I live in leggings. Even before working from home (permanently) was a thing. In fact, I have a single drawer dedicated to just black leggings. This summer I purged about 11 pairs for various reasons—never liked them, unflattering, old and falling apart—which, in my opinion, left my LBL (little back legging) stash totally depleted. So I was primed for a new pair. Enter: The Asics Tokyo Highwaist Tights, which I tested for the 2020 SELF Certified Sports Bras, Leggings, and Shorts Awards.

How I Tested the Asics Tokyo High-Waist Tights

When testing for our awards, I used SELF’s criteria for buying the best workout leggings. I initially tested the Asics on a cool, fall three-mile jog along New York City’s West Side Highway running path, which is pretty flat, and have since worn them several times.

Waistband Fit and Comfort

High-waist tights are my jam, and these are a pretty solid pair. Since the waistband, which is thick enough to house a pocket, didn’t dig into my tummy, I didn’t have to worry about muffin top, which is one of my pet peeves. Nor was I in a tug-of-war with the band, constantly trying to pull the leggings up. They stayed put. I sported them all day before I went out for my first run, and my only waistband issue was that when I sat down, one side flipped over.

Fabric Quality

This poly-spandex blend has just enough stretch so you don’t feel confined. Also, when it stretches it doesn’t thin out or become see through. In fact, it passed the squat-in-front-of-the-mirror test in a well-lit room with flying colors. It also stood up to the washer and dryer, which is why so many non-quality leggings go to die, so kudos, Asics!

Secure Fit

I was a bit concerned because the tag touted these as a “tight” fit. But true to their website description, they felt great on, “offering form-fitting comfort.” I wore these for several hours prior to my run, and honestly, I could have lounged around in them for several hours more—they were that comfortable. And when I ran they were just as comfortable and I didn’t have to fidget with them once.

Length

I’m 5-foot-3, so all leggings fit longer on my frame. On the website these hit the model at well above the ankle. For me, it was a bit below the ankle. I am used to this and it didn’t not hamper my run, so it wasn’t a big deal.

Ease to Put On and Take Off

It took me a while to get these over my hips and butt as they seemed to be designed for a more straight up and down figure. I can’t tell a lie, I felt like Beyoncé when she sings, “If you don’t jump to put jeans on then, baby, you don’t feel my pain.” However, once over this hump (figuratively and literally), they were a perfect fit. No trouble at all taking them off.

Sweat-Concealing Fabric

The benefit of black leggings is that sweat isn’t noticeable, which is why I typically gravitate toward them. These were no different. I also liked how well and quickly they absorbed sweat. While wearing them I didn’t feel any moisture against my skin.

Activity-Specific Features

During a run there is always a lot of jostling going on, and I think that the drawstring on these made me feel extra secure. Not once did I have to readjust or retie them, or re-hike my pants while on the move. They have a pocket in the back waistband that is a nice size. Unfortunately, it is not big enough to fit my iPhone 11, but I could stash some cash, ID, keys and a couple of energy gels if need be. There are some reflective hits—on the thigh and sides of legs—but since I ran in these during the day, I can’t speak to their efficacy.

The Bottom Line

I am in love with the look and feel of the Asics Tokyo High-Waist Tights. The gray color-blocking along the sides are a nice way to accessorize a basic black legging without making me completely abandon my go-to all-black “uniform.” They also can seamlessly go from a running workout to running errands around town (in my case, to Trader Joe’s). And since you can never have too many black leggings, this inky pair has definitely earned a spot in my coveted drawer.

Source: self.com