Best Women’s Joggers: lululemon vs Vuori vs Outdoor Voices and more!

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The best women’s joggers. Where to start? The choices for activewear these days are endless. And thank goodness between people working from home and just going out less in general comfortable clothing is a must right now!

Even if you are hanging out around the house, or lounging around in general.

Meet The Contenders

I decided to do a comparison between the Vuori Performance Joggers, the Lululemon Align Joggers, and the Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants to find the BEST women’s jogger!

Vuori Performance Jogger

Price: $84

lululemon Align Jogger

Price: $98

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweat Pant

Price: $88

What are the best joggers for women? Who makes the best jogger pants? What the heck is a jogger? All that and a lot more in our best pair of joggers rundown!

What is a jogger?

You don’t actually need to be a jogger to want to find the best joggers… or even stylish joggers.

A women’s jogger is defined as a pair of sweatpants with elasticized at the ankles and waistband, allowing for more mobility when running. They usually have side pockets of some sort.

That doesn’t mean that you have to wear these, jogging. Most people use joggers for everyday casual wear or as a replacement for leggings.

Why should I buy a women’s jogger?

Sweats + Leggings = Joggers

Women’s joggers are comfortable, super soft, functional, and look great! Women’s joggers are kind of the happy medium between sweatpants and leggings. They have been my new go-to over leggings – especially with how comfy they are. They also tend to be a little more high waisted.

They aren’t as “dressy” as jeans but still look a little more put together than sweats. They are kinda the blend between sweats and leggings – and they usually have pockets!

Let’s talk about the fabric first.

The search for the best women’s joggers starts with the fabric. Let’s dive into the differences, both the pros and cons between the different fabrics that the best women’s joggers are made up of.

Vuori Performance Jogger

The Vuori performance jogger is a synthetic fabric, but it doesn’t feel like plastic-y or rubber-ish. The Vuori Performance Joggers are made from their DreamKnit fabric. They are incredibly soft, stretchy, moisture-wicking, and not at all constricting. For more information, see our Vuori Jogger Review.

Lululemon Align Joggers

The Lululemon Align Joggers are made from the buttery and soft Nulu fabric. They really are soft and buttery with a little bit of “thickness” to the fabric. 

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants

Best Women's Joggers: check out the fabric!

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants are made from their CloudKnit fabric which is advertised as lightweight and crazy-soft, which I completely agree with. See more about CloudKnit here.

Best Women’s Joggers: Which fabric is the best?

Vuori Performance Joggers and Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants both have the same feel in that they are light, comfortable, and stretchy.

So now for my fabric comparison of these two brands: I found them to be really similar despite what their descriptions say.

Vurori Performance Joggers Fabric

The Vuori Performance Joggers DreamKnit Fabric is made from 89% recycled polyester and 11% elastane. 

Outdoor Voice All Day Sweatpants Fabric

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants are made from 94% polyester and 6% spandex. 

When doing a blind “feel test” I could not tell the difference between the two fabrics. 

I put both in the washer and the dryer and neither pair has shrunk or pilled at all. 

Lululemon Align Jogger Fabric

The Lululemon Align Jogger is made from their signature Nulu fabric which is 81% Nylon and 19% lycra elastane. The Nulu fabric feels more buttery and thick where the DreamKnit fabric and CloudKnit fabric feel thinner and a little bit more “slick” – if that makes sense. 

The Lululemon Align Joggers can not be thrown in the dryer (although it says you can on their website, this is not my experience) because they tend to pill if you don’t treat them very gently.  Due mostly to the fact that the Nulu is likely to pill and takes a little more effort to care for than the CloudKnit or the DreamKnit.

Best Women’s Joggers: The Fit

Fit is incredibly important when it comes to the best women’s joggers. Let’s talk about each jogger’s fit.

Vuori Performance Joggers: The Fit

The Vuori Performance Joggers have a slim, but relaxed fit. They have a loose elastic waistband and a drawstring. They can be worn high on the waist with the use of the drawstring or lower on the hips without the drawstring. They are slightly cropped with a 25” inseam. They have front pockets. They run true to size- I ordered a XS and I wear a size 25 in pants. 

