As an aerialist, I’m always trying to find fun, funky tights to wear when I train. When I initially began looking to expand my “aerial wardrobe” I assumed it would be easy to find leggings/tights for men. However, I was quickly proved wrong. Instead of keeping my search to just “men’s leggings”, I began exploring options such as compression tights, running tights, and even various styles of tights. After much trial and error, I was able to find a few different types that worked for me. YAY!
Before I delve into what leggings/tights are my absolute favorites, let’s cover what you should look for when purchasing tights for aerial:
Tights must be able to move with you. What I mean by that, is that the tights must be able to stretch as you move. For example, you don’t want to be working on splits and have tights that prevent you from fully getting into the split! That would just make you frustrated and could possibly cause a wardrobe malfunction.
Durability. Once you’ve found ones that you absolutely LOVE, read the reviews! You don’t want to buy a pair of tights that last a week then start getting stretched out and develop tears in them. You want tights that will withstand the friction on the silks and any other aerial work you do.
Last but not least, express yourself through your tights! Who wants to have boring tights that are just “blah”?! Not me. So make sure you look for tights that show off your personality.
After numerous searches and trial runs with tights, I was able to narrow down my favorites to a few. Below you will find the name of the brand, their website, and a brief blurb about their tights. Enjoy!
We Love Colors – This brand of tights is my #1 favorite. They’re the perfect style for training and even performances! They offer solid color tights as well as cool tie-dye style tights. When choosing your tights, make sure to get the “footless performance tights”. These are designed for a little more vigorous wear, which is your best bet when it comes to tights for aerial.
Meggings Man – I know, the name of the brand sounds funny. But these leggings are AMAZING. They have numerous cool designs, and are very comfortable as well. They aren’t as skin tight as the previous brand I mentioned, but they work for aerial training very well.
Under Armour Men’s Running Tights – These are also a great style of tights to wear for aerial. Because they’re meant for running, these tights provide a decent range of motion in your legs. They can be a little pricey sometimes, but they last for a long time!
Those are just a few of my favorite types of leggings/tights to wear when I train. Hopefully those suggestions will help guide you in your search to improve your “aerial wardrobe”. Let me know if you find any other styles or brands that work well! Happy flying!