We Compared 7 Athleta Leggings So You Can Shop With Confidence
While our denim drawer may be dwindling, our collection of workout clothes can only continue to grow, and we're not mad about it at all. Of all the brands we know and love, Athleta continues to be a standout. Customers love the comfort, fit, and size inclusivity of its products. If you're new to Athleta or just looking to add a new pair of leggings to your collection, we'll help you find the right pair for your lifestyle.
Whether you're someone who is obsessed with HIIT workouts, prefers to do low-impact workouts like yoga, or considers leggings as pants and wears them all day and night, Athleta has you covered. There are soft pairs, higher-compression pairs, and everything in between. We're particularly loving a cool pair of flared leggings, a pair of leggings with plenty of pockets, and a pair of leggings that's so soft and comfortable, you'll never want to take them off. Plus, there's even a pair of fleece lined leggings, because winter is coming sooner than any of us would like to admit, and it's important to be prepared. Keep reading to find your perfect pick!
Best Training Leggings: Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight
Tough training sessions call for these top rated Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7/8 Tights ($35 - $109). These are made with compression that's meant to hold you in without feeling restrictive. Wear these to get moving in a strength-training session or medium-impact workout.
What customers are saying: One reviewer noted that they "wore these tights to a hot yoga class yesterday and then to an eliptical workout later in the day. They are amazing, and I think my new favorites! They fit close without binding and allow for full range of motion."
Why we love them: If you're looking for versatile leggings you can wear for all different workouts, these are the pants for you. They're sweat-wicking, breathable, and suitable for hot yoga sessions and long runs.
What's worth noting: Some customers have noted that the pants run small, so if you're worried, consider sizing up.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 23, 25, 28 inch length | Colorways: 4
Best Thick Leggings: Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tight
We all know that some of our leggings are thicker than others; they're the ones we love for winter, when it's a bit colder outside. The Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket II 7/8 Tights ($109) are the go-to leggings when you want to feel comfy but still held in. These are great for low-impact workouts like yoga and Pilates where you aren't getting drenched in sweat. Plus, the side pockets are thick, and your items will not budge.
What customers are saying: One person said, "I love that they stay in place, unlike other brands that I am pulling up as I walk. Very soft and comfortable!" Another one raved, "This legging is very soft and doesn't cut off my circulation.. yet it still holds everything in. I can wear these all day with no problem. It's also flattering.I definitely recommend."
Why we love them: These leggings make your butt look amazing. They're perfectly compressive and thick enough to be warm and comfortable, plus we can't stop staring at ourselves in the mirror when we wear them.
What's worth noting: These leggings are, as we've said, thicker than most. They're not too heavy, and are fine if you're planning on working out hard, but if you're doing hot yoga, you might want something a little more breathable.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 25, 27, 30 inch length | Colorways: 3
Best Fleece Leggings: Athleta Peak Hybrid Fleece Tight
These Athleta Peak Hybrid Fleece Tights ($108) are built for cold weather training. We love the front zippered pockets, because they ensure your belongings are safe and secure, as well as the back zippered compartment, which is so useful. Plus, the woven fabric is both abrasion and water resistant.
What customers say: One person noted that these leggings are "very cute and comfortable. They are very versatile. Great for winter hiking but also looks good with boots and a sweater." Another person said, "This is the second pair I bought. They wash up beautifully. I have had my first pair for 3 years with no pilling. They are comfortable and keep me warm all day in the outdoors!"
Why we love it: Whether you're going on a winter walk or need to run errands all day, these pants are useful, versatile, flexible, and will keep you warm.
What's worth noting: These leggings are available in regular, tall, and petite lengths, so it's really easy to find your perfect pair. They're also made with recycled nylon, which is a high performance, sustainable fabric.
The details: Sizes: XS-XXL | Length: 27.5, 29.5, 32.5 in. length | Colorways: 3
Best Lightweight Leggings: Athleta Transcend 7/8 Tight
These Athleta Transcend 7/8 Tights ($60-$99) are super lightweight and perfect for practice on and off the mat. They're made with Athleta's new Vitafree fabric, which feels like you're wearing nothing, but still provides full coverage and support.
