Tights can also describe the leg coverings worn in bicycling in cold weather and in other athletic activities, especially by runners.
These tights are usually a thicker spandex-blend, and are usually footless.
In the world of theater tights are also common, especially in Renaissance-era costumes, and dance, particularly in ballet.
The term "tights" has been used to try to ridicule certain traditional British uniform.
Most famously the Serjeants-at-Arms at the Palace of Westminster, after a protester got past the security, were described in the media as "middle aged men in tights." For horseback riding, "tights" in some equestrian circles can refer to tightly fitting riding pants of light material that extend all the way down to the rider's ankle and worn with a 'paddock' style (ankle height) boot.
Such pants are worn in summer or as an undergarment in winter. These "riding tights" are cheaper to buy than jodhpurs or breeches which are a type of riding pant made of heavier material and which extends only to mid calf length and are intended to be worn with tall riding boots.
There are several varieties of toe type, such as sandal toes, open toes and reinforced, all offering different effects.