Thursday, March 29, 2012

Three Things Thursday - Capris

This week, my brain has been occupied with Capris in one form or another.  Since 3 pairs stand out for me..I'm going to talk about them today!

1) Running Funky Capris

Imagine these

But in this print (but in green)

I was sent a sample pair by the company for consideration by our relay team.  Because they were a sample from the company's stock - I had no idea what print I'd be getting...and probably just as well.  The print they sent was a kelly green with lime hibiscus flowers printed all over it.  Just perfect for a 5k in Honolulu!  

The material felt funny to touch - like cheap Walmart workout wear...BUT once on, it was actually pretty nice.   The waistband is elastic and they have a higher rise.  No drawstring, though, which could prove problematic for a longer run.

In the end - these are definitely not what the doctor ordered for the relay team (plus we placed our Sparkle Skirts order yesterday), but I can see how they might be fun for a costumed run.  A short costumed run.  I don't think I would ever wear these for longer than 5K.

2) Nike Pro Core Compression Capris

I was so excited after reading reviews for these.  The photos made them look like they would fit exactly where I needed them to and I was jazzed that they would provide me with some core compression. 

On the way home from work, I stoped into Sport Chek to check them out and they were on clearance...and only available in royal blue.  But they were only $30 so I figured I'd try them on - despite thinking they felt a little thin.

I have never been so disappointed in a pair of capris in my life.  They made me look GIGANTIC!  Like fatter than I was at 208lbs!   Plus the waistband sagged downward in the back - letting me know there was no way these would stand up to a short run, let alone a half marathon distance.  I am pretty sure there is more material and compression in a pair of Lululemon crops.  These felt more like a silk-weight underwear.

So disappointing.  Especially from Nike whom I have had good luck with in the past.

3) Tuff Athletics Capris

(sorry can't find a picture of these for y'all)

The 2012 model of the Tuff Athletics capris are officially in at Costco.  You might reall my raving about these last year.  They are really similar to the Groove Crop at Lulu but for only $17!   I lived in them last summer - both for running and for just hanging out!  So, when I saw this years model was in, I rushed over to snag myself a pair.

They fit really similarly to the capris that came out in early spring last year.  Flat waistband, key pocket concealed in the waist, mid to high rise.  The main difference was that they have a small slit in the hem which wasn't in last years early model.  The ruching that was introduced to the back of the waistband late last year is gone in these.  Thank goodness...those one I had such a hard time keeping in place.  These, I wore for my MAT appointment and then shopping after and I don't think I had to tug on them even once.

Methinks I'll be heading back for more of these.  They are seriously my summer uniform!

So there you have it mini-reviews of 3 different Capris.

And tonight...I placed an order for a pair of CW-X compression capris.  I can hardly wait to review them for you!

Do you run in compression capris/shorts/tights?  What brands have you tried?  What are your thoughts?


  1. I've been wearing the same 2 pairs of Tuff capris since 2009. They still look great after multiple wash and wears every week for years--can't beat them!!!

  2. I really like all of the Costco Tuff stuff. Well, haven't had much luck fitting their tank tops but I have sooooo many of their running skirts, capris and hoodies. Hoodies, hoodies everywhere! I live in those and every time they bring in new colours I buy a few more. For $20 you can't beat em!

    I'm interested to hear about your compression shorts. This mom body of mine could likely use a pair!

  3. I live in the hoodies too. and am always amazed that the sleeves are long enough for that price! I need some new colours, though...mine are starting to look dingy.

    The capris are so amazing, though. for under $20 they really can't be beat. My summer wardrobe is going to likely be nothing but these and flip flops. :)

    I didn't buy the shorts - I got the CW-X 3/4 Stabilyx. They have awesome reviews. Alanna send me a great site and discount code (sooo much cheaper than Running Room) so I am now anxiously awaiting their arrival. With any luck - I should be running in them in Vancouver :)


Thank you for commenting. Please note that any comments that are offensive will be removed without notice.