Love Lulu? Check Out OKU Oxygen & Enter to Win a Jacket!

If you ever read this blog, you know I love to workout, love my Pilates for Runners class (taught by Maureen at Flow Pilates in Chicago) and love to try new things – especially for FREE! So when Todd from Flow Pilates asked me if I wanted to try out some new capri pants by OKU Oxygen DNA that he is now carrying and distributing, I said YES (and snatched them up!)

oku logoOKU Oxygen was founded in early 2011 by two ex-international athletes with a passion for sport, health and fitness. They combined their years of experience in fashion design with a lifetime of sporting activity, and links to Yoga & Pilates, to launch a new fitness apparel business.

The word OKU comes from the teachings of Miyamoto Musashi, an early 17th century Samurai, acknowledged to be one of the greatest sword masters. In his manual Gorin No Sho (Book of Five Elements), he described OKU as meaning “innermost: the state of ultimate accomplishment” and “the forward movement of extending oneself mentally as well as physically”. And OXYGEN? They remind us, “where would we be without it?” Yoga, pilates, and any physical activity has the breath as its foundation – the control and technique of breathing is the single most important skill to life.

I was given the BOOT CUT ¾ LENGTH SPORTS PANTS ($70) to try. They are really well made and flattering. I wear a 6 in Lululemon bottoms and the small in the OKU Oxygen fit me perfectly. I am kind of short, so they are a bit more than 3/4 on me but I like the length – it looks intentional not just too short!

What do you think?

Yours truly in OKU Oxygen Boot Cut 3/4 length pants. Photos by the husband.

Yours truly in OKU Oxygen Boot Cut 3/4 length pants. Photos by the husband.

Todd asked me to try these for running and to see what I thought. I ran, did pilates and yoga in them – yup, I am an overachiever. The material is nice and heavy and had a similar feel to lululemon or zella capris. I felt held together and not jiggly while moving (a pro in my book!) I would say for me, these are good for running for temps 50 degrees or less. Otherwise, they would be a bit heavy/warm (but I run hot!) They have a drawstring which looks cute, but caused my shirt to bunch out. I will probably remove it for the long term, because the elastic is strong and it is not necessary. They husband likes it. It is a nice embellishment, but I am all about function over form any day!

The verdict – I like the way I look and feel in these capris and will definitely have them in my pilates and yoga rotation (and wear for running on chilly days). These are not inexpensive, but they wash and wear well and I assume will last a long time! The material does not pull in the wash and they do not shrink.

Two Tone Jacket ($90) - you can win it!

Two Tone Jacket ($90) – you can win it!

Now the fun part! One reader will be selected to win this OKU Oxygen Two Tone Sports Jacket in gray or purple (winner chooses). There are a few ways to enter. The more ways you enter, the better chance you have of winning. I am using Rafflecopter for this giveaway. Click on the entry method and follow the instructions. Don’t forget to click the button on each line that you enter so that your entry will be counted.

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I’ll select the winner randomly with Rafflecopter and announce it on Sunday, March 31 Wednesday, April 3rd!

Bonus for all readers: OKU Oxygen is offering you a discount of 10% off any purchases with the code OKU10. Also, purchases over $100 will get free shipping. (Please note: the US site is

Bonus for Chicago readers: You can check out your first non-equipment class (like my fave Pilates for Runners) at Flow Pilates for only $10! And, while you are there, you can purchase these jackets or capris and save on shipping (and get the 10% off with the discount code above, too!) A WIN-WIN!

Please note: the OKU Oxygen pants were provided to me by OKU Oxygen, but all opinions are mine. I was not paid to write this post.



  1. Marcia says:

    Great outfit! Love the purple jacket!

  2. Emily N says:

    i think i like the ergonomic tight!

  3. Lizzie says:

    Wow, OKU Oxygen’s stuff looks super high quality! I may have to order that two tone sports tank for spring running and yoga

  4. Marsha says:

    I love that jacket! It would be a great present since today is my birthday!!

