Manduka is a well-established yoga brand that sells one of the top yoga mats in the market. Although I’ve been off the yoga bandwagon for a while, I used to practice quite frequently and loved Manduka’s mats (I use their signature Pro). They’ve been a trusted name in the industry for years, so I was really intrigued when they announced the debut of their new clothing line. I wanted to know if their clothing would be as rock-solid as their mats, so I ordered a couple of pieces to try.
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For the top half, I ordered the cross strap bra in their newly released shade of blue, delmara. I liked the simple yet strappy silhouette, and I love beautiful blues. Delmara has a light heather look to it if you look closely.
I ordered the bra in a size XS. I typically wear a size 2 in lululemon’s energy bra, which is a similar style to this one. If you’re between sizes, you’ll most likely want to go with the larger size, since I would say mine feels a bit smaller than most XS bras. It fits me like a dream. It’s incredibly comfortable, and I can (and did) happily wear it all day.
The fabric is a blend of recycled polyester, conventional polyester, and spandex. It’s soft and smooth but has a slight cotton feel to the touch. Although the fabric feels nice on the skin and isn’t too heavy, it still might not be ideal for super-high sweat activities. After all, Manduka’s tag line for their clothing collection is “made for yoga”.
That said, “yoga bra” doesn’t have to mean “flimsy”. I would classify this as a medium support, medium coverage bra that is again similar to lululemon’s energy bra. The band is wide and very substantial, making it comfortably supportive. Removable cups were also included with the bra for added coverage and shape.
Besides the strappy back, I like the curved seam accents that help visually shape the bust as well as the slight V neckline. Note that there is a seam down the middle of the V that has a very tiny lump of fabric where the corners are sewn together. This doesn’t make contact with my skin at all so it’s not uncomfortable, but it’s something to watch out for.
Overall, I’m very happy with this bra and would consider ordering another, especially if this one holds up well over the coming months.
Next up: the crops. These I ordered in dark heather grey, a staple color that I’m surprised isn’t already in my closet. The fabric is recycled polyester with spandex, a slightly different fabrication than the bra above. They were totally opaque on me, even in a bend. Again, the fabric feels smooth with just a hint of a cottony feel to them. The fabric is overall pretty lightweight and thin, though still opaque and comfortable. Compression is light, as it is with most yoga bottoms. It has a high stretch, flexible feel that’s ideal for things like yoga. So, when they say “made for yoga”, they do mean it. (Of course, I’m still going to wear them for other things, too!)
The waistband is ultra-wide with a medium-high rise, just a bit below my belly button. It’s higher than lululemon’s wunder unders, but lower than a full-on, ultra-high rise. The waistband feels great–it contours nicely against the body and is really comfortable. There’s a slit pocket in the front of the waistband.
As for sizing, I also ordered an XS for these. The length is a medium, 3/4 crop length that just clears the widest part of my calf (I’m 5’3″). I’d say they fit true to size. I normally wear a 2 in lululemon’s wunder unders, and these fit a little bit bigger than those, probably closer to a lululemon 4. All told, they’re a great pair of basic, versatile capris.
Overall, I’m definitely impressed with Manduka’s clothing line so far. They seem well made and are reasonably priced compared to the competition. I would buy from Manduka again.