It’s been a while since I bought a new pair of running tights, and as a result I’m on the market for a couple new pairs. Of course, running tights tend to be on the pricy side, and I am, as usual, a little bit strapped for cash (I’m also debating whether I should buy new full-length tights or a few more pairs of capris given how mild this winter has been, but that could be another post altogether). Because of my financial situation–and, let’s be honest, my refusal to pay much for running clothes in general–I’ve been shopping around a bit, and hitting up the usual suspects for a good deal.
I’ve got to say, when you start looking around for a specific item, you start to find some wacky stuff. Obviously it’s no surprise that there are items out there that are either strange and overpriced (this comes to mind), or strange, overpriced, and hideous (I’m looking in your direction again, lululemon. I mean really, jodhpurs? Now you’re just openly mocking us. Except joke’s on you because the word is not spelled johdpur). Apparel like that has been around for ages, and if you don’t believe me just watch any runway show ever.
I think, though, that I may have come across an item that takes the cake. Now, I mean no disrespect to CW-X, but unless these tights are going to wash and fold themselves and do the rest of my laundry while they’re at it, I really just can’t justify paying close to $200 for them. The product description is trying to make me think that wearing them will give me flat abs and toned muscles, but frankly I don’t really go in for that snake oil sort of thing. Personally, I’d rather pay $150 less and just do some crunches. Or maybe Pilates.
I own a pair of CW-X tights, and I admit that I a) paid a pretty penny for them and b) like them a lot. But I got them about two years ago, and they’re showing more signs of wear (example: the inner thigh seam is beginning to split) than pairs I’ve had for much longer. I also used to have a pair of CW-X capris, and got rid of them after about a year and a half because of the same problem. When I spoke with a representative from the company last year at the running show I went to, he said this was pretty normal and that it was to be expected. He also suggested that I stitch up the seams myself, or that I just buy a new pair. That’s when I decided that in the future, I’d stick to a more reasonable budget when shopping for running tights (actually, I’d already made that decision when I got rid of the capris. Talking to the CW-X rep convinced me I’d made the right decision, though).
So I’m curious: would you pay $194.99 for the Revolution Tight? If not, what would it take (if anything) for you to justify the price?