We're All In Agreement: These Are the Best Sweat-Wicking Leggings on the Market

Best workout leggings


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Few things ruin the afterglow of a kick-ass workout like a swampy pair of leggings, am I right? It's a testament to the fact that not all "performance-driven" activewear is actually created equal. In reality, finding leggings that will wick moisture during (and after) the toughest of workouts can come to trial and error, as well as personal preference.

But that's also why you have us. As a crew of editors who enjoy a variety of workouts, we can definitely vouch for the leggings that keep us dry and happy, no matter how we're breaking a sweat (or how much we're sweating). So without further ado, shop our favorites below—and stay cool out there.

Best workout leggings


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The Best Leggings

These running tights have Nike's signature moisture-wicking Dri-Fit technology, so you won't feel too gross after an especially tough workout.

Zella leggings are one of the most-purchased items on THE/THIRTY, and we can totally see why. They hug your body just right and feel so comfortable. This pair has moisture-wicking fabric, so you can dry off quickly after class. Plus, there's a hidden pocket for cash or a key.

Wear this pair to a yoga or studio class. The fabric is quick-drying, breathable, and soft, so they're comfortable for any workout.

These leggings have a cool moto detail, which will make a statement in your hot yoga class or the gym. Since the pair is high waisted, you won't have to worry about pulling up your leggings while working out.

The price really can't be beaten for these leggings from Amazon. They are soft and comfortable to move around in, but they also do a good job of keeping you dry (or as dry as you can be).

Girlfriend Collective is known for its premium activewear made from recycled bottles, and these leggings don't disappoint. They help you stay dry while the compressive fit and high waist leaves you feeling supported. 

Amazon has its own brand of activewear gear, and the reviews are pretty positive. This pair of leggings can be customized—choose from a high or low waist and regular, short, and long inseams. The moisture-wicking medium-weight pair has side pockets and mesh panels.

"They're the only full-length leggings I can stand to work out in," says Who What Wear senior beauty editor Erin Jahns. "They don't trap sweat or heat or make me feel claustrophobic while I work out. Plus, on a more superficial level, I've never gotten as many compliments from total strangers on an item of workout clothing before." 

Move freely with these popular Zella leggings. You don't have to worry about going hard and getting sweaty since they're moisture-wicking and quick-drying and have seaming that doesn't irritate.

Great for high-intensity workouts, this pair is lightweight and breathable. It also has a handy pocket at the back of the waistband.

Editor Aimee is a huge fan of these leggings. "I have literally participated in super-sweaty workouts where everyone else had visible crotch and butt sweat, and I didn't," she says.

You'll get plenty of support in these ultra-compressive leggings. They're squat-proof and moisture-wicking and and have reflective details.

Super breathable and sweat wicking, these tights are designed for running. The fabric has a cool feeling and four-way stretch. It also has side and back pockets so you can easily stash your phones or keys.

With no side seams, ALO's leggings are so comfortable. They're smoothing, sculpting, moisture-wicking, and antimicrobial.

These are designed especially for medium- to high-impact workouts. The fabric is made with recycled material and is compressive. There are also large side pockets to store your phone.

Hit up those HIIT classes in these hard-working sweat-wicking leggings. The waistband is designed to stay put and not ride down, and it's got two phone pockets.

These are super sculpting and supportive. The fabric also has reflective details, which are perfect if you normally exercise outdoors.

Even though these leggings are made of soft fabric, they're also moisture-wicking and feature a supportive high waistband, which is perfect for yoga class (and beyond).

Whether you're hitting up a yoga or strength training class, you'll be comfortable in these tights. They're quick-drying and breathable and feel cool on the outside and soft on the inside.

These leggings have breathable pinhole details, so you won't overheat during your workout.

If you really want to stand out at the gym or in your studio class, wear this cool pair.

These leggings will cool you down thanks to breathable mesh details down the legs. The fabric is soft and compressive and has four-way stretch.

You'll feel comfortable wearing these leggings because they have a no-slip waistband and flatlock seams. They're also made of antimicrobial fabric to resist odors and germs.

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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