Lululemon Lite Speed Short and Lite Speed Short Sleeve
I lived in Silicon Valley from 2009-2011 and did quite a bit of Bikram Yoga. So much that I bought my own mat and towel. This landed me in a Lululemon store in Palo Alto, California. I had no idea what the brand was at the time but walked out with a mat and towel. In 2011 I moved back to Boulder. Over the last several years I’ve watched Lululemon soar in popularity. I’ll admit, I was reluctant to try any Lululemon because of their roots in yoga. This past Christmas my Mom bought a pair of their Discipline pants and my world was ruined. These damn pants are so freaking comfortable I never want to take them off. When offered to test the Lite Speed Short and Short Sleeve, I couldn’t resist. Could their tech gear be as dreamy as the pants? Spoiler Alert: The answer is yes.
Lululemon Lite Speed Short
The Lite Speed Short is designed with a 7″ inseam and is made of Lululemon’s “Swift Ultra” fabric. This translates to a lightweight, highly breathable, sweat-wicking short that is not constricting whatsoever. For a run short, there’s a lot of great features to talk about. There are three zipper pockets. The two in the front are big enough to stash a phone and some fuel. Lululemon used mesh for the pockets to add extra breathability which speaks to the thoughtfulness of their design.
There’s also a zippered pocket on the back of the short that’s good for a key or an ID/credit card. In my case, I put an ID, credit card and bus pass in this pocket so I could run to downtown Boulder, have a beer and then take the bus home. Other notable features include reflective features around the hem of the short if you want to run at night.
It is important to note that these shorts do not have a liner. I opted to run these commando and found them to be very comfortable. The fit is true to size and probably more on the relaxed side. I’m a 32-33″ waist and have thick quads and a busty butt thanks to my years of ski racing. For my build, I found the Medium to fit perfectly. The 7″ seam sits a few inches above the knee and the slits at the hem provide extra mobility while you’re cranking out the miles. I’ve gone on a few 10+ mile runs and there’s no hot spots or nasty chafing seams to speak of.
The only thing I do not like is Lululemon’s infamous skinny long tag on the back. (I’ll give you a few guesses where this ended up while running) Luckily, the tag comes off without any problems this issue was easily solved. Once I got over the tag, these are probably the best running shorts I’ve ever used.
Lululemon Lite Speed Short Sleeve
The Lite Speed Short Sleeve is constructed of a 4-way stretch mesh material. What sets this shirt apart from others is Lululemon’s Silverscent Technology. Silverscent Technology adds silver lining to the fabric which reduces body odors. I gave this technology a go and left the shirt in my gym bag overnight. Pulling the shirt out to run the next day, I expected it to stink. Not the case. Even though this technology isn’t necessary, it nice to have. It’s definitely made me lazier and more likely to wear the same shirt for two days in a row.
The fit of the shirt is relaxed. Lululemon sent a medium and I found the fit to be true to size. I like where the sleeves fall on my arm and the hem sits just below the waist. The slits at the hem provide extra mobility while on the move. While running I did not get any chaffing. I ran on a sunny day in the high 70s and found the mesh fabric to dump all my heat and provide superb breathability. Another added feature to this shirt are the reflective details on the back of the shirt.
Similar to the Lite Speed Short, the tag was immediately removed. I used this shirt several times and also washed it a few times. I followed the washing instructions and had been air drying the shirt. However, one of the reflective details fell off. This has not happened to any of the other reflective details so perhaps this is a quality anomaly?
Lululemon puts a lot of thought into designing high-quality products that perform flawlessly. It’s clear that Lululemon takes a lot of pride in thinking about every detail of their design down to the caps they put on the drawstring of their shorts. The price tag is high (especially for the shirt) but if you’re willing to spend it, this is a great running setup that will make you smile as you pound out each mile. Over the last several months, I’ve noticed a lot more dudes rocking their gear around town and on the road and trails. The big running brands better take notice because Lulu is out to compete with them. You can pick up the Lite Speed Short ($68) and Short Sleeve ($78) directly from Lululemon’s website. shop.lululemon.com