I bought these for running and am pretty pleased with them, though they aren't perfect. My first time out with these pants on I thought I was going to hate them. They are quite low rise, so seriously felt like they were falling down for the first ten minutes of my run - I kept having to yank them back up. No drawstring, so it wasn't that I had that too loose. Once I started to sweat a bit, they stayed in place no problem. Every time I've worn them since, I have not had this problem. Yes, they sit lower than I'm normally used to, but I no longer feel like they are falling down. I can't imagine getting them in a smaller size either -- the calves are pretty tight at the hem of the pant (and I don't have large calves). Still, they do the job and look great at the same time!