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.
Teeki Hot Pant Review
Cons: Elastic-free waistband doesn't always stay up or compress your trouble zones, unfortunate print placements.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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