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How To Choose the Best Yoga Pants

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  • Release on :2018-01-08
How To Choose the Best Yoga Pants
In order to optimize what you get out of your yoga pants, it's imperative to pick the pair that best fits you your preferred style of practice. Keep reading in this article, though, for tips and considerations for making your next yoga pants purchase decision as we guide you through various styles, materials, designs, and features you might want.

Length & Style
The first consideration you need to make when selecting a pair is what length and style are best for you and the type of yoga you practice.

Full Length vs. Capri
Whether you prefer to practice in a long pant vs. a capri or even a short is a matter of personal preference, as well as the climate you live in and the type of yoga you practice. Hot yoga practitioners often wear as little as possible in their heated studios, whereas you're not leaving your house in shorts or capris in the middle of winter in the Northeast.
 Full Length vs. Capri

Straight or Flared leg vs. Leggings
Some people think their legs look weird or short in leggings and prefer the look of straight cut or flared legs. Others prefer the feel of leggings during strenuous classes as there is less material flapping around. Still, others like to practice in leggings but wear flared legs when running errands or lounging around the house. While you've probably already made up your mind as to which way your preferences lie, we do feel like there are some good points to both options, and we have many of each style in our quiver of yoga pants. We chose a variety of styles for this review and tested three boot cut/flared leg and four leggings. However, many of those models come in a different cut, which is good news for all of us!
Straight or Flared leg vs. Leggings

There are three options when it comes the types of materials yoga pants are made with: cotton, synthetics, and cotton-synthetic blends. There are pros and cons to each one.

Cotton is considered a "natural fiber," as it is grown rather than manufactured from plastic like synthetic materials. Properties include:
Soft feel
Resistant to pilling
Sheds pills when they do form
Moisture absorbing
Not as breathable as synthetics
Prone to fading

There are many different synthetic fibers used in yoga pants. The most common ones are polyester, nylon, and spandex. You might see terms like "Lycra" spandex or "Supplex" nylon, which are trademarks of a specific type of this fabric. Synthetic materials are known for their:
Moisture wicking properties
Propensity to pill
Shape retention
Stronger smell after sweating in them
Not as soft as cotton against the skin

Cotton-Synthetic Blends
After reading the above lists, you'll notice that there are positive and negative attributes to each fabric. We'd love a pair that combines the soft feel of cotton with the moisture wicking and breathable properties of synthetics without the stink or pills! Unfortunately, when combining the two in cotton/synthetic blends, you end up with a little bit of everything. While we've tested cotton-synthetic blends in the past, we left them out of the review this time as we have yet to find a pair that performs well. Material engineering is steadily improving though, so who knows what the future of these blends holds, but in the meantime the best option is synthetic.
Cotton-Synthetic Blends

There are some tried and true methods of increasing the longevity of your yoga pants and reducing the amount of pilling.
Wash them inside out and only with similar synthetic fabrics to avoid them rubbing against a harsher material (like jeans) in the washing machine.
Don't overload your machine.
Use small amounts of fabric softener, but not too much as it might impede the wicking properties of the garment. (If you are worried about chemicals in fabric softeners, there are "natural" options out there like Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Fabric Softener or Seventh Generation Fabric Softener Sheets.)
Line dry your pants when possible.

All clothing has a lifetime though, and even the most well-engineered material breaks down eventually. Here's an excellent opportunity to practice one of the core principles of Yoga: Vairagya, or non-attachment, and let your old pants go.