I mentioned Albion Fit’s latest product drop in a recent post, with special attention to their new antigua slate pattern. Albion has been on my radar for a while, and I finally ordered a pair of the new antiguas to try. Since I’ve only tried these on, this is more of a mini-review where I’ll talk a little bit about the fabric, sizing, and general thoughts on the antigua slate extend leggings.
Albion’s fabric is a nylon/spandex blend. A lot of prints are polyester, so it was nice to see nylon on these, since I often prefer that fabrication. The fabric has a slick feel, not cottony at all (like lululemon’s luxtreme). I didn’t think it was quite as soft as other slick nylon blends I’ve tried, but it certainly wasn’t scratchy either. And it repels pet hair, so hooray for that!
Take note that pattern placement does vary with these! I really like the front placement on this pair, but I’m not so crazy about how the back turned out. Sparse patterns like this can be tricky in the booty area.
Surprisingly, Albion’s fabric is actually lined with white on the inside, which is unusual for nylon (but very common for polyester). I’m not sure if this is just for the prints, or if it would be true of their solid bottoms as well. In this pic you can see the white lining as well as the tagless interior (woohoo, no scratchy tags!) and the waistband slit pocket.
I really like that Albion offers a range of sizes, XXS-XXL on most of their bottoms. I waffled a little bit between XXS and XS, since I’ve found those sizes to vary pretty wildly between brands. Albion does offer free exchanges, but of course I’d rather get it right the first time. I went with XXS, which fortunately ended up definitely being the right choice.
For me, the sizing was pretty much dead on true to size. It’s basically identical to lululemon, i.e. Albion’s XXS was comparable to lululemon’s size 2 (my normal size). So, if you’re a lulu 4, I’d recommend ordering the XS, S for lulu 6, and so on.
The leg is the one area where there’s a little bit of sizing funny business happening. Compared to lululemon’s wunder under pants, you can see Albion’s extend leggings are just a bit shorter. In the pics where I’m wearing Albion’s extends, you can see there’s also minimal scrunching at my ankles. I’m 5’3″ with about a 29″ inseam. So, if you’re tall, these might end up more like 7/8 length on you, depending on the size you order.
Speaking of length: I was trying to decide between full length and crop length, so I emailed Albion first to ask about the crop inseams. They responded very quickly and the lady said the XS and XXS are 18″ and 16″, respectively. I prefer a 19″+ crop length so that made my decision easy. Keep that in mind if you’re eyeballing the crops.
The other key difference in the lower leg of Albion’s extend leggings is the opening. It’s quite a bit wider than wunder unders (and most full length leggings I try). I do have pretty small calves/ankles, so this resulted in a bit of baggy ankles on me. I don’t like the baggy ankle look, so I would probably hem these into a longer crop length to get rid of this issue. If you prefer more room in your ankles, though, these will be great for you.
Another little quirk I noticed: these leggings actually have an outside seam in addition to an inside seam. Most of my active leggings only have a seam on the inside, unless they have some type of design element or colorblocking that would require a seam. This extra seam doesn’t bother me, especially since everything is sewn with flat seams, but it’s just something to note.
As for opacity, these fell short of perfect. Because of the white lining, they do fade quite a bit in a bend or squat, as illustrated by the knee bend pic. There wasn’t any noticeable fading across the bum when standing normally. Take note you’re not actually seeing my skin tone here, you’re just seeing the white lining pictured above. That said, in a squat or bend, the white fading at the butt made the area too light to conceal my underwear. Brights would be a bad idea with these, but if you have nude or otherwise highly inconspicuous underwear, you can get away with it. The amount of underthing visibility may vary depending on your pattern placement. I noticed that any see-through issues on the cheek with more pattern on it wasn’t half as noticeable as the side that’s mostly plain black.
Overall, I am probably going to have to make myself return these, but I’m pretty sad about it. I really love the look of them, but the opacity is a bit of a problem since I am constantly squatting and bending in my workout clothes. If I was in Salt Lake City where Albion has a brick-and-mortar shop, I’d probably try to cherry-pick a pattern more to my liking (which I imagine would be a little more squat friendly), but as it is, ordering a bunch of pairs is not particularly practical. And at this point in my collection, it’s important that I be reasonably disciplined in what I spend my money and my storage space on anyway.
If these look like they would be great for you, rejoice, because Albion’s prices are very reasonable in the realm of fitness fashion. Their crops are $68 and full length are $78, though you will have to pay shipping both ways. (Pro tip: go follow Albion on Instagram if you like deals, winky winky.) Canadians will also be glad to hear Albion ships up north for only $10, although of course you still have the unfortunate exchange rate to deal with. Here’s where you can find them: