Be it Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga, right pair of shorts are very important to make your practice comfortable and worthwhile. In this blog, we present our top choices of yoga shorts.
We evaluated 5 yoga shorts, which are affordable, look great and rank high on functionality. We carefully looked at the style options provided to ensure that you look your best and feel great while practicing yoga. While style was one of the factors, we also kept in mind the quality of the material – whether it is sweat absorbent, if it passes the squat test, and does it feel comfortable against the skin. A great design adds to the feel good factor, performance and durability of athletic wear like yoga shorts, is also vital.
With this, here is our review on the 5 best affordable yoga shorts for women.
Product 1: Tough Mode Women High Rise Shorts
Tough Mode shorts are highly durable and the fabric is really soft. The shorts are high rise and would reach your belly button. They come in 22 different prints and colours and 5 different sizes, ranging from extra-small, small, medium, large and extra-large.
The best part is that they come in two different inseam lengths – 3 inch and 5 inch. You can pick your size after having selected the inseam. So you would find a large size in 3 inch inseam as well as large in a 5 inch inseam.
The material is 90% polyster and 10% spandex, making it quick to dry yet breathable. You don’t need to hand-wash them, as these could be machine washed. The fabric is such that the shorts don’t ride up even during rigorous exercise and leave no sweat marks. You can now say bye to your all-black shorts and try these out!
Tough Mode yoga shorts are double layered, so aren’t see through. They are comfortable and stretch easily. The waist band is also wide, which helps enhance your curves. Along with yoga, these could be used for various other activities like running, volleyball, biking, hiking or weight lifting.
The main drawback of these shorts is that they do not come with a pocket so in case you need to carry a small item like your keys or card you would have to carry an additional bag.
Product 2: Kamo Fitness High Waist Athletic Yoga Shorts
These stylish Kamo Yoga Shorts are perfect for high intensity yoga. They don’t move around, thus becoming your perfect partner for stretches that test your flexibility.
What ups their style quotient is the cross-waist band at the back, which sets them apart from other shorts. The waist band comes only in colour black and red. The variants Purple Potion Print, Charcoal Print and Black 2.0 have a slightly different design, with ‘V’ shape cut on the front side, no waist band at the back and are even slightly longer than the style with a waist band.
They have a another variant – Butter Black which is if you want a basic look – with neither the waist band nor the ‘V’ cut.
Another great positive is the responsive customer service of Kamo. They are extremely responsive to your post-purchase reviews and go an extra mile to make sure you have the right fit. If you feel that the shorts are constantly riding up or you’re getting a camel toe and are not happy with that, you might want to go for one size larger.
There are two main issues that we found with these shorts. One is that, across all the variants that Kamo yoga shorts come in, there is no pocket in any of them, for your trinkets. Second, the size variation is only Small, Medium and Large.
As for the material, these yoga shorts are 84% Nylon and 16% Spandex, stretch well and dry quickly. You can you do your squats or garland pose (Maalasna) easily in them.
Product 3: 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Yoga Shorts
Super affordable and simple, 90 Degree By Reflex Yoga Shorts, come in a set of two with a wide assortment of colours. These shorts come in 19 different sets of colours and have 5 size options.
These are truly high waist and would fall just above or at your belly button, depending on your body type. They have a decent length so you don’t have to worry about thigh chafing while doing asanas like the dynamic Boat Pose (Naukasana) or Eagle Pose (Garudasana).
The waist band is quite broad and would help in tummy control if that’s your requirement. Due to their broad waist band and the variety of colours they come in, you could also use them as shape wear as well. These yoga shorts also have a pocket towards the inside on the waist band, but its small.
The main disadvantage with these yoga shorts is their material quality. If they aren’t washed under the delicate wash cycle, you might run the risk of shortening their life.
Product 4: ODODOS Workout Booty Shorts
ODODOS Workout Booty Shorts are a treat for the eyes and for your skin. As for design, they come in a variety of colours and patterns. These shorts have two different inseam lengths – 4 inch and 2.5 inch. Across these two inseam categories, you will have the option to select 5 different size varieties, ranging from Small to XXL.
You can measure your inseam and select the length accordingly. If you have short legs as compared to your torso, you can pick the 2.5 inch inseam. 4 inch inseam would be perfect for those who have long legs or are not a fan of showing off their booty too much.
The shorts are not see through and don’t bunch-up, making them perfect for squats! The material is very soft, comprising of 76% Polyester, 24% Spandex. They are highly sweat absorbent and do not leave any marks after your intense yoga session.
Cherry on the top with these shorts is the pocket that is provided at the back. The pocket is large enough to hold you phone or your key or cards. Another bonus is the inseam is not a straight line, but is rather in the triangular shape, which helps avoid camel toe, if that’s something you were going for.
Product 5: CRZ YOGA Women’s Naked Feeling Biker Shorts
Designed just for yoga, CRZ YOGA Women’s Naked Feeling Shorts are perfect for yoga practitioners who want the fit to be as perfect as possible, while having the option of trying different patterns.
These shorts come in four different inseam lengths – 3 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches and 8 inches. What is more interesting is that they offer not three or five size options, but six size options starting from XX-Small and going up one size to X-Large. These combinations would give you a large pool of options to chose from, depending on your body type and preferences.
These shorts come in a wide variety of patterns ranging from solid colors, both light and dark to trendy patterns like leopard prints or zebra stripes. There is small pocket on inside of the waist band which could hold your card or a key, but not your phone.
The material is 71% Polyamide and 29% Spandex, feels buttery soft and do not cut into your skin. The fabric is not see-through making your practice even more comfortable. The only word of caution is that before buying, pick your size well, else the shorts will run up during a high intensity work out.
Yoga shorts are an essential accessory for your yoga practice. Having a good quality pair ensures maximum efficiency in your yoga practice. Not only will you be able to easily stretch into your poses, there would be no wardrobe faux-pas while getting into your yoga asanas. Read the above review to find yoga shorts that fit you the best.