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Amazon Core 10 Build Your Own Review

A durable pant perfect for yoga practice or high-friction sports like rock climbing
Amazon Core 10 Build Your Own
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Price:  $44 List | $44.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Durable, warm, comfortable fabric, inexpensive
Cons:  Sometimes too warm, falls down during running or HIIT
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By Bo Outland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 14, 2020
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  • Breathability - 25% 3
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 25% 6
  • Durability - 25% 10

Our Verdict

Amazon's Core 10 Build Your Own legging exceeded our expectations. Their soft material made them easy to move and stretch, and the overall build is very durable, withstanding the rigorous testing we put it through. However, they slipped down when we went running or did jumping jacks, and they were the least breathable. They come in at a very low price point, making them one of our first choices for a budget-priced option.

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Pros Durable, warm, comfortable fabric, inexpensiveButtery soft, easy to move in, great color options and fit, comfortable, breathableCompressive, shaping, stylish, and durableLightweight, breathable, easy to move in, inexpensiveDurable, look great on, comfortable material, breathable, capri fit
Cons Sometimes too warm, falls down during running or HIITNeeds delicate careA little tight, thick, could be more breathableFabric is a little stiff compared to others, durability issues in previous pairsA little tight around the waist, not much variety in style and color
Bottom Line Showed very little wear, making them a great option for the extreme sport seekerSoft and comfortable for various athletic activities, we love their breathability, ease of movement, and color optionsA compressive all-around tight that's great for most activities, but doesn't breathe well for a heated yoga classAn inexpensive pair that works well for a variety of stylesPerforms well for most yoga classes and is a great addition to the closet
Rating Categories Amazon Core 10 Build Your Own Lululemon Align II Patagonia Centered Tights High Waist Powerflex Transform High-Waisted Capri
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Specs Amazon Core 10... Lululemon Align II Patagonia Centered... High Waist Powerflex Transform...
Material 88% polyester, 12% spandex 80% nylon, 20% Lycra 85% Recycled polyester, 15% Spandex jersey 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex 88% Supplex nylon, 12% Lycra
Key Pocket Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features Available in different lengths 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

Amazon's Core 10 Build Your Own was a pleasant surprise. These durable yoga pants held up very well compared to some of the more expensive pairs we tried. This pair is a great option for activities like climbing, yoga in colder environments, or as an under-layer for skiing/snowboarding.

Performance Comparison




Breathability


The Core 10 Build Your Own were the thickest and least breathable of the yoga pants we tested, which means they are not our first choice for hot yoga. We found these pants were an excellent choice for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing.


For low and medium-impact activities, poor breathability is not a problem. In fact, it was nice to have a pant that provided extra heat when trying to build an internal fire in a cold room. We also love these pants for everyday use, and their warmth makes them perfect for the winter months when it is too cold for your Lululemon Align. They can easily be dressed up with your favorite sweater and pair of boots.

If you are looking for a pant for hot weather and/or hot yoga, these are not it, as the material held onto sweat and did not dry quickly. We could not get out of these pants fast enough after hot yoga or rigorous exercise.

Snowy winter days are perfect for dressing up these yoga pants for...
Snowy winter days are perfect for dressing up these yoga pants for work!

Ease of Movement


Ease of movement is not a problem during low and medium intensity activity. They provide just the right amount of compression to make you feel supported and keep everything in the right place.


Problems arise during high-intensity activity. These pants slowly start to ride down, giving us a saggy crotch, and we find ourselves continually pulling them up by the waist.

Core 10 was perfect for yoga in cooler rooms. With the stay-at-home...
Core 10 was perfect for yoga in cooler rooms. With the stay-at-home orders and hot yoga studios close, this is exactly what we wanted.

Comfort and Fit


The Core 10 Build Your Own leggings genuinely allow you to build your own pant. They come in three different waist styles; cross-waist, high-waist, and medium-waist. There are also three different length options: regular, short, and tall. We tried the high-waisted regular length and found them to be very competitive in this metric when compared to more expensive pants.


The material is Amazon's "Studiotech" blend consists of 88% polyester and 12% spandex. This blend was very soft, making them comfortable enough to take a nap and to exercise. Waistbands are a tricky part; too tight, and you get a pesky muffin-top on your waist. Too loose, and you are fighting to keep your pants up. The appeal of high-waisted yoga pants is that they fit around the most narrow part of our torso, hopefully helping keep your pants up. Core 10 did a great job creating a pant that doesn't hold on too tight. Lastly, we loved the unique line of the seam down the pant leg. It is very flattering and provided a ton of support during activities.

The unique seam on the front of Core 10 does a great job of making...
The unique seam on the front of Core 10 does a great job of making our legs look lean and providing a little extra support.

Durability


The Core 10 built surprisingly durable pants. With many others in the same price range, the seams come apart quickly. If you've had a pair of cheap yoga pants, you are probably familiar with the sounds of seams ripping when you pull them up too quickly. This is not the case with Core 10.


They are also very thick, which means they do not rip easily, making them great for more extreme sports such as rock climbing. Due to their thickness, they are not see-through when you bend over. There also wasn't any pilling where our thighs rubbed together, which happened with many pairs.

There is no pilling or rips in the stitching after several months of...
There is no pilling or rips in the stitching after several months of use wearing the Amazon Core 10.

Value


The value of Core 10 exceeded our expectations. Other yoga pants we tried at this price point, like 90 Degree Reflex, had seams that came apart very quickly. The seams on Core 10 held strong and there was also minimal pilling in high-friction areas like in between our legs. This could be attested to the thickness of the material. However, if you are looking for a durable yoga pant at a low price point, these are an excellent option.

Conclusion


These are a sturdy yoga pant at a great price point. While they are not the most breathable, sometimes you have to trade breathability for a more durable pant. These are an excellent option for sports where you may rub against hard surfaces, such as rock climbing. They were not the best for high-impact activities, such as running or HIIT, but they are great for yoga in cold spaces or wear around town. We are seriously impressed by the quality of Core 10 Build Your Own pant.

Challenging poses like Crow-Pose are not impeded by Amazon Core 10...
Challenging poses like Crow-Pose are not impeded by Amazon Core 10 pant.

Bo Outland