Outdoor Voices Review: A Pleasant Surprise

If you’ve stumbled onto this post, you’ve likely seen plenty of Facebook and Instagram ads for the very photogenic Outdoor Voices workout wear. I had too, by the time I decided to pull the trigger and purchase my first pair of leggings. I loved how the colors and patterns looked in the ads, but was curious about the quality and durability of the material. When I began drafting this review earlier this year, I had two pieces of Outdoor Voices clothing – the 7/8 tri-tone warmup leggings and a somewhat matching TechSweat crop top. After another six months, I’ve acquired two more pairs of leggings and one of their lightweight wool pieces. So, does Outdoor Voices live up to the hype?

tldr; the answer is yes!

Material Comparison

From photos, it was difficult to figure out what the material felt like. I was concerned it’d be too “soft” and unsuitable for actual activity, but this wasn’t the case at all. I was pleasantly surprised by the technical feel of the fabric on the 7/8 Tri-Tone Warmup Leggings. While not as smooth as your standard Nike leggings, they almost feel “stiff” and do a great job holding you in for high intensity workouts. The TechSweat material feels like your more classic spandex-y workout gear and is smoother to the touch, with more give in the material.

I also have one of their merino wool tank tops, which is very comparable to a SmartWool baselayer shirt of mine. SmartWool items last forever, so I’m curious to see if the OV version stands up to the test of time (and wear).

Sizing

For me, the 7/8 length leggings are the perfect full-length for my 5’4″ self. I wear a 4 or 6 in Lululemon leggings, XS in Athleta, and size Small in Outdoor Voices. They say to size up if you are unsure between sizes – based on their size chart, I could wear a XS or Small, and the Small fit more comfortably. The tops seem to run true to size as well, but the textured material isn’t extremely stretchy, so I would err on the side of sizing up if you have more muscular shoulders.

Performance

Early on, I read some initial reviews where people felt that the textured material used in the 7/8 spring leggings and two/tri-tone leggings was uncomfortable when sweaty. However, I’ve worn my leggings for high-sweat workouts like spin and HIIT class, and feel that they do a perfectly fine job wicking and absorbing sweat. From Outdoor Voices’ own description, it sounds like the TechSweat material is better suited for high intensity workouts, but I think either could work.


Care

Like most other workout gear, they recommend that you cold wash and hang dry. I wore the 7/8 Spring Leggings on a hike in Lake Tahoe and they stood up well to the rocks and light bushes we encountered. The bottom of the leggings were very very dirty (literally) afterwards – but the dirt washed out with no problem.

Pricing

While OV pieces are not cheap by any means, they are a little easier on the wallet than your typical Lululemon or Athleta pieces. Leggings range from $75 to $95, depending on color and material, while their bras and crop tops range from $45 to $65. They do offer a nice package deal

Interested in trying them out? You can use my referral link to get $20 off your first purchase of $100 or more. Full disclosure, I’ll also receive a $20 credit towards a purchase of $100+ (though realistically, I likely won’t use it).

Interested in the gym bag featured in the header photo? Check out my review here of the nicely affordable Vooray Roadie gym duffel.

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