Overall Rating - 9.2 / 10
PROS / prAna Pillar Legging covers most needs for yoga. The material is four-way stretch and breathable. The mid rise style provides sufficient support and coverage, and keeps everything tucked in.
CONS / I notice crotch sweat mark (vaguely visible) in Mysore yoga practice (~80 degree Fahrenheit). Although the encased elastic band doesn't pinch my waist, it is not as comfortable as flat waistband (this is my personal preference as I know others like the elastic band).
BOTTOM LINE / prAna Pillar Legging is a very cozy piece. While it is breathable and sweat wicking which helps me stay cool in a sweaty class, it also keeps me warm in cold weather, The mid rise style offers decent coverage for the midsection. The legging is flattering and creates a leggy look.
Top: Lululemon Free To Be Bra*Wild, Black, Size 4 (true to size).
Bottom: prAna Pillar Legging, Charcoal Heather Mosaic, XS (true to size).
prAna was started in a garage in Carlsbad, California, in 1992 by founders Beaver and Pam Theodosakis. Back in the day, climbing and yoga gear were not as popular as today, so the couple decided to create their own stylish and sustainably made clothes. They sewed clothes themselves, labeled them with tags made from homemade recycled paper, and shipped orders in fruit boxes from local grocery stores. Fast forward to 2018, 26 years later, the brand has grown and expended their products line from climbing and yoga to outerwear, women’s swimwear, and men’s boardshort. What hasn't changed is their mission, to inspire healthy, active, and free-inspired living, and commitment, to sustainability, community, and doing right still inspires and pushes them to find innovative ways to do good things in a good way.
Details of Prana Pillar Legging -
Many of my friend are prAna fans including myself; however, their leggings don't always flatter my body curvatures. Given the popularity of the brand, prAna Pillar Legging is only my second pair prAna legging. I normally purchase their pants, tank tops and outwear. There is a prAna store close by me in Polo Alto, CA, but I don't visit it much. When I said close by, it's about 30 min drive, which is far compared to 10 min drive to Lululemon and Athleta. Can you tell I don't like driving?! Another reason I don't stop by the prAna store often is because there aren't many products in store. Anyway, I purchased this legging when visiting Boulder, Colorado, in May. I was amazed by the size of the prAna store in Boulder. It is at least triple the size of Polo Alto Store with way more products (almost everything I see online is available in that store).
By the way, prAna Pillar Legging in Charcoal Heather Mosaic was still available in couple sizes when I was drafting this review. Unfortunately, it's sold out on prAna now. That said, you can still find it somewhere else online (check Where to Buy below) or consider different colors that are still available on prAna. Let's take a close look of prAna Pillar Legging in Charcoal Heather Mosaic.
The legging is made in Vietnam.
I like the cottony soft fabric of prAna Pillar Legging. It reminds me of Lululemon Luon. The material is four-way stretch, sweat wicking and breathable. It covers almost all the needs for yoga except for one minor problem. I notice sweat marks around the crotch and hip crease areas in yoga (~80 degree Fahrenheit). It is not very visible due to the mosaic pattern that helps to hide those marks. The reason that I notice it is because I look closely in Baddha Konasana. I expect sweat marks being more noticeable if the legging is in a plain color (black and charcoal heather).
The legging is made with soft synthetic fabric and constructed with flatlocking seams. There is a lined gusset for added reinforcement. I do not see any color fading and pilling after few washes and wears. I will provide update if anything changes.
prAna Pillar Legging is true to size and the XS fits me perfectly. I've never had the size issue with prAna. I did experience the front rise being too long in the past, but it is not the case for Pillar Legging. Unlike other prAna leggings that flatten my butt, Pillar Legging lifts the bum nicely and enhances body curvatures well.
Just like all other full length leggings, there is extra fabric gathering at the ankle unless I wear it over the heel,
Although there is an encased elastic band in the waistband (not as comfortable as flat waist), it doesn't dig into the skin. The material is soft and has similar touch to cotton. It provides good ventilation in a sweaty class, and keeps me warm in cold weather. The medium compression is prefect for any workout, yet not too "tight" for casual wear.
I highly recommend prAna Pillar Legging. It is classic and reasonably priced. It covers most needs for yoga. The fabric is soft, four-way stretch, breathable and moisture wicking. The legging is flattering and the mid rise waist provides sufficient coverage and support for the midsection. The only thing to watch out for is the sweat mark by the crotch area.
Where to Buy -
prAna Pillar Legging in Charcoal Heather Mosaic has sold out on prAna, but you can find it on Amazon, eBags, and Shoes.
Stores carry prAna include Backcountry, EVO, REI, Sun & Ski, Yoga Outlet and Zappos.
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