(Closed) What the heck is the point of 7/8 length workout "pants"?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
4233 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I’m 5’10, and those 7/8ths pants would wear more like ‘capris’ on me. I personally don’t like them, but I can see the appeal if I had super cute sneakers or a really sweet ankle tattoo I wanted to show off.

For real, I got my favourite workout clothes at Ardenes. You have to sort of dig through the ‘jeuvenile’ looking stuff, but there are some really nice gems if you have the patience!

Post # 4
1945 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

CakeSniffer :  I shop in the same two shops + Nike for athletic wear and actually I have no answer for you, I’m only 5’4 but those 7/8 pants bug me too, besides creating a bare skin freezing cold area it’s also unflattering by cutting off the leg making it look shorter! If you don’t mind a slim fit jogger pant rather than a legging Nike are doing a “retro” range in full length. Think Clarice in the beginning of Silence of the Lambs. 

Post # 5
2017 posts
Buzzing bee

I love them! hah especially for yoga. A full legging can feel too restrictive on me if it goes all the way down to my foot. these are nice because they are long enough to feel like pants (which a lot of the times I like) without brushing around on my feet or ankles (which bugs me). I use resistance bands a lot so I like having fabric on my legs (so the rubber bands arent directly pulling on my skin), but I don’t like having fabric alllll the way down to my ankles. 

I guess it is personal preferance, but I love them!

Post # 7
3832 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m 5’7″ but have a 34″ inseam so ALL pants fit me like that, jeans and workout pants alike. But I do have one pair of workouts leggings from Old Navy that are actually long enough for me, maybe check them out? And they’ve held up really well, I’ve probably had them for 3 years. 

Post # 8
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

CakeSniffer :  I acutally also love these slightly cropped pants.  Granted I’m 5’2″, so they might not seem as cropped to me.  But ‘regular length’ leggings are just a bit too bunchy and restrictive around my ankles and get really uncomfortable.  Plus I get really warm once I’ve started running, so even though its cold out, its nice to have a bit of ventilation around the ankles.

Also, I had to chuckle a bit at your sub-50-degree comment… at that temperature I’m still in shorts and a tee.  If I’m wearing pants outside its at or below freezing, and its super easy to overheat if you start with too many layers and then have nowhere to ventilate.

Post # 9
77 posts
Worker bee

I am one of those petite girls, at 5’0″ so these 7/8 pants are amazing. Most fitness leggings bunch up at my ankles so I usually have to buy crops which always hit me at the wrong spot. These ones allow me to finally have full leg coverage. 

I can see that these pants would fit an average height person similarly to where the crops fit me and that is just uncomfortable 🙁 

Post # 10
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If you’re using your feet (soccer) they’re useful. They’re actually all I buy. I run QUICKLY (no light jogging here) and if they have a little bit of a flare they can flap and hit around. Also, I’m constantly turning (with a ball between my legs) so I can’t have anything potentially stopping the ball. I also hate bunching so that length makes it perfect.

Post # 11
6409 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I’d imagine it has to do with the trend in regular clothing toward ankle pants. It is getting worse and worse trying to find full length pants, and all the same disadvantages apply – unflattering, cold, leg shortening, uncomfortable. 

Post # 12
1702 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

As a 5′ woman, I think these are the greatest trend ever because finally some leggings fit. I don’t know why they don’t just sell workout leggings in petite, regular, and long length though? 

Post # 13
11974 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Where I live these are worn by suburban women, who are running in to the gym, yoga studio, or errands from a nearby parking lot. So it’s usually not a big deal. I also have some full length pants, but I much prefer the 7/8 length for working out. 

With temps in the 40s I would not be cold unless I was not moving at all. 

Post # 14
5365 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

Omg I was just looking at athleta and saw these and thought it was a weird name, but didn’t think much of it haha. I’m 5’0 so these would probably be 8/8 pants on me 😂 I live in GA so it’s not really super cold here and I usually wear capris to workout anyways. I’m weird, I can sit in a sauna and not produce a drop of sweat, but I just like capris better. I only own a couple of pairs of full length pants because they’re usually wayyy too long and bunchy at the bottom on me. 

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