These naxos crops by Olympia Activewear had been on my wishlist for ages. When Carbon38 was running a 20% off flash deal, I pounced! I love the geometric contrast of the black and nude.
I’ve talked about the fabric Olympia uses in their bottoms in my last review. The polyester blend is lush and soft, but slick like lululemon’s luxtreme, not cottony like supplex or luon. Pet hair brushes off pretty easily, which is a big plus for my house. It’s pretty thin, which means it’s good for warm climates, but it also means coverage is ok, but not amazing. Bright colored undies are visible in a deep squat/bend. I noted in my previous review that VPL was a bit of an issue, but it didn’t seem quite as noticeable on this pair. That said, I think my moto leggings in iron overall have a bit better coverage.
Sizing is the same as my other Olympia bottoms. As a lululemon size 2 and an XXS/XS in other brands, Olympia’s size P fits me just fine. The waistband doesn’t cut in at all. If you’re on the bigger end of your size, you may be more comfortable sizing up. There is a seam where the black meets the nude, but this hit at a nice place on my legs and I didn’t have any issues. It’s designed to sort of frame your knee, with the apex hitting above your kneecap. The overall length is pretty much your standard longer-ish crop length. My size P measured 17.5″, but they stretch a lot in the vertical direction, and in my opinion fit a bit longer than the measurement might lead you to believe. The apex of the nude colorblocking on my pair was situated 8.25″ from the hem.
The styling is understated, with just the knee accents and no fussy seaming or mesh. Olympia’s signature custom elastic waistband contrasts beautifully and accents the nude leg detail.
The stitching is black all over, so there’s a little bit of black visible on the inside nude accent if you’re really picky. As I noted in my previous review, these are not flatlocked seams, but they are comfortable on me so this isn’t a mark against them in my book.
“Jet” is aptly named: these crops are really, really black and have a subtle, beautiful luster to them. Because of the nature of the fabric, I don’t think they will fade or lose their luster with washing like many black leggings do. Unfortunately, the nude colorblocking didn’t work well for me. I just didn’t like how it looked up against the skin tone of my legs. If I was significantly more tan or my skin had different undertones (I’m sort of a pink-beige-yellow, I think), it might go a little better. Boo hiss. For what it’s worth, I used my decidedly olive-toned bf as a test subject, and they seemed to go nicely when I held them up to his arm.
Overall, I ended up reluctantly returning these. The nude coloring issue was my biggest gripe, and since I spend a lot of time squatting and bending for my lifting, the so-so coverage was the nail in the coffin. Not to mention, I have quite a few black crops at this point so I have to be a little choosy. So sad, since I was excited about these. Better luck next time.
Where you can find a pair of Olympia’s naxos to try for yourself: