Hot leggings for a cold winter
Leggings might be a cold-weather workout necessity, but you don't have to be limited to the dark hues of winter. More and more, women are stepping out in colorful, printed capris and leggings. These five companies have set out to offer high-performance products that infuse fun into winter workout wear. While many of these brands have a strong yogi following, their products are suited for a variety of active pursuits.
Teeki is one of the most popular brands on the market and is favored by renowned yoga teacher Kathryn Budig, author and founder of Aim True Yoga. Teeki's custom prints are inspired by the travels of its founder, Lindsay Hemric, and new prints are introduced every season. A current best-seller is The Awakening ($66), a fresh take on the cheetah print. Teeki leggings are super thin and quick drying, making them ideal for hot yoga and other sweaty classes at the gym. Teeki is made from recycled water bottles, with approximately 25 in each pair of leggings.
Onzie was created to bring a bit of spice into the workout market. While the company started off making one-pieces, its leggings and capris have become its most popular products thanks to unique prints like Space Jewels ($56). Onzie leggings fit like a glove, dry quickly and are ideal for yoga, Pilates, running and gym sessions. You can even wear them in the water to swim or surf. All products are made in Los Angeles.
ZuVi, a recent entrant on the market, was started by a mother and daughter duo who wanted to combine their love for fashion, fitness and the environment. Like Teeki, ZuVi's leggings are made from an eco-friendly fabric that is 84% recycled plastic products and 16% spandex. The fabric is quick drying and anti-microbial. Customers love ZuVi leggings, like the Psychedelic print ($58), for yoga, Pilates, CrossFit and the gym.
Liquido Active is a Brazilian company known for its funky patterns. Each print, like the Snake Rainbow capri ($85.95), is limited. These leggings and capris are durable, comfortable, supportive and stylish, with a low-rise V-line at the waist for a flattering look.
K.Deer Haute Yoga Wear
K.deer offers and extensive and ever-changing collection of prints (some in limited quantities). One of the most popular, the Alexis Stripe, is coming back in January 2014. Fans of the brand love the leggings because they are high performance, hug your body and feel weightless. Products are made in the U.S., within 15 miles of k.deer's New York City-area design studio.