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ABC Pant Review: What are lululemon ABC Pants?
It turns out there isn’t just 1 “lululemon ABC Pant.” It’s actually the name given to a technology used by many Lululemon ABC Pants. There are over 5 different styles of Lululemon ABC Pants (1 even being the ABC Jogger).
Some people also like to call these lululemon abc pant mens or even, for short: lululemon abcs. But whatever you do, please don’t call them lulu lemon abc pants – respect the brand. 🙂
ABC lululemon meaning: what does ABC stand for with lululemon?
Lululemon ABC Stands for “Anti-Ball Crushing.” This is really just a marketing technique. To us, it simply means two things: They are really comfortable and they look good.
ABC Pant Review: How are EXACTLY are ABC Pants Anti-Ball crushing?
This is something that we were curious about, too. It turns out that ABC Pants have a “gusset.” It’s the triangle piece of fabric in the animated GIF below:
That area is called a “gusset.” What’s a gusset crotch?
a piece of material sewn into a garment to strengthen or enlarge a part of it, such as the collar of a shirt or the crotch of an undergarment.
In short – it’s what makes the ABC Pants Anti-Ball Ball Crushing.
ABC Pant Review: What is the difference between different ABC Pant Styles?
As of the publication of this, there are over 60, yes 60, ABC Styles listed on the lululemon website! As part of our ABC Pant Review to help you decide what style is right for you.
Here’s a quick guide to the difference in ABC Pants Styles:
ABC Pant Classic
This is the easiest to define – these are jean-like in almost every sense of the word. They have jean-like pockets in the front and back.
The ABC Pant Slim
Almost exactly the same as the ABC Pant Classic, but a slightly slimmer fit overall.
Compare the ABC Pant Classic (left) vs. The ABC Pant Slim (right)
The ABC Pants Jogger
Looks more like a sweatpant than a dress of jean pants. These are still made of the Warpstreme Fabric.
ABC Commission Pants
We love the Commission pants the most. They have a slightly dressier look to them than the ABC Pant Classic or ABC Pant Slim.
Commission just means that they are more “chino” style.
Chino style pockets is the biggest difference between the Commission Pants and the ABC Classic and ABC Slim Pants.
lululemon Tech Canvas
As we mentioned, the only two REAL styles you should consider are the ABC Pant Classic and Commission Pant Slim.
The ABC Pant Classic
Comission Pant Slim
These are our personal favorite Lululemon ABC Pants. They are made of the same material as the ABC Pant Classic, however, they are much slimmer and have Chino style pockets.
ABC Pants Utilitech vs. Warpstreme
The main difference between Utilitech and Warpstreme fabric is the thickness. What’s better? Think of Utilitech as the thicker brother of Warpstreme. It’s thicker, less stretchy but also warmer and abrasion-resistant. Utilitech would be great if you are biking outside, for example.
I always tend to run hot, so warmer pants are not really my thing. However, if you need to stay warm and you run a little on the colder side, these pants could be awesome for you. Read our full Utilitech Review, too.
lululemon ABC vs. Commission – what’s the difference?
The main difference between ABC and Commission is simply the fit. lululemon has moved to the moniker of ABC Classic to mean “jean style pants” (not to be confused with the lululemon jean) vs. Commission, which is more of a Chino style pant.
To make things even more confusing, all commission pants have “ABC™ technology,” but they aren’t called ABC Pants.
In short, buy the lululemon pants that best fit your style – either lululemon ABC classic, lululemon utilitech, or lululemon commission pants, and they will have an ABC fit.
ABC Pants Sizing
ABC Pants run true to size, in general. lululemon previously only offered 34 inch long pants, which is really long for a dude like me (I typically wear 32 waist and 30 length). Now, lululemon offers multiple lengths on their sizes.
But here’s something that most people don’t know about lululemon:
FREE Hemming! Not a lot of people know this but Lululemon offers free hemming on their pants. The pants come REALLY long, 34 inches. But Lululemon offers free hemming at any store – as long as they haven’t been hemmed before. You also can’t return the products after they have been hemmed.
What does the number mean in the size on ABC Pants?
You may have seen the numbers in the sizing on the lululemon website:
For example, the ABC Pant Slim 32″ simply refers to the inseam – or the length of the pants.
A quick warning: The sizing for ABC Pants has been REALLY consistent, with the exception of one color, the Light Cast. It’s a newer color, but it was about 1-2 inches smaller than the other Lululemon ABC pants that I’ve tried. Otherwise, they run pretty true to size.
ABC Pants: What else should I know?
A couple of other things you should know about ABC Pants:
- The two we reviewed (ABC Pant Classic and Commission Pant) are made from a fabric called Warpstreme. It’s got four-way stretch and is moisture wicking. Read more about Warpstreme.
