These Lululemon Leggings Are the Best Pants for Doing Absolutely Nothing

They're not the Nike Pro-Chiller Leggings, but they come close.

Leave it to Saturday Night Live to say what we’re all really thinking. This week, their episode included a Nike-inspired commercial for “the new Nike Pro-Chiller Leggings.”

Unlike leggings for running or yoga or indoor cycling, the faux Pro-Chiller Leggings are for…chilling. On your couch. Doing absolutely nothing. The commercial sums it up when says the pants are “designed for endurance, but used for what most women actually do in leggings: setting up shop on their couch.”

As a person who owns at least as many leggings as I do “real pants,” I really wish the Nike Pro-Chiller Leggings existed. I have leggings for running, leggings for exercising in the cold, leggings for spinning. They’re all great for those activities — but they’re too stiff, too tight, and too athletic for just plain chilling.

The closest I’ve been able to come to finding Pro-Chiller Leggings in the wild are the Lululemon Align II pant. I first read about them when New York Magazine labeled them as the best maternity pants money can buy, and was further intrigued when a DC trainer told me she wears them every day and they’re “the softest workout pants” she owns.

Here’s the thing about these pants that makes them amazing for chilling: They’re the lightest Lululemon leggings I’ve ever touched, but they’re thick enough to not be see-through. They’re super high-waisted, but no matter how many snacks I’ve devoured on my couch, they never feel tight around my waist. And they’re soft — so soft I’d choose them over a baggy pair of flannel PJs every day for the rest of my life.

The Lululemon’s Align II pant will forevermore be the best pants for doing absolutely nothing in my mind. But of course, any pair of leggings can be pro chillers if you just try.

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