Besides my dottie tribe purchases, I also ordered some blue goodies from lululemon. I really love hero blue, since it’s dark enough to be basically a neutral, but light enough that you could still safely wear it with black. I bought two pairs of pants in this shade: the inspire tights and, yes, the om pants.
Hero blue inspire tights
I’ve bought a lot of printed tights lately, but there’s something about solid tights that always look so sharp, especially in a nice deep color like hero blue.
For a petite lady like me, the inspire tights are a great option. Since they’re designed to be 7/8 length, that means that they’re almost perfectly full length on my 5’3″ frame with no ankle scrunching. The hem at the ankle is just a hair loose, but it’s hardly noticeable.
The rise on these is a little bit below my belly button, a tad higher than lululemon’s regular rise wunder unders. For higher-intensity workouts, a slightly higher rise can be helpful for keeping these in place. In my normal lululemon size, these tights are pleasantly snug. The luxtreme fabric offers good compression and support for intense workouts. I also like that luxtreme feels cool to the touch instead of stifling or sweaty. When it comes to tights, luxtreme (and equivalents from other brands) is my favorite fabric to work out in.
The biggest downside to the inspire tights is the contrast paneling. On the solid color tights like this one, lululemon incorporated a full-on luxtreme panel on the bum, versus just regular luxtreme everywhere else. (On printed versions of the inspires, it’s usually full-on luxtreme all over.) The end result is a slight contrast between the butt panel and the other panels. They reflect light differently and end up looking like two slightly different colors. You can see what I mean in the photos–it’s not an illusion, they actually look like that in real life.
By the way, what’s the difference between full-on and regular luxtreme? Full-on is basically two layers of luxtreme bonded together, making it thicker and sturdier than plain luxtreme.
On the plus side, though, the full-on luxtreme does its job and keeps these tights totally opaque even in a full squat.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of reviews reporting quality issues on lululemon’s sites. Quality seems to vary pretty sharply from color to color, and even from one individual pair to the next, so there’s no telling how these will hold up. On the front end, at least, there aren’t any loose seams and they are not sheer at all. So, that’s a good start!
I’m pretty sure I’m going to be keeping this pair. They’re a versatile and attractive pair of tights, and I could use a dark blue pair. But, I haven’t taken the tags off yet so there’s still a chance I might change my mind.
As of this writing, the hero blue inspire tights are still available online in most sizes.
Hero blue om pants
I know, I know. These are genie pajama pants, no question about it. But they’re incredibly comfortable genie pants! I’d been secretly pining for a pair of om pants since I first tried them on last summer. When hero blue came along this year and went to markdown, I lost my resolve and bought a pair. I have a feeling I could probably eventually find them for less than $69, the markdown price I paid, but I wasn’t feeling patient.
The om pants are made of swift ultra light, a fabric that definitely lives up to its name. The pants are light enough that you can comfortably wear them even in warm weather. The breezy feel is one of the biggest selling points of these pants.
On a petite lady (I’m 5’3″), the length is around full length, just grazing the tops of my ankles. If you’re taller, these definitely will not reach your ankles and will be more of a cropped length on you. I prefer the way they look when they fit longer. I bought these in my normal lululemon size.
I can pull up the hem of the pants to wear them as more of a cropped length (they will stay up due to the elastic at the hem), but this look doesn’t do anything for me.
The waistband can be folded over to whatever level of coverage you like.
On that note, the one thing that could be improved on the om pants is the waistband. The foldover bit, made of light luxtreme, is very soft and comfortable. But, there’s a seam where the waistband connects with the rest of the pants. It sits lower than your pants waistband usually sits, and you can’t wear it higher because there’s not enough clearance at the crotch. You might have to fuss a bit to get the seam to sit in the right spot. For this reason, I don’t really recommend sizing down, since it might make the waist fit uncomfortably tight.
I bought these mostly for casual wear, and they will serve that purpose perfectly. Pet hair doesn’t stick to the fabric, which makes these great for wearing around my house. They would also work well for yoga. I wouldn’t wear them for things like weightlifting, training at the gym, or CrossFitting.
If you’re thinking about getting the om pants, I recommend trying on a pair in stores if you can. This style definitely doesn’t suit everyone’s taste, so it’s a very risky bet to get these on final sale.
As of this writing, the om pants are still available online in numerous colors and sizes.
Harbor blue run: stuff your bra
Review bonus round! I also bought the harbor blue run: stuff your bra. I wear my harbor blue energy bra all the time because it goes with virtually everything I own. Since I love the RSYB style too (this is my 3rd), I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m sure I’ll wear this one until it completely wears out.
The run: stuff your bra is a super-comfortable, supportive, medium coverage option. Plus, the pockets are surprisingly useful for when your bottoms don’t have enough storage space. I’m a 28-30D and I have just enough coverage on this bra, even though lulu recommends it for a B/C cup. If you take the cups out, you get a little extra space. The cups are less important on this style since the double-layered fabric helps mitigate show-through.
If you like lululemon’s energy bra, chances are you’ll be a fan of the RSYB as well. The harbor blue RSYB is still available online in all sizes.