Lululemon Align Joggers: The Fit

The Lululemon Align Joggers say they have a relaxed fit that is roomy through the glutes and thighs and are full length intended to sit at the ankle. 

They have a 28” inseam. They have a hidden waistband pocket and front pockets. They do not have an elastic waistband or a drawstring, the Nulu fabric is tight enough on the waist to keep them up.

They run on Lululemon sizing, which basically means you have to know your size or go to the store to try them on. I wear a size 4 in the Lululemon Align Joggers, the same as my Lululemon Align Leggings. 

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants: The Fit

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants are high rise with an elastic waistband and a tapered leg. They also have a drawstring, but the elastic waistband is a little tighter, so the drawstring is not really essential. 

Best Joggers: The Fit Comparison

Now for the fit comparison. The Vuori Performance joggers and the Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants have a more similar fit with the elastic waistband and the drawstring. 

The Vuori Performance Joggers have a slim fit throughout the pant, but they are not tight on any part of the leg

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants are very loose in the “seat” area and are fitted around the calf. Although the fit is similar in theory, I think the Vuori Performance Joggers are more flattering since the seat is a little slimmer and they are not tight on the calves. 

The Outdoor Voices Sweatpants. are looser in the seat.

I also prefer the length of the Vuori Performance Joggers with a 25” inseam rather than a 30” inseam that the Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants have. 

The Lululemon Align Joggers have a slim fit around the waist and then a more relaxed fit on the legs. Without an elastic waistband and a drawstring, they have to fit high on the waist. The length is nice with a 25” inseam. 

Vuori vs. Lululemon vs. Outdoor Voices Joggers: How to style

I also prefer the Vuori Performance Jogger fit to the other two because they are the only ones I feel that I can wear with a loose top. 

The Vuori Joggers pair well with something like the Everlane Cotton Crew.

See my best Everlane Styles for some ideas for loose t-shirts to wear with the Vurori Jogger.

The Lululemon Align Joggers look best with a cropped shirt or a tucked-in shirt.

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants really look best with the coordinating All Day Hoodie

The All Day Hoodie pairs well with the All Day Sweatpants.

I haven’t found another top option that I think really “goes” with the Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants. 

For this reason, the Vuori Performance Joggers win the fit category because they are the most versatile and the most flattering in my opinion.  

Best Joggers for Women: The Price

Price isn’t everything, but it is important to consider.

Vuori Performance Joggers

The Vuori Performance Joggers are $84.  

Align Joggers

The Lululemon Align Joggers are $98.

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants are $88.  

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants have a good fit, but it’s difficult to find other tops that match their style. They also get very expensive after adding on another top or two for matching purposes. 

Best Womens Joggers: The colors and styles

The Vuori Performance Joggers come in 14 different colors.  

The Lululemon Align Joggers come in 8 different colors. 

The Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants come in 6 different colors.  

The Vuori Performance Joggers come in the most color options. 

If this is important to you, the Vuori Performance Joggers would win this category. 

Best Joggers for Women: The features

Each one of these joggers has some unique features. Let’s dive into each one of them and discuss the pros and cons.

The Pockets

All of the joggers reviewed here have pockets. That’s important because you can store all of your goodies in them and not have to worry about carrying anything else.

The lululemon joggers have a bonus hidden “inside” pocket in the back waistband if you need to hold a key or a card. Something very small.

Drawstrings on Joggers

The lululemon align joggers are the only pair we reviewed in our search for the best joggers for women that did not have a drawstring.

This limits the ability to pull your pants up a little higher, if need be, and limits their ability to be named the best joggers.


The only product that doesn’t meet sustainability requirements here is the lululemon align joggers.

The Vuori Performance Joggers are made from sustainable materials. In fact, they are made mostly from recycled water bottles. How do they do that? They do that by using recycled water bottles in the manufacturing process, which is pretty incredible that it can be that soft and recycled water bottles!

