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Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush Review

A comfortable and stylish pair that looks and feels great
Top Pick Award
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Price:  $82 List | $50.57 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, supportive, easy to move in, contoured high waist with no elastic
Cons:  Decent breathability but not the best for heated classes
Manufacturer:   Alo Yoga
By Hannah Hall & Cam McKenzie Ring  ⋅  Jul 26, 2019
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#3 of 15
  • Breathability - 25% 7
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 10
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 9
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Style - 10% 10

Our Verdict

Our testers agonized over our Editors' Choice this year. The Alo High-Waisted Airbrush Leggings just barely missed the cut but still earned a Top Pick. We love this pair, as they strike a great balance between breathability and compression, and offer an on-trend high-waist that stays put without an extra elastic band. This allows for ease of movement without constantly adjusting the pants throughout your practice or feeling an uncomfortable squeeze at the midline.

This pair excels in most yoga styles; the only time we'd hesitate to wear them is for heated classes, but that's where the Lululemon Train ⅞ or Onzie leggings come in. The Airbrush leggings are so comfortable they almost matched our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort, the Beyond Yoga High-Waisted Midi, in the comfort scores. The Airbrush look great on, as they accentuate all the right places, and there are a variety of sheens and colors available, from high-gloss options to matte and muted tones.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush is made with an 87% polyester and a 13% spandex blend. These tights are available in XXS to XL sizes. The XXS size is a nice option, helping petite yogis find something in the women's section and not the girls. At the time of this writing, these leggings are not currently available in Plus sizes. Some of the color options in this legging are "glossy," with a distinct sheen to them. We tested a non-glossy color, but it still had a bit of shine to it.

Performance Comparison

These leggings were stretchy and supportive  a combination which is hard to achieve.
These leggings were stretchy and supportive, a combination which is hard to achieve.


The Airbrush leggings did a great job of striking a balance between breathability and compression. Today's vigorous styles of yoga and temperatures ranging between 85 to 105 degrees (in a hot or Bikram class) mean sweat - and a lot of it. The easiest way for tights to be breathable is to be thin, but then they typically don't offer much compression, which doesn't lend itself to comfort or style. The Airbrush leggings offer great breathability, particularly when it comes to compression and shaping.

While leggings like the Onzie Capri or Teeki Hot Pant are thinner and offer a higher degree of breathability, they don't give us much in the way of compression or shaping. Unless we are specifically practicing in a hot room, we prefer a little more material and shaping instead of something that is ultra-thin. The Lululemon Train ⅞ manages to be very compressive, but with a thinner material that dries quickly. The mesh promotes breathability and strikes the ideal balance between compression and breathability needed for a hot class.

This material breathed well in non-heated classes but it isn't the best option if you like heated yoga.
This material breathed well in non-heated classes but it isn't the best option if you like heated yoga.

One thing to keep in mind with this pair, and really any yoga pant, is that lighter colors show moisture. We tested these in a rosewood pink option, and our sweat showed up on them (as it does on most light-colored pants). Our recommendation is to choose a darker color if you plan to use them during a sweaty class (unless you simply aren't bothered by sweat stains).

A non-elastic waist that stays in place? Yes! The waistband was super comfortable and didn't irritate us at all.
A non-elastic waist that stays in place? Yes! The waistband was super comfortable and didn't irritate us at all.

Ease of Movement

This pair the highest score for ease of movement. We never felt restricted or uncomfortable in any pose, easily flowing through our practice.

Although our reviewers love the high-waist trend in yoga pants, the extra material or tight elastic band around the waist can feel restricting and uncomfortable. Too tight often means we feel like we are being squeezed in all of the wrong places, which can impede practice.

Over-squeezing isn't an issue with the Alo Airbrush leggings. The high waistband doesn't have a tight elastic band, and only contains a single layer of fabric. Their design is snug and stays in place while we're in challenging poses and during athletic movement; it doesn't squeeze or impede during the practice in any way.

If you practice most types of yoga you're sure to love this pair of leggings.
If you practice most types of yoga you're sure to love this pair of leggings.

The matte color fabric of the Alo Airbrush provides a bit of texture, which helps when assuming arm balances like Crow. The thin swimsuit-like material on the Onzie Capri stretched well and offered excellent breathability, but felt slippery and difficult to take certain poses because of the lack of texture and traction of the fabric.

Comfort and Fit

We love the fit on this pair, and it is almost as comfortable as our Top Pick for All-Day Wear, the Beyond Yoga High-Waisted Midi. The waist on the Airbrush has no elastic, yet it stays in place, and hugs in all the right places. We didn't have to pull them up repeatedly as we did with the Teeki Hot Pant, which also has no elastic.

Some of the models we tested have enhanced core technology to create that "perfect core" appearance; however, our testers found that these often felt too tight and somewhat uncomfortable during our practice. The fabric on the Airbrush is compressive and holds everything in without being constricting and we weren't in a hurry to peel them off when we got home.

Despite the lack of an elastic waistband  these pants stay in the right place.
Despite the lack of an elastic waistband, these pants stay in the right place.


This pair earned a good score for durability, ranking a bit higher than our Editors' Choice. The fabric only had a little pilling after several months of use and several washes and no unraveling seams. Our reviewers even took this pair out climbing a couple of times, and everyone felt impressed with the way the fabric held up.


The styling on this pair is simple and classic, and truth be told - one of our favorites. They are incredibly flattering and hug and compress in all of the right places. They strike a perfect balance between compression, breathability, comfort, and style, which is why these pants are a Top Pick for 2019.

Best Applications

The High-Waisted Airbrush are great for many different styles of yoga, from Vinyasa to Restorative or Yin. They are comfortable and great for all-day wear so if you like to wear yoga leggings around town or under a large sweater, these are a great option. The only time we'd choose to wear something else would be for heated classes, but they can still do the trick if you're okay with a little sweat (stain).

The fabric held up well after multiple sessions. We didn't notice any tears or piling  even after climbing in these pants.
The fabric held up well after multiple sessions. We didn't notice any tears or piling, even after climbing in these pants.


Like many other yoga brands, Alo has priced their Airbrush leggings on the higher end ($82). If you're looking for something substantially cheaper but which still performs well, the 90 Degree by Reflex High Waist Powerflex is an excellent option. It retails for only $30 and is our Best Buy Winner two years in a row.


The Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush almost earned our Editors' Choice Award this year; we loved them that much. If it wasn't for the Align II's buttery fabric, they would have won again. They are stretchy, comfortable, supportive, and durable - not to mention, great for almost any yoga class.

Hannah Hall & Cam McKenzie Ring