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Winter Cycling Adventures: Choosing the Right Thermal Leggings

Winter Cycling Adventures: Choosing the Right Thermal Leggings

When the weather gets colder, it's tough to stay warm and active outdoors. Choosing the right thermals is important for staying comfortable and protected from the cold while exercising in winter. If you're planning to go on any winter cycling adventures, choosing the right thermal leggings is vital to your activity and will help you stay warm as you work up a sweat.

How To Choose the Right Thermal Leggings

Before slipping into a pair of thermal leggings, let's get to know some of the features that you need to check when getting one.

Fabric and Material

The best thermal fabric depends on your activity and cold sensitivity. If you feel cold often, go for a warmer thermal. If you prefer lighter options, stick with thinner ones. Experiment with different styles to discover what feels most comfortable for you.

Baleaf's thermal leggings are made of polyester fabric blended with other fabrics for the warmth you need, along with comfort and flexibility to do just about any physical activity.


Denier measures the weight and thickness of hosiery, with a higher denier indicating a thicker material. For winter, consider 40+ denier leggings for added warmth and tear resistance.


Choose a size that allows easy movement without being too tight or too baggy to avoid discomfort.


Choose smooth seams and cuts that won't cause abrasions or skin irritations, as thermals sit close to your body.

Baleaf uses flatlock seams in our leggings to help you avoid chafing.

Knit and Weave

For winter workouts, choose thermal leggings with tight knits for better cold protection and moisture management, allowing you to exercise comfortably outdoors.

The Benefits of Wearing the Right Thermal Leggings

Winter Cycling Adventures: Choosing the Right Thermal Leggings

Thermal leggings provide insulation and comfort in cooler weather, with several benefits.

They give comfort and let your skin breathe.

Thermal leggings use breathable and lightweight thermal fabrics like wool or polyester for excellent insulation that provides both support and comfort for activities like running or walking.

They withstand wear and tear.

Because they are made of high-performing fabrics, you are assured that each pair you get is built for longevity to withstand wear and tear while giving you protection from the elements, making them resilient for outdoor activities.

They express your style.

At Baleaf, we give you a myriad of leggings to choose from with various colors, cuts, and stylish silhouettes to match your activewear style.

The Difference Between Fleece-Lined Leggings and Thermal Leggings

Thermal leggings and fleece-lined leggings both give thermal insulation, but they differ in their thermal properties.

Thermal leggings use materials like wool or polyester for superior insulation, which can be heavier than fleece-lined leggings.

Fleece-lined leggings offer warmth and insulation, and they are lighter than thermal leggings. While both are suitable for outdoor activities, thermal leggings are better for extremely cold temperatures. Both types of leggings keep you warm, comfortable, and protected from the cold.

The Best Thermal Leggings

Now that we've covered the basics in choosing the best thermal leggings, let's round up a couple of Baleaf's thermal leggings you can use in your next winter cycling adventure, skiing, ice skating, winter hiking, or camping.

Laureate Thermal Mid Rise Tights (No Padding)

Laureate Thermal Mid Rise Tights

While it may not have the padding most professional cyclists look for in a pair of cycling thermal leggings, the Laureate Thermal Mid Rise Tights offer most of the basic features one needs when going on a winter cycling adventure.

Made with 90% polyester and 10% spandex to give the best breathability and moisture-wicking properties, this pair lets you confidently run, cycle, or jog, to name a few.

Lined with fleece for that much-needed warmth and with flatlock seams to avoid chafing as you pedal, this pair of thermal leggings come with ankle zips to expand with the width of ankle cuffs and accommodate boots. Also, rest easy knowing that you're visible even in low-light conditions with its reflective elements.

Laureate Padded Cycling Tights (Women's)

Laureate Padded Cycling Tights

Although the Laureate Padded Cycling Tights don't have thermal properties, this pair makes a viable base layer for your winter cycling adventure when layered with a pair of thermal pants for biking.

Its moisture-wicking, quick-drying, and breathable properties won't ever let you feel moisture or dampness as you sweat during your workout. 

Made with 75% polyester and 25% spandex and compression abilities, this pair of cycling tights is perfect for any cycling activity, whether indoors or outdoors. 

With a skin-friendly and moisture-wicking chamois padding your rear is well cushioned from bumps and the whole ride.

The silicone grippers prevent this pair from riding up, along with flatlock seams to avoid chafing.

Laureate Multi-Colored Thermal Leggings

Laureate Multi-Colored Thermal Leggings

When the weather gets dreary, splash on some color. What better way to add color to combat the winter blues than by donning a pair of the Laureate Multi-Colored Thermal Leggings! Wear them as they are or layer them under your regular clothing.

Apart from the usual neutral tones, this awesome pair also comes in ruby wine, paisley purple, and olive green colors, to name a few, and match whatever mood you're in.

With 87% polyester and 13% spandex, feel confident in yoga, Pilates moves, and other activities. It's lined with fleece to keep body heat in. Although it comes in a mid-rise style, unlike the other women's cycling leggings on the list, its wide waistband still gives the much-needed coverage to help it stay in place.

Kiss chafing and camel toe goodbye with this wonderful pair.

Laureate Thermal Zipper Pocket Leggings

Laureate Thermal Zipper Pocket leggings

It's not surprising why the Laureate Thermal Zipper Pocket Leggings are among the best-selling thermal leggings at Baleaf. 

Created with 87% polyester and 13% spandex, making it one of the most comfortable leggings that can hug the skin perfectly.

Water-resistant and with fleece lining to trap heat and allow you to do any physical activity confidently whether in the gym or outdoors. It instantly gives that sexy silhouette with its high-rise style and wide waistband.

Its gusseted crotch gets rid of the camel toe while its flatlock seams guarantee no chafing.

Laureate Thermal Pocketed Leggings

Laureate Thermal Pocketed Leggings

Another best-seller of the house, the Laureate Thermal Pocketed Leggings is made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex, making it water-resistant and flexible at the same time. Feel confident that no one will ever see your undies as you squat, jump, run, or climb because the material itself is non-see-through.

With fleece lining to trap heat and keep you warm and cozy, the leggings' contour seams feel like a second skin with inner drawstrings to keep the pair in place. Its high-rise style and wide waistband give that instant tummy tuck almost all women love. 

Are You Ready for Your Winter Cycling Adventure?

Thermal leggings are a must-have winter wardrobe base layer, like thermals and other cold-weather accessories.

Cycle in style and warmth with Baleaf's Women's Cycling Gear.

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