The All Day Sweatpants by Outdoor Voices are bluesign approved. What is Bluesign? Here’s what they say:

THE BLUE WAY by BLUESIGN represents the vision and mindset of responsible and sustainable manufacturing of textile consumer products. BLUESIGN is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work in and everyone to live in.

We all love products that are sustainable and make good sense for the environment (and the people involved) and we try and support sustainable products whenever possible.

What do others say about these joggers?

Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what some other people say* about these joggers.

“I basically haven’t taken these joggers off since they arrived. I miss them on laundry day. In fact, I’m wearing them now. Supremely comfortable and cute and a really great length that hits right at the ankle bone! My only gripe: I’m 5’0″, and they would probably have looked better on me if they’d been an inch or two shorter which is about where my hem falls when my jeans are lengthened with a heel (thank you, modern fashion for making us too petite for pants!).”

“These run large! I typically wear a medium, but they weren’t quite large enough in the waist. I exchanged for a small and returned the mediums. The Vuori Performance Joggers are soft—they don’t pill and stay in shape even after tons of wears; perfect day-in-day-out during quarantine when you take three mile walks. There is just enough give that they don’t feel like leggings. Really high quality and customer service has been so helpful with exchanges…”

“I think these joggers are great. They hug my waist and make me look slimmer than normal, so I love them. The pockets are very helpful too because they’re super lightweight and sleek—I don’t have to worry about anything coming out of the pockets! I typically like to wear them when I travel. I would love to purchase these in more colors, but as the one I just purchased is unraveling at the seams and has thread sticking out from all over it, it’s hard for me not to be concerned that they’ll completely fall apart within months. Four stars. I have never seen this before in any of my other purchases, which is a testament to the quality of these jogging pants. I’ve only had this pair for a few weeks and they don’t go in the dryer, but as long as their quality doesn’t suffer from that fact then it’s worth it!”

“I read a lot of reviews and took a chance with these in spite of the negative feedback. After 3-4 washings, they have not suffered significant wear and tear or quality issues that other people complained about. These are flattering to my shape (slim but not tight through the knee) and don’t look restrictive at the waistband even though I purchased them larger than I would need because it is hard to find joggers for women anyway. I bought 2 pairs to get all of those choice parameters correct–but plan on going back for another two!”

“These sweatpants are undoubtedly the best I have ever owned. They’re soft, comfortable, and they do not look like sweatpants so you don’t feel awkward wearing them outside of your home! This purchase has been great for easing my transition to ‘life after Covid’ (wearing nothing but sweats for over a year).”

“I love to workout but I also want comfort and style. These joggers from Lululemon have both which is why they’re the best lightweight compression pants for women “of a certain age.” Compression makes it easy to participate in endurance exercise, while the sleek look of these pants guarantees that you can wear them out after your run or anytime. With this fantastic combo of function and fashion, there’s nothing more need be said about these true winners–the name says it all!”

Vuori Performance Joggers vs. Lululemon Align Joggers vs. Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants Review: The Final Verdict.

And the winner is… (drumroll please!) The Vuori Performance Jogger!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no such thing as the best pair of joggers. That being said, if you are looking for a great option that has everything from fabric to fit to price in its favor (and color options!), then Vuori Performance Jogger is an excellent choice.

Shop this product here or read my Vuori Performance Jogger Review so you can learn why this one was my top pick!

The Vuori Performance Jogger won all four categories of fabric, fit, price and color options. Pretty incredible if you think about it.


Vuori Performance Joggers

  • Best Fabric
  • Best Price
  • Best Fit
  • Most color choices
Vuori Performance Joggers$84

Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpants

  • Similar fabric
  • Great fit
  • Simple color choices
Outdoor Voices All Day SweatpantsPrice

lululemon align jogger

  • Super-soft fabric
  • Great brand
  • Easy to wear
  • Hidden pocket
lululemon align jogger$98

In all honesty, I didn’t own the Vuori Performance Jogger until a couple of months ago and now they are my favorite pair of joggers!

While they are all great options and I own and wear all of them, the best jogger in my opinion is the Vuori Performance Jogger. See the Vuori Performance Jogger Review for more details about this great product.

*Reviews were re-written for clarity and uniqueness.

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