I have high standards when it comes to leggings. I either want them to feel buttery soft for lounging — like these leggings from Lululemon which feel like wearing nothing at all — or I want all the compression and performance power. And after testing hundreds of pairs over the years, I can say that when it comes to a legging that performs when you're actually working out, nothing beats Sweaty Betty's Zero Gravity High-Waisted Running Leggings ($128; sweatybetty.com).
Here's what makes them so special: They're super lightweight, sweat-wicking, and quick-drying, and as the brand's 'bum-sculpting' descriptor suggests, they truly make your butt look incredible. As one reviewer noted, absolutely no cellulite shows through, even when you're sweating — a pet peeve of mine with other leggings.
They've been my go-to for running — I used them while training for a half marathon and I never had to worry about them falling down — and for any high-intensity studio workout for the past five or so years. In the past year, I reached for them whenever I was getting on the Peloton or going for a long sanity walk outside. (Also helpful: The large side pocket and back zip pocket easily fit your phone/mask/keys, and they have UV protection.)
Bottom line: If you've been on the search for a pair of leggings that feel like a second skin, actually wicks away sweat when you're working out, and lifts and sculpts your butt, these most definitely will get the job done.
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