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Many travelers want to maintain their workout routine on the go. If you’re a fitness buff, bring one of these sport leggings on your next trip. Pack smart and wear them on the plane then use them to workout!
Best Athletic Leggings
Written By: Laura Pulling
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Travel is full of fun, but personal activities matter too, and lots of travelers still like to work out when they’re on a trip, so a pair of good workout leggings are a versatile addition to your carry-on and capsule wardrobe.
For best wardrobe value, TFG readers wear their womens gym leggings for more than just working out. Some wear them for comfort on the airplane, others would team a workout leggings outfit with sneakers and a slouchy top for sightseeing, and others love to double them up as pajamas too. They’re also super easy to wash and dry on-the-go so we can see why they’re a travel favorite!
TFG readers are here to share their top womens workout leggings for travel!
Best Leggings for Working Out and Traveling
Classic Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
Readers call these cool workout leggings the “boss” for phasing well from travel days to exercising. Composed of moisture-wicking material, they lay flat on your tummy and won’t roll down during your activities. There’s also a hidden pocket in the waistband to store small trip essentials.
Terrific for your plane outfit, walking around, or sweating to your HIT workout!
Here’s our full Zella leggings review!
Printed Zella High Waisted Active Leggings With Pockets
These printed workout leggings are perfect for your next yoga class (and fun-looking too!). They’re made from a moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you cool during a run along the beach but can also look good for a day of sightseeing around a busy town.
The four-way stretch fabric is comfortable and allows freedom of movement, plus they have handy side pockets to stack your phone and other essentials, along with a hidden waistband pocket for cash or a key.
Sweatyrocks Women’s Mesh Active Leggings
These black mesh workout leggings have a cut-out leg detail that adds an extra level of coolness, as well as a fashionable edge. They are cheap workout leggings that can be styled in different ways for the gym, sightseeing, or on the airplane. Plus, they’re quick to wash and dry when you’re traveling.
Lululemon Fast and Free Exercise Tights
Lululemon women’s active leggings are designed for running, they’re made from a ‘barely-there’ Nulux fabric that gives you a smooth stride. They’re lightweight, quick-drying, and sweat-wicking, making them a triple threat!
One TFG reader shares, “I use the Fast and Free tights from Lululemon for running, all the sweaty gym stuff, and yoga. They have some fun colors/prints too!”
Colorfulkoala High Waisted Camo Workout Leggings
You’ll be ready to complete the ultimate outdoor workout, military-style in these camouflage workout leggings by Colorfulkoala. The full-length pants are made from a soft compression fabric with an extra high waist that will keep you feeling secure as you work out. They also have a hidden waistband pocket to store your small essentials in when you’re exercising.
90 Degree By Reflex High Waisted Workout Leggings With Pockets
TFG readers rave about 90 Degree womens exercise leggings. The high waisted pant has an extra high four and a half-inch waistband that smooths over your middle, so you won’t have any muffin top issues. Plus, they have hip pockets that are roomy enough to fit a smartphone.
One TFG shares “Love these activewear leggings! High and tight.” While another gives this tried-and-tested review, “I’m a yoga teacher, spinning instructor, and personal trainer. I love 90 degrees. So flattering, comfortable, reasonably priced, easy to care for, and do not roll down.”
Check out our readers’ recommendations for leggings with pockets!
Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt ⅞ Fun Workout Leggings
We love the fun print of these colorful workout leggings. They are super soft and stretch and have flat contrast stretching that won’t irritate as you run. They are made from a polyester/elastane blend that won’t wrinkle, no matter how tightly you pack them.
Vuori Pace Black Workout Leggings
These high rise workout leggings by Vuori are easy-to-wear with anything. These classic black sports leggings have a back zip pocket for keeping small valuables, such as keys and cash when you’re out on a morning jog and taking some new sights. They’re quick drying and can be scrunched into the tightest packing cube and will still be ready to wear. Win-win!
ODODOS Control Workout Leggings With Side Pockets
TFG readers “love” ODODOS compression workout leggings. These top-selling, best workout leggings on amazon are available in Capri and full-lengths, and have a streamlined cut to contour to your body perfectly.
The moisture-wicking fabric helps you stay cool and dry during a tough workout or in warmer environments, plus it compresses and lifts the body, keeping muscles warm for maximum performance.
With different solid color and SpaceDye options, along with plus size athletic leggings options, you can be as adventurous as your style lets you!
Nike High Waisted Workout Leggings
These Nike workout leggings are made from an organic cotton and polyester blend that allows a natural stretch. They have the classic logo print in a contrast color on the lower calf. They are thin and won’t take up much room in your packing cube. Plus, they come in a plethora of different colors.
Old Navy Athletic Leggings With Pockets
These high waisted Old Navy workout leggings have a great compression feel and a perfect for workouts, or just wearing out and about. They are made from a super soft fabric and users love that they stay put and don’t roll down when you are working out. You can get them in a ton of colors and prints too, which is sure to brighten up your morning workout.
