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that don't go see through while squatting.

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#1 ~Peahen~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

So, I desperately need some new gym pants, currently I swear Nike Capris and went to get some new ones today but they have changed the style a little, luckily I tried them on and deep squatted in the change room because when I looked back in the mirror I copped a lovely view of my g-string as the seat of the capris stretched and became see-through.

I have seen this happen to others at the gym (usually when they are on the stationary bikes)  and always assumed they were wearing cheap tights. I then popped my old pair back on and did the same squat, looked back and to my delight I had near to no but crack exposure, so at least I have not been offending anyone while I perform my deep barbell back squats. (If I have they must have been looking pretty hard )

So, what do I wear on my squat days? Should I turn to a heavier track pant? Does anyone know of a capri tight that doesn't go see through when stretched? Or should I just suck it up and bare my cheeks with pride?

As a side note, as there is a hint of transparency in my old favs when stretched into a deep squat, I sure am glad I don't go commando ;-)

#2 Cyaira

Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

I love my skirt sports capris: they're normal capris but with a skirt covering your bum. I think they're cute and stylish and they fit and wear very well.

This is the official AU store but you can get them elsewhere for cheaper: http://injinjiper.cart.net.au/store/skirt-...ze-capri-skirt/

#3 ~Bean~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

Lorna Jane tights,
Bloch tights.
You need tights that are heavier for want of a better term.

Generally with tights, if I can push my hand into them in the a*se and see my hand I don't buy them as they will be see through.

If I can't see my hand, I buy them.

#4 ~Peahen~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

I knew one day I would have to bite the bullet and try LJ, i might pop into the Lj store tomorrow. I am sad to give up my fav trusty Nike brand :-(

I can't imagine liking the skirts, maybe for running (which I dont have the see through problem with anyway)  but not squatting, lunging and deadlifting.

#5 ~Peahen~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

QUOTE (~Bean~ @ 28/02/2013, 06:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Generally with tights, if I can push my hand into them in the a*se and see my hand I don't buy them as they will be see through.

If I can't see my hand, I buy them.

I'll apply this technique in the future :-)

#6 baking101

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:26 PM

Running Bare is pretty good too.

#7 blackcat20

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

I have the Myer branded pants. Nice and thick, and not too expensive.

#8 Canberra Chick

Posted 28 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

I assume by tights others mean legging type things, not the things with feet in that you wear under skirts and dresses?

I have running bare thick cotton 3/4 pants and Nike 3/4 running leggings with the air vent at the waistband and they are nice and thick with no chance of going see through when squatting.

Edited by Canberra chick, 28 February 2013 - 06:46 PM.

#9 ~Peahen~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:18 PM

ooooh, I like the look of the Bloch tights, to scared to buy online without trying them on.

I'll make a list and go check out Rebel and Lorna Jane. Thanks everyone,

#10 maerska

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

Lulu lemon only...beautiful.

#11 Shanski

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who notices this (on myself and mostly on others)

I recently purchased a pair of Michelle Bridges "one active" 3/4 tights from big w and they are great.
No see through bits, nice solid construction and comfy to wear.

I also wear running bare and find them to be good but the older they get the more see through they get. Mind you some of my tights are now 4-5 years old so it is probably just an age thing.

I always make sure I wear black undies underneath my gym tights just in case. Definitely no zebra stripes, pink flowers or multicoloured polka dots for me (I have seen all of these and more around my gym).

#12 LittleDCJ

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:01 PM

Just beware that some LJ tights are really see through when stretched.  I had one pair that I would never wear to the gym as the slightest stretch would make then see through.  I had to save them just for running.  I agree with PP that Lululemon capris are great.

#13 wilding

Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

If you're going to buy lululemon, make sure you do the bend test or check the reviews first as a lot of people are having problems with them being see through and change in quality etc.

As they say, squat like a frog as low as you can go. Look at your rear in the mirror. If you can see the white Lululemon tag through the pants, or anything else, your pants are too tight. Go up a size or two - See more at: http://lajollamom.com/2012/01/lululemon-pa...h.OKLGPgZ6.dpuf

#14 ~Peahen~

Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

I considered trying the next size up yesterday but they were already on the loose side, figured I may as well ditch the idea of tights if they are going to be baggy. I'll have a good look next week, might try some 3/4 cuffed track/studio style pants.

Thanks for the heads up o the Lj gear. I want to avoid spending as much as lululemon, money is not great at the moment.

#15 beaglebaby

Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

I bought a pair of plain black 3/4 tights from the Myer Active range recently and they are good thick fabric, not as nice as my LJ ones, but much cheaper and similar quality fabric.  Some of the Kmart ones are pretty good too for the price, honestly, at $15 you don't care if they only last a year!  Another comfy and thick pair I have is from Cotton On Body - I hadn't even realised they sold gym gear until I was in there looking for a sports bra!

#16 intrigued

Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:15 PM

I find my lululemon pants almost sit a bit low on the hips and slide down when doing squats, so I mainly wear them for Pilates.
I also don't like the look of the fabric once you wash it a few times.

I tried on a pair of the Michelle Bridges 3/4 gym pants at Big W the other day and they was quite impressed. They are a bit higher waisted too and the fabric is thick and not see through. Didn't end up buying them as I really have enough gym gear, but will keep them in mind for my next purchase..

#17 babaganoush

Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:46 PM


Why has no-one mentioned this phenomenon to me before???


***runs off to check gym gear drawer under bright lights!!!***

#18 wilding

Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (beaglebaby @ 02/03/2013, 02:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I bought a pair of plain black 3/4 tights from the Myer Active range recently and they are good thick fabric, not as nice as my LJ ones, but much cheaper and similar quality fabric.  Some of the Kmart ones are pretty good too for the price, honestly, at $15 you don't care if they only last a year!  Another comfy and thick pair I have is from Cotton On Body - I hadn't even realised they sold gym gear until I was in there looking for a sports bra!

I have a pair from kmart that I got last year in January, and they are still going strong today. No sign of wearing out.

#19 Escapin

Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:51 PM

Your other option is to wear running shorts over your leggings. Or just wear running shorts. Sometimes I find them more comfy anyway original.gif

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