Nathan Freeburg

Nathan started running when he was 14. 20+ years later, he's still going. When he's not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves dark beer, dark chocolate, and dark coffee.Nathan currently lives in Portland, Oregon, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River. Race Results.Nathan's day job is a Consultant with Leadership Vision in Downtown Minneapolis.
  • Rich Rein

    I bought a pair of the Asics Thermopolis LT Tights on a whim the day before the Twin Cities marathon (insert comments here about running in something new that you bought at the expo – but I didn’t have any tights, and didn’t want to run the marathon in running pants), and in general have been pretty satisfied with them. I also later picked up a pair of Mizuno Breath Thermo tights – and after have some back and forth, decided that I really liked the soft feel of the inside of the Mizuno tights, but really like/came to appreciate the little rubber (silicone?) grippers on the inside of the waist and bottom of the legs on the Asics tights. And compared to the Under Armour base layers I wear for ice fishing, I really have come to appreciate the ankle zippers on both! (although I much prefer when they are off-center, otherwise I get rubbed a bit raw on my Achilles unless I wear taller socks – and have them underneath the tights).

    • frenat

      This ankle zips would be handy for getting in and out of those things… sometimes they can feel a little restrictive.

      -Nathan

  • lindsayinMPLS

    I have a pair of Saucony tights that I like a lot, and picked up the Saucony Siberius tights at the TC Marathon expo last year. First pair – awesome. Siberius tights – too tight in the thighs, too short in the legs. Plus they’re low-cut, so it hits me at a weird spot. I constantly feel like I need to pull them up more but am unable to. So I don’t wear them running, but they were reasonably warm during my bus commute on the -15 degree days last winter.

    • frenat

      I should have added that the tights need to feel like a second skin. To your point, if they don’t fit well, they are worthless!

      -Nathan

      • lindsayinMPLS

        Now I’m much more heistant to buy things at race expos without trying them on first (either at the expo or somewhere else).

  • Shorts over tights are a failed fit! Embrace the tights. Great post.

  • Katie Ogden Serbus

    Tights are awesome, but they should reconsider the standard inseam women’s tights (29″-30″) – great if you want to look cool – not so great if you have a 34″ inseam and don’t want frost bite on your ankles!

    • frenat

      Valid points. Have you found some that solve this problem?

      Nathan

      • Katie Ogden Serbus

        Not really – I can find regular tights in a “tall”, but not the insulated ones. So I usually double up if it’s below about 20 degrees. Typically I wear knee high socks so that helps to negate the gap issue, though can look a bit ridiculous….

  • Clarisse Grages

    Just bought a pair of Sugoi subzero tights and have worn them in 20 degree weather. love them so far. very comfy on the inside and the legs stayed warm even with the wind going. I am not sure they would be warm enough for colder days…

    • frenat

      I’m always surprised how the tights seems to regulate the temps to a certain degree.
      -Nathan

  • Nobody recommends CW-X? 🙁

    • frenat

      Those are nice too! What’s your take on them Ben?

      -Nathan

      • I have been wearing them for the past 4 winters and wouldn’t wear anything else. Put a pair of sugoi windbreaker briefs on underneath and you are unstoppable!

        • frenat

          Totally agree!

          -Nathan

    • I’ve had a pair of CW-X compression (not thermal) tights that I’ve worn through 3-4 winters now, and they do a fantastic job.

  • I’m all about my Mountain Hardwear thermal tights, they are reversible (but I’ve never reversed…) and super warm with a pair of compression boxers underneath.

    And yes, never wear shorts over your tights, Jessie 🙂

  • frenat

    Yes! It really does make ALL of the difference in the world when you have some quality gear.

    Nathan

  • kristy goelzer

    Tights are awesome! No bunching and Everything Stays Put!

    • frenat

      Which is so helpful!

      • kristy goelzer

        I totally agree!

  • Noelle

    Winter tights are the best. I love brooks utopia and the smartwool tech tights (pricey but you can find a good deal if you know where to look), but the warmest I’ve ever found are a pair of super thick $20 Avalanche tights from Marshall’s. Warm down to zero or below.

    Pro tip for ladies whose thighs and bums get super cold on winter runs – a pair of compression shorts worn underneath your tights helps a TON.

    • frenat

      “Wind” compression shorts are even better!

  • Robin

    New Balance Heat Tights are my favorite tights for those cold, winter runs.

    • frenat

      Are those compression?