The elation lineup is one of Athleta’s newest additions to their Powervita collection. The elation leggings are designed with simplicity in mind, forgoing any decorative seams or extra elements. I went a little crazy and bought these in three colors: two pairs of capris and one pair of 7/8 tights. I ended up returning one of the capris, dark may rose, but I kept auberge and maritime pine. They’ve recently released a black and white striped pair too, which I’ve got my eye on as well.
I don’t normally wear a lot of green, but the maritime pine drew me in. It’s a soft shade of sage, which is a cooler, greyer green rather than a deep, foresty hue. Besides black, it looks beautiful with rich colors like deep purple, wine, and navy.
I purchased size XXS in both pairs, which is my normal size in Athleta, and they fit like a glove. I consider them true to size. The rise is high and comes up just slightly below my belly button. The rear rise offers plenty of height for good coverage even for fuller hips. At 5’3″, the capri version lands a couple inches above my ankles while the 7/8 version is a full length legging with a bit to spare.
The fabric is extremely flexible and comfortable to wear and offers light compression. They feel like a nice hug on your legs. The fabric has a smooth but plush feel, adding to the hug-like feeling, not quite slippery and definitely not plasticky. The finish is matte with no sheen. The simple design, matte look, and superb comfort make these ideal for mixing in with your casual outfits without looking too much like you’re wearing workout wear.
In terms of fabric overage, both pairs are quite good, but there can be a very slight amount of show-through in a deep bend or squat. For that reason, I prefer dark or skin-colored underwear with these. Take note that the fabric is fairly clingy, which means underwear lines are something to look out for. The darker colors, like the auberge pair, are better for both coverage and hiding VPL. Coverage was the main reason I returned the dark may rose capris; I found them to be just a little more revealing than the other two pairs.
Athleta’s Powervita fabric has been compared closely against lululemon’s nulu material since they first released it. Thanks to their minimalist design, elation tights are the most directly comparable against lululemon’s super-popular aligns. Here’s an overview of some key differences between Athleta’s elation tights and lululemon’s align tights:
- Elations are slightly thicker with some compression while aligns have zero compression.
- Aligns have an angled waistband seam that dips low while the elation waistband seam is flat and slightly higher.
- Elations have a seam at the top of the waistband while aligns have a one-piece waistband with no seam at the top.
- Align crops fall an inch or two shorter than elation capris.
- Elations are $9 cheaper than aligns.
The Powervita line, including elations, are marketed primarily as lower-impact yoga leggings, which they’re definitely perfect for. Both pairs of my new elations came with me on a hiking trip to Washington. I wore them on the plane as well as many miles of hiking, and they were fabulous for both. Since then, I’ve also put them to the test at my aerial silks classes. I’ve been really happy with how they move and feel for all of those activities.
If you’re a fan of Athleta’s other Powervita styles or a fan of lululemon’s aligns, I bet you’ll like the elations, too.