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Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist Review

You'll want to live in these pants, but you'll feel a little sweaty by the end of class.
Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist
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Price:  $97 List | $67.90 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Soft fabric moves with you and is comfortable for all-day wear
Cons:  Not very breathable
Manufacturer:   Beyond Yoga
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 25, 2018
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RANKED
#6 of 13
  • Breathability - 25% 5
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 8
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 10
  • Durability - 20% 8
  • Style - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist legging were the most comfortable pair of yoga pants in our review, and for that, we've given them our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort award. We wanted to wear them night and day, whether it was for lounging around the house, running errands, or heading out on a hike. But when it came to wearing them for yoga, they weren't the most breathable model, and we felt uncomfortable when doing a vigorous class in them. If you only do gentle yoga or don't sweat too much, then that's not a problem, but if you do need something with more breathability, check out the Onzie Capri or the Teeki Hot Pant. We also preferred the breathability and ease of movement of our Editors' Choice winner, the Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush. But if you live in yoga pants or are searching for a cozy pair of leggings to wear under a sweater or dress, these are the ones for you!


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist is made with 87% Polyester and 13% Lycra. All colors are available in XS-XL, and some come in XXS and XXL. The fit runs true to size.

Performance Comparison


Our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort are a cozy and soft pair of leggings that you'll want to live in.
Our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort are a cozy and soft pair of leggings that you'll want to live in.

Breathability


Beyond Yoga states that these pants have "quick dry properties," but that was not the case for us. In fact, we left class one day wearing the pants (and feeling sweaty in them), went to the grocery store, then the pet store, and by the time we got home an hour later, we still felt some dampness in the pant. If you tend to sweat a lot in class, then you'll want to look for more breathable models like our Editors' Choice winner, the Alo Yoga High-Waisted Airbrush or the 90 Degree by Reflex High Waist Powerflex, and if you do hot yoga then the Onzie and Teeki leggings are the best options.


The other issue with the Spacedye's fabric is that, depending on your color choice, your sweat might be highly visible. We tested a lighter heather color, and it showed every drop, darkening considerably. After many bad experiences of leaving a class looking like we wet ourselves because the lighter gray/pink color got darker when wet, we hesitate to wear these for anything but the most gentlest of classes.

The lighter color that we tested darkens considerably when wet.
The lighter color that we tested darkens considerably when wet.

Ease of Movement


This pant is easy to move in until it gets wet from sweat. Then the material feels sticky, and it clings to our legs, impeding our movement a little bit. We did like the stretch when dry though, and the waistband is nice and wide but not too bulky, so it doesn't get in the way of any forward bends. The elastic at the top is thinner than on the Yogalicious High-Waist Ultrasoft, which we also appreciated. These leggings work great in a gentle Yin class, where you hold poses for long periods of time.


If you practice many different styles of yoga, you'll probably find yourself favoring certain types of pants for specific classes. We break down the various types of yoga classes in our Buying Advice guide with suggestions for what kinds of pants work well for each one.

These leggings are very stretchy and easy to move in  until the fabric gets wet.
These leggings are very stretchy and easy to move in, until the fabric gets wet.

Comfort & Fit


Beyond Yoga also states that their "soft Spacedye Performance material provides a level of comfort unparalleled by any activewear you currently own." In this aspect, they are correct! These were the most comfortable pair of yoga pants in this review. The material is so soft and cozy, and it was our favorite pair for wearing all day, unlike other models like the The North Face Perfect Core High-Rise , which were so restricting around the tummy that we couldn't wait to get them off. If comfort is your main criteria when buying a pair of yoga pants, then the Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist is the pant for you.


We read a lot of online user reviews for this pant, and many of them said you'd need to size down to get a good fit. We ordered in our usual size though, and they fit just fine. They also offered a decent amount of compression for such a comfortable pant, and we never felt "jiggly" while walking or practicing in them. We also appreciate that some colors come in an XXS and XXL size option. Too many manufacturers stop at XL (or even Large), leaving larger yogis out of luck. On the flip side, with sizes increasing, teeny tiny yogis can also struggle to find pants that fit and often find themselves shopping in the teen aisle. The more options, the better, so that we can all find great clothes for practicing in.

This fabric is unlike any other yoga pant fabric that we've ever tried. It's soft and stretchy  and feels great against your bare legs. It also has one of our favorite waistbands  with only a super-thin elastic at the top.
This fabric is unlike any other yoga pant fabric that we've ever tried. It's soft and stretchy, and feels great against your bare legs. It also has one of our favorite waistbands, with only a super-thin elastic at the top.

Durability


We had no major issues with durability during our testing period, but do wonder how long they can keep staying so soft without any pilling or hardening of the fabric. We did see some pilling in the Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging and The North Face Perfect Core High-Rise after only a half-dozen or so uses, so at least the Beyond Yoga Spacedye passed this first bar unscathed.


Style


When it comes to style, these leggings are fairly plain. The heather-colored fabrics come in great color choices, but there is little else going on style-wise. They're not going to turn heads like the Alo Goddess Ribbed Legging, with its two-toned construction, or the wild print options of the Onzie Capris. That being said, sometimes all you want is a plain pair of comfy leggings to coordinate with an outfit, and we'd much rather wear these under a sweater dress than an uncomfortable pair of tights.


Best Applications


These leggings are best for gentle yoga where you might not sweat a lot, or for someone looking for a cozy pair to wear all day long. The heather colors can coordinate well with a variety of clothing, so if you are looking for a pair of leggings to wear under a chunky sweater or dress, our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort is a great choice.

We like to wear this pair to gentle yoga classes or when lounging around the house  but they are a little too thick and lack breathability for vigorous classes.
We like to wear this pair to gentle yoga classes or when lounging around the house, but they are a little too thick and lack breathability for vigorous classes.

Value


These leggings retail for $88, which is a lot of money to plunk down for one pair of leggings; however, if you're looking for a versatile pair that you can also wear around town, then these will do the trick. In fact, we feel better about spending this much on something that we'd actually wear regularly around town as opposed to something that we only sweat in and trash quickly.

Conclusion


Let's face it - sometimes we wear our yoga pants more for other activities then we do for actual yoga. In fact, we've even seen a sign in front of a yoga studio that said: "You've bought the clothes now try the practice!" If you're looking for the best pair of leggings to wear around the house all day or to work or school in colder months, the Beyond Yoga Spacedye High-Waist is a clear winner. They are cozy and soft, and the best pair in this review for all-day wear. These weren't the best pair of yoga pants, purely due to their lack of breathability, but our Top Pick for All-Day Comfort is great for everything else.


Cam McKenzie Ring