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Glyder Review: High Power Striped Leggings – Lululemon QS Dupe

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Glyder Leggings (Left to Right): Elongate Leggings, Ankle Corset Leggings, Elongate Striped Leggings

What is Glyder?

Glyder Ninja Crop Leggings in Black

Glyder is an activewear brand based out of Southern California. Glyder set out to offer women a fitness collection that wouldn’t sacrifice great quality, unique designs, or affordability. Their collections are super fashionable and functional. They are also made to be the best fitting, highest quality, performance garments anyone has ever sweat in. Glyder hopes to inspire others to live by their Mantra: WORK. SWEAT. PLAY.

I remember back in 2012 when they were just starting out, I saw them on Instagram and bought a pair of Ninja Crops in black. They were so simple looking yet the cut out detail on the leg opening was very appealing and unique. Nowadays you can find cut outs in many activewear designer collections. I would say Glyder even pioneered the cut out trend in activewear. I also tried their bras. They were cute but never fit me comfortably (they run small).

Glyder Review: High Power Striped Leggings

lululemon quiet stripe crop leggings
Lululemon Quiet Stripe Crop Leggings

I saw Glyder’s High Power striped leggings and knew I had to get them. They’re reminiscent of lululemon’s Quiet Stripe QS Wunder Under Crop leggings which are currently going for $300+ on the reseller market. I love how they look but I would never spend that much money, especially on used AND white clothing. Luckily there’s an alternative copy-cat by Glyder.

I missed out on purchasing Glyder’s Elongate Striped leggings in my size during the first release in 2016. In April 2017, I noticed the pants on a for sale board and decided to purchase them in a size medium. I figured I could give them a try. By this point the pants were SOLD OUT everywhere online.

UPDATE (6/16/2017): Glyder has restocked their popular High Power Stripe leggings. They’re available in both crops and full length!

glyder stripe leggings review lululemon qs dupe

#1 Size: Glyder runs big. I’ve previously worn a size small in Glyder’s crops and experienced stretching. I bought the Elongate crops and leggings in size small and they kept sliding down. I had to size down to an Extra Small in this particular fabric.  For reference, I wear a lululemon size 6. I would even suggest sizing down if you want a tighter fit. In my initial review, I tried the medium and it was definitely too big for me. It would be a better fit someone sized 8-12 lululemon. The waist kept folding over and it also felt loose in the thigh area. Wishful thinking made me believe a medium might work for me.

glyder size chart

#2 Style:  Glyder makes long, capri and short length bottoms. They also make jackets, tops and bras.

#3 Inseam:  Glyder long leggings have a 28″ inseam. The leg opening lands in the middle of my foot arch. I am 5’5″ for reference. The inseam is long and great for tall gals.

#4 Rise: Glyder bottoms are created with a high rise fit. Combined with the tall waistband, the pants sit at the waist just at the navel.

#5 Waistband: Glyder bottoms are made with a tall waistband measuring 3.5″ tall with the top of the band sitting at the navel.

#6 Fabric:

  • Fabric Content: Glyder pieces are made with their signature FORMA101 Nylon Polyester Spandex blend.
  • Fabric Feel: Their FORMA101 fabric is super soft with a brushed feel. It’s similar to lululemon luon and Athleta Lycra fabric blend (fabric that is used in Chaturanga leggings and crops).
  • Fabric Performance:
    • Glyder definitely feels less compressive than their competitor brands. It will stretch over time so definitely size down.
    • The fabric has 4 way stretch allowing it to be form fitting on the body.
    • Because it’s brushed, I would assume it’s also prone to pilling. I’ve worn them about 5 times and haven’t experienced pilling yet.
  • Opacity: The leggings are not see-through, but it is most likely because I purchased the wrong size. I would recommend sizing down in this brand.
  • Fabric Features:
    • My lines did not match up in the front nor back, however this is not a big deal for me. It’s hard to notice it when I am moving on my mat.
    • The long and crop leggings have a hidden inner pocket in waistband.
Back view of the leggings. You can see the lines do not match up.
Front view of the leggings. The lines are a bit off but not as much as the back of the leggings.

#7 When to Wear: Glyder is designed for  yoga, running, pilates, cross training and many other activities. I wear mine both casually and during my workouts/yoga sessions. I get tons of complements when I wear my Glyders.

#8 Cost: Glyder leggings are very affordable! They have an MSRP of $74 and retailers are constantly offering coupon and discount codes for the savvy shopper. Check out Glyder retailers here.

#9 Gusset: Glyder bottoms come with a double-layered, diamond gusset for a comfortable and secure fit.

glyder gusset interior
Glyder gussets are double layered and diamond shaped.

#10 Stitch Seam: Flat fell seams are used throughout the leggings, giving it a chafe free fit and seamless performance.

#11 UPF Protection: Not disclosed.

#12 Made in China.

#13 Care Instructions: Being that these are white leggings, I’d make sure to wash these babies with utmost care. I’d wash it with gentle laundry detergent, inside out, on gentle cycle and ALWAYS wash with like colors. I wash my white stripe Glyders separately and  hang to dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one. Avoid bleach, fabric softener and using an iron as the chemicals and heat could damage and warp the elasticity within the fabric. Additional care instructions can be found here.

Should I Buy Glyder Leggings?

You should definitely buy Glyder leggings! I love the quality of their fabric and they have classic, slimming designs. I wear my Glyders all the time. I do wish they had a larger color palette (more blues and greens). I haven’t experienced pilling with my pair yet, but I’m also very careful of how I care for my leggings. It’s time to accept the fact that I would be missing out lots of cute clothing if I let pilling get the best of me. In the world of fashion where we’re always looking for the perfect fit, however you’ll end up winning and losing some. Overall, Glyder is a definite win for me!

Wearing Glyder High Power Stripe Leggings and Victoria’s Secret Mesh Band Bra

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