I’m a longtime fan of Lululemon’s Tracker Shorts. I’m bottom-heavy, and Trackers were the very first shorts I felt comfortable wearing in general and for running (the full story here). They remain my go-to, favorite running shorts. As Tracker fans know, there have been small design changes over the years, with the design now in its fifth iteration. I recently tried the long version of the Hotty Hot Shorts, which have a 4-inch inseam like Trackers. Most of the Trackers I own are the third iteration (I have one pair each from the second, fourth, and fifth iterations), so this comparison is to the third iteration.
I decided to try the Hotty Hot Shorts when the new (second) iteration removed the outer drawstring. All of my running tops come past the top of my hip, so I don’t like the bulge of an exterior drawstring under my tops. Also, I absolutely loved the teal green color, which isn’t offered in Trackers.
I ordered size 8, which is what I wear in Trackers. They were too small. They weren’t as loose in the legs as I prefer and were very tight in the butt. My weight is up a few pounds from what it usually is, but I think even at my usual weight they’d be too tight. I exchanged them for a size 10, which I kept. They’re definitely loose on me, but I prefer big to small when it comes to running shorts. They have an internal drawcord, so even if I lose weight I’m confident they’ll still fit and won’t fall down. If you’re in between sizes or just want a looser feel, I’d suggest sizing up in the Hotty Hots.
The length is the same as Trackers. Reviewers say that these are shorter, but I didn’t find that to be the case.
The waistband is smaller, which might be why I feel like they sit slightly lower on my waist. The internal drawcord is the same on both.
Hotty Hots have a zippered pocket in the same location as the Tracker’s location on the left back side. The pocket size is the same (I can fit my iPhone), but the zipper on the Hotty Hots is a quarter of an inch shorter than the Trackers. This makes it very difficult to fit your hand in and access things. I think this is the biggest thing I don’t like about the Hotty Hots.
Hotty Hots actually have a second pocket, hidden in the liner. I didn’t even know it was there until I read the tag. It’s very small, with a flap, in the left rear of the liner. I’m not sure what you would use this pocket for. You certainly couldn’t access it in public without looking like you’re digging around in your butt!
Speaking of the butt, I’ve always liked the visual lines in the back of the Trackers–they make my butt look less wide. The Hotty Hots have nothing in the back.
I’m including comparison photos, but note that these are two different sizes, so it’s not an ideal comparison. In summary, the Hotty Hots run smaller but are the same length as Trackers.
As far as performance and comfort, I wore these on vacation for both beach exploring and running. They’re extremely comfortable, but that’s likely because I got a bigger size, so they don’t feel like I’m wearing anything. The other thing I liked about them is that the hem didn’t roll up like Trackers can do when I was running. I think this is also likely because I was in a bigger size, so the leg opening was roomier. Otherwise, I liked them just as much for running as Trackers–very comfortable, they don’t ride up and get stuck in my thighs, and I didn’t really notice them at all.
Because of that, I think Hotty Hot Longs are a very good alternative to Trackers. Trackers do fit me better, the pocket is better, and I like the back view more, so I still like Trackers better.