 
Anyone using the o21e Warrior pants for adventure racing?

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