When Everlane announced their new Perform Legging line, I was immediately intrigued like many others. Especially given its $58 price tag. I decided to stop by their San Francisco to give them a try, as it’s difficult to gauge the quality, feel and fit of leggings via online product descriptions. I hope you find this quick Everlane legging review helpful.
The Perform Leggings come in a wide range of sizes and two lengths – regular is 28” and ankle is 25”. I tried on both lengths in size small, and surprisingly both fit well without any bunching at the ankle. For reference, I am 5’4” and typically wear a size 2/26 in pants. I love the seamless high waisted fit – it was firm but not constricting at all (which I find some high waisted leggings can be). The waistband feels very similar to Lululemon’s Align leggings, with just a bit more support.
Specifically, I tried the Lichen leggings (top) in ankle length and the Ink Grey leggings (bottom) in regular length, paired with a Cashmere Square Turtleneck:
Material & Feel
I like that these are made from recycled nylon – specifically, 58% recycled nylon and 42% elastane. They feel very similar to my Lululemon running leggings in Luxtreme, and somewhat similar to my Girlfriend Collective Compressive Leggings (reviewed here). My Girlfriend leggings are definitely more compressive – which isn’t surprising given the lower spandex/elastane content. While these aren’t as soft as my Lululemon Aligns, I would feel comfortable wearing the Everlane Performs on a cross-country flight.
I purposely tried on leggings in two of their lighter colors and was pleasantly surprised by how smooth they looked. While I wouldn’t call them compressive, I would feel comfortable walking around publicly in these while running errands.
I did the squat test (not pictured – highly unflattering) and these passed, for the most part. However, I was wearing nude colored seamless underwear, so to be honest the bar wasn’t that high. While the leggings seem generally opaque, I would avoid wearing any crazy patterns or contrasting colors underneath. Unless, of course, you want them to show – you do you!
I hope you find this quick review helpful in your purchase decision. Overall, I think these are solid leggings for the price – which is 40 – 50% cheaper than Lululemon and 15% cheaper than Girlfriend Collective. The only reason I didn’t buy any is that I just bought new leggings a few months ago. I’ll certainly consider it if I need to replace a worn-out pair in the near future.
1 Week Later Update: Sweat Test
I ended up receiving a pair from Everlane, gifted, and immediately put it to the sweat test. I wore them to a spin class (sweat level: moderate-high) and they performed admirably. No visible sweat stains on the lightest colorway, Lichen. The knee area also held up and didn’t get baggy at all after a 45 minute class. I’ll continue to wear these regularly and will update this post with how they fare over time.
10 Months Later Update: Regular Use
A lot has certainly changed since my last update! Since shelter-in-place began back in March, I’ve been wearing these more regularly for workouts at home. On average, I’ve worn them once a week since they are Align-level comfy while more durable. So far, I’ve seen no signs of wear, which is very impressive. I typically wash on cold and hang to dry, which may help.
The only change, or difference, I’ve seen is the sweat-through factor. During sweaty Peloton workouts in the warmer months, I have noticed my sweat show through in the waistband area. This doesn’t bother me too much since I’m exercising at home alone, but it worth noting if you’re wearing them for a particularly sweaty session!
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