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Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings review: light tights that offer good warmth

Warm but breathable leggings with a pocket, the Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings will really make you stand out on the trail

Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings
(Image: © Ceri Rees)

Our Verdict

A slightly lighter legging with just one pocket, the Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings are good for the price – full of personality, decent performers on the trail and always easy to spot on the washing line.

For

  • Comfortable
  • A pocket
  • Breathable
  • Colorful
  • Good value

Against

  • Too colorful!
  • Synthetic materials

First impressions

Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings are not for the shy and retiring. It is hard to know which of Flanci’s leggings are most controversially colourful –  the entire range produced by this British brand will turn heads and the Flanci Buffalos are typically flamboyant, which may rule out a lot of less-attention-seeking runners and riders, but might appeal to those who don’t mind standing out from the pack.

On the trail

The Flanci Buffalo Running Leggings are comfortable next to the skin, especially if you’re more used to wearing polyester, with just the right degree of stretch. They are thinner than the Flanci Flames (which we also tested), which is ideal for when the worst of the winter is behind you.

Specifications

RRP: $44 (US) / £38 (UK)
Weight: 185g / 6.5oz
Materials: Polyester (85%), spandex (15%)
Colors: Navy blue with assorted buffalo icons
Compatibility:  Trail running, road running, hiking, skiing, orienteering, cycling, field sports

Unlike with the Flames, there is no thigh pouch, but the back pocket gets a big tick. They feature flat-lock seams for increased comfort and to prevent chafing, and have been professionally designed anatomically and ergonomically for improved circulation and recovery whilst training.

We tested these on riverside trail runs in milder weather, and found they offered a good mix of performance, protection and comfort. They didn’t feel claggy, they kept us warm, while still being breathable.

Founder of Wild Running and Wild Running Events, and a regular podium-placer at trail running events around the South West, Ceri has a background in journalism. He started and edited an outdoors supplement for a daily newspaper, has written for several national outdoors magazines and newspapers, and produces his own podcast. He can trace his interest in adventure back to when, as a slightly precocious six-year-old, he convinced his cousins and older sister to walk through the night into the centre of Newcastle in their pyjamas for a dare – an escapade that ended in a lift home in a police car. More recently, he became the de facto UK Snowshoe Running Champion when he was the first Brit to cross the finish line at the 2019 World Snowshoe Championships in Fondo, Trentino.