Wow. I couldn't believe how great these work. I ordered them on Sunday night/Monday morning and they arrived Wednesday afternoon, which was awesome.
I was nervous about buying these cause I didn't think they'd be as efficient as I hoped but I was blown away. I did two demis and a grande plie in all 5 positions on both sides. Normally, even in the warmth of the summer that isn't enough for my legs to even start to get warm but with these you can touch your thighs and feel the heat radiating off of them. I then sat down for a minute or so and by the time I stood up, I was starting to sweat. I am super excited to use these as I work on my splits as I have tight hip flexors and never seem to warm them enough. I definitely recommend and think I'll get more "trash bag" clothes as it gets colder.
I hate having to warm up before I stretch, so this product is a god send. It gets me warmed up by just walking around after only a couple of minutes, and I'm completely sweating after 10-15 minutes. I personally don't think they are that ugly, but even if they were it's not why I bought them- I bought them to warm me up and that's what they do. I can't comment on the durability seeing as I only just got them, but I do wear them for almost half a day doing a lot of stretching and conditioning and there has been no signs of wear. These shorts are very large, so either buy the small or you can just roll up the waist band, which is what I do. They smell like arm floaties that you put on young children in the water, which I actually like. Overall, I really like these and I wear them everyday before and during stretching.
To start off my review, I would like to say this: YES, these are ugly. Yes, they are huge. Yes, they feel like a beach ball and smell like plastic. Yes, they are thick and noisy.
However, they are also REALLY good at warming you up. Wearing these, I am already warm after just a few plies. They make you sweat a lot, though, which will show up on your tights, so be wary if you are easily embarrassed by your sweating.
While I do like that these warm me up easily, I do not love the sizing. They are absolutely massive. I am 5'2" and about 115 pounds and I ordered a small. I am really wishing extra smalls were available. I ordered them knowing they would be really baggy, but my god these are absolutely massive. And for some reason, the butt area is just tremendous, even on my 36" hips.
Compared to Body Wrappers' Rip Stop shorts:
I own both the Slim-Ez and the Rip Stop shorts. If you're looking for a warmup to look "cute", get the rip stop shorts. If you don't mind wearing ugly warmups, get these ones. They warm me up waaaaay faster than the rip stop ones, which is nice in the winter, because my studio is always really cold. I have really, really tight hips/some hip problems and would dread stretching them out because I felt I could never get them warm enough and I would end up hurting myself. However, these shorts get the job done (quickly), and I have been finding it a lot easier to stretch with these on.
As for the smell and feel, I've just learned to get over it. The smell has gone down as I've been wearing them. They feel kind of weird, a bit like a beach ball or an inflatable mattress, and are a bit sticky on the inside, but as long as I wear tights with them, then it doesn't bother me.
TL;DR - pretty ugly and very, very big, but gets the job done. Great warmups if you're looking for something to get you warm really quickly.
Really great item! I bought a size M and it fit great. I roll it around the waist.
I am 5'7'' and 130 lbs.
I have had a pair for almost one year now and I wear them to 90% of classes. They are still in great shaped and have not ripped anywhere.
Highly recommended. They keep you very warm.
Be sure to wear wool or something similar (though even cotton pants work) underneath these shorts. And be prepared for the sweat!
I love these shorts. I usually wear them for barre and take them off for center. It is perfect because I am already sweaty by then! Even one of my ballet teachers wears them! I also wear them to basketball practice and it is great because I sweat extra and I can tell that my legs are getting thinner. I used to be self-conscious about my legs but I am feeling thinner ever since I got these shorts! I am 5'6 and a small is perfect.
I love these shorts! They are the best! They warm you up just perfect if you take them off after maybe barre, if you don't sweat much in that area. See I don't sweat much in that area so these are perfect for all of barre and a little bit of center. I love these shorts!
Well first off I don't wear these for the look of it. Yea they aren't very appealing but that's not the point. They keep you warm and make you sweat like CRAZY! and I love it. If you are a person that loves to sweat as I do then get these. I promise you won't regret it. They are absolutely amazing!
First off, these pants arrived very quickly, I was surprised. I first wore them to just do some basic ballet exercises in my house. About ten minutes after doing plies and tendus, I feel a drop of sweat go down my leg! These pants are very effective, but I must say that they're bigger than what I thought they would be. So if I order them again, I'll order them in a smaller size. And even though I wish they came in funner colors, I'm still very grateful for its job.