- We’ve also reviewed Utilitech (see our ABC Utilitech Pants Review). Think of this as a thicker, less-stretchy version of the classics.
- ABC Pants made with Warpstreme don’t wrinkle like traditional dress pants or Khakis, but they are not 100% wrinkle-proof. If you simply splash a bit of water on them and wear them for a couple of minutes, your body heat is enough to de-wrinkle them. It’s not as good as Mizzen + Main shirts, but it’s a huge improvement over traditional pants.
- Both the ABC Pants Classic and Commission Pant have a zipper pocket on the side, to make sure your items don’t fall out. It’s big enough for your passport.
- The Commission Pants have Hidden Snaps in the back pockets, meaning they won’t gape at all.
- Both pants we tested have a neat reflective strip that shows when you roll up the pant leg – great if you are using your ABC Pants to bike somewhere.
- Jim Harbaugh, head football coach at the University of Michigan was famous for wearing cheap, $10 Khakis from Walmart. He recently tried Lululemon ABC Pants and won’t wear anything else.
ABC Pants: What don’t we love?
Nothing is perfect. But ABC Pants are close. Here are a couple of small things we don’t love about ABC Pants:
- The price. At about $125/pair, they are pretty expensive! We occasionally find ABC Pants on sale in the “We Made Too Much” Section of the Lululemon Website.
- Not water repellent. Some other pants you might place in the same category (like Outlier) have water repellent treatment. Lululemon ABC Pants do not.
- The seam on the inside of the knee. As you can see in our video review of ABC Pants, there is a very slight seam on leg behind where your knee would be. It’s almost impossible to see if you are moving, but it’s the one sure-fire way that you can tell if someone is wearing a pair of ABC pants.
lululemon ABC Pants: How to style
The great thing about the lululemon commission pants, is you can almost style them like dress pants. I typically wear them with Mizzen + Main Dress shirts. I wouldn’t try to make them look like suit pants, but they go well with a Mizzen + Main Shirt or Polo Shirt.
Recently, I’ve upgraded my Cole Haan Zero Grands to Amberjack Shoes. What’s Amberjack? Check out our Amberjack Review.
Personally, I have no problem wearing these pants to work or the office. They are casual, but not too casual. They are just awesome.
Let’s Talk About Pockets
In almost every pair of lululemon pants (except the lululemon pants that are yoga pants, obviously). Lululemon’s ABC Pants are no exception.
Cheaper ABC Pant Alternative?
We’ve tested a lot of pants, in hopes of finding a cheaper alternative.
The best we’ve found is Quince. Read all about our cheaper lululemon ABC pant alternative.
lululemon ABC Pant Review: The final verdict
The Final Verdict: ABC Pants Review
Many different names and styles, but only 1 ABC
- Super comfortable ABC Technology (Anti-Ball Crushing), yes, you read that correctly.
- Comes in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics
- A great all-around pair of pants
Mr We Tried It simply loves his Lululemon ABC Pants – excuse us – the Commission Slim Warpstreme 34″. They are his go-to pants, even above jeans (he recently tried Duer Jeans and loves them, while we’re working on the review, get a Duer Promo Code).
See what others are saying about ABC Pants.
Looking for more pant styles?
Looking for something fancier? Check out our Everlane Performance Chinos Review or the Ministry of Supply Suit Review. We also really love the Myles Tour Pants and Myles Tour Chino (read our full Myles Tour Review). Want a cheaper version of lululemon ABC Pants? Check out the Quince Chinos.
ABC Pant – FAQs
What does ABC stand for in ABC Pants?
It stands for “Anti-ball crushing.” ABC means that you aren’t going to have a really tight area in the crotch?
Do ABC Pants last a long time?
Yes! They last a long time and are well made, at least in our experience. If you have any issues, lululemon has great customer support!
What is the difference between ABC Pant Styles?
ABC Pants Classic are basically like jeans. ABC Commission Pants are basically like khakis/chinos. ABC Tech Canvas Pants are basically like jeans. ABC utilitech is fairly close to canvas/thicker pants.
Does lululemon make jeans?
Not exactly. They make the lululemon tech canvas pants, which are close to jeans.
How do you wash ABC Pants?
We recommend using Woolite detergent on delicate cycle then hanging dry. If you get a stain, use some Oxiclean on it to soak before washing.
Are ABC Pants breathable?
Yes – the ABC Pants Classic, ABC Commission Pants, and ABC Tech Canvas Pants are very breathable. The ABC utilitech pants are less breathable.
Are ABC Pants stretchy?
Yes – the ABC Pants Classic, ABC Commission Pants, and ABC Tech Canvas Pants are very stretch. The utilitech pants are thicker and less stretchy.