**These crops were a gift from Lululemon, Burlington. I received no other compensation to review them.
Crop tights are a necessity during transition seasons, which seems to be about all we ever do in Vermont. They can give you a little warmth on a windy day or take you through a run that seems to waffle somewhere between fall and winter. I’ve worn these crops a lot this fall, both standing around at cross country races and in training. Just this morning, I wore them to survive a 7 am windy-rainy-53 degree sloshfest. I even accidentally wore them once in August when it was cold and rainy at the start of the run, but 70 and sunny by the end. I have never been so happy to have a large mesh panel on each leg.
All in all, I really like these pants. Unlike other tights, these don’t sag. At all. No need to do the awkward hand on crotch- pull up that I do in other pairs, these go on snug and stay there. They wick well and the pocket in the back holds keys without jiggling. I’ve had no problem with chafing and I generally find them comfortable to wear around. I love the waistband. Somehow, all it takes to make me happy is some purple piping.
What’s not to like? The mesh means that they won’t be good on those 32 degree ice/rain days where you might not need a full tight. They are tight and low rise, so not all people will like the fit. And like all Lululemon gear, they are expensive. Part of that expense comes with fabric that doesn’t smell bad (seriously, smell me anytime) and seams that lay flat. I also get the sense that these pants will last as long as I do, so they are worth it for an investment piece if you are someone who loves a crop tight.