Well my New Year’s resolutions just became easier to keep after my latest trip to the gym to try out ellasports’s new Power Capris. Pam from ellasport asked Patrick if he would be willing to review the capris, and while he doesn’t usually run in capris, they make up a good percentage of my running wardrobe.
Here’s the thing: I like capris, but I have had trouble finding a pair that stay up and that aren’t too tight. It seems that they either have a fold-over waist with no waistband and wont stay up, or they fit perfectly right except for the too tight waistband. My last 5K race was a disaster on this front! My pants kept sliding south exposing the tummy that hasn’t quite been the same since my daughter was born. I spent the race doing a funny little run, run run, hop pulling up my sliding running pants.
The ellasport power Capris are mid-rise, which means that they sit one inch below the belly button and they didn’t move at all throughout my entire run. Out of habit I found myself fiddling with the waistband getting ready to hike up my pants but then stopped and realized – I didn’t have to! These capris hadn’t moved at all!
The weight and feel of the fabric is really nice. It strikes a really great balance of slimming and providing compression, without being too tight and causing any type of muffin top. The waistband is flat and sits comfortably at the waist, and there is a drawstring if you need it. There is a nice seam detail on the leg, which made my legs look slimmer and made me feel like I could run faster. The best feature, I think is the handy little cool max pocket at the back. It’s the perfect size for a driver’s license, a gel and it saves me from having to tuck stuff in my bra or carry something.
In terms of sizing, I usually wear a 12-14 and the large power capris fit me perfectly. Exactly as the size chart on their website indicates.
I liked the capris so enough that I started checking out the other items on the ellasport website and may find myself ordering the Gramercy Racerback Tank and a Workout Skirt to match once it warms up enough for that.
That run at the gym in my power capris on the weekend made me feel so great that I kick-started my New Year’s resolutions and tried running home from work! I can’t wait for Spring to arrive so I can start running in capris again outside. And when ellasport adds full length power running tights to their lineup, I’ll place the first order.
P.S. A quick aside, while ellasport provided the capris to test, I have not been paid for this review and the opinions are my own – J.