Ooh I’m so excited! My Athleta order arrived a few days earlier than I expected it to. I’m now under ‘cook me dinner’ pressure from my kids so I will review the much hyped relay capris first, and my other crops I ordered will be posted tomorrow.
I ordered the Athleta Striped Relay Capri 2.0 in a size L and they are the correct size for me. They are compressive going on, but fit really comfortably and don’t pinch my waist at all. I’m so impressed that these are fully opaque, and despite being polyester based (recycled polyester), they are matte and very soft and lovely. These are exceptional quality for the USD price, and really, if you think of who they are competing with in the market of athletic apparel, converting this to CAD and paying shipping isn’t all that exorbitant on a multi order shipment.
I was initially hesitant to order these because I don’t love contrasted mesh panels, and I worried that the multi panel striped print would be busy, but instead I find them incredibly flattering. The white striped panels at the hip really help visually narrow your hips from the front, which is nice detail on a horizontal stripe. I am really glad that the stripes line up, which I believe is uniform across all sizes for these. I haven’t heard reports at all of having to cherry pick ‘good stripe placement’ on these, and they have been reviewed a ton in all of the facebook groups. Another design detail I really like is the ankle/calf seams. I don’t find the hems too narrow or constricting at all but that seam detail really gives these pants some sleek athletic detail. These crops have all the run crop bells and whistles with the soft breathable sweat wicking fabric, wide soft waistband, zippered pocket and mesh inserts.
I really wish Athleta where more accessible to Canadian shoppers and that they didn’t charge such exorbitant shipping fees to ship to Canada, in addition to calculating in the duties and taxes at checkout. We Canadians know that that early fee calculation is a huge rip off for us. If they figured out a way to do more equitable business in Canada I am certain they would have a lot of consumer support. Luckily I live very close to the US border so despite the fact that it’s an inconvenience to pick my orders up in the US, I at least save on shipping and pay the true duties.
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