Top critical review
Type of FABRIC Relevant to FIT
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2020
UPDATE: Top of thigh has begun to pill in one month of wear and proper laundry care. The pills are small but, DOWNGRADE RATING
There’s a fabric term that I don’t hear used much anymore: “hand”. Hand is the feeling of the fabric- sheen, weight, stiffness, stretch, texture, pile, etc. If you read description this manufacturer uses 4 different fabrics lumped into one product listing. It makes it d*#m near impossible to select the right product because reviewers are talking about different things. This fabric is lightweight, low sheen, low compression (read: stretchy). The pattern is nice looking (grey marble). I’d personally size down on the grey marble leggings.
Like you, I read ratings because I want what I want and hate making returns. The leggings I ordered are light weight and STRETCHY. STRETCHY does not generally facilitate tummy control and there is no double panel in the front. I chose the fabric that I visually liked. It’s 88% polyester/12% spandex. I sound smart but I have no idea what the hand of that fiber mix feels like so I took a stab in the dark. I kinda lost. Constantly hiking them up and no tummy control. My tummy is not that big, I just want a little flatter front, and I like the feeling of additional core support. There are 3 other fabrics/fiber combos used which I think should be listed separately because if they are a different fabric, they are a different product. (What the hell is polymide by the way?!) I hate it when vendors group products together. Shoppers have no idea what product is being described, because apples, oranges, bananas and lemons are all being called “fruit.”
For reference, I’m 5’ 5, 145lbs, 29” waist, 39” hips. I’m high waisted (I did like that these leggings hit me right at my waist) and I have muscular thighs and butt. When reviewing, talk about the fabric hand, and your measurements. It’s sooo helpful! They’ve given us a communication platform. We’ll have to figure it out by talking to each other.
A note on Pocket Placement:
The side pockets are placed too high on the side leg, except if you’re carrying a bottle of Champaign, apparently (???). But if you’re sitting and you need to reach your phone, it sucks. Pretty much have to stand up.
NOTE: I think the higher the spandex percentage, the more compression you’ll get. I also associate spandex with a higher sheen (Think Jane Fonda 80’s Workout) which I did not want. But I’m not sure. What’s your experience?
To GYM PEOPLE: Include a compression rating next to the fiber content descriptions. For leggings, I suspect this may be a defining factor for buyers. Fiber content is meaningless unless you’re, well, you. And whatever the hell is polymide again? Never seen that on a label...