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The Workout King

Vuori

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Lazy Saturday Stunner

Lululemon

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Dress Up in Comfort

Rhone

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Of all three brands, Vuori is my favorite, but it’s a close call. I prefer Vuori for my workouts, and the lined Kore short is the greatest workout short I’ve ever worn (I’ve tried all the major brands). If you’re looking for new workout clothes, Vuori is my recommendation.

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Lululemon is what I wear on rest days. Their joggers are the best in terms of their variety, style, and comfort. If you want the athleisure wear look that you can wear on a lazy Saturday afternoon (i.e. super casual with joggers, a tee, and a vest) then Lululemon is the best brand for you.

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I really like Rhone, but of the three brands, I wear them the least often. If I golfed, that’d be a totally different story. Rhone has the best chinos and polos---clothes that look “dressed up,” but have all the comfort you’d expect from athleisure wear. So if you’re building your wardrobe for work, then Rhone is your brand.

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Pros:

  • The Kore short is the best workout short I’ve ever worn
  • Entire men’s line is more workout focused
  • Bright beachy southern Californian style
  • Lululemon has the best selection of joggers in terms of variety, style, and comfort
  • They carry the most gym and casual accessories like bags, bottles, hats, etc
  • Best casual-wear
  • Has the best lineup for golf clothes (i.e. chinos and polos that are still extremely comfortable)
  • Their clothes have the sturdiest feel to them
  • 45-day returns

Cons:

  • The Strato tech fabric starts smelling quickly
  • Selection is so large and not well-defined, so it’s hard to know which of their products is best for your situation
  • Fewer workout clothes compared with Vuori and Lulu
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Vuori vs lululemon vs Rhone: I Tried and Reviewed Each Brand

William Barton
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Style, Grooming, Fitness, Boots, Workwear

William has been covering men's style, grooming, and fitness topics for The Adult Man since 2018 as both a writer and photographer. Based in North Carolina, he's also the face of premier men's boots website BootSpy.com and the popular BootSpy YouTube channel. If William could only wear one outfit for the rest of his life, it'd be slim blue jeans, a green fitted oxford shirt, Chelsea boots, and a nice watch. Read full bio.


Last Updated: Mar 26, 2024
11 min read

Over the past three years, I’ve tried pretty much all the major athleisure brands: Vuori, Ten Thousand, Cuts, Rhone, Mizzen+Main, lululemon, State & Liberty

The list goes on and on. 

The three that have really stood out to me in terms of what I wear often on a weekly basis are Vuori, lululemon, and Rhone

And I think each brand hits a specific niche, which is why I haven’t gone all in on one particular brand. 

Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. And in this breakdown, I’m going to dive into each brand so you can decide which to shop with for your next haul. 

Overview

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Vuori Lululemon Rhone
My Favorite Item Kore Short ABC Jogger Delta Pique Polo
Best Category Workout clothes Leisure (joggers, t-shirts) Casual (chinos, polos)
Customer Service Free shipping over $75 and free returns Free shipping and 30 day returns Free shipping over $100 and free 45 day returns
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Vuori

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Getting tired with the Vuori Kore Shorts

Vuori originally made a mark in the fitness landscape with their shorts

And since their founding, the brand has continued to put out lines of clothing based on lifestyles, whether it’s running, training, yoga, or traveling. 

They’re California all the way through, and you can tell by their brightly colored pastel shorts and shirts. It makes you feel like you’re bringing a ray of sunshine with you into the gym.

Of all three brands, I think Vuori does the best job with their workout lineup. 

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Weekend workouts in the Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger

I wear my lined Kore Shorts every Monday and Tuesday at the gym (I have two pairs). I always try to wear my favorites the first days of the week, and those are always what I end up reaching for.  

Plus, I love the fit and feel of their tank tops and muscle shirts. More often than not, if you see me working out, I’m wearing something from Vuori

They also make some solid casual clothes, including Ripstop Shorts, hats, and some cool jackets

But for me, Vuori is the deluxe workout brand of choice.

What I Like

  • The Kore is the best workout short I’ve tried—it’s lightweight, supportive, stays up, and makes my legs look awesome on leg day.
  • I vibe with Vuori’s simple pastel colors much more than lululemon’s vibrant color selection.
  • I love the tailored, slimmer fit.

What I Don’t Like

  • I don’t recommend the Strato tech fabric for working out. It develops a smell quickly that’s difficult to get rid of.
Vuori

Vuori’s lineup of performance-wear looks and feels good. Their sizes are on the small side, so if you’re in between, go larger. Their customer service is on-point so you can focus on getting clothes that take you from the gym to the lake to a Sunday stroll.

