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Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush Review

Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush
Editors' Choice Award
Price:  $82 List | $76.46 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Comfortable, supportive, easy to move in, contoured high waist with no elastic
Cons:  Decent breathability but not good for heated classes
Bottom line:  A comfortable and stylish pair that looks and feels great on.
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Material:  87% polyester, 13% spandex
Key Pocket:  Yes
Features:  Wide waistband, anti-microbial fabric
Manufacturer:   Alo Yoga

Our Verdict

Sometimes you come across the perfect pair of yoga pants and want to rush out and buy one in every color. That's how we felt about the Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush legging. It struck the perfect balance between breathability and compression, with an on-trend high-waist that stays put without an extra elastic band. This pair excels in most yoga styles, offering excellent ease of movement without distracting you from your practice in any way. The only time we'd hesitate to wear them is for heated classes, but that's what the Onzie Capri, our Top Pick for Hot Yoga, is good for. The Airbrush leggings were so comfortable they almost matched our Top Pick for Lounging, the Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist, in the comfort scores. The Airbrush look great on, accentuating all the right parts, and there's a variety of sheens and colors available, from high-gloss options to more matte and muted tones.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Cam McKenzie Ring
Senior Review Editor

Last Updated:
Wednesday
July 25, 2018

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The Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush is made with an 87% polyester and 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. These leggings are not currently available in Plus sizes though. If you need extended sizing options, check out the Prana Pillar line. They have 1-3X sizes for their leggings, pants, and capris, along with Short, Regular and Tall inseams in their pants. 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


Our Editors' Choice winner is comfortable  stretchy  compressive  and breathable. It's the perfect pair!
Our Editors' Choice winner is comfortable, stretchy, compressive, and breathable. It's the perfect pair!

Breathability


Breathability is an important factor to consider when purchasing a pair of yoga pants, as today's vigorous styles have you working up a sweat in no time. The easiest way for a pair to be breathable is to be thin, but then it usually doesn't offer much compression, and no one likes to feel themselves jiggling while stretching. The Airbrush leggings offered great breathability, particularly compared to how compressive they were.


While thinner leggings like the Onzie Capri or Teeki Hot Pant were thinner and more breathable, they didn'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 something that is ultra-thin. That was one reason why we didn't like the Yogalicious Ultra-Soft much. Other pants, like the Lululemon Wunder Under, take it a bit too far in the other direction, and while the "Full-On Luon" material used in that pant is thicker and provides a lot of shaping, it didn't breathe as well as the Airbrush did.

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 is that the lighter colors will show moisture. We tested these in a gunmetal gray option, and our sweat showed up on them (as it does on most gray pants). This wouldn't be a problem if you only sweated around your ankles, but since that's not where people usually sweat you can see why it might be a problem! Choose a darker color or black if you know that you sweat a lot in class no matter the temperature.

As you can see  the gray color that we tested did show sweat easily. Choose a darker color if you sweat a lot and don't want to be embarrassed in class!
As you can see, the gray color that we tested did show sweat easily. Choose a darker color if you sweat a lot and don't want to be embarrassed in class!

Ease of Movement


This pair earned top marks for ease of movement. We never felt restricted in any pose, and we easily flowed through our practice in them.


One of the things that have concerned us with the high-waist trend in yoga pants is that there can be so much extra material around the waist (or an elastic band) that it can impede our forward bends. Too much material around the waist can bunch up and be uncomfortable. This wasn't an issue with the Airbrush leggings, as there is no elastic at the waist and the waistband is only one layer, as opposed to the double layers found on some other models. If you don't like the high waist option though, then check out the Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging, which has a mid-rise fit.

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.

There is also a bit of texture to this fabric in the matte color that we tested (perhaps this is not the case in the glossy though). This can help give you a bit of traction in arm balances like Crow, which we appreciate. While the thin swimsuit-like material on the Onzie Capri stretched well, the fabric is so slippery that it can be difficult to hold some poses in them.

Comfort & Fit


We loved the fit on this pair, and it was almost as comfortable as our Top Pick for All-day Wear, the Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist.


The waist on the Airbrush has no elastic in it, but the leggings still stay up in the right place. We didn't have to pull them up repeatedly like we did with the Teeki Hot Pant, which also has no elastic. Some of the models that we tested had elastic bands that were ½ an inch thick, like the Yogalicious Ultra-Soft, and those pairs were some of our least favorite. The Yogalicious material was also on the thin side, and we could feel our muscles jiggling in them. The fabric on the Airbrush is compressive and holds everything in without being constricting.

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.

Durability


This pair earned a good score for durability. The fabric on this is slightly different from the one on the top of the Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging, and while that one pilled on us fairly quickly, we didn't notice as much pilling on the Airbrush even after several months of use.


Style


The styling on this pair is simple and classic, and we gave it high marks in this category as well.


The only thing that kept it below the Lululemon Wunder Under was the slight sheen on the material. While some might like the sheen, it wasn't our favorite. Even the more matte options had it, though some colorways are super shiny.

Our main complaint with this pair is the slight sheen to the material - it just wasn't our favorite. Other than that we liked the style of this pair  including the high waist.
Our main complaint with this pair is the slight sheen to the material - it just wasn't our favorite. Other than that we liked the style of this pair, including the high waist.

Best Applications


The High-Waisted Airbrush are great for many different styles of yoga, from Vinyasa classes to restorative or Yin ones. They are also very comfortable and great for all-day wear so if you like to wear yoga leggings around town or under a large sweater, this is a great option. The only time we'd choose to wear something else would be for heated classes, as they are a little thick for that.

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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


The Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush was our favorite pair of yoga pants this time around. We'd only ever worn Alo's Goddess Leggings before this pair, and while we liked the Goddess, we loved the Airbrush. Stretchy, comfortable, supportive, this pair has it all.

Other Versions


The Airbrush line also has a 7/8 legging ($78), a mid-rise waist legging ($78), a high-rise capri ($72) and a mid-rise capri ($68) .

Cam McKenzie Ring

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