Athleta Altitude Tight – Ridiculously soft and comfortable

Athleta Altitude Tight

Athleta Altitude Tight – Ridiculously soft and comfortable

Kate Agathon

I’m typically a tights-averse person.


Among other reasons, I have always found them too restrictive in a way no amount of “stretch” could make me comfortable enough to wear them working out, or as athleisure wear in public. Also, in my mid-40s, I’m wary of the visual compression effect that most tights have- the visual that leaves “little to the imagination”, so to speak.

Athleta Altitude Tight Review

In my quest for comfort, my anti-tights policy changed when I discovered the Athleta Altitude Tight (MSRP $98).

These were like no other tights I’ve tried (or kept)!

Athleta Altitude Tight - Ridiculously soft and comfortable 1Altitude Tight in Polartec® Power Stretch® | Athleta

They were fitted, yet not constrictive. The Polartec fleece kept my legs toasty warm without overheating, and the high and wide waistband with adjustable internal drawcord kept my midsection warm and tucked in- not spilling over like a muffin top (you’d be surprised at the number of leggings manufacturers whose “wide” waistbands don’t provide sufficient midsection coverage once you get moving). An additional feature is a back zippered pocket for essentials.

Constructed from super-soft Polartec Power stretch thermal insulating fabric, the moisture-wicking Altitude tights are designed for medium and high-impact winter workouts.

Athleta Altitude Tight - Ridiculously soft and comfortable 2Altitude Tight in Polartec® Power Stretch® | Athleta


Admittedly, the most high-impact workout I did in the tights was easy snowshoeing and walking the dog. Ridiculously soft and comfortable, they are perfect to wear around the house, on errands, and in the car for long ski trips to the mountains.


In recent years, Athleta has made an enormous effort in expanding the available size options of some of their most popular items and including a larger diversity (age and size) of models. Because of this, I took a second look at a company whose clothing I haven’t worn in years due to very little being offered in my size. At 5’0”, the extended petite size was perfect for me.


I absolutely love the Altitude tight for its comfort and looks and purchased a second pair. Thanks for turning this middle-aged skeptic into a tight-wearing believer.

Kate Agathon

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Kate Agathon – Dr. of Stoke

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Freelance writer, bicyclist, outdoor recreation enthusiast, social justice advocate, and mom to her furbaby, Utah the Adventure Dog.

Kate Agathon

Kate Agathon


A Colorado native, Kate considers the outdoors her mother ship. She brings her passion for bicycling, the environment, and issues of diversity to her writing. Her primary outdoor recreation activities are mountain biking, fat biking, snowshoeing, camping, peak bagging Colorado’s 14ers, road cycling, and Nordic skiing. After suffering two major knee injuries within four years, Kate hopes to return to alpine skiing next season.

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Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Colorado State University and later an MSEd and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University. In addition to her education, Kate’s background serving on the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and experience working for non-profits and bicycle sales well position her to bring depth and understanding to the complex changes currently taking place in the outdoor recreation industry.

Kate Agathon

We also heard she has a (slight) obsession for blue heelers.

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