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lululemon

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Stair dwellin’ with the lululemon ABC Jogger

While lululemon offers some great workout clothes, their strength lies much more in their casual line. I’m talking about joggers, tees, vests, and slides. 

They rock the kinds of things you’d wear if you’re going on a Saturday morning brunch date and don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, but still want to look damn good. 

I did an extensive breakdown of lululemon’s most popular joggers and found that their ABC Jogger is the undisputed king. I think this really epitomizes what lululemon is great for: the ABC Jogger looks rich but casual, fits sharp and slim but feels relaxed. 

My Favorite lululemon Jogger
lululemon ABC Jogger

These technical looking joggers are lightweight and comfortable, and the longer inseams make them a fantastic option for guys who are sick of hearing "hows the weather up there?"

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You can pair the joggers with nice dress sneakers or relaxed trainers. And while you certainly can workout in lululemon clothes, it’s almost as if they’re made more for style than hard core workouts. 

What I Like

  • lululemon has the most adventurous color selection, so if you like brighter, more vibrant colors, they’re a good brand.
  • Because they’re such a huge company, they often overstock and have solid discounts.
  • They offer the most clothes with interesting textures and cuts, plus have a much larger selection of big and tall sizes.

What I Don’t Like

  • Their variety is so large that it can be difficult to tell what the difference is between one fabric and another—they’re all great for working out and being casual, but you can’t tell which is better for your specific need.
lululemon

lululemon activewear is quite pricey, but the style, fit, and features are among the best I’ve ever tried. I definitely recommend lululemon if you want multipurpose clothes that you can wear to the gym and for more casual, relaxed days out, because they’re both functional and stylish.

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Rhone

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Getting my walk on with the Rhone Commuter Pants and Notch Performance Pique Tee

Rhone first made their mark with their Mako short, which is still one of the best workout shorts I’ve worn (though it loses out to the Vuori Kore for me). 

Rhone Mako Short

Rhone's Mako shorts are a fantastic all-around workout short. These can tackle a tough leg day, a long run, or an intense HIIT workout. Pick up lined, unlined, 7" or 9".

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But they’ve actually grown their brand in a different direction that’s really unique and might just speak to you.

Rhone has a great selection of polos and chino style pants. They’ve become a major brand for golfers who want to look clean and professional on the course without sacrificing comfort and mobility. 

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The Rhone Delta Pique Tee in the wild

I must say though that their Delta Pique Tee is my favorite workout shirt—it’s a little thicker, has some interesting texture, and the raglan sleeves make me look jacked. 

Despite Rhone having my favorite workout shirt, I’d say that Vuori is still the go-to workout brand. But if you’re looking to fill out your professional wardrobe with some comfortable and stylish clothes, Rhone is a fantastic brand to shop with.

What I Like

  • The best fitting and best looking “professional” clothes like chinos and polos.
  • Their clothes have the sturdiest feel to them, which is great for year-round wear.
  • They offer the longest return window.

What I Don’t Like

  • Their selection of workout clothes doesn’t match Vuori or lululemon.

Athleisure Features Face to Face

Style

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In the wilderness with the Vuori Strato Tech Polo and Ripstop Shorts

While all three of these brands might look the same on the surface, each are great for their own specific reasons. 

When it comes to workout clothes—and I mean you’re in the gym or running—Vuori has the best style. Their workout gear is functional, lightweight, and the slim tapered fits help accentuate your muscles, even if you’re a skinnier guy. 

I love to wear my Vuori Kore Shorts as much as possible. Sometimes I’ll even wash them mid-week to wear them later in the week if I know I have a big leg day coming up. It might sound stupid, but when my legs look jacked in the mirror, I lift heavier. It’s a psychological edge and I’m taking it. 

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My favorite workout shorts, the Vuori Kore

But you’re not always in the gym. And that’s where I’d start looking at lululemon and Rhone

Depending on your style, I recommend one brand over another. 

If you like to wear a lot of joggers and super relaxed clothes, then lululemon is the better brand for you. Their clothes look rich and refined, but are still basically pajamas or workout clothes. I don’t know how they strike that balance so well, but it works. 

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Morning coffee vibes with the lululemon At Ease Jogger

If you want some more upscale clothes (but still casual) like polos and chinos, then I’d pick Rhone. The fit is great for guys with athletic builds, and I haven’t found chinos that fit as well and feel as comfortable as the Commuter Pants

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Dressing up the Rhone Commuter Pants

Comfort

No brand has an edge over another in terms of comfort. These are all athleisure clothes, so you really can’t get any more comfortable.

