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Patagonia Centered Tights Review

These are the perfect all-around tight, great for most yoga styles, as well as hiking, climbing, biking, or running
Patagonia Centered Tights
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Price:  $80 List | $79.00 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Compressive, shaping, stylish, and durable
Cons:  A little tight, thick, could be more breathable
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Hannah Hall ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 30, 2019
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  • Breathability - 25% 8
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 9
  • Comfort and Fit - 25% 8
  • Durability - 25% 10

Our Verdict

The Patagonia Centered is the only mid-rise legging that we tested in this review. In fact, the high-waisted trend has had such a take over in the yoga world that we forgot how much we love the mid-rise fit! These leggings compressed and shaped our figure while maintaining a high degree of comfort. The waist belt contains a thin piece of elastic to keep the leggings solidly in place; this allows you to flow through your practice without worrying about the leggings shimmying down your bum. The spandex used on the waist belt was a little tight, and we found other brands like the Lululemon Align II or Alo Airbrush to be a bit more comfortable along the waistline. We loved this pair and found their durable nature to be a great all-around tight to take to your yoga class, or outside for some hiking, climbing, or running!

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Pros Compressive, shaping, stylish, and durableButtery soft, easy to move in, great color options and fit, comfortable, breathableComfortable, supportive, easy to move in, contoured high waist with no elasticLightweight, breathable, easy to move in, inexpensiveDurable, look great on, comfortable material, breathable, capri fit
Cons A little tight, thick, could be more breathableNeeds delicate careDecent breathability but not the best for heated classesFabric 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 A compressive all-around tight that's great for most activities, but doesn't breathe well for a heated yoga classSoft and comfortable for various athletic activities, we love their breathability, ease of movement, and color optionsGreat for most types of yoga classes plus they look and feel great onAn 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 Patagonia Centered Tights Lululemon Align II High-Waisted Airbrush High Waist Powerflex Transform High-Waisted Capri
Breathability (25%)
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Specs Patagonia Centered... Lululemon Align II High-Waisted... High Waist Powerflex Transform...
Material 85% Recycled polyester, 15% Spandex jersey 80% nylon, 20% Lycra 87% Polyester, 13% Spandex 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex 88% Supplex nylon, 12% Lycra
Key Pocket Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features Recycled material, flattering wide waistband with 1/2 inch elastic band, soft thread in seems for skin to skin comfort, key pocket Comfortable waistband that lies flat against skin, naked sensation, hidden pocket in waistband, high waisted Wide waistband, anti-microbial fabric 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 Patagonia Centered Tights are made of 85% Polyester and 15% Spandex. They come in four different color patterns and range from XS to XXL.

Performance Comparison


These are a durable all around pant, great for most outdoor...
These are a durable all around pant, great for most outdoor activities.
Photo: Matt Bento

Breathability


These leggings are a bit on the thicker side and aren't as breathable as others in our review. That being said, the Polyester and Spandex blend wicks away sweat and dries quickly. Any sweat stains we acquired during class were soon gone, and we could run off and do our errands without worrying about embarrassing wet marks. We wouldn't reach for them for a hot yoga class; instead, we prefer the Onzie or Lululemon Train.

Although not the most breathable, they will work for most styles of...
Although not the most breathable, they will work for most styles of yoga.
Photo: Matt Bento

Ease of Movement


These pants compress well; the waistband is on the tighter end, which can feel constricting, especially during forward folds. They rank on the higher end of the spectrum in this metric, as we felt comfortable and relaxed during practice and other outdoor activities, though we wouldn't necessarily recommend them for all-day wear.

These pants were the most durable pair we had in the review!
These pants were the most durable pair we had in the review!
Photo: Matt Bento

Comfort and Fit


These tights have a smooth fabric that feels soft against the skin. The waistband is on the tighter side and starts to dig in after a couple of hours, which doesn't make for a great "all day" pant. For how much compression and shaping the leggings provide, we must admit that we're impressed by the overall comfort level.

More for athletic activities, and less for lounging, these pants...
More for athletic activities, and less for lounging, these pants ranked pretty "average" for comfort.
Photo: Matt Bento

Durability


The thicker nature of these pants lends itself to strong and durable material. We loved these tights so much that we started taking them outside the studio to go climbing and hiking. Lucky for us, the Polyester and Spandex blend minimizes the amount of pilling acquired (the dread of the modern-day yogi). One of our testers has owned these tights for about six months now and uses them for hiking, climbing, you name it! After such intense activity, her pants only show some light pilling on the bum area. For this reason, these pants earned a high score in durability.

Patagonia does not have care instructions listed on the tag or their website. Like most athletic apparel, we recommend washing these pants with like material and leaving them out to air dry to get the most life.

We loved the compression and fit of these pants - though overall...
We loved the compression and fit of these pants - though overall pretty plain in style.
Photo: Matt Bento

These pants are great for someone who wants an all-around pair that can be worn not only for yoga, but for hiking, biking, running, or climbing, as they're a durable tight that holds up in most conditions. Their thicker nature also gives them a tad bit of extra warmth, which is perfect for most outdoor activities, though not the best for a hot yoga class.

Value


These pants retail for less than one hundred dollars, which is in the more expensive range of the pants we reviewed. That being said, these are a durable pair that will last for a long time with barely any signs of wear. Investing in a trusted pair of leggings for the next year or so seems like a worthwhile expenditure, especially over a pair of pants that may pill in just a couple of months.

Conclusion


The Patagonia Centered is a great pair of flattering tights that will last. Due to their thicker nature, if you are a hot yoga junkie, these pants may not be the ones for you. That being said, their Polyester and Spandex blend dries at a decent rate if you do choose to wear them to your favorite power class. If you are someone who wants to wear their leggings for every and any activity, then these come highly recommended. Running, hiking, biking, or climbing, these are a dependable and a great pair of pants.

Hannah Hall