Rachel Brumfield can be seen racing anything from the Resolution Run to Eleven Miles to Paradise, but also likes to explore and spends time in the mountains during the summer. You can follow her adventures on instagram @rachbrums. As a 2017/2018 RErun she gave us her review of her of the lululemon Speed Up Crops.

It’s exciting to find a perfect pair of running tights. The kind that don’t fall down, even after a week of running (and no washing); the magic pair that don’t ride up in the legs or the crotch. I like my running tights to look nice enough to double as out-and-about pants when needed. They also must be warm but not too warm, and ideally have pockets and great detailing.

lululemon’s Speed Up Crops checked all the boxes for me:

Fabric: These crops feel high quality and durable. The fabric is thick enough to be warm, but not so thick as to induce a pre-run sweat. They’re sweat- and moisture-wicking and stay comfortable even when wet. The tag claims they are engineered not to shrink – and can be machine-dried on low.

Fit: The crops definitely fit tighter than most running tights and leggings I’ve worn. The waist sits high on the hips and stays tight through the mid-calf. They stretch enough for a very comfortable workout, while still feeling snug and keeping your legs looking toned. I found myself sizing up from my normal pant size.

Functionality: I love the cropped style. It’s great for spring runs, when you aren’t ready to commit to shorts but feel that full-length pants are overkill. I’ve run, done circuit workouts, yoga, and gone out for an evening in the crops. They are great for most everyday activities, and they hold up for days without washing. ‘Nuff said.

Pockets: The best feature. Ladies, how long have we begged for useful pockets in our activewear? These crops have two deep side pockets that actually hold things while running. Without bouncing around. It’s amazing! I carry my iPhone 7 in one side and slip my credit card or ID in the other. The back of the waistline also has a zip pocket, for keys, and other important items.

Details: There’s a bit of reflective material tucked into the seams along the leg. A subtle way to work in safety for evening and early morning runs.

Overall, these are super comfy tights. I’d recommend the lululemon crops for anyone looking for an all-around durable, functional running-to-everyday pant option. They are perfect for those jumping into spring training – versatile enough for the season’s varying weather and trail conditions.

And they have real pockets. That’s really all you need to know.