These Sleek Leggings Are Actually Motivating Me to Run Outside This Winter

These Nike Go leggings are perfectly high-waisted and supportive without being constricting.

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Editor's Pick: Women's Firm-Support High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings with Pockets
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One thing about me: I will wear shorts, skirts, and dresses as long as possible post-Labor Day (especially if we're talking about my beloved exercise dresses). This fashion preference carries over to my workout clothes, too. I find most leggings to be either constricting, saggy, too hot, or too long on my 5'3" frame, and during the colder months, I'd rather be bored running on a treadmill if it means I can wear shorts in peace.

But after I was gifted the Nike Dri-FIT Go Firm Support High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings, my winter running habits are finally taking a turn. These leggings are supportive without being constrictive, and they actually stay in place for mile after mile — while holding my phone in place in one of the many pockets, no less.

Nike Go Leggings Key Features

  • How I tested: I wore these leggings for a variety of workouts (including running, HIIT, and boxing) for 3 months, and I also wore them as regular pants.
  • Perfect for: Anyone who feels like they're constantly hitching up their leggings during a workout.
  • What you’ll love: These leggings have multiple pockets (six, to be specific), an extra-wide waistband to prevent it from rolling down, and an internal drawcord to adjust the waist size if needed.
  • Keep in mind: You can buy the Nike Go leggings in full- or 7/8-length options; at 5'3", I found the 7/8 length to be nearly full-length on my shorter legs.
  • How it fits: The high-waisted leggings hug your lower body and add a little shape to your butt. They're supportive without being suffocating.
Editor's Pick: Women's Firm-Support High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings with Pockets
Courtesy of Nike.

Buy It: Nike Go Women's Firm-Support High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings with Pockets, $110, nike.com

Nike Go Leggings Review

I first took these leggings on a test run (so to speak) in early fall, when the temperature had just dropped and wearing shorts was ill-advised. Throughout my three-mile jog, the leggings stayed perfectly in place without any sagging in the crotch (one of my biggest pet peeves with running leggings). I had also slipped my house key in one of the (many) pockets available and felt totally secure that it wasn't going to fall out at any point during my run; even better, I didn't feel the key jangling or digging into my skin during those 30-ish minutes thanks to the thicker fabric.

Later, I wore the Nike Go leggings for a much more intense test: a day-long fitness photo shoot, followed by a workout. During the photo shoot, I was on the move: squatting, moving equipment, repositioning lights, and doing everything short of actually working out myself. And most of the time, I had my iPhone 12 stashed in a pocket while I was doing all of this. To my pleasant surprise, my phone didn't once fall out of my pocket and the leggings moved with my body rather than being a hindrance. I felt like I was able to do everything I needed on set, without stressing out about my leggings riding up or down in an awkward way.

Editor's Pick: Women's Firm-Support High-Waisted 7/8 Leggings with Pockets
Courtesy of Kristen Geil.

After the shoot finished, I headed with the rest of the #ShapeSquad to a boxing workout, where we were challenged by treadmill, boxing, and strength intervals. Not only did the Nike Go leggings keep up with my every move, but I also realized that the Dri-Fit material was living up to its name. I was sweating, and yet never felt overheated (another personal pet peeve with full-length leggings) or like I couldn't move freely. I haven't had a full lower-body workout with these leggings yet, but when I do, I fully anticipate them to be squat-proof and not see-through at all.

Finally, I've gotten a ton of usage from these leggings outside of my workouts. They're subtle enough to be worn as "regular" (aka non-workout) clothes, and I especially love the little details, such as the streamlined, disappearing seam at the ankles that doesn't dig in or leave marks on my skin. Nike touts its InfinaLock material as "compressive and supportive in all the right places," and they're right. I feel totally confident wearing these in the gym, on the running path, and out for brunch — and with these leggings, maybe I'll finally become a regular winter runner this year.

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