Overall Rating - 9.6 / 10
PROS / Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is made with one of the best innovation fabrics, POWERVITA, by Athleta. It offers next-to-nothing sensation. It is breathable, moisture wicking, fast dry and four-way stretch. The high waisted style provides excellent coverage. One of my favorite designs is bonded-edge stash pockets, which are easy access and practical.
CONS / The seams by the side pockets are not flattering on me and the legging attracts lint. Although it is not severe, it is noticeable.
BOTTOM LINE / If you like Lululemon Nulu, you should check out Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight. It offers the same sensation (barely-there) and performance (breathable, fast dry and four-way stretch) to Nulu. The unpinchable high waistband gives great support and coverage. Not only is the last cut detail stylish, but it also provides ventilation.
Excuse me for skipping the Brand Introduction section today. I've reviewed quite a few Athleta's leggings, please visit previous articles to know more.
Details of Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight -
Top: Lululemon Reveal Bra Precision, Black, 4 (true to size).
Bottom: Athleta Laser Cut Tight, Black, XS Petite (true to size).
Athleta introduces their latest fabric, POWERVITA, in this spring collection. It is advertised as The Ultimate Yoga Fabric. When I first touched the fabric in store, I immediately fell in love with it. It reminded me of Lululemon Nulu, one of my favorite materials. There were quite a few of styles made with POWERVITA to choose from, but I had my eyes on Laser Cut Salutation Tight because of cute laser cut details and convenient side pockets. Let's take a look of how it fits and performs.
The legging is made in Vietnam.
I am so happy with Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight. It covers all the needs for yoga and gym workouts. It is four-way stretch, moisture wicking and fast dry. The lightweight fabric is cottony soft and breathable. The legging is 100% opaque. Although Athleta advertises is as light compression, it feels more like medium compression to me. Compared to Lululemon Align Pant, which is made with Nulu, Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is slightly higher compression.
Athleta stands behind the quality of their products. If anything doesn't meet your expectation, you can return the item anytime even it's been worn and washed. Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is constructed with flatlocking seams with a breathable gusset. The only complaints I have it's that it attracts lints and probably pets hair too, which is also seen on Lululemon Luon and Nulu fabrics. Compared to Beyond Yoga x Kate Spade Cinched Bow Capri, lint magnet, Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is not bad at all. Since I am a little bit OCD, I can't tolerate any lint on my clothes.
It is true to size. I wear XS Petite. One thing I like Athleta over other activewear brands is that they offer petite size. The leggings fit me the way they are supposed to be (lengthwise) on an average height person. Like this legging, it hits right by my ankle without extra fabric gathering around. The inseam of the petite size is 2" shorter than the regular one. Two inches makes a big difference.
In fact, I ordered two colors, Black and Light Plum. I ended up returning the Light Plum because it makes my thighs look big. The seams on the side of front thighs by side pockets do not give a leggy look. The light color, Light Plum, only makes it worse and does not work for me.
I love POWERVITA fabric. It's unbelievably soft and super breathable. The high waistband delivers great support and hides the muffin top. Surprisingly, the encased elastic band is pinch-free. Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is so comfortable and versatile that I've been wearing it to work a lot.
Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is a classic and fun workout pant. In addition to its high performance, it is also practical with two bonded-edge pockets that are easy access and can fit my iPhone 6. The legging is made with new POWERVITA fabric that is buttery soft, four-way stretch, moisture wicking and fast dry. It feels and performs like Lululemon Nulu. The high waistband is comfortable and hides the muffin top. I highly recommend Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight.
Where to Buy -
Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight is available in store and online. It is currently on sale for $62.99; however, small sizes have sold out.
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