What customers are saying: One purchaser notes, "These tights are comfortable, squat-proof, and true to size. I love the vibrant color. The tights look and feel well made with quality materials." Another reviewer calls them "a good everything tight," saying "I love this tight. I now have 2 in this style. They're buttery soft and so comfortable. I took my tights on a road trip to San Francisco. They were comfortable for the car ride and still managed to keep the chill off my legs while walking at the peer. I also went for a run in my other pair today. They don't have compression but I found while I was wearing these the more I sweat the more they clung to me and stayed in place. I didn't have to keep pulling them up. I'm definitely buying more!"
Why we love it: This is the versatile, lightweight, everyday legging of your dreams. It's comfortable, easy to wear for a multitude of workouts, and won't budge while you're moving and sweating.
What's worth noting: These pants are lightweight and don't have a lot of compression. They have a second skin feel that's comfortable and feels like you're wearing nothing.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X | Length: 23, 25, 28 in. length | Colorways: 6
Best Yoga Leggings: Athleta Ultra High Rise Elation Tight
If you're in the market for the ultimate yoga leggings, you need the Athleta Ultra High Rise Elation Tight ($89). They are ultra high rise, and they won't slip or roll down at the waist. We love the Powervita fabric; it's buttery soft and perfect for lounging all day long, or getting some light movement in.
What customers are saying: One person said of these leggings, "My new favorite tights! Got the navy blue and the color is great. Fits perfect and washed well. The ultra high rise was super comfortable." Another person said, "Athleta's comfort and durability are unmatched. Other high end leggings pill and even rip with normal use. These last longer and look better than all competitors!"
Why we love them: We're always in the market for supremely comfortable leggings that feel like second skin. These pants are super flexible and can move with you through every yoga pose imaginable.
What's worth noting: These leggings have UPF protection, so if you're spending the day outside, you can feel protected and comfortable.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 25, 27, 30 inch length | Colorways: 3
Best Flare Leggings: Athleta Elation Flare Pant
If you're loving the flared legging trend, get your hands on these Athleta Elation Flare Pants ($60 - $99). They're made of buttery soft Powervita fabric, which is the material that feels as soft as butter. We like these for light movement or low impact activities. They're going to be our new go-to lounge pant.
What customers are saying: One customer said that these leggings were made of "great material that hugs your body in all the right places. So glad there's a petite size so it doesn't drag on the floor for my 5'0 self. So comfortable and cute!"
Why we love them: We're crushing hard on a flared legging, and we love that this pant leg isn't too exaggerated. Plus, the material is so comfortable.
What's worth noting: These are longer than average leggings, so if you're taller, these might be your new favorite pants.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 29.5, 31.5, 34.5 inch length | Colorways: 7
Best Black Leggings: Athleta Elation Train 7/8 Tight
If you love the look and feel of the Elation tight, but want something a bit more sweat-wicking for higher impact activities, you need the Athleta Elation Train 7/8 Tight ($89). The SuperSonic fabric is sleek and high-performance, with supportive compression to keep you held in. Sign us up!
What customers are saying: One person said, "Do you have leggings that bunch up around your knees or ankles? Do you struggle to find jeans that fit your waist AND fit your thick thighs? Do you have to roll up your jeans? Buy these leggings. The length is perfect for shorter athletes and gym rats like myself, and has enough give in the material to let out room for my legs without causing gaping and rolling down on the waistband. The extra thick waistband helps control and hold so you can get nasty on your deadlifts with ease and they look cute while doing it so you can drop in for a smoothie with friends afterwards. The thick stitching on the seams leads me to believe that these are durable and worth the price."
Why we love them: If you're looking for a classic black training legging, these are a great option to have. They've got the same shaping properties as other members of the Elation family, but are built for more sweaty activities.
What's worth noting: These leggings don't have side pockets, unlike most Athleta leggings. They do, however, have an interior pocket at the waistband.
The details: Sizes: XXS-3X| Length: 23, 25, 28 inch length | Colorways: 3