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Yogalicious High-Waist Ultrasoft Review

These leggings are lightweight but the material is on the thin side and didn't provide the support we were looking for
Yogalicious High-Waist Ultrasoft
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Price:  $25 List | $18.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Soft material, stretchy
Cons:  No shaping or compression, thick elastic band at the waist
Manufacturer:   Yogalicious
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 25, 2018
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  • Breathability - 25% 7
  • Ease of Movement - 25% 9
  • Comfort and Fit - 25% 5
  • Durability - 25% 6

Our Verdict

The Yogalicious High-Waist is a wallet-friendly pair of yoga leggings. We've included several new lower-priced lines into our line-up for our updated review to see if there really is a difference between the more affordable and more expensive pairs. While we can't say that the Lululemon Align II legging is four times better than the Yogalicious pair, it did score substantially higher in our tests thanks to a good combination of support and breathability. The Yogalicious pair is thin, and the material is soft, but it didn't offer much shaping and wasn't as comfortable either. For a better option in this price bracket, check out the 90 Degrees by Reflex High Waist Powerflex which was our Best Buy winner.

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Pros Soft material, stretchyButtery soft, easy to move in, great color options and fit, comfortable, breathableCompressive, shaping, stylish, and durableLightweight, breathable, easy to move in, inexpensiveDurable, look great on, comfortable material, breathable, capri fit
Cons No shaping or compression, thick elastic band at the waistNeeds delicate careA little tight, thick, could be more breathableFabric 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 lightweight pair that will show any flawsSoft and comfortable for various athletic activities, we love their breathability, ease of movement, and color optionsA compressive all-around tight that's great for most activities, but doesn't breathe well for a heated yoga classAn 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 High-Waist Ultrasoft Lululemon Align II Patagonia Centered Tights High Waist Powerflex Transform High-Waisted Capri
Breathability (25%)
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Ease Of Movement (25%)
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Comfort And Fit (25%)
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Specs High-Waist Ultrasoft Lululemon Align II Patagonia Centered... High Waist Powerflex Transform...
Material 86% Polyester, 14% Spandex 80% nylon, 20% Lycra 85% Recycled polyester, 15% Spandex jersey 87% Nylon, 13% Spandex 88% Supplex nylon, 12% Lycra
Key Pocket Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Features High waist 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 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 Yogalicious High-Waist Ultrasoft is made with a soft but thin 86% Polyester / 14% Spandex blend. There are many color choices available, and it comes in XS to XL sizes.

Performance Comparison


This inexpensive pair is lightweight and breathable, but the...
This inexpensive pair is lightweight and breathable, but the material doesn't give you any compression or shaping.
Photo: Martina Zandonella

Breathability


The material on the Ultrasoft is very thin and by nature somewhat breathable, but they do retain moisture and take longer to dry than other thin pairs. We wore them to class, got a little sweaty, and then wore them home and noticed that we were still feeling the moisture in the pant almost an hour later. The color that we tested did darken up considerably, which you'll want to keep in mind when selecting which color you want to purchase.

This legging is available in lots of color options, but be wary if...
This legging is available in lots of color options, but be wary if you sweat a lot as they change color distinctly when wet.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Ease of Movement


We did have excellent ease of movement in this pair. The material is stretchy and didn't impede us at all.

The thin material stretches well and it didn't limit our stretches.
The thin material stretches well and it didn't limit our stretches.
Photo: Martina Zandonella

Comfort and Fit


The material on these leggings is super soft, and we wanted to give it a high mark for this category. However, the thick elastic at the waist was a big drawback for us, and it impacted our comfort a bit, particularly in forward bends. We weren't too thrilled with the fit of this pair. Perhaps it was because we could see all of our flaws through the soft and thin material! It didn't do anything to help shape or define our rear.

The waistband has a thick elastic, which isn't the most comfortable...
The waistband has a thick elastic, which isn't the most comfortable thing to wear around your waist all day.
Photo: Cam McKenzie Ring

Durability


Online user reviews of this pant are full of reports of them arriving in the mail with a hole already in them or getting one with little wear. We can see why — the material is very thin. While we didn't notice any holes during our testing period, we would wear this pair with caution and not use it for hiking or other activities where it might get snagged easily.

The High-Waist Ultrasoft is a good option for those people who don't like or need a lot of compression from their yoga pants. If you prefer to feel unencumbered in class, this might be the perfect ones for you. If you like a little more support, the Lululemon Align II has the perfect balance of support along with a stretchy and comfortable material.

If you don't like, want, or need a lot of compression from your yoga...
If you don't like, want, or need a lot of compression from your yoga leggings, these might be the perfect pair for you.
Photo: Martina Zandonella

Value


These pants retail across a range (prices vary on the Amazon purchase page). While we like the lower price point, they didn't perform quite as well as some of the more expensive pairs, or even as well as the 90 Degree by Reflex Powerflex.

Conclusion


The Yogalicious High-Waist Ultrasoft is indeed an ultra-soft pair of yoga leggings. If you like to live in yoga pants, these may work for you because of how soft and comfortable the material is. However, they do have some flaws that made them not score very high in our tests, like the thick elastic at the waist and the lack of compression and support.

Cam McKenzie Ring