Name: Heat Holders
What they are: Tights and leggings made with insulating yarn and featuring an extremely soft brushed inner pile. They come in sizes extra small to extra large. Pairs of each were tested on recent cold mornings.
The good: I was so enamored of the warm comfort of Heat Holder socks that I decided I should give their other products a try, considering that it's been a very arctic winter. These, however, are meant for a woman, so I engaged two other testers. My thermal-tights tester said she first tried sweatpants on a 10-below-zero morning and was cold. She then ditched the sweatpants for the tights and a skirt and found them much warmer. Her words: "They are beyond a doubt the most comfortable tights I've ever worn. I want to be buried in them." As for the leggings, my second tester said they were comfortable, durable and looked nice, like regular tights. She wore them with a skirt and blazer for work, and it looked professional.
The bad: Our leggings tester said she still felt cold. Walking in a moderate wind at 10 degrees, she said her legs were chilled. "But I would wear these underneath work pants — because women's work pants are really thin. Because the leggings are thin and comfortable, these would work perfectly for layering when it's really cold."
Cost: $14.99 for either
Available from: usa