So recently I had my first Lululemon Outlet experience. First of all, I was so excited to discover such a thing existed – and not terribly far away from me (about an hour.) As I have written about before, I love Lululemon (despite all the controversy surrounding the brand) they make my favorite workout apparel. But, and that is a big BUT, they are ridiculously priced (in my opinion.) Anyway, I have been a part of their R & D department for over a year now, and enjoyed the 15% discount thoroughly, so when I found out they had an outlet close by, I had to investigate.
I currently train at, and manage a CrossFit gym, and therefore like to invest in a little bit of higher quality workout gear, so that it lasts- and I am not constantly replacing pieces. I have tried that method in the past, and it has been hit or miss for the most part. Back to my story….
At the Lululemon Outlet, I purchased a pair of Women’s Dog Runner Pants. I am impressed. So far in the week and a half that I have owned these pants, I have already worn them 4 times… The Dog Runner pants are a lightweight “windbreaker type” pant, lined with a pair of relatively lightweight tights. So far I have worn the pants coaching twice, in a workout once, and running once.
As far as fit goes, I am pretty happy with the size I purchased (a size 4). The pants fit me around the waist perfectly (there is an elastic you can tie around the waist), a little tight on my butt ( I have a rather large sized booty for my proportions), comfortable through the quads (this is usually where pants are tight on me) but a bit long. These pants would probably fit someone between 5’5″-5’8″ perfectly length wise, but for me the inside tights are very long (they scrunch up easily though- which I don’t particularly mind) and the outer part of the pant is long as well, but there is an elastic around the cuff which allows them to be scrunched over your shoes.
Coaching in these is a dream. They are cozy when it’s cold out, but when it starts to warm up in the gym I don’t feel overwhelmed by the liner. I can squat in them without any wardrobe malfunctions… They are also really comfortable for running! It was about 40 degrees F. yesterday and rainy, not heavy downpours but enough that you knew it was raining, and I stayed comfortable, dry and warm without overheating the whole time. The only performance-wise flaw these had was for a WOD at the gym. I did a workout with Handstand Push Ups and lunges last week, and not gonna lie, I completely overheated. I really was not a big fan of how hot my legs felt in the liner. It stays about 60 degrees in our box, but it was WAY too hot for the DR pants in that workout..
I do like the style as well, they have a baggy wind-pants feel from the 90s, but not clingy static-y feel that windpants had… I bought them in a matte black color, which I really also like because they go with everything.
I’m gonna give these about an 8/10. I’m basing this off 3 criteria – Function, Fit and Fashion. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a cozy pair of running pants for moderately cool days, or cold mornings at your CrossFit gym. I am happy with the price I paid ($64) for them, as if they had been any more – I probably would have passed them up! I still believe it is expensive for a pair of “workout” pants, but I know I will get good usage out of them, the quality of the materials will hold up, and I can write them off ;).
Hope you enjoy!