Luxury activewear stockist Carbon38 has recently gotten into the business of making their own activewear label. They started off with a few basics, but recently released a more style-focused capsule. The polonium leggings are in collaboration with Goldsheep, a small leggings label. The print is Carbon38’s design, but the fabric and manufacturing are by Goldsheep out of Laguna Beach, CA.
The polonium leggings sold out in just a couple of days when they were first released. When I got the email that they were restocked a couple weeks ago, I didn’t want to miss out again! I love neutrals, so of course I was drawn to the high-contrast look of this monochrome wave print. It has a sorta Ansel Adams vibe to it. Here’s my review.
I ordered these in XS and would say these are true to size. I wish there was an XXS available, because I think that would be perfect. This size does get a little bit wrinkly on me in places (i.e., behind the knee). I would go with your smaller size if you’re unsure. The fabric is extremely stretchy, so between that and the feel of the fabric, these are crazy comfortable. They aren’t really compressive on me, but that may be a sizing thing.
The rise is actually slightly lower on me than on Carbon38’s stock photos, but still a hair higher than most of my bottoms. On the model, the rise reaches her belly button, but on me, it’s about an inch below. The waistband and rise is very comfortable. Speaking of the waistband: there are no pockets, if you were wondering.
The fabric is a polyester/spandex blend with a unique finish that feels almost velvety to the touch. That said, it’s not cottony, and is still slick enough to repel the ever-present dog hair that rules my house. I did a workout in these and have no complaints. The ultra-stretchy fabric is great for comfortable mobility.
Because of the lighter color and the printed fabric, I was worried these would be a recipe for sheerness disaster. I was surprised and very pleased to find that my pair had no sheerness issues, even in a deep squat. Yesssss. If you’re sizing down though, just be sure you double-check yourself in the opacity department.
The one (potentially) negative thing about these leggings is that the seams are not flatlocked. They are overlocked seams, which means there is a tab of fabric on the inside that I’ve tried to show here. In practice, this is not a big deal for me. I don’t notice any chaffing or discomfort from overlocked seams. However, with a price tag of $130, I would’ve expected flat seams, so this was a bit surprising to me.
Overall, I’m happy with my purchase and am keeping these. Though there are some things you might consider functional negatives (lack of pockets, overlocked seams), neither of those are important to me and they don’t make me love them any less.
After selling out twice already, the polonium leggings are back in stock as of this morning!! They’ve sold out completely within a couple days each time, so make your decision quickly if you’ve had your eye on these!