The best black workout pants

Don't just take our word for it: Trainers, fitness instructors, athletes and bloggers weigh in on their favorite tights and capris.
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Reebok's PWR Fitted Capri, $50

"I review a lot of Reebok gear on my blog, and I seriously love their clothes—especially the fit of these workout capris," says Tina Haupert, founder of "They're great for just about any workout: The legs are fitted at the bottom, so they don't ride up, and the material is soft, smooth and moisture-wicking—so it moves with me and keeps me cool.”

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Lolë Run Capri, $75

Sabrina Nieves-Greenstein, Piloxing instructor at New York Health & Racquet Club, swears by these stylish, just-below-the-knee crops, with just a hint of color. The nylon/elastane blend and mesh inserts keep her cool even in her hottest classes. "They fit like a second skin, are lightweight, and dry super quickly, which is most important when I'm running from class to class,” she says. “And the bonus is this little secret zip pocket in the back, to toss in anything I may need to take with me for a run!"

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Nancy Rose Performance Plank Crop, $72

Jennipher Walters, a co-founder of the blog Fit-Bottomed Girls, cites the staying power of her favorite workout capris. "I've had a pair of these for more than a year and wear them at least once a week when I do yoga," she says. "They've held up super well, are soft and just feel good on. No slippage or sagging in the booty area either!" In addition to their flattering fit, the Performance Plank Crop has a hidden zip pocket for your phone or keys, and flat seams to prevent chafing.

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Brooks Running Women's Glycerin Capri III, $60

Want something besides basic black? Walters also loves the Glycerin Capri III from Brooks Running. "They don't slide or ride down, and somehow dog hair doesn't stick to them," she says. "Seeing that I almost always run with my dog, this is like a magical power I wish all my clothes had!" The pants are made with a polyester/Lycra blend and, like all Brooks products, come with a 30-day guarantee.

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Lucy Lotus Capri, $79

Danica Newton, the blogger behind, has lots to say about these capris. "They are tight enough to stay up without falling down, but not transparent or too tight," she says. "Plus, they keep the sweat off, don't hold on to stink, and are lightweight enough to wear when it's warm, yet will also keep you warm when it's cold out."

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Five Bamboo Steady Leggings, $40

For an eco-friendly alternative to cotton or polyester, consider these trendy tights made with organic bamboo. With a wide waistband, hidden key pocket and breathable fabric, they're ready to perform. "They're really soft and stretchy, and I love wearing them around the house as much as I love wearing them to yoga," says Meghann Anderson-Russell, who blogs about running, CrossFit and triathlons at Meals and Miles.

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Lululemon Run: Pace Crop, $86

No see-through fabric here! Spin and Gravity Training instructor Katie Riley trusts these Lululemon capris for running, cycling or "any activity where you're sweating," she says. "They're super soft and silky-feeling, and ultra-absorbent. Your sweat just kind of disappears and you don't feel like you're sitting around in wet pants after an intense workout."

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Yoga Smoga Run Jump 'n Play Crop, $88

"The main reason I love these is the color, which sounds silly—since they're black," says Lisa Elaine Held, senior writer (and gear-tester extraordinaire) for Well + Good NYC. "But this black is blacker than black. Seriously. And it honestly makes them look more chic and flattering." Held loves the fabric, too. "It feels like a slightly softer Luon that doesn't suck you in so intensely, so you have more freedom to move, on a yoga mat or a run."

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