I received a few new working out wardrobe pieces for Christmas and wanted to continue adding to my collection because sometimes it’s nice to have new gear. I recently went on a hunt for skinny black running pants at my local, friendly TJ Maxx. I was there for a long time…that actually had less to do with the pants. I tried looking for workout stuff during the holidays because, well, some people like working out and they might appreciate a working out related gift. Alas, TJ Maxx failed me; but I did find a lot of chocolate baskets there. You might say, “Why not try another store?” Unfortunately, I don’t live in a town conducive for selling tons of athletic gear, unless you plan on surfing. Then you’re in luck. Since the holidays were a bust, I knew the New Year would bring about athletic gear, it always does. So I ventured out and was rather impressed/exasperated with the abundance of black skinny pants. I just wanted black pants. That’s it. After guestimating my approximate size, I meandered down the Activewear aisles and began my quest.
For starters, I give you: The Built-In Tramp Stamp
Not all black pants are created equal, and if you’re looking for a little something for others to see (since this area isn’t easily visible by the party wearing it), this is the way to go. I was not looking for something extra, so I kept searching.
In line with silver accents, we have: The Silver Stitch
This is a fun design. The silver stitching runs down the length of the leg and meets a reflective zipper, for when you need a little air circulation in the ankle area. (All joking aside, ankle zippers are part of the trifecta of awesome spandex-esque pants.) I love silver as much as the next girl, but a silver line straight across the middle of my butt isn’t exactly my style. So I kept looking.
Next up: Fancy Ankle Designs.
These actually fit really well and I thought the ankle design was fun. But when I squatted, the pants ended up being see-through. Why?? Why would they make see-through pants? (Side note: I suggest a few trial squats in all exercise pant selection quests. I also suggest being aware of the size of your dressing room when you do this. I bumped into the door behind me repeatedly.)
I finally found a pair of all black pants, only to try them on and discover they suffer from: Excessive Unnecessary Seams.
So it’s a weird angle, but really, what’s with all the seams? If they serve as some kind of built-in kinesio tape, I could get on board. But I really think they’re just there to make my legs itchy. Pass.
After many see-through, uncomfortable, ugly, and thin try-outs, I finally found the perfect pair of pants.
I took them out for a trial run today. They not only kept me warm during my trail run, but they kept me cool during my indoor cardio class. They come with small silver reflective designs on the side of my legs, ya know, in case I’m running in the dark and a car needs to see me. They also appear to be made from a simultaneously insulating and sweat-wicking material. Magic, I think.
I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase and will continue my quest for the perfect pant. Because I’ll likely want another pair and this time I’m in search of the trifecta: Ankle zippers, knee vents, and a wide waist band. Bonus points if there’s a small pocket.