I’m not usually much of a Nike girl, but when I saw these legendary lava tights in volt at a Nordstrom store, I couldn’t resist trying them on. A couple people have brought these up as being reminiscent of lululemon’s old unicorn tears pattern (Nike’s version is definitely more neon, though).
I am usually a lulu 2 and an XXS or XS in other brands. I grabbed these in XS. They fit me well, and I think this size would also be a good fit for a lulu 4. I have to say, I was immediately impressed with the fabric. They were lusciously soft and thick. The colors are vibrant, and despite the bright, light-ish colors, they were 100% opaque on me (hooray!!!).
The angled seam in the back is a little bit of a different spin on the usual legging silhouette. The length pooled at the ankles a bit, of course, since I’m only 5’3″, but they aren’t as long as lulu’s wunder unders and the extra length didn’t bother me.
The pattern placement on all the pairs looked the same, which must be some pattern-cutting trick Nike has up their sleeve. This means no pattern angst or cherry-picking is required. What you see is what you get. Since my wardrobe is pretty brights-heavy, I think these would be pretty easy for me to match, despite all the colors going on here.
There’s a small slit pocket on the inside of the waistband for your stashing needs.
These are a nylon/spandex blend. They had a cottony feel, somewhere between lulu’s luon and rulu, not the slick finish like most running fabrics. These would be a great weight for colder workouts. I have no idea whether these would suit runners (there is no waistband drawstring), but I could see these working well for most workouts. From my brief try-on, they seemed to stay in place well.
Of course, the major buzzkill with these is the steep $130 price tag. That said, if I had the budget, I might’ve considered buying them. The fabric was awesome and they are so unique and fun. It can be hard to find nice prints like this that also have rock-solid, soft fabric. For those who aren’t completely put off by the price, I recommend checking these out.