What Are the Best Workout Leggings?

Last summer we heard rumors that the athleisure bubble was about to burst, but let’s face it: Once you start wearing leggings as pants, there’s no going back. We would wear this most comfortable and elastic legwear just about anywhere, but which pair is best when you actually want to work out? Here, 13 women weigh in about their favorite pairs for everything from yoga to barre to running an ultramarathon.

For Yoga

Hard Tail Flat Waist Capri Leggings
Hard Tail Flat Waist Capri Leggings $75

“I’d have to say my favorite leggings for yoga have been myHard Tail leggings. Specifically, a pair of black and gray tie-dyed ones I picked up at Pure Yoga. They’re super comfy and soft, have the perfect amount of stretch so that they hug without squeezing, and they’re cute, so they transition well from the studio to the street. (I’ve never been the everyday-spandex-wearing type.) Most importantly, they’re durable, which is key when I wear them a ton, while moving around on a mat and the floor, and wash them regularly.” —Jessica Caplan, yoga and sound meditation instructor

For Hot Yoga

Asics Seamless Legging
Asics Seamless Legging $68

“As someone who sweats at Y7 upwards of four times per week, you could say my collection of leggings is a little bit out of control. Even though the class is held in the dark, I have my best practice when I look and feel great, and the outfit I wear has a lot to do with that. The Asics Seamless Legging is one of my all-time favorite pieces. The material is lightweight and breathable (major key in a 90-degree vinyasa-yoga practice), and the texture on the bottom part of the leggings helps stop me from sliding when I’m holding crow pose.” —Madison Meltzer, associate social-media editor, PopSugar

For Running Every Day (and Yoga)

Nike Power Legendary High Waist Capris
Nike Power Legendary High Waist Capris $80

“I run almost every day and in my experience, Nike Dri-Fit is the answer, always. I’ve tried similar stuff from Under Armour and Gap Body but Nike Dri-Fit is just the best. My favorite, and the only one I buy — in bulk, basically — is thePower Legendary training caprisfrom the Nike Dri-Fit line. Compression feels super supportive and taut, and they keep their shape over multiple years, even with constant washings. I also do yoga in them and give them another A+ rating for that … On my body, the fit is really higher-rise than the photo online shows. I have a short torso and they definitely go above my navel, which is how I like it — Under-Armour stuff fits me right at the navel, which makes me feel crazy and is super distracting for me.” —Carmen García Durazo, producer

For Under $20

Mid-Rise Stripe-Melange Leggings for Women
Mid-Rise Stripe-Melange Leggings for Women $15

“I like my leggings to be several things: cheap (miss me with that $80 nonsense), opaque enough to wear as pants (shush, haters!), and short enough to fit my legs without any extra fabric bunching around the ankles. Old Navy’s leggingsexcel on all of these points, with the added benefit of being able to pick up an iconic American Flag shirt in the same trip!” —Brennin Cummings, marketing coordinator at Penguin Random House

For Under $50

adidas Women’s Running Response Long Tights
adidas Women’s Running Response Long Tights $37

“Hands down my favorite leggings are the mid-rise long Adidas Climalite Tight. The mid-rise hits right below my bellybutton and doesn’t grip into my sides, making my waist look smaller. I got sick of spending $120 for a single pair and always buying black to maximize the use. With a lower price point I can buy multiple colors, patterns, lengths, and duplicates.” —Meagan Kong, dancer and movement coach

For Women With Curves

Lineage Graffiti Leggings
Lineage Graffiti Leggings $40

“Leggings are a huge issue for curvy femmes, and my favorites right now are from Lineagewear and Bombsheller. Both companies use fun printed fabrics that don’t stretch into literal sheer oblivion over fat asses, and they both have high elastic waistbands that stay up even when your belly is hell bent on pulling them down.” —Jessamyn Stanley, yoga teacher and author of EveryBody Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get On the Mat. Love Your Body

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