It’s winter and it’s cold. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop wearing leggings. The secret is investing in the best fleece-lined leggings that fit the activity you want to do – whether it’s out running errands or going for a cross-country ski.
I’ve spent years wearing, testing, adventuring and working out in fleece-lined leggings in temperatures down to -40° Celsius here in our Canadian winters. I’ve curated this list as my top recommendations when it comes to the best pairs. I recommend any pair on this list but have broken it down into categories based on features you want or activities you might be doing.
Here are the best fleece-lined leggings for cold weather depending on the activity you’ll be doing.
Table of Contents
- Complete Guide to the Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
- Overall Top 3 Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
- Best Fleece-Lined Leggings for Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Walking
- Comfiest Fleece-Lined Leggings
- Warmest Fleece-Lined Leggings
- Most Affordable Fleece-Lined Leggings
- Best Fleece-Lined Leggings for Winter Running
- Fleece-Lined Leggings with Pockets
- Fleece-Lined Leggings for Tall Women
- Fleece-Lined Leggings for Plus Size Women
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Complete Guide to the Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
While still being slim and fitted, fleece-lined leggings will give more warmth than regular leggings. But it is important to note that no matter what lining is in a pair of leggings, they won’t replace the warmth proper ski pants provide in the winter months. So please dress according to the weather conditions.
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Overall Top 3 Best Fleece-Lined Leggings
Hands down the top three leggings I’m loving this season are:
- CRZ Fleece-Lined Leggings
A soft legging goes a long way. The CRZ fleece-lined legging provides a comfortable thickness to compression ratio and has pockets on both legs. They also come in 14 different colours and patterns. These are new to me this season and fast becoming a favourite as they’re a great multi-activity legging.
- Mondetta Utility Leggings
The utility leggings are similar to sweatpants material but fit tight without adding the extra bulk. Two front pockets make it easy to pop your phone in a pocket. There’s one smaller, zippered pocket on the right leg for additional items like keys or credit cards. I like these because of how thick they are but they’re also so comfortable and perfect for lounging.
- Lululemon Base Pace Tight
Soft, thin and the perfect amount of stretch to compression. These lululemon tights aren’t cheap but they’re worth every penny especially if you use them while moving. They’re great in shoulder season and perfect for running or simply wearing out on errands.
Columbia has nailed it with their high-rise warm winter pants. It’s a thicker material – almost like a soft shelf – with water repellency and UPF protection This means it’s a good buffer against the wind when cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and warm when out walking. But it’s also stretchy and fits close against the skin. There’s one zippered side pocket to slip your phone into which makes it easy to access while on the trails.
Note – the fit on the model isn’t very flattering and not how these pants fit in real life. They’re a tight fit with a narrow, straight leg at the ankle – they fit more like leggings (versus how it looks like pants in the product shot.)
Tip: Here’s my favourite fitted ear warmer for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Would it surprise you if I told you I own these leggings in four different colours? Because I do.
Mondetta’s Core Cold Gear Legging have been a go-to for me for years. They have a high banded waist and come with pockets on both legs. They’re affordable and comfortable and what I spend most of my time in whether it’s snowboarding, running or just around the house.
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Mondetta wins for the warmest fleece-lined leggings. While I love leggings, they’re still not as warm as sweatpants or ski pants, but these come close when keeping me warm in in the cold weather. Mondetta’s Utility Leggings are exactly what I want when I’m going to be lounging around the house or on those much colder days when I’m out for a run or a snowshoe. They’re a more casual look due to the square pockets than other leggings.
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The Willit fleece-lined leggings are an Amazon find and are the most affordable at $37 per pair. They have deep drop-in side pockets, a front waistband pocket and are a perfect multi-purpose legging. They fit much like my go-to Mondetta pair and are about $10 cheaper.
The next (very closely) affordable leggings are one of my favourites mentioned above, the CRZ leggings, also on Amazon. Depending on the colour (there are a dozen colours available) the price is about 42$ a pair.
Best Fleece-Lined Leggings for Winter Running
Lululemon leggings are sooo soft and buttery smooth. They also offer great compression in flattering cuts. They have two leggings with a brushed interior which makes them thinner than standard fleece-lined leggings but perfect for running (which they’re engineered for).
The Fast and Free Brushed tights are made of their Nulux material, have two pockets and come in six different colours. I wear these during the autumn months as well as throughout the winter when out running. They’re even great for colder summer days whichs makes them truly versatile.
The Base Pace High-Rise Fleece Running Tight currently comes in three colours and has a small back pocket at the waist. The Base Pace are water repellant and a little thicker as they’re made of a tech fleece fabric so they hold up well on cooler days.
Because they’re specifically engineered for running, lululemon tights are great investment pieces that will stick around in your closet for years.
Tip: If you find the air is too cold air in your lungs when running, here’s an excellent fitted face mask that is breathable and won’t fall down.
Fleece-Lined Leggings with Pockets
While all the leggings in this post have pockets (except the Base Pace lululemon), the Baleaf fleece-lined leggings have double pockets on both sides. They come in five different colours and also have a waist pocket in the back to slip in keys or a card. So if having pockets is important, I highly recommend these ones.
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Fleece-Lined Leggings for Tall Women
While I’m only 5’4 and usually go with a 28″ inseam, I know many women are taller than me and looking for leggings that are longer. Eddie Bauer caters to tall women for leggings, pants and ski pants. The Cross-Over Winter Trail High Rise leggings are an excellent option. With a brushed fleece lining and moisture-wicking, odour control, they also have a side pocket with a zippered pocket on top. The tall option should be 3″ longer than regular for a 31″ inseam.
Fleece-Lined Leggings for Plus Size Women
lululemon creates tights for plus-sized women. The Fast and Free Nulux tights with side pockets go up to a size 14. The Base Pace High Rise Fleece tights are made of a tech fleece and water repellant and go up to a size 20.
Eddie Bauer offers plus sizes in 2X and 3X for their Cross-Over Winter Trail High Rise leggings which are moisture-wicking with a side pocket and zippered coin pocket.