During one of Athleta’s recent sales, I bought the Dobby Be Free Knicker in the Electric Fuscia shade. The Be Free Knicker is my favorite knee-length running tight.
There are two pockets high on the side of the hip. I like the placement of these side pockets better than Lululemon’s side pockets because they’re easier to access. Lulu’s pockets tend to be pretty low on the thigh so that I have to dig to get to the bottom of them. There’s also a back zippered pocket and an interior waistband pocket, for a total of five pockets.
The regular Be Free Knicker has a knit-like fabric that I really like because tops don’t ride up against it. The regular version has a moderate level of compression. The Dobby version has a much different fabric. It’s an ultra-lightweight, smooth-feeling fabric and not a knit. It’s also extremely compressive so is a much different fit.
I bought a pair of the Dobby Be Free Knickers last year in a size small and felt they were too tight (my first review.) I wear a small in the regular version. This year I bought the Dobby version in a size medium. The problem I have with bottoms is that I have a smaller waist and larger thighs and hips, so if tights fit me well in the legs and hips they’re generally too big in the waist. Overall the medium fit better than the small. They’re still compressive but not uncomfortably so. As I feared, the waist is a bit too big for me. However, there’s a drawcord, so I can just cinch them tighter.
The lightweight fabric will make these great for hot weather runs when you need lots of pockets. If you don’t wear shorts or skirts but don’t want to wear long capris in the summer, you might check these out. I’d suggest sizing up one size from your typical size due to the compressive fabric.
Unfortunately, the fuchsia shade was sheer on me while just standing. I wouldn’t even be comfortable wearing nude panties with them. I’ll be returning these because I only wanted the fuchsia shade. If you want to give these a shot, I’d suggest going for a darker shade. They come in tall and plus sizes in fuscia, two blues, a grey, and a black, as well as several different patterns like the following new Fade Out pattern in a blue and purple.
At $64 ($74 for the patterned ones), these are well priced compared to other run capris. Athleta regularly has sales, so if you’re considering these it’s worth it to wait for a sale. The best deal is to get them when Athleta has 20% off sale items if you want to chance waiting for them to go on sale and still being available in your preferred color and size.
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