  5. Maggie says:

    Cute! Personally, I prefer capris that are form-fitting – more like cut-off running tights.

  6. Stacy says:

    Uh oh…another brand to add to the arsenal! 🙂 I love that grey jacket! (No surprise, I’m sure)

  7. Melissa Taylor says:

    These items are so cute.

  8. Judith says:

    Love lululemon!

  9. Casey says:

    I would love it in purple!

  10. Sapna says:

    Love those jackets! They look awesome:)

  11. Debbie Sumner says:

    LOVE yoga pants and yoga! thanks erica!

  12. Amanda says:

    I would love to the purple and gray jacket you have listed above. But the tight capri pants look good too!

  13. Rachel says:


  14. I love that 2 tone sports jacket. So cute!

  15. Cute stuff! I’d probably try the Two-Tone Sports Tank Top!

  16. Jen L. says:

    I’d love those pants you’re modeling! I’ve been looking for some to wear post-races, etc.

  17. Wendy says:

    Looking good in those pants, hot stuff! 🙂 I can finally post a comment cuz at I’m at a client today, not the office, which (incorrectly) thinks your blog is bad news, apparently. So weird.

  18. Lisa says:

    I like the pants you tried! Running/yoga pants are always too long on me so these would probably hit me at the ankle!

  19. Meridith says:

    I love that jacket! Also, think that the Two-Tone Sports Tank Top would work well in Bikram yoga.

  20. Jen says:

    Those pants did look really nice on you and looked like great quality! The ergonomic ones on their site looked tempting too. I would love the jacket in purple– time for some spring colors even if the weather isn’t cooperating!

  21. I like that gray and purple jacket best of all!

  22. Larissa says:

    Ooh, the Ergonomic ¾ Length Pants look PERFECT for my runs as the weather warms up. My current super cheap capris aren’t going to make it much longer.

  23. Claire Darmanin says:

    The pants are super cute and the jacket looks perfect for running in cooler weather or back and forth to the gym and yoga! Really like the two tone tank top too.

  24. Dawn Rushing says:

    I would LOVE to try that jacket… I’m so in love!

  25. aleece says:

    Beautiful clothes!

  26. Anne Bailey says:

    I like the grey jacket! Yellow is cool too.

  27. Andrea says:

    Love the jacket. Watch when you bend over in your lulu pants

  28. Colette says:

    Always love new running clothes – and so looking forward to capri season!!!

  29. Katrina Lublin says:

    Always love new running attire!!!

  30. I love the Two-Tone Sports Jacket!

  31. Megan Sutton says:

    I love that two tone jacket in both colors! If I had to choose, I would probably pick the grey one!

  32. I run several days a week. This jacket would be a great addition to my running gear.

  33. Jennifer says:

    Love the purple jacket!

  34. barbara says:

    cute jacket! can’t wait for weather warm enough to wear something like that on its own!

  35. lauren says:

    I like the Ergonomic ¾ Length Pants.

  36. susannah says:

    I like the grey (no surprise) but I would probably choose the purple because it’s bright and I’m trying to be brighter!

  37. Amanda says:

    Love a purple jacket!

  38. I love the jackets– they are so cute!

  39. Amy S says:

    I honestly think the jackets are awesome and something I would get the most use out of!

  40. Brooke says:

    Cute jacket!

  41. ashley says:

    Two-Tone Sports Jacket

  42. I would definitely pick purple! Can’t help it… once a girly-girl always a girly-girl!

  43. AK Stout says:

    Of course the two toned jacket but the Boot Cut ¾ Length Sports Pants look really comfy, to!

  44. Ann Mazzoli says:

    I like the ergonomic pants or the jacket.

  45. I’ll take one of those jackets please, thanks 😀

  46. Debbie D says:

    awesome jacket…

  47. Cassie says:

    The Ergonomic 3/4 length pants would be great for my runs!

  48. I’ve never gone to a yoga or pilates class and not been constantly worried about my clothes…it’s sad and probably ridiculous…I need help.

  49. PENNY says:

    two tone sport jacket is sweet.

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