The Prana Transform High Waisted Capri is made from a lightweight, breathable material that looks and feels great on. These are the only capri length pants we reviewed, and we love that we don't have to worry about extra fabric bunching at the base of our calves. The Nylon and Lycra blend allows for exceptional durability, and virtually no pilling was observed during our testing process. A great pair of basic yoga pants that are a bit more cost-effective than others, they'll perform well during most yoga classes and will become a staple piece in your closet!
Prana Transform High-Waisted Capri Review
Cons: A little tight around the waist, not much variety in style and color
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Prana Transform High-Waisted Capri
|Price||$69.00 at REI||$98 List||$47.93 at REI|
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|Pros||Durable, look great on, comfortable material, breathable, capri fit||Buttery soft, easy to move in, great color options and fit, comfortable, breathable||Compressive, shaping, stylish, and durable||Comfortable, supportive, easy to move in, contoured high waist with no elastic||Lightweight, breathable, easy to move in, inexpensive|
|Cons||A little tight around the waist, not much variety in style and color||Needs delicate care||A little tight, thick, could be more breathable||Decent breathability but not the best for heated classes||Fabric is a little stiff compared to others, durability issues in previous pairs|
|Bottom Line||A staple pair for your closet!||With a great balance between compression and breathability, these pants are buttery soft and perform exceptionally!||These are the perfect all-around tight, great for most yoga styles, as well as hiking, climbing, biking, or running.||A comfortable and stylish pair that looks and feels great.||A good pant for the price that will make you question whether the expensive ones are really worth it.|
|Rating Categories||Transform High-Waisted Capri||Lululemon Align II||Patagonia Centered Tights||High-Waisted Airbrush||High Waist Powerflex|
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|Comfort And Fit (20%)|
|Specs||Transform...||Lululemon Align II||Patagonia Centered...||High-Waisted...||High Waist Powerflex|
|Material||88% Supplex Nylon / 12% Lycra||Nulu||85% recycled polyester/15% spandex jersey||87% polyester, 13% spandex||87% Nylon, 13% Spandex|
|Features||wide waistband; Double layer powermesh inset panels in waist for max support; triangle gusseted crotch; highwaisted||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||Wide waistband, anti-microbial fabric||Moisture wicking, 4-way stretch fabric|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Prana Transform High Waisted Capri is made with a 88% Supplex Nylon and 12% Lycra. They come in four dark and plain color options and are sized from XS to plus size.
The Transform earned good scores across the board in almost every metric, including breathability. The material vents well and is moisture-wicking, though not quite as thin as the models we preferred for heated classes.
Ease of Movement
The ease of movement was very good, and we felt comfortable throughout every class we took, from power yoga to yin. While they aren't quite as stretchy as the Lululemon Align II leggings, our Editors' Choice winner, they go above and beyond.
Comfort and Fit
This is the one area that we felt a little disappointed by the Transform Capri. The material is your typical Nylon/Elastane blend and is pretty soft and smooth against the skin. It isn't as comfortable as the Beyond Yoga Caught in the Midi legging, the Top Pick for All Day Comfort, but we enjoyed the way the material felt. Even though the waistband consists of a thin piece of elastic, it feels a bit too tight for our taste, though this can be mitigated by sizing up (so long as it fits you properly elsewhere).
We appreciate the durability of the Transform Capri, as the material resisted pilling and didn't stretch out or lose its shape quickly. We have been unimpressed with Prana in the past, as some pairs seem to pill instantly, which was not the case this time.
We tested this pair in plain black capri length, which is simple and stylish. This specific model is currently available in five darker colors. If you are someone who enjoys wearing bright colors to class, or a bright pattern, we recommend taking a peek at the other options in our review.
The Transform Capri is a great all-around pair of yoga pants. They are breathable and feature good ease of movement, and can be worn to any type of yoga practice.
The Transform Capri is priced a bit lower than other high-end yoga pants. Ringing in at $69, this is a decent savings over the $90+ options out there.
The Prana Transform Capri is a great pair of tights for yoga, particularly if they fit you comfortably. They were a little tight around the waist, and we would recommend sizing up if you prefer not to have everything completely squished in. They're ideal for a variety of yoga classes and provide exceptional ease of movement.
— Hannah Hall