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Tried and tested – yoga pants

May 28, 2008

Sportsister gave a pilates class six pairs of yoga trousers to test. Here’s the low-down on style, functionality and value for money according to our testers.

pilates-group.pngIn this the first of a regular slot featuring you, our readers, we put yoga trousers to the test. A pair of black stretch exercise trousers is pretty much an essential item, they are versatile enough to be worn for a variety of sports and as sportswear goes – pretty flattering on most people.

But with so many on the market, how do you choose? Our group of testers wore the trousers for at least two weeks and tested them mainly in their weekly pilates class but also for running and the gym. They were all washed at least once. Our testers then filled in a questionnaire and rated the item 1-5 across a number of categories.

Highest score:

All the trousers scored highly but one pair – the Casall Body and Mind drawstring pants received the joint highest score and was also universally liked by the other testers.

Casall Body and Mind drawstring pants tested by Katekate.png

Price: £55 Colour: Black
Used for: Pilates, Running, Gym
Comfort rating: 5
Style rating: 4
Sizing: 4
Performance: 4
Love it or hate it rating: 4
Wash verdict: Ok, shrank a little at 30 degrees
Value for money/would you buy? Seems a bit pricey

They are very comfortable and the girls say the V yoke at the back is very flattering on my bottom! I like the fact that they don’t have drawcords on the hem although the leg length does seem to have shrunk a little in the wash.

Rohnisch Flow tested by Anna

anna-2.pngPrice: £32 Colour: Black
Used for: Pilates classes, Running and lounging around the house
Comfort: 5
Style: 4, Only issue is that they are too long for me so I have to use the ties at the bottom and I didn’t like this look so much.
Sizing: 4
Performance: 5, Excellent.
Love it or hate it rating: 3, I love the feel of the fabric, but it looks a little washed out after a few washes.
Wash verdict: Ok but the colour faded a bit at 30 degrees.
Value for money/ would you buy this item? It’s a fair price, but I wouldn’t buy them for working out in as they are just too casual – great for lounging though.

I loved the softness of the fabric and the style of the flat waistband, although the overall look was not really my taste, I don’t like the ties at the hem and they are a little expensive.

Casall Body and Mind drawstring capri tested by Pey

pey.pngPrice: £49.95 Colour: Black
Used for: Yoga andPilates
Comfort rating: 4
Style rating: 3
Sizing: 4
Performance: 4
Love it or hate it rating: 4
Wash verdict: Ok, shrank slightly
Value for money/would you buy? Quite expensive, I would consider them if they had a roll-down waistband.

I liked the flexibility of the fabric and over the hip and knee, I would have liked the stomach part to have a firmer fabric or a roll-over waistband to act as a control panel, I don’t think that would compromise the flexibility.

Rohnisch Maja tested by Clare

clare1.png Price: £45 Colour: Black
Used for: Pilates
Comfort rating: 4
Style rating: 3 – loved the waistband didn’t like the drawcords at hem
Sizing: 3
Performance: 4
Love it or hate it rating: 4
Wash verdict: good – no problems
Value for money/would you buy? Not too bad, I would want to wear them for longer to see how they lasted before commenting.
I really liked the waistband style and they kept their shape well during exercise, I would probably buy these if they didn’t have the drawcord hem.

Sweaty Betty Fifi tested by Lou

fifi.pngPrice: £50 Colour: Black
Used for: Pilates
Comfort: 4
Style: 4, Only issue is that they are too long for me
Sizing: 3
Performance: 5 Excellent
Love it or hate it rating: 3 They are good but not perfect for me, for someone else they would probably be great.
Wash verdict: They kept their shape well and didn’t fade.
Value for money/ would you buy this item? Probably not they a little too expensive.

I liked the fabric and the style of the roll-over waistband (everyone says this is quite flattering), they did feel a bit big and baggy though, I think I would prefer a slimmer leg shape, but generally they are good.

Rohnisch Carneval Loose Pants tested by Janet

janet.png Price: £45 Colour: Black
Used for: Pilates, Running and slobbing around
Comfort: 5
Style rating: 3
Sizing: 2 – too long and yet I am 5ft 8.
Performance: 4
Love it or hate it rating: 3, very comfy and the material feels nice.
Wash verdict: Washed twice at 40 degrees and they were fine.
Value for money? Would you buy? Bit pricey for me, but maybe as a gift.
They were very comfortable and washed well although the tassles came undone when I was running and then came out which was a pain. Good for people taller than me.

About the class:

This Pilates group meets once a week on a Thursday morning in Bath. It is an all women class with ages ranging from 35-65. Class teacher Anna Beament is a a full time Personal Trainer and teaches Pilates, Spinning and BodyAttack. If your group or club would like to be involved in the tried and tested features please email testing@sportsister.com with your details.

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Buy Rohnishe online at: Sheactive

Buy Casall online at: sportswoman.co.uk

Buy SweatyBetty online at: SweatyBetty

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