There’s no issue with mobility across the three brands, even when you get into more “dressy” clothes like chinos. 

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Leveling up the mind with the lululemon City Sweat Joggers

And one thing that I really appreciate about all three brands is that their workout clothes have substantial waist bands that keep your shorts and pants on your hips when you’re doing box jumps with a phone in your pocket. 

Not every brand has such secure waist bands. Ask me how I know. 

Fit

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Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger vs Rhone Commuter Pant

Vuori, lululemon, and Rhone all have a fairly slim, tapered fit, unless they’re specifically offering a relaxed or boxy fit for a particular item. 

They all look best on guys with a trim athletic build. 

If you’re a big and tall gent, you’ll have the best luck with lululemon. They carry the greatest variety of sizes and lengths. I know guys over 6’4” can struggle to find joggers that don’t land halfway up their shin, so if you’re a tall dude, check out the tall sizing on the ABC Jogger

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Vuori Sunday Performance Jogger vs lululemon ABC Jogger

Between the three, I’d say that Vuori fits a little on the small side, lululemon is in the middle, and Rhone fits a little on the large side. 

I don’t recommend sizing up or down for any brand, but you can use that as a general rule depending on how much room you like (or don’t like) for your clothes. 

Variety

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lululemon Jogger Range – ABC, At Ease, City Sweat, Surge

lululemon wins the variety game. But honestly, there’s a lot more from Vuori that I’d rather get. And a big part of that is just because of the color palettes each brand tends toward. 

Vuori chooses generally neutral colors, but also mixes in some subdued pastels that break the standard pattern of black and navy. They have the best color selection in my opinion. 

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The Vuori Ripstop Climbing Pants

lululemon makes much brighter clothes with more designs—it’s not my style, but I think guys who can pull it off look cool. 

Rhone’s colors are pretty boring: navy, grey, maroon, black. But if I’m honest with myself, these are all the colors I usually pick anyway, so I can’t really blame them.

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The Rhone Delta Pique Tee and the Commuter Pant

As far as different styles go, lululemon wins—they’re a huge company and they release a lot of new styles every quarter across their workout and casual line. It’s hard to keep up with, and at a certain point, it gets difficult to tell the difference between one type of fabric and another. 

I think Vuori does the best job at communicating what their fabrics achieve and which types of clothes are best for certain activities. 

Which Is Best for You?

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If you want a new set of workout clothes, I don’t think you can beat Vuori. Their clothes are durable, they don’t pill after being washed every week, and they’ll help you look absolutely yoked in the gym. 

Best for Working Out
Vuori

Vuori’s lineup of performance-wear looks and feels good. Their sizes are on the small side, so if you’re in between, go larger. Their customer service is on-point so you can focus on getting clothes that take you from the gym to the lake to a Sunday stroll.

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But if you’re looking for more of that laid-back casual look you can get with joggers and a long-sleeve tee, then lululemon has a greater variety and balances that fine line that says “I’m relaxed enough to wear sweats in public, but these are really nice sweats that cost a lot.” 

Best for Casual Wear
lululemon

lululemon activewear is quite pricey, but the style, fit, and features are among the best I’ve ever tried. I definitely recommend lululemon if you want multipurpose clothes that you can wear to the gym and for more casual, relaxed days out, because they’re both functional and stylish.

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It might sound a little ridiculous, but you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s a great style and chicks love it when it’s pulled off correctly. 

And then there’s Rhone. If you’re looking for athleisure wear that’s fit for the office or the golf course, then Rhone is my recommendation all day. 

Their selection of polos and chinos have a clean, professional fit, but are still just as comfortable and flexible as a pair of joggers.

Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any of these three brands—they’re all great and I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with each. But if I had to rank them from favorite to least favorite, this is how it would go:

  1. Vuori
  2. lululemon
  3. Rhone

FAQs

Does Vuori shrink?

In my experience, no, Vuori doesn’t shrink when you wash their clothes. One benefit that I love about Vuori’s workout shorts is that they don’t pill either, which is a problem I’ve had with many other brands after a year or so of wearing.

Is Rhone as good as lululemon?

I like Rhone’s upscale casual items like their polos and chinos better than Lululemon’s, but lululemon has better joggers and workout clothes than Rhone.

Is lululemon good for men?

lululemon is one of my favorite men’s athleisure brands. I think they’re the best for casual clothes, though I think Vuori beats them out for workout clothes.