If the Align Pant was intriguing, but you consider yourself more of a runner, lululemon has answered your prayers. The Fast and Free Tight II ($98-$138) is made with Nulux, and gives the same second-skin sensation that you're used to from the Align legging with the added bonus of being sweat-wicking and quick-drying. They're a must have for anyone who's obsessed with that buttery-soft feeling, but still wants a high performance legging. My best friend, a serious runner, counts these among her favorites, but they really are great for any activity because they're so versatile. These pants are available in 25 and 28 inch length. They're high rise and body hugging without being too heavy. If you're concerned about chafing, these are a good choice because they feel so comfortable, and though they do have inner thigh seams, they're pretty minimal and unobtrusive.
What customers say: Plus, with over 2,000 five star reviews, there's a whole community of people who swear by these leggings. One person in particular notes, "my favorite workout pant ever. I can wear them all day without having to repeatedly pull them up or adjust." Another customer says, "These leggings are a runner's dream. The material doesn't pill, pockets can fit all the energy gels, keys, etc. that you could possibly need, even a waist belt pocket that fits a phone so your phone doesn't bounce around. I have to use the drawstring to adjust the waist for running, but otherwise I almost forget I'm wearing them."
Why we love it: If you like the look of a legging but want the feel and breathability of a short, or nothing at all, these are the running pants for you. They're the summertime leggings you'll want in your closet, and they'll make even the sweatiest workouts comfortable.
What's worth noting: It's good to know about the raw hem at the ankle before you wonder if you accidentally bought an unfinished pair. They purposefully do not have a band or seam, which many people find to be looser and less constricting at the ankle, but can take some getting used to.
The details: Sizes: 0-20 | Length: 25, 28 in. length | Colorways: 10