Athleta Review: Elation Tight

Larry and I at Tolt Macdonald Park for our Fall Colors Kayaking Class with REI

Athleta Elation Tight

$88
9

Quality

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Sizing

9.0/10

Support

8.5/10

Comfortability

9.5/10

Pros

  • Size Inclusive
  • Comes in Different Prints and Colors
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Super Soft
  • Has Pockets

Cons

  • Does Pill
  • Expensive
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Updated: 4/11/2020 | Athleta Elation Tight Review

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Athleta Elation 7/8 Tights in Dark May Rose, Black, Flagstone Grey and Constellation Blue

About Athleta

Athleta is part of the Gap family and has been around since 1998. They design versatile and fashionable performance apparel for the gym, studio and everything in between. Athleta believes that “A woman athlete is her most powerful self when she’s fully engaged in the moment – when she discovers her strength, her focus, her power.” Their products are designed to live up to the challenges those moments bring and hope to make you look as amazing as you feel.

In 2016 Athleta expanded their offerings by launching Athleta Girl, an activewear line for young girls and teens. Athleta also offers a Give-it-a-workout Guarantee. If the item doesn’t perform for you, you can exchange or return it without any hassle!

Ready to paddle! I am wearing my Athleta Elation Tights, Lolë jacket, lululemon puff beanie and gray long sleeve shirt.
Wearing my Athleta Elation Tights, Lolë jacket, lululemon puff beanie and gray long sleeve shirt.

Athleta Review: Elation 7/8 Tight

On my last visit to Athleta, I tried the Elation tights. They come in capri and 7/8 lengths and felt and looked a lot like lululemon Align pants.

The difference between the high rise and crop Elation tight variations are the size of the waistband.

#1 How Does Athleta Sizing Run?

Athleta bottoms run true to size (TTS) and come in Regular, Tall, Petite and Plus sizing. I wear a size 6 in lululemon and opted for a size SMALL in Athleta.

The leggings fit perfectly with a little room around the waist area. I can see the room in the waistband being a bit troublesome for women with smaller or bigger waists. I did not experience any slippage during practice.

athleta Size Chart
Athleta Size Chart

#2 Style:  The Elation bottoms come in 7/8 and capri length. The pants went really well with my transcendence bra in black.

#3 Inseam:  The inseam of the 7/8 pants measure 24″ and the leg opening sits on top of my ankle. I am 5’5″ or sizing reference. I also bought the Elation capris to try on. They have a 21″ inseam and sit 2.5″ above my ankle.

#4 Rise: The pants come wish a high rise fit. The front rise measures 9″ and back rise is 9.25″.

#5 Waistband: The waistband is constructed with an “unpinchable” waistband feature. A 3-layer inner mesh construction smooths out your midsection for a no-muffin-top look. The tights are constructed with a 3.75″ tall waistband that sits on top of my navel.

  • Fabric Content: Made with Athleta‘s signature Powervita fabric.
  • Fabric Feel: The fabric feels very stretchy and lightweight. The fabric feel is thicker than Align pants. It has a cottony brushed feel and feels very similar to Align fabric. They feel extremely comfortable on.
  • Fabric Performance:
    • The fabric is light and quick to dry.
    • The fabric has 4-way stretch, allowing it to contour to the body.
    • The fabric feels soft yet compressive. With the added Unpinchable Waistband feature, the pants offer a hugging sensation. You will not have to tug or pull at these pants during practice.
    • Unfortunately after three wears, the fabric has already started pilling.
  • Opacity: The fabric is 100% opaque (not see through).
  • Fabric Features:
    • There is a black Athleta logo on the back waistband of the pant.
    • There is a square pocket sewn on the inside of the front waistband, sitting just over the right hip.

#7 When to Wear: I wear my Elation tights everywhere. They’re best suited for both low and high impact activities.

#8 Cost: The 7/8 tights cost $89, which is only $9 less than lululemon Align pants. The crops are $79. Scroll down for a list of places you can buy Athleta pants for a better deal. If you’re an instructor, you can get 20% off in-store only.

#9 Gusset: The pants are constructed with a triangle-shaped gusset and lined with breathable CoolMax® fabric in black. Their gusset is solid.

#10 Stitch Seam: Flat fell seams are used throughout the pant to allow for a flat and chafe free fit.

#11 UPF Protection: 50+ UPF

#12 Designed in San Francisco and made in Vietnam.

#13 Care Instructions: You can machine wash and tumble dry your Elation tights. I prefer to wash my pair inside out and on delicate with gentle detergent.

Afterwards, I hang dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one. This will allow the fabric to last longer and prevent pilling on the outer surface of the fabric.

Wearing Athleta Elation Tights and LOLE rain jacket
Wearing Athleta Elation Tights and LOLE rain jacket

Should I Buy Athleta?

I highly recommend the Elation tight.

The fabric is buttery soft and the quality is excellent. I wore mine to work and then to yoga and they held up great between activities. I especially love the way they are fit on my body. The compression feels soft and supportive, almost like you’re not wearing pants at all.

They’re a better alternative to lululemon Align pants. They’re also $9 cheaper than Aligns. Read my Align pants review to see the difference.

Where to Buy Athleta

  • Athleta
    • Use my link for a 20% off Athleta coupon code.
    • Apply for a 20% off instructor discount in-store. Must have a teaching schedule and certification. Applied to only full-priced merchandise.
  • eBay
  • Mercari – Use code SYVFUT for $2 off your first order.
  • Poshmark – Use code SCHIMIGGY for $5 off your first order.
  • REI

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