I realized the other day that I have quite a few pairs of running capris/cropped pants that I rotate between on a weekly basis.
Honestly when it comes to running clothes what don’t I have a lot of? Hello my name is Aron and I’m a runningclothesaholic.
I definitely have certain ones I prefer for certain workouts, but really they all have great things going for them! I thought it could be helpful to do a comparison of all my favorites.
(For length comparison, I am 5’6” and my legs are pretty long.)
Name: RRS Velocity Capri Tight
Price: $35.99 with VIP discount
Pros: Overall value and comfort
I reviewed these tights way back when and I still wear them very frequently. Although they might not be my “go to” tight anymore for speed or long runs, I wear them for my other runs all the time and wouldn’t hesitate to wear them for a long run if I needed to.
They come down mid calf and will ride up to your knee a bit depending on where they hit your legs, but nothing you would really notice or be bothered by during a run. They have a pocket on the back with no zipper, but I haven’t had a problem with things falling out. They are vented behind the knees and are a perfect middle ground for keeping me warm but not hot.
At only $35.99 with a VIP discount, they are a great value. I have had mine for over a year now and they are still in great shape.
Name: Nike Tech Women’s Running Capri
Price: Originally $55, currently on sale for $43.97
Pros: Comfort, fabric & back pocket
I bought these to wear for CIM this year and it was the first time I have not worn shorts in a marathon. I ended up regretting that because I was too warm in them, but that is a different story for a different day (how to dress for races).
I have worn these in many long runs over the last few months and have never had a problem with them. They are not very thick, so I never get too warm (except in the race), have ventilation behind the knees and a zipper pocket on the back. They are shorter than the RRS pants, but hit me at a comfortable spot. I get a ton of use out of these and would definitely buy them again.
Name: Lucy Propel Knee Pant
Pros: Comfort, waist band and back pocket
I bought these when Lucy was having their 20% off anniversary sale. I had been wanting to try them out for a very long time and figured that was a better time than any!
These are very comfortable, and I would say are the thickest fabric out of the 4 on this post, so keep you the warmest, but still not too warm. They have a thicker waistband which I really like and a bigger zipper pocket in the back. They are probably in between the RRS and Nike capris in length and also hit in a great spot that doesn’t bother my legs.
I have worn these for several long runs, many speed workouts and lots of easy runs too. I would definitely buy these again as well.
Kristin and I are both in them below.
Name: Run Inspire Crop
Pros: Comfort, large back pocket, small fuel pockets, length and waist band
These crops are amazing. I had tried to avoid anything lululemon for a while for my bank accounts sake, but was given these pants as part of my involvement with running the lululemon Run Club. I can see why people pay a lot of money for them, I definitely would.
These are the longest out of all the pants and would probably be pretty long on someone who was shorter than me. They have a very large zipper pocket in the back that can fit my camera or even my iPhone without the case and it doesn’t move either! They also have little pockets around the waste band to hold Gu, or whatever you might choose to put in them. They are the perfect combination of thin and thick, not making you too hot but keeping you warm enough.
They haven’t been tested out on a long run or a speed workout just yet, but they will be very soon. I had nothing but good things to say after my runs I did do in them. These are definitely worth saving your dollars for if you want quality over quantity.
Do you have a favorite running capri/crop? Have you run in any of the ones above?
Thank you for all the get well messages, I think they worked! Looks like it was some sort of terrible 24 hour bug. Thank goodness it was only 24 hours because I don’t know if I could have stood it any longer!
*These pants were given to me at no cost in exchange for my time and involvement with the lululemon Run Club and as part of their research and development program. I was not asked to review them on the blog, but really wanted to because I love them that much!