Noli Yoga galaxy print leggings | made in the US of partially recycled materials, size medium
Beyond Yoga tank | made in the US, mine is more than a year old
Vince Blair sneakers | mine are several years old
This is a very preliminary review; I got these pants Monday and wore them for the first time to Pure Barre yesterday. (sign up for Noli Yoga’s newsletter and you’ll get a 10% off code!) At first, I thought I was going to send these back without wearing them to class because I thought they were a bit too big, and would fall down on my hips. They’re also not as compressive as I like, actually, they’re not compressive AT ALL, and I was concerned about that also, but I decided to go ahead and just give them a try. (yes, I was already emotionally invested, and no, I didn’t implement my newest 24-hour rule for online shopping…)
Just to back up a second…I usually have 5 pairs of leggings in rotation every week because I go to class 5 days a week and don’t want to think about washing until I can do them all at once. Most of my leggings are quite old (they really do last if you take care of them), but I’ve had to replace a few pairs that have gotten too big for me and really DO fall down during class. My goal with a new pair of leggings this time was 1. color/pattern and 2. sustainable.
My favorite workout leggings are by SoLow, and I mentioned in yesterday’s post, many of their styles are BlueSign certified, which is a sustainable certification for synthetic fabrics. And this pair of Noli pants is made from recycled plastic bottles (partially), or recycled polyester, which is also sustainable.
I’m not sure that Noli uses waste2wear for their RPET, but I found this interesting tidbit on their website:
Current worldwide demand for textile fibres of over 70 million tonnes per annum cannot be met by natural fabrics only. RPET fabric has a 50% lower carbon footprint than the organic cotton.
Furthermore, compared with other synthetic fibres, RPET polyester fabric has almost a 90% lower carbon footprint than nylon, and 75% lower than polyester!
Good point, that first one. Second one too.
Anyway, I loved the pants during class, and not only because wearing them made me stare at my legs the whole class (the print!!!). They are really comfortable and easy to move in. I pulled the waist up on them a few times, but I think that’s just habit; I do that with all my leggings because they’re never QUITE high-rise enough for me. These are a nice mid-rise, and a good length also, they only bunched up a little on me (I’m 5’3″). As far as I could tell they are opaque, and they have a gusset so you don’t HAVE to wear undies with them (I don’t).
I don’t generally like leggings like this, that are so “slippery,” because my tank never sticks to them, causing it to ride up during arm work in the beginning of class, but I’ve gotten so that doesn’t bother me so much. My Beyond Yoga tank definitely slid up, so it was around my waist by the end of warmup, but eh, whatever.
Conclusion: I love these. So much. I’m probably most in love with the print, but I do also appreciate how comfortable they are, and easy to move in. And of course, I love that they’re made from RPET, and in the US, ticking a couple of sustainability boxes.