Overall Rating - 9.1 / 10
PROS / Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight, made with recycled Nylon, is four-way stretch, breathable and sweat wicking. The fabric is light weight and low compression, great for heated and non-heated yoga. The high waist provides lots of support and coverage.
CONS / The encased elastic waistband doesn't work for me. It is narrow and not stretchy. I struggle a lot to pull the pant up. I worry that I may rip it off. Once I have the legging up, it fits fine on the waist.
BOTTOM LINE / Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight is a great legging for yoga. I am surprised that the encased "inelastic" band doesn't dig or pinch my skin. The high waist provides great coverage. The recycled material (similar texture to jacquard fabric) is light weight and breathable.
Details of Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight -
Top: Niyama Sol Sage Diamondback Sports Bra, XS/S (true to size).
Bottom: Elation Glades 7/8 Tight, Flagstone Greg, XS Petite (true to size).
I think most people are familiar with Athleta, belonging to Gap Inc. Since I have shared quite a few Athleta leggings in the past, I will dive right in to Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight, which is newly released in the Fall 2018 collection. There are so many cute leggings from Athleta this reason. I have purchased three leggings and two tanks so far. Stay tune for the reviews of the other two leggings.
The legging is made in Vietnam.
The material is similar to Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in Suited Jacquard Black White (jacquard fabric). The differences are the recycled fabric of Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight is much softer, thinner and lower compression. If you are looking for tons of muscles support for high impact workouts, this may not be your best choice.
I like how it is breathable and stretchy. It works well for heated yoga. Surprisingly, it also keeps me warm from and to the studio, especially in Fall when the temperature is high 50s in the early morning. Compared to jacquard fabrics, i.e., Vimmia Leaf Jacquard Caprir and Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in Suited Jacquard Black White, Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight dries faster due to the lighter weight fabric.
Athleta seldom disappoints me. Elation Glades 7/8 Tight is constructed with flatlocking seams and a lined gusset. The waistband is made with 3 layers of mesh for support; however, the encased elastic band lacks of elasticity, which is the biggest miss of the legging. It reminds me of Beyond Yoga Fossilized High Waisted Legging. I had hard time to pull the pant up as the elastic band stuck around the hip. Though it eventually stretched out, I was so worried that I might rip the legging off. Well, I encounter the same issue with Elation Glades 7/8 Tight. Since I've only worn it for couple times, I don't know for sure whether the elastic band will stretch out eventually. I hope it will to make my life easier when putting the legging on.
Thanks Athleta for carrying Petite sizes. The length and front rise fit me much better than regular sizes (I'm 5'2"). The tight is true to size and I wear an XS Petite. As long as I can pull the pant up (pass the hip) without ripping it off, it fits and hugs me nicely. The tight shapes and lifts all right places of the body. Even though the elastic band lacks of elasticity, it doesn't pinch or dig in to my waist. In fact, the waistband provides support and hides the muffin top very well. You may not experience the same issue with the elastic band if you have a smaller or less curvy hip.
Unlike some jacquard-like fabrics I've tried (thick and scratchy), the recycled poly (jacquard like) is cottony soft and stretchy, way softer and stretchier than Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in Suited Jacquard Black White. It's comfortable to wear anytime and anywhere, from yoga, running errands to lounging at home. Despite the inelastic band, the waistband is pinch free and it provides great comfort and support.
Made with Recycled fabric, Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight is cottony soft, four-way stretch, breathable and moisture wicking. It is a great legging for yoga, both heated and non-heated classes. Due to its low compression material, it doesn't provide tons of muscles support for high impact workouts. The tight gives a flattering fit. Other than the struggle of putting the pant on (stuck at the hip due to the inelastic waist), I am quite satisfied with its overall performance.
Where to Buy -
You can find Athleta Elation Glades 7/8 Tight in Athleta Stores or online. Special sizes like Petite, Tall and Plus are available online.
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