One TFG reader loves her high waisted gym leggings, she shares, “I have Old Navy active leggings that outlasted my expensive choices. I have thick thighs that eat the crotches. Not on these!”
Athleta Salutation Workout Tights (Variety of Sizes)
TFG readers love Athleta leggings and these are another fan favorite. Made from Powervita, buttery soft fabric, and at an ankle-skimming 7/8 leg length, these easy-to-wear leggings (with pockets) can be worn as easily at a street market as they can for a spinning class. And in several shades, along with tall, petite and plus size active leggings, there really is a choice for everyone!
Find out our readers’ recommendations for the best black leggings for travel!
Women’s Athletic Leggings Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Leggings for Working Out and Traveling|
|Classic Zella Live In High Waist Leggings||Terrific for your plane outfit, walking around, or sweating to your HIT workout!||Check Price|
|Printed Zella High Waisted Active Leggings With Pockets||These fun printed workout leggings are perfect for your next yoga class.||Check Price|
|Sweatyrocks Women's Mesh Active Leggings||These black mesh workout leggings have a cut out leg detail that adds an extra level of coolness.||Check Price|
|Lululemon Fast and Free Exercise Tights||“I use the Fast and Free tights from Lululemon for running, all the sweaty gym stuff, and yoga. They have some fun colors/prints too!”||Check Price|
|Colorfulkoala High Waisted Camo Workout Leggings||You’ll be ready to complete the ultimate outdoor workout, military style in these camouflage workout leggings by Colorfulkoala.||Check Price|
|90 Degree By Reflex High Waisted Workout Leggings With Pockets||"I love 90 degrees. So flattering, comfortable, reasonably priced, easy to care for, and do not roll down.”||Check Price|
|Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt ⅞ Fun Workout Leggings||They are made from a polyester/elastane blend that won’t wrinkle, no matter how tightly you pack them.||Check Price|
|Vuori Pace Black Workout Leggings||They’re quick drying and can be scrunched into the tightest packing cube and will still be ready to wear. Win-win!||Check Price|
|ODODOS Control Workout Leggings With Side Pockets||These top selling, best workout leggings on amazon are available in capri and full lengths, and have a streamlined cut to contour to your body perfectly.||Check Price|
|Nike High Waisted Workout Leggings||They are thin and won’t take up much room in your packing cube. Plus they come in a plethora of different colors.||Check Price|
|Old Navy Athletic Leggings With Pockets||“I have Old Navy active leggings that outlasted my expensive choices. I have thick thighs that eat the crotches. Not on these!”||Check Price|
|Athleta Salutation Workout Tights (Variety of Sizes)||These easy-to-wear leggings (with pockets) can be worn as easily at a street market as they can for a spinning class.||Check Price|
How Can Leggings for Workout Be Worn Within a Capsule Wardrobe?
Many TFG readers wear womens athletic leggings for different purposes, not just for plane wear. Many advise investing in pieces that could double up as items to wear all day long or mix in regular clothing to wear along with them.
You can incorporate these items in a travel outfit as well so you have more options available. Think workout leggings with a sweater or a long tee, and a cute jacket, etc. Pretty much, leggings can do double duty as street clothes.
Some readers on occasion use my gym tights as PJs first before running in them.
What’s the Difference Between 7/8, Full Length, and Capri Workout Leggings?
A lot of the leggings featured above come in a 7/8 length leg, this means they don’t come fully to your foot, like normal pants do. 7/8 length women gym leggings will finish just above the ankle, allowing your skin space to breathe when you workout. This style is designed to be worn with sneakers, but make sure you keep the ankle area clear by wearing hidden sneaker socks.
Athletic capri leggings will finish just after the knee, allowing a halfway choice between a short and legging option.
How Can I Care For My Leggings On-the-Go?
Training leggings workout style are usually made from moisture wicking materials. These fabrics dry really quickly, so if you’re planning on doing a couple of workouts during a trip, you can easily wash them and wear them again. Another bonus is these kinds of leggings are essentially wrinkle-free—roll them in your packing cubes and they’ll be ready to wear once you land!
How to Pack Those Cute Athletic Leggings
Many of our readers use packing cubes to roll up and organize their pants. Compass Rose packing cubes allow you to do so by number and color so you know where you packed everything, even when you use the cubes to separate outfits. Learn more in the video below.
Learn about our hacks with packing cubes in this video!
We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!
What are the best women’s workout leggings you’ve worn? Share your faves below!
For more on travel leggings, please read:
- Leggings: Are they a Travel Do or Don’t?
- The Most Reader Recommended Leggings With Pockets for Travel
- Best Leggings for Women: Top Choices for Travel
- 6 Best Black Leggings According to Our Readers
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