While I was on my recent blog vacation, I acquired Lululemon’s Hotty Hot Short. After spending some time trying them out with different activities I’ve found them to be just right for lots of things. Here are the details!
Fabric: I was looking for something different with this pair of shorts. It’s been a hot, humid summer and with the dog days of August settling in I wanted a little more breathability. The loose fitting, four-way stretch fabric is great. They are very light and I barely noticed them, even when they were soaked in sweat. It’s not an easy fabric to damage with pins for a race number or a heavy cycle in the washer but I never put workout gear in the dryer and haven’t with these. [All of my selfie shorts attempts failed so here’s what worked].
Fit/Feel: With the looser fit through the legs, I doubt you’ll ever need the fabric’s four-way stretch but it’s nice to know it’s there. The wide waist band is great for keeping the shorts in place without leaving its pattern indented on your tummy. The Hotty Hot Shorts I purchased have a low, 2.5″, rise. The fabric’s looseness and built in liner make you feel secure and covered even if your shorts tan is shrinking a bit. If you’re taller there is a ‘long’ version available. The single zip pocket in the back is convenient and keeps its contents as dry as can be expected. The seam locations in these is different than some other Lulu shorts and I have no fear of the dreaded inner thigh chafe when rocking them. All in all, they fit great, stay in place even when wet and almost make you forget they’re there.
Functionality: With reflective details and a back pocket, the Hotty Hot Short is very versatile. I’ve spent time in the gym with them, on the track running hard and on an easy long run. For a longer run there aren’t enough pockets to hold gels so you’ll need a fuel belt or backpack. For just about anything else from hiking to yoga they’re a solid choice.
Price: At $58 (+ tax in most states) they come in right on target for Lululemon. It’s an investment I’ve found is worth it. The key to keeping these shorts long lasting is skipping the dryer and washing in cold water.
What do you look for in workout gear? What will you compromise on?