I did a fit review yesterday of the Athleta Striped Relay Capri and told you I was very happy with that purchase. These Athleta Mantra Capri are next level though. What I love most about them is this new signature material by Athleta called Powervita. Powervita is a high stretch lycra based material that feels very familiar to other ‘naked feeling’ athletic fabrics, only it’s thicker and more compressive. You get what I’m saying…? It even comes with a ‘lycra sport’ label on it which is where most high end athletic apparel brands have their fabrics manufactured. When you pick these pants up, they are weighty and silky and feel cool to the touch. I love the high waist on these and the fact that they are very smoothing and don’t feel hot on. I don’t think I have any negatives about these crops to offer you other than I wish they where called ‘crops’ and not ‘capris’. Doesn’t ‘capri’ sound so dowdy? these are not dowdy. This color is divine too. I’m very much a teal lover so the fact that these came in teal sealed the deal for me. If you where to try one pair of pants from Athleta, start with these, or really any of the Powervita tights.
I took an L in these and I’m a size 10 in other brands. I prefer a broader numbered sizing range because you get (or maybe it just feels like you do) a more precise fit. These fit perfect but I can tell that they are ever slightly more generous than a size 10, and in contrast, my Nike Power Legendary tights fit ever so slightly smaller than a 10, but not quite an 8. I would not have sized down to an M in these. The color is gorgeous, they fit well and they feel amazing on!