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Teeki Hot Pant Review

Good pant for hot yoga and Pilates - sizing runs small so order up a size.
Teeki Hot Pant
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Price:  $72 List | $71.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight swimsuit-like material is breathable, variety of prints to choose from.
Cons:  Elastic-free waistband doesn't always stay up or compress your trouble zones, unfortunate print placements.
Manufacturer:   Teeki
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 15, 2016
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RANKED
#8 of 13
  • Breathability - 25% 9
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 9
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 5
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Style - 10% 4

The Skinny

The Teeki Hot Pant was designed for Hot Yoga devotees, and if it's not yoga unless you're sweating profusely, then these might be the pants for you. They're made of a lightweight material that is highly breathable and easy to move in so that you never feel overheated during your practice as a result of your clothing — blame the overactive heating system or your maniacal instructor instead. What we didn't like was the fit; there's no elastic in the waistband which is great if you have the tummy of a twelve-year-old, but for the vast majority of us who have something to compress there, that's a problem. We also weren't a fan of the specific print that we tested, due to the placement of the deer antlers. If you love hot yoga and thin pants to practice in, we preferred the Onzie Capri Pant over this model.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Teeki Hot Pants are made of 79% P.E.T (Polyethylene Terephthalate - what water and soda bottles are made of), and 21% Spandex. Teeki has dozens of prints and solid colors to choose from, and also makes them in a capri length. These are available in sizes XS — L.

Performance Comparison


These pants have a loose waistband that works well only if there's nothing you want held in... the print on this pair also makes them look see-through in certain lighting  though they (mostly) aren't.
These pants have a loose waistband that works well only if there's nothing you want held in... the print on this pair also makes them look see-through in certain lighting, though they (mostly) aren't.

Breathability


These pants ranked near the top of the pack for breathability. The lightweight material breathes well, and doesn't feel too heavy when they get completely saturated during a heated class. Only the Onzie Capri scored higher for breathability, but they were very close in this aspect. There was a slight change in color/sheen when wet, but in a hot yoga class that quickly saturates the entire pant it wasn't such a big deal.

These pants change color only a little bit when wet.
These pants change color only a little bit when wet.

Ease of Movement


We also really liked the way this pant moved with us, no matter the pose. The loose waistband and thinner material means that there is nothing to get in the way of forward bends, and there is a lot of stretch in the fabric.

The advantage to the non-elastic waistband is that it'll never get in the way when doing a forward bend.
The advantage to the non-elastic waistband is that it'll never get in the way when doing a forward bend.

Comfort & Fit


We weren't in love with the fit of these pants. After reading on-line reviews we ordered it a size larger than normal, and that was a good decision — it "fit" our body size-wise, but the fit itself was off. The ankles are sewn very tight, so it's a bit of a struggle to get them on, and even more challenging to get them off once they are wet. The waistband has no elastic in it — it's just more of the same material of the body — and it's cut on the loose side. Teeki did this on purpose "so they won't cut into you," and compared to some pants that are particularly tight across the tummy, like The North Face Lucy Perfect Core, it is a nice feature, if you have nothing to hold in there, that is. This pant doesn't offer any compression or even retention, so as soon as you bend over, say in Balancing Stick Pose, you can feel any excess skin and fat sagging down. This is not a good feeling. If you have any extra "padding" in your tummy zone (and who doesn't?), or have had a child (or two!), these are probably not the pants for you. Also, these pants only go up to size Large, and we found that we had to size up to fit into them, so if you are larger than a Prana size Medium (which is not that large!) you might be out of luck with this brand.

The ankle openings on this pair are cut very tight  whereas the waistband is loose.
The ankle openings on this pair are cut very tight, whereas the waistband is loose.

Durability


We didn't have any specific durability issues during testing, but due to the thin nature of the fabric, they're not the pant to wear on a hike with sharp bushes or cacti around. The bonus to the smooth material though is that they won't pill, ever. So if you're tired of replacing your yoga pants every few months because of pilling in high friction areas, like between your legs, then these pants are a good choice.

The material is so thin (which is why it's so breathable)  which could impact it's durability if you wear these leggings outside. Also note the waistband  which is made of a double layer of the material without an elastic band of any kind.
The material is so thin (which is why it's so breathable), which could impact it's durability if you wear these leggings outside. Also note the waistband, which is made of a double layer of the material without an elastic band of any kind.

Style


The style of this pant was hit or miss for our testers. While the range of prints available are cool looking and we liked the look of the deer skull, once we had it on we realized that the antlers point right up into your crotch from both directions. That's a little unfortunate. The material itself has a slightly sheer quality to it — when you stretch it out it has that semi-sheer look to it that a pair of black stockings has. We wore a pair of brightly stripped underwear under them to see if we could see it through the leggings and we couldn't, but if the pants were stretched out more it's quite possible that you could.

Yes  the antler is poking her in the butt.. not the best look  in our opinion.
Yes, the antler is poking her in the butt.. not the best look, in our opinion.

Best Applications


These pants are best for people that love to sweat in a hot room, make a fashion statement when they practice, and also for those who have nothing in their tummy region that they want compressed or held in place.

Value


These pants retail for $72, which is a nice price point compared to some of the $90 and up models out there. However, we much preferred the fit and functionality of the Onzie Capri, which is only $56.

Conclusion


As hot yoga and Pilates classes have grown in popularity, so too have the apparel options for those practitioners. The Teeki Hot Pant is a great addition to the mix, and offers a different construction than the typical "suck it in and hold it up" designs. However, this didn't really work for us on a comfort level. And while some of the patterns that this pant comes in are more flattering than others, the one we tested left us shaking our heads.


Cam McKenzie Ring