Overall Rating - 9.8 / 10
PROS / Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight is made with one of the softest fabric, Powervita, by Athleta. It is medium high compression giving the body a gentle hug. The material is four-way stretch, breathable and sweat wicking. The high waist helps keep everything tucked in and laser cut details provide airflow during the practice.
CONS / The cottony soft Powervita fabric is a lint magnet. Note that the lint isn't noticeable on a patterned tight, i.e., Athleta Elation Virasana Stripe 7/8 Tight.
BOTTOM LINE / Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight is a high performance and stylish legging. Powervita fabric covers all the needs for yoga and the high waist offers tons of support. No only do the laser cut details provide airflow, but they also make a plain legging pop. My favorite design has to be side pockets. They are practical and easy assess.
Details of Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight -
This is one of the five leggings I purchased from Athleta this Fall. I have reviewed two pairs, Athleta Elvation Glades 7/8 Tight and Athleta Elation Virasana Stripe 7/8 Tight, so far. Today, let's take a look of the third pair, Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight.
Top: Lululemon Awaking Bra Taryn Toomey Collection, Misty Mauve, size 4 (true to size).
Bottom: Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight, Augerge, XS Petite (true to size).
Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight is the legging that will catch your immediate attention by its cute laser cut details. It comes with two colors, Auberge and Black. Both colors are classic and versatile. I own a similar pair, Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight, in Black, so I go with Auberge this time. It is a beautiful wine / mulberry color.
The tight is made in Vietnam.
Just like Athleta Laser Cut Salutation Tight and Elation Virasana Stripe 7/8 Tight, Niyama 7/8 Tight is made with buttery soft Powervita fabric. It is four-way stretch, breathable and moisture wicking. The legging is medium high compression, which suits for yoga and gym workouts. Given how the waistband is constructed with a 3/4" wide elastic band and an extra seam across the middle, it provides tons of support for training and stays put with movement. This design is different to all my previous reviewed leggings from Athleta, and I absolutely love its extra support.
There are two features I like a lot: bonded side pockets and laser cut details.
Bonded Side Pockets -
They are practical and ease assess. They can fit an iPhone 8 plus. When I don't want to carry a bag to the studio or gym, I can simply put my personal essentials (keys, credit cards and cell phone) inside the pockets.
Laser Cut Details -
They make the legging pop while providing airflow during the practice. That said, they can be a problem when walking to the studio in cool/cold weather.
It is constructed with flatlocking seams and the gusset is lined. What is unique about this legging is the bonded hem. There is no stitch and seam, which helps to minimize bunching. Similar to Lululemon Luon fabric, Powervita is cottony soft, but it attracts lint. It is noticeable especially with white lint (see the picture below).
I LOVE the fact that it comes with petite sizes. I wear my normal size, XS Petite, which fits perfectly on me. Having a legging that fits isn't enough, it has to be flattering as well. Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight creates a leggy look. It shapes and lifts all the right places of the body. In addition, I appreciate how the waistband is constructed. Even though there is an elastic band, it doesn't pinch or dig into my skin. On the contrary, it makes me feel secured and keeps everything tucked in.
Soft, cozy and comfy! This is how I would describe Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight. Powervita fabric provides perfect amount of compression, enough for yoga and workouts yet not too much for lounging at home. Even though there is an elastic band on the waistband, it is wide and pinch free. Instead of digging to the skin or showing the muffin top, it makes me feel secured and covered.
Athleta Niyama 7/8 Tight is a must have legging. The design is simple yet fun with two practical side pockets. The tight is made with the softest fabric, Powervita, Athleta has ever made. It covers everything you need for yoga and more. I also wear it for gym workouts since it provides sufficient compression for muscle supports and the waistband makes me feel extra secured. Most importantly, it is cute and flattering.
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