90 Degree by Reflex Squatproof Interlink Review
Cons: Sagged down during high-intensity activity, not durable
Manufacturer: 90 Degree by Reflex
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90 Degree by Reflex Squatproof Interlink
|Price||$26.99 at Amazon||$98 List||$79.00 at Backcountry|
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|$24.99 at Amazon||$47.93 at REI|
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|Pros||Breathable, moisture wicking fabric||Buttery soft, easy to move in, great color options and fit, comfortable, breathable||Compressive, shaping, stylish, and durable||Lightweight, breathable, easy to move in, inexpensive||Durable, look great on, comfortable material, breathable, capri fit|
|Cons||Sagged down during high-intensity activity, not durable||Needs delicate care||A little tight, thick, could be more breathable||Fabric is a little stiff compared to others, durability issues in previous pairs||A little tight around the waist, not much variety in style and color|
|Bottom Line||We loved the breathability, but the less than perfect fit and durability were not ideal||Soft and comfortable for various athletic activities, we love their breathability, ease of movement, and color options||A compressive all-around tight that's great for most activities, but doesn't breathe well for a heated yoga class||An inexpensive pair that works well for a variety of styles||Performs well for most yoga classes and is a great addition to the closet|
|Rating Categories||Squatproof Interlink||Lululemon Align II||Patagonia Centered Tights||High Waist Powerflex||Transform High-Waisted Capri|
|Ease Of Movement (25%)|
|Comfort And Fit (25%)|
|Specs||Squatproof Interlink||Lululemon Align II||Patagonia Centered...||High Waist Powerflex||Transform...|
|Material||76% Polyester, 24% Spandex||80% nylon, 20% Lycra||85% Recycled polyester, 15% Spandex jersey||87% Nylon, 13% Spandex||88% Supplex nylon, 12% Lycra|
|Features||"Squatproof" Interlink fabric, phone pockets, 4-way stretch||Comfortable waistband that lies flat against skin, naked sensation, hidden pocket in waistband, high waisted||Recycled material, flattering wide waistband with 1/2 inch elastic band, soft thread in seems for skin to skin comfort, key pocket||Moisture wicking, 4-way stretch fabric||Wide waistband, double layer powermesh inset panels in waist for max support, triangle gusseted crotch, high waist|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The material is a polyester and spandex blend and is very thick, especially around the pocket area. Despite the thickness, we found these pants to be very breathable during hot yoga and while we were running. However, the pockets on the side added an extra layer of fabric that made the pant feel more substantial and constricting.
Ease of Movement
We found during high-intensity activities, these yoga pants tended to ride down a bit, causing a 'saggy crotch.' This is not ideal when you are trying to focus on maintaining breath and consistency during practice. During our runs and HIIT sessions, we found ourselves stopping to readjust often. It is especially surprising these pants ride down because they are advertised as a "tummy control" pant. However, we did high-intensity activities and found they would ride away from our tummy, causing a bit of a muffin top around our belly.
When we used the side pockets for our phone on runs, we found the pants would ride down even faster. These pockets are only useful for post-yoga brunches when you want to carry your phone and wallet. Regardless of these pant's unwillingness to stay in place during high-intensity activities, we found them easy to move in during yoga and other light to medium intensity exercises. Yoga involves our legs being spread out quite a bit, and we found those movements help keep our pants in place.
Comfort and Fit
The first time we put 90 Degree Relex on, we thought they were a great fit. However, with use, the seams started to loosen up significantly, which contributed to them riding down a lot. These pants are supposed to fit tight around your ankle, but during high-intensity activity, we found the ankle would flare out a bit from these pants, riding down. To reiterate, because these pants ride down, you may get a saggy bum and crotch, which is not ideal during high-intensity activities (we do not appreciate having to pull them up during practice).
Have you ever given a pair of pants a good tug to pull them up and hear an audible sound in the seams? This is precisely what we experienced the first time we put these pants on. It is not because we ordered the wrong size. Yoga pants are meant to fit tight, and when the seams are made correctly, there is no problem in giving your pants a big tug to pull them up. Around the bum and thighs, there is visible tearing and the start of holes — just from putting these pants on.
The color of the fabric faded significantly through our testing. You can see in the photos below that when we first had them; they were a vibrant color, but when we completed testing, they almost look grey.
There were significant stains that appeared on the pant through testing. We washed these pants according to 90 Degree suggestion and did not spill anything on them besides our sweat. Needless to say, we were disappointed in this metric, but it might be something to look past if you're interested in the lower price.
These pants come in at a low price point compared to many of the others we tried. While they did prove to be very breathable, there were many moments we were frustrated with the way these pants fit. When considering the value of yoga pants, we feel one of the most important metrics to acknowledge is their durability. Out of the pants we tried, these are one of the least durable. If you are looking for a better option with pockets at a similar price point, we suggest the ODODOS.
Within the first moment of trying them on, we knew they were not going to be our favorite. They immediately ripped at the seams, and tiny holes started to form where the ripping took place. While they were very breathable, that is about the only good quality these pants had going for them. The advertised "tummy control" did not do much to control our tummy, and we found ourselves frustrated with the overall fit.
— Bo Outland