Overall Rating - 9.7 / 10
PROS / Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight is made with one of my favorite materials, Powertiva, with a shimmering finish. It is buttery soft, four-way stretch, breathable and moisture wicking. The medium compression fabric provides a gentle hug and the high waist keeps everything tucked in.
CONS / The tight runs big and the inseam is too long for me even the petite size. The shimmering finish is prone to VPL. In addition, it leaves embarrassing sweat spots.
BOTTOM LINE / Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight is a high performance yet stylish legging. There is no doubt that Powervita covers all the needs for yoga and gym workouts. It would have been perfect if it doesn't leave sweat spots. For a true size fit, do size down; however, it is more likely to show VPL.
About Athleta -
Although I have introduced Athleta and reviewed many of their leggings in the past, I want to point out one thing today. Gap Inc. launched a online-only men's athleisure brand called Hill City this Oct. "Active is a key growth area for Gap Inc. and Hill City is the response to consistent feedback from customers looking for a premium men's product that combines highly technical fabrications, performance and style," said Peck, CEO and President of Gap. While the Gap brand delivers men's clothes, Hill City fulfills a different need for him, by being a premium performance-first product.
I know many men, including my boyfriend, like Lululemon products, but I don't know anyone who has tried Hill City. I have high expectations on its products and wish they performs as well as Lululemon.
Detail of Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight -
Carrying on last holiday season, shimmering and glossy leggings continue to be the mainstream this year. They are everywhere. Countless athleisures release such leggings this winter, including Athleta, Beyond Yoga, Carbon38, DYI, Chill by Will, Emily Hsu, Glyder, Koral, etc. If you miss Lululemon HR WU in Luminosity Foil Print Black Silver last year, you definitely want to check out Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight. (my fourth pair from Athleta this season).
Top: Athleta Empower Daily Bra, Cinnamon Brown, XS (true to size).
Bottom: Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight, Cinnamon Brown, XS Petite (run big).
The legging is made in Vietnam.
Unlike many shimmering leggings in the market that are plasticky, Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight is made with buttery soft Powervita fabric. It is lightweight, breathable, four-way stretch and moisture wicking. The material is medium compression offering a gentle hug to the body. Compared to Lululemon HR WU in Luminosity Foil Print Black Silver, the fabric is thinner and lower compression.
While I like most performance aspects of the legging, I am not excited to see SWEAT SPOTS. They are so visible, as shown in the picture below taken right after my yoga practice (Ashtanga Mysore style in a ~80 degree Fahrenheit room). It is the same problem I run into with Lululemon Align Pant in So Merlot. For that reason, I may not wear it again to the sweaty practice though it covers most needs (performance wise) for yoga.
I have no complaint of the quality. The legging is constructed with flatlocking seams throughout with a lined gusset. The waistband is made with three-layer streamlines for support. What I like the most is how soft, smooth and breathable Powervita fabric is even though it leaves sweat spots.
Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight runs big, which is mentioned on the website as well. For a true size fit, please size down. There are two reasons that I stick with my regular size. For one, it doesn't come with XXS in petite. Second of all, XXS is more prone to the panty line. To avoid VPL, I have to carefully pick and choose the underwear. So far, Lululemon Not So There Bikini is my best bet. Although I only wear seamless panties, some of them are more prone to VPL than others. I also notice that the legging is longer (~3" longer) than all other petite leggings I've purchased from Athleta. As a result, there is extra fabric gathering around the ankle unless I wear it over the heel. Yes, it is long enough for me to do so.
On the upside, the legging gives a flattering look. It shapes and lifts the bum nicely. Not only does the high waistband provide great support, it also keeps everything tucked in and hides the muffin top.
The tight is very comfortable with perfect amount of compression and the fabric is breathable. There is an elastic band on the waistband, but it is absolutely pinch-free. I also like the high waist for extra support.
Athleta Elation Shimmer Tight is a YES if you are looking for a shiny, shimmering legging. It is made with the buttery soft and sleek Powervita fabric. It covers most needs for yoga and gym workouts. Unfortunately, it leaves sweat spots from high sweat exercises. With that said, I still like the legging, just not for heated yoga. By the way, the tight runs big, but I recommend to go with your regular size to minimize VPL.
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