Thursday, April 19, 2012

Oiselle Lori Shorts Review

Yesterday I decided to do my easy 2 mile run and have some fun with it. The weather was beautiful and I was dying to try out my new Oiselle Lori shorts ("Oiselle" is pronounced wa-zell) that I bought from The Clymb. I was originally going to run on the treadmill but when I heard the weather had warmed up a bit since the morning, I decided to run outside. I haven't run outside on my lunch break since last year's marathon training. I forgot how awesome it is to get a breath of fresh air and a workout in during the week.

Since I was only going 2 miles, I decided to have some fun with it and mess with the self timer app on my phone.

Fun = Achieved!

I first heard about Oiselle through Pinterest, coming across their Rundies.
Hello. Who wouldn't want this set? (For $65 though, I had to seriously restrain myself.) When looking for donations for my Open Heard Magic raffles, the folks at Oiselle were nice enough to donate some items (that will be raffled off very soon, btw). Then, Sarah at OuaL gave them a rave review as well. I seriously couldn't wait to try these shorts out and (spoiler alert) they didn't disappoint.

Now, to talk about the most important thing, my Oiselle Lori shorts. I ordered them through The Clymb a few weeks back and have been dying to try them out. Yesterday was a great excuse.

1. Fabric: The material is very soft and moisture wicking (obviously). The inside underwear is on a bit of the "grandma" size, but that just made them more comfortable to run in (in my opinion anyways. I love me some grandma underwear).

2. Functionality: The shorts had a huge pocket on the inside that could fit more than just a key (take note Nike!) You could comfortably carry a Gu (or even a Sports Beans bag), a key, and an ID badge.
Need to run with an ID badge?
No problem!

I know other pairs of their shorts have even more pockets of different sizes. The Lori shorts, however, only have 1, but I like that it is a big one. I didn't feel concerned that anything was going to fly out, even though there was no flap on the top of the pocket.

The shorts stayed at the waist and didn't ride up or anything during the run.

3. Important Extras: I ordered a size small and they were great. I have what is known as a "pancake butt" so the Nike Tempo shorts end up looking like a balloon on my behind. These shorts were great because they looked fine on my pancake butt but had room if you had more than a pancake in your trunk.

As my skin is frequently described as pastey, see-through, and glow-in-the-dark, any shorts I wear (light or dark) end up accentuating my paleness. Granted, I love my pale skin and fully embrace it! As a first choice, I probably wouldn't have gone with lavender, but that is all that was available on the site in my size when I went to order. But I like that this color is out of my comfort zone and adds some colorful dimension to my running wardrobe.
Lori Shorts = Kelly Approved!

Another thing I like about Oiselle is that they only make and sell women's clothes. I feel they have a great understanding of what women are looking for in running attire. I also have a feeling this is the start of a new love/addiction (as if I needed to love another brand of running clothes). :) To find out more about Oiselle and to check out their products, click here.

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review. I purchased these shorts myself with my own money. The opinions expressed on my blog are my own.


  1. I love Oiselle - I want some rundies - hahaha :D great review. I'm going to check out their new stuff

  2. Awesome! You'll have to let me know what you think!

  3. If those rundies ever go on sale, i am seriously all over them!! I am intrigued now that i know they have a big pocket, i seriously get pissed trying to cram my keys into that itty bitty nike pocket!

  4. Haha, I know, right?! I wonder what Nike expects you to carry in that pocket? A lost button? A Werther's Original? Not much else will fit...

  5. HAHAHAHA, a wether's original?? In case you encounter your future grand children on your run?

  6. Haha, yes. Also so you can make friends with senior citizens you meet on your path.

  7. I love your jump shot! I got a really funny/creepy jump shot on Tuesday for my recap this week :)

    I would love to try some new shorts. Those look a bit too short for my comfort though. Of cousre, they look great on you!!! :)

  8. Thanks! Apparently my face was concerned that I wasn't doing it right. I tried to take more but people were starting to stare. Haha.

    Thanks :) I have long legs, a short torso, and a high waist so shorts always look shorter on me naturally. Oiselle does have a pair of Roga shorts that are a little longer... just saying! :)

  9. Great review! I am ALL ABOUT shorts that have big, secure pockets in them. It's surprising that good pockets are so hard to find in running shorts! And I have a pancake butt, too. Love your description of shorts looking like a balloon because I have the exact same problem. =)

  10. I know! You think they'd have it figured out by now... Ah, us pancake butt folk have to stick together!

  11. Middleaged RunnerApril 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Shoot, I really love those undies. :-)
    I'm going to go and check out Oiselle now, I definately prefer the companies that target women specifically. Better fit for sure!

  12. I know! I think I would go on an "easy 6" run just so I could wear them...:)

    Their brand is not as expensive as Lululemon, but a bit more than Adidas or Nike. I know places like Runners Warehouse and The Clymb do occasionally offer discounts as well.

    I'm going to be raffling off a shirt and pair of shorts next week as part of a larger raffle so stay tuned! :)

  13. Awesome review! I love me some granny pannys when I run too ;)

  14. Haha, it just added to the comfort level, especially for those that don't wear underwear if their shorts have them built-in! :)

  15. You've got some major ups! And the shorts look perfect on you. Who doesn't want undies that have some version of the word "fart" on them?

  16. Thanks so much! Haha, I know, right? Fartlek jokes never get old, I must say!

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