Words by Trina Leigh. Images by Ryan Allan.
Aventura Clothing (and it’s brother brand Ecoths) are a family owned company that is, “committed to creating fashionable and comfortable clothing with a low environmental impact.” They are using organically farmed cotton they are able to track from the farm to the factories. According to their website over 75% of their styles use lower impact or sustainable materials. One thing we like on their site is that they give you the option to “Shop Sustainable Styles”.
When Ecoths and Aventura Clothing contacted us recently about reviewing some of their gear we knew just who to pass the Aventura gear too. Our Women’s Gear reviewer Trina Leigh. We gave her the Bienne Leggings and the Tinsley Top, and then took her out hiking which is a pretty good starting point for a gear test.
1st Impression Bienne Leggings:
Overall, awesome. The leggings are form-fitting, opaque, full-length leggins. I was a little surprised to see that they had seams down the inner legs versus being a full wrap around, but was quickly able to look past that with the way they felt and fit me. I popped out to the living room where my husband was to show him the waistband fit and do a little high-knee, butt-wiggle happy dance in order to demonstrate their aforementioned awesomeness.
Great material. The leg seams struck me as a little odd given other leggings I purchased before (the cheaper ones always had them), but there aren’t seams at the top around the hips, front or back. So I’m good with it. When speaking to their level of quality, it’s worth mentioning their level of opaqueness, which I always test on leggings to see if they can serve as ‘pants’ or just tights. While hiking, I made a point to wear bright yellow underwear knowing I’d be outside and in a variety of surrounding light (i.e. full sun, shade, inside, etc), as well as moving around a lot (i.e. walking, reaching, bending, etc). In all light, in all positions, contrary to what my husband may have preferred, never once were my cute yellow undies visible.
I have never found a pair of leggings that didn’t have a tight waistband and pinch me. I’m pretty petite, and those things always caused or accentuated the never flattering ‘muffin top’ look. Clothes shouldn’t make you feel chubby unnecessarily. With my straight hips, and lack of the typical lady curves, men’s pants would probably be better suited for me. However, I’m going to guess that those that are curvy would still love these. They just seem to hug you as you are. One thing I also noticed is that they never crease at the border of the butt cheek and leg. They make be feel like I have a way tighter, more fit bootie than I know I’ve got, and that’s never a bad thing.
I’m a total weirdo when it comes to my tactile sense. I’m one that likes going down clothing aisles grazing everything in my path. I am quite particular about what I’ll wear, since it’s highly contingent on the fabric it’s made of. That said, I didn’t want to take these off. I find myself putting my hands down at my sides when I walk because they’re such a soft, smooth material. The day I got them, I actually slept in them, and they were perfectly sufficient as pajama pants. They never moved or looked stretched out in any way. Since I tend to sleep in a tight little ball, it was impressive to see that there was no change to the knee or waist areas.
All settings, all functional, all appropriate. I wore them as pajamas, when bumming around the house, to work, and when being active outside. I can’t say that about too many of the things in my closet.
Top 3 Pros
- Comfortable and great waist & overall fit.
- Totally opaque.
Top 3 Cons
- The waistline isn’t modified from front to back, so it can be a little high in the front. But honestly, the only reason I’m bringing it up is because I felt I needed some sort of ‘con’. They can’t be perfectly 100% perfect, right?
- Nope. Nothing else. I love them.
- Again with the love. Who needs 3 cons?
SoCal Sessions: How many Lightning Bolts of Awesomeness do you give these leggings? Would you recommend?
Trina Leigh: I would give them 6 blazingly bright Lightning Bolts of Awesomeness!
Absolutely. I have at least 3 times so far that I can remember, and anticipate continuing. In the 3 week period I’ve had them, I’ve worn them 7 times!
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