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by Diane Spicer
This Title Nine Power Stretch Tights review asks, and answers, this question:
Will these tights perform well on chilly to cold trails?
That's an important question for a hiker's safety and comfort, and Hiking For Her is all about keeping you in a safe, comfy zone regardless of what the weather throws at you.
Before we get into the details in this Title Nine Power Stretch Tights review, a few disclosures.
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Every review is fair, unbiased, and written from the perspective of a seasoned female hiker testing out products and then reporting her findings.
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In this case, Title Nine contacted HFH and wondered if trying out a pair of these stretch tights would be a good idea on cool weather trails.
I'm always game for anything Title Nine makes, because I've been wearing their stuff on the trail for many years and know it can stand up to what I dish out as a hiker.
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Now let's get to it, shall we?
Hiking For Her received a pair of Crash 2.0 Polartec Striated Tights in the color "Raisin" for this review.
Update: These are no longer available. See all Title 9 tights and leggings here.
Polartec® Power Stretch (90% poly/10% spandex) is what you want when the weather turns chilly.
It traps your body heat and blocks breezes.
And the 10% spandex gives you freedom of movement.
But "stretch while moving" is only half of the story.
This fabric recovers from all of the moves you make as a hiker:
You know the drill!
But there's even more to love as a hiker about this fabric, beyond warmth and stretch.
It wicks moisture from your sweat, and allows it to evaporate as you hike.
One more hurrah for these hiking tights: super soft against your skin.
The tag on these tights gives these laundry instructions:
I agree with the line drying suggestion, because it will extend the life of the tights and make them less likely to sag or bag.
Easy to deal with these tights, wouldn't you agree?
When you're seriously considering a pair of tights for hiking, the fabric is where you should focus your attention first.
That's why it's first in this review.
If the fabric holds up to scrutiny on an item of outdoor clothing, the next thing to consider is the fit.
Since this pair is definitely fit for purpose (*groan*), let's tackle that next in this Title Nine Power Stretch Tights review.
Tights are meant to fit (wait for it) tightly!
Even if you call these leggings, you're expecting them to hug your legs... right?
So don't be shy about how close fitting this pair of Title Nine Power Stretch tights will fit you.
They don't hold you in a death grip, but they do snug up, especially around the calf and ankle areas.
And that's a good thing! You don't want to be a saggy baggy when you're trying to conquer a brushy trail.
And less fabric billowing around your legs streamlines you on breezy days.
But what about comfort? That's super important if you want to use these tights on hike after hike.
So let's look at these areas next:
This waist band is really forgiving for any woman who needs to bend, twist, lift legs high to step over trail blowdowns, and breathe deeply on a hike.
That's all of us hikers, right?
See that little band of black at the bottom of this photo?
That's your comfort secret!
I turned up one of the legs so you can see the reflective strip (on the lower right).
Also appreciate the solid seam stitching.
That's important especially on the hems, where a hiker gets a lot of abrasion, wear and tear, and moisture accumulation.
Hikers need to keep their leg muscles warm so they can go the distance.
And then turn around and go the distance back to the trailhead!
So a pair of these Polartec tights need to keep you warm without overheating you.
Did these achieve that objective?
Yes! I covered a lot of ground and never felt chilled, even though looking at me it doesn't seem as if I'm wearing an adequate base layer.
It's good to start off a little chilly on a hike, otherwise you have to stop within 10 minutes and peel off layers.
So if you fear that your legs need two layers to start out, fear not. These tights will trap your body heat and not let go, beginning with your first steps.
Are these Power Stretch tights waterproof?
Nope, and that's okay, because the slippery smooth outer fabric will allow you to pull on your rain pants quickly when needed.
Day hikers: Pull these on and get out there!
Cold weather backpackers: Wear these tights all day and as you perform routine camp chores.
Snowshoers: These will make an excellent base layer as you break trail! Dry snow will slide right off.
Dog walkers: In my mind, you're a hiker because you're outdoors and covering some ground. These tights are for you!
Campers: Need a cozy layer as you prepare dinner at the campstove? Want to block breezes as you sit in your camp chair with a book?
You'll reach for these tights at home, too.
Sometimes I enjoy stepping off the trail to explore.
Other times, I need to step off the trail to (ahem) take care of business.
Either way, these tights are not going to complain.
They're built to stand up to abrasion, a lot of dirt, and dry, cold breezes.
Bonus: The dark color choices (there are 5) will hide the dirt you happen to carry along with you after your lunch break.
One note of caution:
Say you want to take these tights for a spin around the block, or through a local park as you walk your dog.
And you want to stash your keys or lip balm.
Or on a day hike, you want to keep a small snack handy - some nuts or dried fruit.
When it comes to warmth, choose wisely for your outer layers.
These tights will keep you warm enough through cool hiking weather (spring, fall, maybe year round depending on where you hike) as your outer layer.
Save some money with just this one base layer, so you can avoid wearing a pair of thin tights or leggings under trail pants.
At the time this review is being written, these tights cost $99 US.
Not bad for a high quality base layer from a trusted company like Title Nine!
To keep the warmth and wicking of this layer going strong when precipitation starts to fall, pull on your rain pants (read a review of the pair I wear here).
Backpackers & day hikers use rain pants as an outer wind blocking layer in dry weather.
You can skip that step (and save money by extending the life of your expensive rain pants) when you've got these tights on, thanks to the tightly woven exterior on top of the warm inner fleece.
Would I recommend these hiking tights to my best trail buddy?
I just did!
Or add then to your gift wish list.
They're a great outer layer for any outdoors woman, and you can quote me on that.
Title Nine Power Stretch Tights Review For Female Hikers