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 even 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 collectively enjoy a variety of different workouts, we can definitely vouch for the leggings that keep us dry and happy, no matter how (and how much) we're breaking a sweat. So without further ado, shop our favorites below—and stay cool out there.

Best workout leggings


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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 type of workout.

These leggings have a cool moto detail, which will make a statement in your hot yoga class (or the gym or other studio class). Since the pair is high-waisted, you won't have to worry about pulling up your leggings while you're working out. The fabric also has moisture-wicking antimicrobial technology.

The price really can't be beat for these leggings from. 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 get).

Girlfriend Collective is known for its premium activewear made from recycled bottles, and these leggings don't disappoint. Stay dry while feeling these supported you with a comfortable high waist and snug, compressive fit.

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's Assistant 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, quick-drying, and have seaming that doesn't irritate.

These leggings are definitely a departure from OV's signature structured fabric, but I fell in love with them the first time I wore them out on a long, sweaty hike. They're butter-soft and feel almost invisible—and most importantly, they always stay dry.

Editor Aimee is a huge fan of these leggings. "I have literally participated in super-sweaty workouts where everyone else had 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, moisture-wicking, 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.

With mesh details for breathability, these are designed especially for medium- to high-impact workouts, like indoor cycling. The high-rise waistband ensures you'll be extra comfortable during your sweat session.

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 is perfect if you normally exercise outdoors.

Made with Nike's Dri-FIT fabric and ventilation, these leggings give you permission to get as sweaty as you want during your workouts.

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

Ultra-compressive, you'll feel extra supportive in FP Movement's leggings. They're designed for HIIT workouts, weight training, squats, and stretching.

The cool dual-color design with piping makes these leggings really stand out. They're breathable and moisture-wicking—perfect for those hot yoga classes.

These leggings will cool you down thanks to breathable mesh details down the legs. The fabric is soft, 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.

Next up: The Best Workouts for Women in Their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

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

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