Quality versus quantity is a common conundrum, especially with running clothes. Do you buy three inexpensive tanks or one pricier, designer one? If a top is ill-made, full of scratchy seams, you’ll probably never wear it. Then again, if a pair of tights costs half your paycheck, they may sit on your shelf because you want to save them for a “special occasion.”
Running gear is meant to be worn, not treasured. With a constant stream of new advancements in fabrics and construction, you should be able to have performance gear that doesn’t break the bank. But with the huge variation in prices—we’ve seen leggings priced anywhere from $10 to $1,000—it can be tough to discern between inflation and quality. That’s why we tested outfits from seven brands known for having reasonable to downright-affordable price points. The one rule was that nothing could cost more than $60—not exactly dirt-cheap, but handy for providing a good range of options. Read on for our honest assessments.