On the same day the price of Lululemon’s shares took a precipitous tumble, I am writing a post comparing their Align Pant with Athleta’s Salutation Pant. First things first, I love both of these pants and rarely wear anything else to yoga. If it’s a hot yoga class, I’m partial to Lululemon’s Wunder Under Shorts or the discontinued Liberty Shorts.
Let’s get to it–
Lululemon’s Align pant definitely seem like they would be see-through, but I tried them on in-store and I bent and stretch every which way and was all clear. I don’t like super compression tights, so these are terrific. They’re a 7/8 length, which is great because Lululemon pants are often quite long on me (I’m 5’3..and a half). The ankle does stretch out a bit after a wash or two (I wash all of my yoga pants inside out and generally by themselves–I only dry them for 15-20 minutes and let them air dry the rest of the way). I also have the Align crops (19″ long) and there’s no problem with stretching out on those. I love that these are seamless–it really feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. One item to note, certain lighter colors show sweat very easily. I returned the dark red color because of this problem. The navy and black are fine–I’d steer clear of anything lighter though. Size-wise, these run a little bigger than Lululemons other pants.
Pros: Soft, non-compression fabric. 7/8 length. Seamless.
Cons: Ankle stretched out after a few wears/washes. Light colors show sweat quite easily.
Athleta’s Salutation pant is similar to the Align pant. They’re a little tighter (these are my first pair of Athleta pants, so I don’t know how the others compare, but I got an XS) and the fabric, while very similar, isn’t identical. These are less expensive (by about $20) than the Align pant. These do have seams, which I don’t love but isn’t a deal breaker by any means. These are also 7/8 length and the ankles are intact after the first wash. (I just bought these a few days ago, so I’ve only washed them once.)
Pros: 7/8 length. Price. Sleek fabric.
Cons: Little too much like compression tights. Seams.
Overall, I really like both, but give my official endorsement to Lululemon’s Align pants. Hopefully my endorsement takes them out of the red after today’s disappointing sales forecast.
Goodbye for meow.