I love these tights, but they are itchy. I almost sent them back, but finally decided to wear them with silk long johns inside and that took care of the problem in terms of wearing them around when I'm not actively exercising. I have worn them just by themselves for winter train runs, under a pair of soft shell pants, and as long as I don't think too much about them, I'm fine, but as soon as I sit down and start relaxing, I start scratching. I wanted thick black winter leggings that I could wear around town all winter, stay warm, be comfortable, but not look totally sloppy, and these are that. They look great, I get lots of compliments on them, and I stay warm. They are very well made, but in general, I think I'm going to use other base layers against my skin (fleece or smartwool, which I also have, and are less warm, but not itchy).