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I am a 40-year-old, 5'8", ~200-pound lady. I've recently started working out regularly and didn't love the selection of workout pants I already had, so I decided to try a few new pairs.
Based on what I didn't care for about the old clothes, there were a few things I was particularly looking for:
- Shorts, not pants. It's warm here right now. - High-waisted. I have a muffin top and I'd prefer to be IN my clothes rather than hanging over them. - A no-roll waistband. See the previous comment about muffin top, and also who wants to be squeezed by a bulge between their bulges?! - Legs hems that don't ride up. A good part of the reason I wear workout-specific clothes is to prevent the dreaded inner-thigh chub-rub, and that only works if the shorts legs stay where they're supposed to.
Bonus points for functional features like pockets and a crotch gusset, but they are nice-to-haves for me.
So how did these shorts stack up?
Well, they're high-waisted, but they have the strangest cut around the waist that I've ever encountered in workout clothes. It is weirdly loose. When I said I have a muffin top, this is not a self-deprecating overstatement. My belly is not small! It's very strange to encounter workout shorts that don't squeeze at least a tiny bit at the waist, and the result is that I find myself constantly needing to pull them up. (It's a great mid-workout look!)
They also used a strangely thin piece of elastic for the waistband, and this makes it roll if I THINK about bending at the waist. I can't figure out why they don't use a good, sturdy, wide piece of no-roll elastic on a high-waisted garment sized for larger women (this seems like a fairly obvious problem/solution), but this also seems to be an issue industry-wide.
These shorts aren't irredeemable, though. The legs stay put all the way through my workout. They do have the little extras like a quasi-gusseted crotch (it's not a true gusset, but there's a small patch of fabric instead of the all-too-typical four-seams-coming-together-right-where-you'd-rather-they-didn't) and pockets. The pockets are amazing in that they're large enough for my large-ish phone, and there are four of them!
I won't buy another pair, but I am considering replacing the waistband elastic because I think that will make them just what I need.
(I'm also reviewing the other shorts I bought, so if you're a similar size, you might find my other recent reviews useful.)
Thin, light weight, cool... fabric is on the flimsy side. I bought an XL thinking it was going to be more compressed and I didn’t want it making bulges with my shape. Turns out it wasn’t structured enough to hide my bulges. A smaller size may have been better but I chose another brand I’m very happy with on amazon. No problem with the return.
I like the pockets and the sizing is good. I don’t like the super thin material that reminds me of unlined swimsuit material. These would probably work well for a triathlon where you get them wet. I imagine they would dry fast. The elastic at waist is thin. I hope this company makes same design in a better material.
Also, the pockets extend all the way to the hem of the shorts. Easily fits a large phone.