I run almost solely in leggings with pockets because they’re infinitely better (and more convenient) than a running belt. In my view, leggings with pockets make for the perfect workout garment because there’s no adjusting, riding up or bouncing and they’ve got just enough room for my phone, my ID and my keys. Even if you’re just going to the store on your day off, you can simply slip your essentials into this built-in storage option and head out the door, totally hands-free.

What specifically should you look for in a pair of pocketed leggings? First off, they should be tailored to your workout needs. If you're going for a long run, you'll want a side pocket for your phone as well as a secure (preferably zippered) waist or leg pocket for your ID. Doing an outdoor HIIT or indoor CrossFit class? You might opt for a waist drawcord design so that your leggings don't fall down with all those squats. Or need a pair that you you can just run errands in? This heathered design is as appropriate for casual Friday as it is for a quick jog around the block. Here are 25 pairs of leggings with pockets you'll want to browse for your new hands-free life.

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1. Girlfriend Collective Compressive Pocket Leggings

Girlfriend Collective fans asked for a legging with pockets after so much love for their high-waisted leggings. Its newest style comes in 16 colors, two inseam lengths and a whopping 11 sizes, so you can find that perfect fit. Oh, and they feature two pockets, one on either side of the hips, large enough to stow even an iPhone 13.

Buy it ($88)

Available in sizes XXS to 6XL

Vuori

2. Vuori Stride Legging

These quick-drying, polyamide-and-elastane leggings are high-rise and have an interior drawcord so that they will stay up even when you've got a phone and keys in the side pocket and the back zip pocket.

Buy It ($84)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

3. Outdoor Voices FrostKnit ¾ Leggings

Want a legging that stands up to snowy conditions? Outdoor Voices has a cold-weather legging that's built for freezing temps, and tricked out for safe outdoor exercise. Besides having two side pockets for your phone and keys, these leggings have subtle reflective piping that keeps you visible in low-light conditions and an internal drawcord that keeps your leggings in place, for the long run.

Buy It ($118)

Available in sizes XS to XL

4. Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight

Side drop-in pockets for your handheld, a zippered pocket in the back to secure your keys and a row of unobtrusive reflective dots along the outer calf to keep you visible. All that, and Lululemon's signature flattering design, keep you on the trail for an extra mile.

Buy it ($128)

Available in sizes 0 to 20; 25-, 28- and 31-inch lengths

5. Eleven by Venus Williams Legacy Tennis Legging

Compressive fit and extra-large side pockets to fit more than a can of tennis balls between them means tennis players (and joggers and CrossFit types) have an efficient and chic workout.

Buy It ($78)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Nordstrom

6. Sweaty Betty Super Sculpt 7/8 Leggings

This abstract-floral-printed pair is made from 17 recycled water bottles and is part of Sweaty Betty’s sustainability efforts. The pockets sit on each hip for easy access on the go, while special compression and seaming is meant to make your booty look better than ever (yes, even before you get started on those squats).

Buy it ($108; $65)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Ministry of Supply

7. Ministry of Supply Joule Active Legging

These leggings have a unique and figure-flattering side panel construction, and their fabric, an anti-pilling polyester blend, was developed by NASA to regulate body temperature. All that, plus there are two side pockets and a third one tucked over your bum for convenience.

Buy It ($118)

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

Yummie

8. Yummie Rachel Cotton Stretch Shaping Legging with Side Pockets

Deep 11-inch side pockets and a shaping waistband (it dips in front to control your stomach and curves up in back to lift your rear) are standouts in this super-soft pair of leggings.

Buy It ($58)

Available in sizes XS to 1X

9. Lululemon Fast and Free Tight

I already own the shorts version of these Lululemons (in two colors) and think it might be time to invest in a full-length pair as well. The fabric is just thick enough to ensure total confidence while squatting and the numeral sizing means you’re more likely to find a pair that fits exactly right (not too small here, nor too large there). There are even three different lengths so you can pick the length that's tailored to your height and ankle-baring preference. As for storage space, there are two side slots and two hidden pockets in the waistband. They may not be big enough to fit your cell, but they’re the perfect size for your ID or set of keys.

Buy it ($128)

Available in sizes 0 to 20

Amazon

10. Ewedoos Fleece Lined Leggings with Pockets for Women

Two side slots make these convenient, and a fuzzy-warm lining means they're also winter-proof. When you warm up from your exertions, the moisture-management fabric wicks away wetness so you're comfy enough to stay out in the chill to work on your endurance.

$30 at Amazon

Available in sizes XS to XXL

Amazon

11. Eddie Bauer Trail Tight Leggings

Worried things might pop out of your pockets while you’re out on a trail run or bouncing up and down during an intense HIIT session? Zip pockets are the way to go. The two side pockets aren’t quite as deep as some of the others on this list, but they make up for that with the security of anti-chafe zippers guaranteed to keep all your belongings safe and sound. (There’s also an ID/key pouch in the waistband.) Plus, the FreeDry moisture-wicking fabric has SPF50 built in, so you can protect your skin as easily as you protect your phone.

