Carbon38 is a high end online athletic wear retailer that stocks fashion-forward fitness brands including Alo Yoga, Lucas Hugh, Michi, Onzie, K-Deer and my most recent favorite –Ultracor. Check out my experience shopping at Carbon38 here. Carbon38 has quickly become a fashion hub for the active woman looking for the alternative to lululemon or Nike.
Carbon38 began offering their own line of products ranging from $40 to $400. I decided to give their products a try and review!
Carbon38 Reveal and Review
I purchased an entire Carbon38 outfit! The entire color palette is interchangeable. I decided on this combination because I am obsessed with green, but still needed a bit of contrast. Naturally grey and black complement the shiny green leggings and voila, I have an outfit that I will wear repeatedly.
Carbon38 Takara Leggings Review
#1 Size: Based on their size chart, I went with a size Medium in the Takara leggings. I am a size 6 in lululemon for reference. The Medium fit perfectly! I would advise sizing up due to the tighter fitting waistband.
#2 Style: Long length legging with a wide bounded elastic waistband.
#3 Inseam: 29″ inseam
#4 Rise: The Rise is high and sits just below the belly button.
#5 Waistband: The waistband is wide and measures 3.25″. The waistband is composed of a large elastic band encased by fabric. The fabric is then sewn shut with a flat seam on one side of the waist. I had no issues with the waistband moving and it felt more supportive than without. I did not have to tug at my pants multiple times as how I usually have to when wearing pants without an elastic waistband.
- Fabric Content: 80% Nylon 20% Lycra
- Fabric has a cire (shiny) finish, creating a sleek and sexy look and feel.
- Fabric is thin and feels like a second skin. I unfortunately wore some bikini briefs that were totally see through due to the soft nature of the fabric. I highly recommend wearing a thong, or if you’re daring enough – to even go commando.
- The leggings are very lightweight! They’re great for traveling.
- Fabric fits and feels like nothing I’ve tried before. I have a pair of Beyond Yoga Gloss Over High Waist leggings that feel similar but are more compressive.
- Fabric is very durable. It doesn’t snag easily and does not pill.
#7 When to Wear: Takara leggings are perfect for yoga, any style of fitness and casual wear. I love wearing my entire Carbon38 ensemble because it goes so well together. I would definitely also wear it out on a date with a black tunic or just casually with a chunky sweater while I’m running errands around town.
#8 Cost: Carbon38 leggings are $98 and up. The price point is comparable to other brands and they’re definitely worth the investment!
#9 Gusset: Triangle shaped and single layered gusset.
#10 Stitch Seam: Flat seams are used throughout the pant including on one side of the waistband.
#11 UPF Protection: Not Disclosed
#12 Made in China
#13 Care Instructions: Wash your leggings in cold water with gentle detergent inside-out. Always hang or lay flat to dry. I avoid sunlight as well.
Rally Tank Review
You need this tank in all the colors! The Rally Tank‘s ($42) fit is so flattering. The material is 100% jersey and very lightweight and comfortable. Depending on my mood, I wear the top both tied and un-tied. I love when the un-tied ends peek out underneath my jacket giving the illusion that I am wearing a skirt or extra long tank. Both variations are attractive. The Rally Tank is definitely is a classic silhouette that will go with many of my other activewear pieces. My favorite thing about this top is that it doesn’t pill. This tank will hold up for a long time.
Catalyst Bra Review
The Catalyst bra ($65) fit me perfectly. I ordered a medium and wear a size 8 in lululemon. The material feels like swimwear and can be worn on land and in sea. The strappy, cage style back is very attractive. It’s one of my favorite Carbon38 bras.
Hassium Solid Parka
The Hassium Solid Parka ($295) is life! The material very technical and lightweight. It doesn’t have the most flattering silhouette (arms are a bit big) but it’s a great piece to wear over activewear or running errands. I recommend buying your true size or sizing down for a slimmer fit. The fabric is also great for Spring or Fall seasons. It does not offer much insulation if you’re looking for Winter outerwear. Carbon38 offers the Hassium/Arrancada parka in black, olive green and navy.
Should I Buy Carbon38 Activewear?
YES! Definitely buy this outfit and anything else they offer. I love their parkas, tanks and leggings. After this review, I am trying to resist buying the Takara leggings and Rally tanks in every color. I highly recommend the Carbon38 brand because the quality is excellent and the look is chic and sexy. They don’t create many pieces, but when they do, the quality is pristine and the offerings are very well though out in terms of performance and appeal.
$100 Carbon38 Gift Card Giveaway
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Contest runs from April 1st, 2017 and ends April 15th, 2017 at Midnight.
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