Last week I got an email from one of my favorite workout clothing companies, Hylete. Actually, I call them my favorite “workout clothing company” but really, all I buy from them is capris (aka tights.) I think they make the world’s most perfect pair of workout pants.
The email was an announcement about their new cropped pant.
I was ecstatic! A new workout capri? Fun colors? From the maker of the already perfect capri? I’m in!
A few months ago I signed up for their affiliate program and I happen to have exactly the right amount in my account for one pair including shipping so that’s what I ordered — thanks to everyone who ordered by the way!
My new pants came Saturday and I was excited to give them a try this morning at the gym.
Ten minutes into the warm-up my excitement was completely replaced by frustration. I had to constantly adjust them! There was no elasticity to hold them up, they slowly crept lower and lower with any kind of movement — ANY movement and we had 7 minutes of burpees to do! It wasn’t pretty.
I came home and kept them on for my daily walk to The 3-Year-Old’s school. I decided not to adjust them on the way back. By the time I came home I had material bunched down my legs and a good extra 2-3 inches of crotch.
The picture really doesn’t do my discomfort justice.
So I decided to compare these horrible workout crops with my favorite workout capris of all time. I can’t believe they are made by the same company.
First of all look how elastic the waistband is. I know it’s hard to tell by photos but I thought we’d give it a try.
The ones on the left are the new ones. Notice how easily I can stretch the waist band. There is no compression. No snugness. The ones on the right are hard to pull from my body. We can call them “tight” but it’s not an uncomfortable tight. It’s the they-stay-in -place tightness that I love.
I should note both pairs are the same size, a medium.
Comparing the material (something I should have done BEFORE I ordered them) I can see why.
- The crops on the left (the ones I don’t like) are: 85% Bamboo Charcoal Poly / 15% Spandex
- The capris on the right (my favorite) are: 87% Nylon / 13% Spandex blend
I guess I’m a Nylon/Spandex girl!
I will admit both pants do have a higher waist for those us who don’t want to show thong or ass crack. Although my favorite pair (again the photo on the right) are quite a bit higher which I think is the big reason they are so comfy and stay in place.
For me it comes down to the waist band clearing my hip bones. It may not be the most flattering cut but they stay put and I never have to adjust mid workout.
Right now, I can honestly say the Hylete Cross Training Tights are my absolute favorite item of workout clothing, especially for CrossFit, and I shall not stray again! Here I am in the pink pair at my last competition.
I simply never have to adjust them and, like a good sports bra, I forget they’re even on.
So at the end of the day I think there are only two things that help make the perfect pair of workout capris perfect for me:
- Snug material that will stay put but not feel tight.
- High-waisted band that clears hip bones.
What about you? What Makes a Perfect Pair of Workout Capris for you?
If you are interested in giving my favorite capri/tights a chance I have a discount code set up for 25% off. Just use Roni25 or RoniNoone25 when you check out. If you sign up with the site using this link you get 20% off for life! So if you do both that’s 45%!
They are a but pricey but with the discounts the $70 capris are now $38.50. Much better deal than full price!