Gear Review: Yoga Pants

Lots of weird things can happen to pants when you do yoga.  The waist can get droopy.  They can ride up all up your asana.  The seams can creep around, or the fabric can get bunchy in some awkward way and you end up spending half your practice trying to get your pants under control lest you flash your mat neighbor. 

Before I get into my reviews of pants I have known, a little summary: I do yoga everyday, so it's important that my pants are comfortable and hold up to being washed a million times, but I also teach several days a week, so I want to look put-together and professional and dare I say, stylish.  Also, I prefer natural fabrics over "high-tech" fabrics.  Some people don't like how heavy cotton gets when it gets sweaty, but it doesn't bother me, so you can take that into account when you see my "heat" rating.

Onto the reviews!

Hard Tail
Comfort:
5/5
Durability: 4/5
Style:3/5
Handles the Heat: 4/5
Price: $$
Review: These are my go-to yoga pants.  They are awesomely comfortable, reasonably priced (catch sales at Nordstrom or londomondo), and durable.  I've had to retire them only when they've gotten holes-- they never pill, and the dye stays vibrant, even the black.  Mostly I love the fold-over waistband.

Victoria's Secret
Comfort: 4/5

Durability: 2/5
Style: 3/5
Handles the Heat: 3/5
Price: $
Review: These go on sale constantly, which is great.  VS pants are decent, but  I haven't bought these in a long time because they wear out too quickly for my taste.  They stretched out, got pilly, and faded.  So, there is a reason they are so cheap.  I wouldn't wear them to teach a class.

Bali Dog
Comfort:
5/5
Durability: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Handles the Heat: 4/5
Price: $$$
Review:  My husband bought me a pair of these several years ago, and in spite of being hand-painted and going through the wash eleventy billion times, they still look awesome.  Major style points.  They're comfortable, with a decent rise and the waistband stays put, even when I'm sweaty.  So considering how well these pants have served me, maybe the outrageous pricetag is justified.  They run REALLY long though, so if you're a shorty like me, go with the capris, else you'll be chopping off inches of beautiful design.  Be warned that the shipping takes forever. 

Capri by Shakti Activewear
Comfort:
3/5
Durability: 4/5
Style: 2/5
Handles the Heat: 5/5
Price: $$
Review: I wished I loved these pants more.  The fabric is fantastic for a sweaty class, but the waist can get droopy, especially in the back (bad news).  Maybe if I didn't have a booty they would be better.  Also, Shakti's clothes are notoriously on the small side, so watch out for that.

BPAL Pants by Bella
Comfort:
5/5
Durability: 4/5
Style: 4/5
Handles the Heat: 4/5
Price: $
Review: OK so I love BPAL perfumes, and I totally dig the punky designs the Trading Post offers.  These pants are seriously comfortable.  The first pair I had seemed to be a smoother fabric and the newest pair I bought seem more cottony.  I don't know why that is, but they are still great pants.  They've held up well and the waist band behaves.

Melodia Designs
Comfort: 5/5

Durability: 3/5
Style: 5/5
Handles the Heat: 4/5
Price: $$
Review: Oh, Melodia.  Bellydance pants.  The capris are great for yoga.  I do wear the traditional flares for my home practice but I don't usually wear them to teach class because they are ridiculous.  That doesn't stop me from running around town in them, though.  The quality has gone downhill, unfortunately.  Some of my 4-year old pants look better than my new ones.  Unless you can score a pair off of a dancer's stash, I can't recommend them anymore, unfortunately.

Hatha Pant by Lucy
Comfort: 5/5

Durability: ?
Style: 4/5
Handles the Heat: ?
Price: $$
Review: OK I'm new to these pants so I can't say for sure how well they'll do in the long haul, and I haven't worn them for hot yoga yet.  BUT! These pants are amazing.  They are hands down the most comfortable pants I've had.  They're just cut really well and move so easily.  The fabric is on the thick side, which is why I haven't rocked them in the heat yet.  Also, the flare is kind of big on these, which looks great, but has been problematic when I teach because it obscures leg alignment.

Confession: I have not owned any lululemon clothes.  Have you?  I have heard (*whispers*) they can get irreversibly stinky.  Is that true?

Feel free to share your favorite yoga clothes! I want to know!