$63 at Amazon

Available in sizes XS to 3X, and also tall and petite

12. Alo Yoga High-Waist Cargo Legging

For the gal who needs more than two pockets, let us introduce you to Alo Yoga’s Cargo Legging. There are not two, not three, but four pockets packed onto these babies so you’ll never have to choose between bringing your wallet or a tube of sunscreen ever again.

Buy it ($138)

Available in sizes XXS to L

Athleta

13. Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket Camo 7/8 Tight

These Athleta leggings feature a NeverEnd drawstring to make it easy to tighten and secure the waist to fit your body like a glove. Oh, and the aforementioned design is basically a circle loop around the waist, which means it will never slip out and get lost in the wash. There’s also a zippered pocket on the back of the waistband for small essentials you don’t want to leave at home.

Buy it ($89)

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

14. Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Powersoft Side-Pocket Crop Leggings

These are great for anyone who just wants a soft, supportive legging without too many bells and whistles (read: two stretchy hip pockets and nothing more). Minimal seams and subtle side pockets give you a super-clean, chic silhouette so you can really hit the ground running.

Buy it ($37)

Available in sizes XS to XXL, and also tall and petite

Gap

15. GapFit High Rise Recycled Power Full Length Leggings

Long-waisted women will appreciate the wide waistband on this style from GapFit as well as the added stay-up security of a drawstring. And the black mineral pattern is both chic and opaque.

Buy It ($60)

Available in sizes XS to XXL

Nordstrom

16. Nike Pro Therma-FIT Mid Rise Pocket Leggings

With breathable fleece on the inside to keep you snuggly while still wicking sweat, these three-pocket leggings are ready for comfortable cold-weather outdoor running.

Buy It ($60)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Wolven

17. Wolven Summit Crossover Pocket Legging

We'd love this L.A.-based brand's leggings for the super-soft fabric, unobtrusive two side pockets and figure-flattering crossover waist alone. But the sustainable way the workout clothes and swimwear are made—16 percent spandex and 84 percent RPET made from plastic bottles—makes wearing these practically virtuous.

Buy It ($104; $62)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Gymshark

18. Gymshark TRAINING MESH POCKET LEGGINGS

The high polyester content (79 percent) gives these leggings compression power while still remaining soft to the touch, and the nice wide side pockets easily accommodate even a large phone or credit card case. And the contoured rear seam on the waistband is shaped so that it really sculpts your figure.

Buy It ($98)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Carbon38

19. CARBON38 HIGH RISE FULL-LENGTH WITH POCKETS IN CLOUD COMPRESSION

The high polyester content (79 percent) gives these leggings compression power while still remaining soft to the touch, and the nice wide side pockets easily accommodate even a large phone or credit card case. And the extra-wide waistband is double-faced, so it really sculpts your waist.

Buy It ($98)

Lululemon

20. Lululemon Invigorate High-Rise Tight 25“

Drop-in side pockets and a hidden back waist band pocket mean you've got more than enough room for everything from your phone and keys to energy gels and spare adhesive strips, in case your blister acts up on those last couple miles. The fast-drying nylon-Lycra blend means your sweat will be wicked away and evaporated before you know it—and a drawcord waist means you won't have to fiddle with pulling your leggings up throughout your workout.

Buy It ($128; $99)

Available in sizes 0 to 14

Spanx

21. Every.Wear Icon 7/8 Leggings w/ Pocket

These cleverly designed leggings by Spanx have eliminated the waistband altogether, with a reinforced control tummy area holding you up and in (see if your posture doesn't increase immediately on pulling them up). The side pocket and leg details are made of opaque performance fabric that makes these look as appropriate for wearing to lunch or to spin class.

Buy It ($110)

Available in sizes XS to 3X

22. New Balance Impact Run Tight

A personal fave of mine, these leggings from New Balance are breathable, lightweight and feature a mid-rise. The two mesh pockets fit all my essentials, even when that includes gels or goos for an extra-long run and a tube of sunscreen in addition to my cellphone, wallet and keys. There’s even an extra zippered slot in the waistband just in case I think of yet another item I want to bring along.

Buy it ($80; $64)

Available in sizes S to XL

Fabletics

23. Fabletics The Boost II 7/8

Criss-crossed straps on the rear waistband make this workhorse of a legging look pretty, while the chafe-resistant, all-way-stretch fabric provides strong compression. The pockets are hidden (the two in the waistband are up front and there's one in the back), which we appreciate for a streamlined feeling when we're having a quick jog around the park.

Buy It ($70)

Available in sizes XXS to 4X

24. Zella Studio Lite High Waist Pocket 7/8 Leggings

This super-lightweight style from Zella will keep you cool no matter what workout you’re tackling—and without fear of becoming see-through or sheer if you bend over. Reviewers also raved about just how soft the fabric felt, making it easy to forget about their clothing altogether and just focus on their workouts.

Buy it ($65; $49)

Available in sizes XXS to XL

Amazon

25. Colorfulkoala High Waisted Yoga Pants 7/8 Length Leggings with Pockets

Flatlock construction ensures the seams don't rub when you're running around in these silky leggings; the wide waistband with a V-shaped seam in the back is both comfortable and figure-flattering.

$29 at Amazon

Available in sizes XS to L

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