K-Deer is a small, yoga-focused company out of New Jersey famous for their bold stripes and patterns. After all the buzz surrounding the Athleta/K-Deer copycat saga that some of you might recall, I was especially interested to try out a pair of K-Deer’s stripes. So, when K-Deer reached out and offered to send me a couple pairs, I said heck yeah! Since I know many of you have been curious about trying K-Deer, too, I hope my thoughts help you decide if they’re for you.
Disclosure: these leggings were gifted to me from K-Deer. As usual, everything here is my own honest opinion and experience.
I’ll be honest: I spent a long time really hesitant about K-Deer’s bold stripes. So many people rave about them, but I was worried there was a little too much clown factor and that they weren’t for me.
But… I’m the same person who freaked out about cats in space on my leggings, so I’m not really sure who I was kidding there. I am definitely not a “serious leggings only” kinda lady.
Sure enough, as soon as I put these Trina stripes on, I fell in love. It’s hard not to feel a little happier when you’re wearing pants like this. I love the teal and the punchy peach ombre. I’ve already worn these several times–I even snuck them into a work under a dress. ;) I hate to play favorites, but…Trina stripe is pretty much already my favorite out of these 3.
K-Deer does run a bit small. I wear a street size 00/0 and XXS/XS depending on the brand. My K-Deers are a size XS and the fit is perfect. They are tight when you put them on, so you can’t just pull straight up. Instead, you have to work them up your legs a few inches at a time. Once they are on, they do.not.move. I would reiterate what K-Deer says on their website: if in doubt, definitely size up.
The rise is very, very high, coming up just over my belly button. They aren’t really made to roll down, but you can kind of make it happen if you need. If you’re both particularly petite and short-waisted, the high waist might be a little overwhelming for you. Also, as with many high waists, there is no waistband pocket.
K-Deer’s fabric is a smooth-faced fabric with a lot of stretch. The fabric is reminiscent of a pair of (extremely thick) pantyhose or a swimsuit. It’s lightweight, which means it will work year round, but still provides a bit of compression. The fit and fabric together make these an excellent choice for a wide variety of workouts.
As far as coverage is concerned, they weren’t quite 100% opaque in a bend/deep squat, but totally fine with suitable underthings. I’ve heard others say there’s were totally solid, so your mileage may vary. On that note, the fabric does seem prone to show seams, so be sure you wear something no-show underneath.
Another unique thing about K-Deer is the construction of the front panel and the gusset. You’ll notice that there’s no vertical front seam. In addition, the gusset is very unique. It actually extends horizontally all the way down to the knee. The photo above is the easiest way to show that without a straight-up crotch shot (no thanks). The end result of the flat front and long gusset is that these are pretty much the lease crotch-clingy pants you will ever put on. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried leggings that have been a little “grabby”, whether in the leg crease or worse, but it’s really unpleasant both aesthetically and comfort-wise. The construction of these pants means that will never be a worry with these pants.
I noticed that the gusset seam is flatlocked, but the lower leg and the rear vertical seam were not. The more detail-oriented of you might note that in the above photo, you can see the transition around the knee from flatlocked to overlocked seams. I believe this is a stylistic choice: a flatlock seam disrupts the stripe pattern a bit. You’ll notice that the tribeca print (see below) is flatlocked at the bum, which reinforces my thinking that the non-flatlocking was done on purpose just for the stripes.
Another one in the stripe lineup, the Jennifer stripe is named for Jennifer Bandier, the founder of the fitness fashion retailer by the same name. The black and grey with pops of red is not as in your face as other stripes, but still makes a statement.
Like the Trina stripes, I suggested going with dark or neutral colored underthings, especially if you plan on doing some squatting or bending.
I pretty much covered the fit and fabric notes above, but one thing I didn’t mention yet is that K-Deer leggings run loooooong. Their website states that they have a 30″ inseam that stretches up to 34″. Since I’m only 5’3″, I have quite a lot of extra ankle scrunch. This extent of the scrunch is demonstrated by the asymmetrical ankle situation in these pics–oops. :) Even if you’re a pretty tall lady, you’ll get full length out of the deal. Us shorties can leave them scrunched (I’m used to it), hem them, or try their capri length instead.
As far as workouts are concerned, these were awesome. As I mentioned above, the lightweight fabric is nicely breathable. I’ve heard that people like these for hot yoga–I could definitely see that. The high stretch also makes these ideal for workouts where you’re bending a lot, like weightlifting or yoga. You’ll never feel pinched or constricted, but you’ll still feel supported.
Last but not least: Tribeca print. As I mentioned above, one difference to note on the print is that the back seam is flatlocked. If you really like all your seams flatlocked, you might be happier in prints over stripes, though honestly I didn’t notice a difference in feel when wearing them. Overall, K-Deer pants are some of the most comfortable leggings I own.
Again, the same fit notes apply to these as the other leggings. Although the fabric didn’t feel substantially different, unlike the stripes, I found Tribeca to be 100% opaque even in a squat/bend. The simple geometric print will work casually as well as for workouts, and of course matches anything.
Another thing I really like about K-Deer is that all their production is done in the US, specifically within 15 miles of their New Jersey studio. I love the idea of supporting small, locally-oriented operations. That factor, combined with the fit, feel, and look of the pants, means that I think their $98 price tag is worth it.
Overall, my feelings are definitely positive toward K-Deer and my first set of their leggings–these won’t be my last!
P.S. K-Deer also sent me this adorable printed “nama’stay in my leggings all day” printed tank, which pretty much sums up my feelings every day. It’s a simple, fitted cotton tank with lots of stretch and lots of softness. Their cotton tanks are only $25, making them an economical and cheeky option to pair with their bold pants.