Friday, April 5, 2013

OT: Kira Grace Reviews, Part 1 - Flare Pant, Knee Pant, and Capri Legging

Yoga Knee Pant

Flare Yoga Pant
Yoga Capri Legging
Kira Grace sent me quite a few of their tank and bottom styles to try out so I've decided to split the reviews in to two parts. Part 1 will cover the bottoms.

I've been able to try three of Kira Grace's bottom styles over the last few months: the Yoga Knee Pant, the Flare Yoga Pant, and Yogi Capri Legging. I previously wrote about the Capri Legging here so will concentrate more on the knee pant and flare pant for this review.

The material on all the bottoms is made of are 88% nylon/12% spandex. It offers good coverage, compression, and support. My only two nits are that it feels a little itchy when I first put it on which could be because I am so used to the feel of luon, but after I wear it I don't notice anything different in the feel. I also want to say that is for the black material only. The colored tanks I have are super soft. The other nit is that I find the material on the warm side. I will note that I do workout indoors in Southern California so I have a tendency to overheat anyway.  I've worn the bottoms for cardio workouts and get heated in them. On the other hand, I reach for the Flare pants on colder days because they are the warmiest yoga pants I own. I bet these bottoms would be nice for outdoor boot camp classes, which are popular in my area.

These are the Flare Yoga Pants. As you can see the front waistband looks similar to Groove pants. I think the overall fit is a lot like lululemon's Tadasana pants - snug all the way down until the calf. The pants are mid-rise according to the Kira Grace website but on me it comes up to my belly button. The rise is similar to that on Groove pants. (I measure them both as about 9" to the top of the gusset triangle). The waistband is very comfortable - wide and supportive - stays in place when bending and gives a flat profile under tanks. The pants have a 32.5" inseam. The gusset is triangle shaped but seems placed in a more forward position than lululemon pants. All seams are flat seamed.  I've noticed a little abrasion develop in the crotch area with wear but no pilling. The pants have not faded or bagged out - they are high quality pants.

Warrior Yoga Legging

Grace Yoga Knee Pant
Warrior Yoga Legging and Grace Yoga Knee Pant

The Warrior Yoga Legging and the Grace Yoga Knee Pant are made of the same material composition and weight as the Flare Pants. Both of these styles have comfortable wide waistbands. I wore both these styles for cardio and weights workouts. They stay in place nicely. They are rated as low rise which means they hit me a couple of inches under my belly button. The rise on both is about 8" on the Knee Pant and 8.5" on the Legging. The Knee Pants have a 16" inseam which hits me right below my knee but rides up to my knee with exercise. Even though the crops sits at my knee during exercise it didn't feel constrictive. The Leggings have a 21" inseam. The leggings have these very cute and distinctive cut outs along the calf. I probably prefer the Knee pant because I don't have anything else that length in my collection. I also tend to like shorter capris for cardio. Both of these crops have a pocket set into the waistband for a key or ipod. Both of these bottoms offer great support and fit.

All in all, Kira Grace offers some nice quality bottoms. They are compressive and hold their shape and color. The stitching is flat seamed, flawlessly finished, and  made in the USA. I think they give good coverage. My husband said he could see the outline of my underwear but there was no sheerness when I bent over.

Also, as much as I liked their bottoms I really liked the tanks Kira Grace sent me. The reminded me of old school lululemon a lot - great fabric, feminine designs, and super supportive built in bras. I will review the Yoga Halter, Double Strap, Sexy Tank, Stance Tank, and Y-Back tanks in Part II.

Additionally, the Kira Grace company also likes to give back to the community. They donated 100% of the profits from a couple of pieces - the Goddess Warrior Tank and Yoga Knee Pant - to Off the Mat Into the World Program.

*** Full disclosure - I was given these items to review but there was no other compensation for the review. *** 


Anonymous said...

Nice stuff! Can't wait to see the tanks' review. I would love to support a US company.

What does OT mean?

Did you see the new burnout tank on Lulumum's blog? Barf! Looks like parchment paper hanging on her.

Just shaking my head as I see so many comments on how peeps wish the Pinkelicious Forme was a Define. I don't own one and wish I did. This color is stunning.

Anonimouse said...

More bad news for Lulu shareholders, no wonder Christine Day offloaded such a large proportion her own holding.

Anonymous said...

I love my hot pink warrior leggings! I will say that each color and the black are made of a slightly different fabric, b/c each has different sheerness. Imagine that - they worked really hard to make sure each color was just as opaque as the next! ;-D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great review I would love to give these a try. Glad they are made in the USA


Anonymous said...

Great Idea! Can you start to review ALL premium yoga wear from now on; I am sure they would be happy to send your all the samples. Turn it into a website for premium yoga wears for names such as Prana, Lucy, Lole, OMG, Beyond, adidas by stella mccartney, Atheleta and such. Zappos carry quite a few of those brands, it would be great that we have in depth review here! Thanks

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 1:27 pm - OT = Off topic ==> Since I am talking about Kira Grace on a lululemon blog.

sophia said...

How do you think these run size wise compared with lulu?

LuluAddict said...

@ sohpia - for the bottoms I'd go by their measurement chart. For the tops you might have to contact them since I think a couple of the tops fit on the smaller side in the bust.

Anonymous said...

Hey ladies-- discovered a Lulu alternative- haven't tried the pants yet only the tanks---- Nancy Rose Performance- the fusion tank--
Amazing, cute, functional--- lovely--- they have some amazing cover up pieces also- and check out their jackets--- some comparable items to the gratitude, sasvana wraps--- as I said, haven't tried the pants yet but plan to----

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried Lorna Jane? I happened to be at South Coast Plaza on their opening day, but haven't been back since then - are they still there?

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:44 am - Is Lorna Jane at South Coast, too? I knew they were at Irvine Spectrum. I was going to hed down there to check them out.

Anonymous said...

@luluaddict - thanks for featuring companies that make in the USA. Are there any more or is everyone producing in China.

It impossible to have good quality control with stuff coming in from china.

I am going to get a pair of he kira grace...

Anonymous said...

@anon 5.04 - I completely agree with you. luluaddict will you start covering all the other new & amazing companies out there? There are so many new yoga companies I hear about--- I totally bored with lulu and quality sux - my $100 deserve fresh, better and more

I loved this review and would love to see more diff brands covered in the same amazing detail!!

Anonymous said...

I also found the Kira Grace tanks fitting a little small. They gave me extreme arm pit fat.