Author's Rating - 6.9 / 10
PROS / The medium high compression fabric of Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue works well for high impact workouts and provides sufficient muscles support. The super high waistband keeps everything tucked in and hides the muffin top.
CONS / At a such high price point, I am disappointed by the overlocking seams. The legging runs small. By wearing one size up, the leg and hip fit well on me; however, the waistband is quite snug. The front rise is too long which causing excess fabric around the crotch (not camel toe but close enough). Overall, the fit is off.
BOTTOM LINE / Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue is a cute and catchy legging with the studded embellishment. Other than the performance fabric that I like, the fit and the quality do not meet my expectations. Personally, I think the legging is overpriced.
About Beach Riot -
Top: Lululemon Twist & Train Bra, Black, 4 (true to size).
Bottom: Beach Riot Riot Legging, Blue, S (run small).
Founded by Nicole Hanriot in 2012, Beach Riot is best known for their swimwear. In addition to that, they also carry women clothing and activewear (Sport Riot). I came across Beach Riot about a year ago because of their eye catching leggings. I have to admit that they do design cute leggings. Sport Riot is gaining more popularity lately and you can find it everywhere from well known department stores like Nordstrom to independent retailers, such as Sculptique. It is hard to not notice Sport Riot.
"Whether soaking up the sun, exploring the world, or sweating it out in a workout class, Beach Riot is the go to brand for the new wave feminist!"
Details of Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue-
I have been wanting to try Beath Riot leggings for long time. Due to the high price tag, I couldn't justify the purchase until I saw it on super sale for $30 during last Black Friday Sale. This particular legging isn't what I really want; but for $30, it is worth to try. I notice that their leggings are constructed with overlocking seams. I don't normally purchase luxury leggings (aka expensive leggings) if they don't use flatlocking seams. Since Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue was on sale for only $30, I wouldn't mind to try it out.
The legging is made in USA.
The material is sleek, just like most fabrics used for athleisures. It is medium high compression providing muscles support needed for high impact workouts. I like how it "hugs" the body. It keeps the air flow and helps to wick the sweat away. Even though the legging works for yoga and gym workouts, I only wear it to the gym. Studded embellishments are super cute, but they get in the way in the asana practice. Take Bakasana (crow pose) as an example, studs digs into my arms as I bring knees up in the posture. It is not comfortable at all. In Pasasana and Marichyasana B & D, studs can also cause some problems when I bind. I've only worn this legging for yoga once and I learn my lesson!
The quality of the fabric is above average and studs are firmly attached to the legging. I've washed the leggings 4-5 times, and I don't see any stud missing. I turn the legging inside out when doing laundry. As to the construction, I am disappointed by overlocking seams. There are obvious signs of threads being stretched out and the picture below is the best evidence. It looks like I am trying to "squeeze" myself into a legging that's too small. For $126 (retail pair), I would expect a much better construction. At least, it has a lined gusset for reinforcement. Since the legging is in light blue color, I suggest not to wear a black underwear to avoid see-through. Any light color underwear will be just fine.
I'd say the legging runs small. Size small is a snug, compression fit on me. I wouldn't go with my regular size for sure. In fact, I probably could have worn a medium for a more comfortable and relax fit because the waistband is pretty tight. On the other hand, the crotch area fits on the loose side or maybe the front rise is just too long for my body frame. Either way, the legging is not flattering around the groin. If I have the area covered, Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue doesn't look horrible on me. In fact, it creates a leggy look, and it lifts and shapes the butt nicely.
I have no idea how and when the trend of ultra high waisted leggings starts. It seems to be higher each year. Waistbands of my over 5 year old leggings are about 3" wide and they sit below the navel. Then they get wider and cover up to the belly button. Nowaday, lots of leggings have waistbands more than 5" wide. They cover all the way up to lower ribs. Besides Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue, Beyond Yoga Alloy Ombre High Waisted Midi Legging (all Beyond Yoga High Waisted Leggings) and Carbon38 Cosmic Legging have really high waists. I don't mind such high waisted leggings, as they provide tons of coverage and support for the stomach; however, they tend to put too much pressure to my rib cage causing minor discomfort. Another downfall is that they don't stay put with and without the movement.
I like the silkiness of the fabric. It is soft and comfortable. The flat waistband is pinch free; however, when the waistband is too wide and fits way up to the rib, it is never comfortable. Let alone the waist is already on the small side. I feel very restricted on the midsection. It's unbearable to wear it for more than an hour.
Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue is my first Beach Riot legging and probably the last as well. I am glad that I only spent $30 for it instead of $126. Although the fabric covers most needs for yoga and gym workouts, the legging doesn't meet other requirements. Before of overlocking seams, there are obvious signs of threads being stretched out after the first wear. Although it has a pinch-free flat waistband, it is too wide and makes me feel restricted. The legging shapes and lifts all the right places of the body, BUT it doesn't fit right by the groin.
Where to Buy -
Beach Riot Riot Legging Blue is from previous season and it's nearly sold out everywhere except for Largo Drive. You can find the new collection of Sport Riot at Bandier, Bloomingdales, Carbon38, Inflow Style, Nordstrom, Revolve, Sculptique, Selfridges, simplyWORKOUT and The Sweat Bar.
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