While we’ve rounded up the best women’s running shorts for summer, if you are a Lululemon fan, you’re in luck. Here, we’ve put some of the brand’s most popular running shorts through their paces, to bring you our favourites before investing.
It’s worth noting, most UK Lululemon stores are still shut due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but you can still order online.
Designed to move with you as your run, the Tracker Short from Lululemon is a popular, comfortable choice. The waistband isn’t particularly high, but has a thicker elasticated band that sits comfortably against the skin and doesn’t rise up or down when you run. Lululemon say the shorts were made with ‘athletic quads in mind; in reality, this translates as a looser fit that doesn’t cling to your legs as you run. The only downside we could find with these shorts are the lack of a phone pocket, meaning you’ll still need to carry a running belt with you if you run listening to music. That said, there are two easy access, zipped pockets for your valuables which are handy.
Our score: 8/10
Our Deputy Digital Editor, Jane McGuire, branded these shorts a ‘game-changer’ for summer running. At first, the cycling-shorts style might feel a little revealing, but you soon forget you are wearing them thanks to the high waistband and buttery-soft fabric. The tighter fit avoids chafing as things heat up, there’s two leg pockets big enough for your smartphone (although the newer, larger iPhones do poke out the top slightly) and a number of smaller, easy-access pockets in the waistband for your keys, lipbalm and perhaps credit card. We’ve tested these over shorter speed sessions and long runs and felt comfortable and unrestricted. The fit won’t be for everyone, but we were impressed. They are also available in a 10’inch leg length for taller runners.
Our score: 9/10
With a medium-rise waistband, these sit just below the belly button, so you do feel a little more supported than you do in the Tracker Short. That said, when comparing the two, the fit of the Speed Up Short is a little tighter on the quads and bum when running, but is still extremely flattering. The shorts themselves feel super lightweight and are made from a quick-drying fabric that keeps you cool on the run. There’s a zipped pocket on the back of the shorts and two easy-access concealed pockets on the waistband, although none of the pockets are big enough for a phone, so you’ll still need that running belt.
Our score: 7/10
Like many Lululemon fans, we are still mourning the discontinuation of the Squat Strong short, which was our top pick last summer. These Hotty Hot shorts are similar in design, with a double-layer for chafe-free comfort and coverage. The Nulux fabric is soft against the skin and fast drying, and the under-layer stays put as you move. The main difference, however, is the lack of side pockets on the legs of the undershort, meaning you’ll still struggle to find a pocket for your phone with these. That said, if it’s not a deal breaker for you, these are lightweight and extremely comfortable.
Our score: 7.5/10
If you’re a fan of shorter-shorts and an unrestricted-fit, these are a good choice. The 2.5” inseam won’t be for everyone, but for those who prefer to race with minimal distractions, these Lululemon shorts have a built-in liner for modesty, a zipped pocket for essentials and a smaller pocket in the liner to allow for easy access. Like most Lululemon shorts, these feature the continuous drawcord design, which prevents the drawcord from becoming unravelled in the washing machine.
Our score: 6/10
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