Product Review: lululemon Turbo Run Short

I have already professed my love for the lululemon Run: Willpower Short, and yes those are still my favorite shorts.  They are getting very hard to find, but luckily lululemon is always coming out with new running shorts!

When I originally tried on the Willpower shorts, I also tried on the Turbo Run Short.  At the time they were not my favorite, but I still really liked them.  I have a couple friends who love them, so I really wanted to give them a shot eventually.  Since then, I received a pair and have been able to test them out on some runs!

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These are the closest shorts in my opinion to the Groovy Run Short which was my original lululemon favorite that is no longer made. 

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Length:  They are a perfect length for me, not too long and not too short!  They are longer than the Speed Short which is way too short for me, but they have a similar style to them with the vents in the back.

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Pockets: They have the standard lululemon waist band with the zipper pocket in the back and the 2 gel pockets along the front.  For the San Francisco Marathon, I didn’t use a belt of any sort, but stored my fuel in these pockets on the shorts and it worked great!

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Movement: I wore these shorts on hot runs and they didn’t chafe or ride at all.  They stayed put and I wasn’t messing with them whatsoever.

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Fabric:  The fabric was really light weight and didn’t feel heavy when I was drenched after a warm afternoon run.

Size: The Willpower short I wear the same size in as my lululemon tights, but the Turbo Short I had to size up (same with Groovy Run).   

Although the Willpower shorts are still my favorite based on how they fit me, the Turbo Run Shorts are my new runner up.  I like these better than my Groovy Run shorts and will definitely be adding another pair to my collection!

*** I was given these shorts at no cost as part of my involvement with lululemon as a Run Ambassador and as part of lululemon’s research and development program.  I was not asked to review them on the blog, but really wanted to because I love them that much!  As always these opinions are my own.

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16 Responses to Product Review: lululemon Turbo Run Short

  1. Wendi @ A Southern Yogi August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I’m actually interested in trying these. I have big thighs and have issues with chafing. So, normally, I don’t wear shorts. Everyone always says they love Lululemon shorts so I want to try but am nervous because they’re so expensive and if I don’t like them, it’s a lot to pay for a short to wear to strength train. Eventually, I may bite the bullet!

  2. JanaC August 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    I love the Turbo shorts. I have 3 pair :-)

  3. marlene August 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I’m so jealous that you get free lulu. :)

  4. Kristine @ Running On Hungry August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I LOVE my Nike Tempos but I think I need to give these a try! I like that they aren’t super short (the Speed Short does NOT work on me!) and I love when shorts don’t ride up!

  5. Kristy@RunTheLongRoad August 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I love, love, love my willpower shorts and I was upset to hear that they may not be making anymore of them! Please tell me it isn’t true!

    I tried the turbo run short and wasn’t a fan. I thought they pulled a little across the front and they were a tad too long. I agree with you about the speed short. Yikes!!!

  6. ginny August 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for the review. I just found the Groovy Run shorts earlier this year, love them, and then found out they no longer make them. Urgh! My first no chafe shorts in a LONG time, or maybe ever. I hope they may work when I need more LuLu’s. Thanks!

  7. Jeanette K. August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    I LOVE my turbo shorts. I want to wear them every day. Unfortunately that would mean a lot of washes. Some of their other shorts are just a little too short for me. But the turbo shorts were just right!

  8. Kamaile August 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I just ordered these this weekend! Hope I like them as much as you. I love the willpower shorts.

  9. Jamie August 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    I have the Willpower shorts and I like how spacious the thighs are. They are missing a zip pocket in the back. I’ll have to try to Turbo shorts!

  10. Holly August 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    i finally broke down and bought a pair of these recently and really like them too. my only issue was with sizing- 1 was slightly snug and the other really loose. they advised me to pick the snug ones so they didn’t fall down while running :) have worn them on a long hot run here in TX and they worked great! just learned monday night that they are opening a lulu 1.5 miles from my house…hopefully i can figure out a way to be on their running team score freebies too :)

  11. Heather August 18, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Thank you so much for this review! I have been having issues with my running belt and have been looking for shorts with good pockets – I will keep these in mind next time I am in the market for new running shorts!

  12. Lauren August 18, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    I have to admit that I still do not own one piece of lulu clothing even though I covet other people’s all the time. I love how these shorts look and how they seem to fit. So when I finally drag myself into a lululemon and commit to forking over lots of money (haha) I will take your reviews of both shorts with me!

  13. Naomi August 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I was so, so sad when they discontinued the Groove Run Shorts, those were my favorite. But now I love these too! These are the only shorts I run in now. Great review!

  14. Stephanie August 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    These look like heaven. I have never tried them, I run in northface shorts that I love but I like all the pockets in them, hmmm thanks for the review

  15. Staci September 29, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    I finally broke down and bought a pair of the turbo run shorts, LOVE THEM, I having the Nike tempo in every color but the Turbo are really comfy, I dont have to roll the waste like I do with the Nike Tempo. Thank goodness the lulu turbo shorts are not to short, not all of us are 21 anymore. LOL

  16. Jenna June 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    I Want these turbo shorts!!!!

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