A skeptic tries Amazon's wildly popular $14 Satina leggings

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These luscious leggings come in more than 25 colors, and are available in capri or full length. (Photo: Amazon)
These luscious leggings come in more than 25 colors, and are available in capri or full length. (Photo: Amazon)

I have a confession to make: I own a lot of leggings. Like dozens of pairs. They’re my go-to for everything from working out to hanging out. And back in the day, I even managed to sneak a pair into my office-wear without getting dinged by HR.

Like any legging loyalist, I have strong opinions about brands. I know my favorites, and I’m a little cynical about alternatives. So it took me a while to heed the praise for a certain pair on Amazon. The Satina leggings had a lot of buzz and an incredible price—just $14. I was skeptical. How good could they be? (Foreshadowing: so good!)

She's got leggings; she knows how to use ’em. (Photo: Amazon)
She's got leggings; she knows how to use ’em. (Photo: Amazon)

The story of our eventual meeting isn’t dramatic. I was perusing Amazon’s “recommended products” section when I came upon the leggings. I paused—more than 22,000 reviews? Words like “favorite,” “super-soft,” and “so comfortable” peppering shopper feedback? I decided it was worth the gamble—especially since working from home is my new reality. I didn’t expect much for 13 bucks.

Boy, was I wrong.

A couple of days later, the leggings arrive in a sturdy Ziploc-type plastic bag (good for storage). I instantly notice that the Satina leggings don’t feel like any other pair I own—they’re magically soft, in a unique way. The product description had referred to a “super soft peach skin fabric” which I assumed meant a standard blend. But no—the texture actually is like the fuzzy skin of a peach. A bit like microsuede, but much finer.

Super-soft "office-wear" for the work-from-home set. (Photo: Amazon)
Super-soft "office-wear" for the work-from-home set. (Photo: Amazon)

Next up is sizing. The Satina leggings come in only two options: “one size” (meant to fit small through large) and “plus-size” (for XL to XXXL). I’m a medium-to-large, so I go with “one size,” but when I unfold the leggings, I’m worried. They look tiny. Once I shimmy them on, though, the size turns out to be great.

On to fit: The leggings are comfy, not binding, with a flattering high rise. But while the Satina leggings provide a nice line with the high waist, they don’t offer any compression. So I wouldn’t wear them for intense exercise—just softer activities like yoga or walking.

Now to consider staying power: A trademark of inexpensive leggings is the tendency to slide down or bunch at the waist. The Satina leggings stay put with no bunching, no sliding. This is huge. Even my Alo Yoga leggings—which cost me more than $100—start to sag after a bit of wear. The Satinas are also squat-proof. They stay in place when you’re digging through a laundry basket or bending to tie your sneaker.

Thickness-wise, depending on where you stand on the “leggings as pants” debate, you can get away with wearing Satina leggings without covering your tush. That’s a personal decision, but the fabric isn’t see-through, so the choice is yours. I haven’t noticed much pilling, which is good news. As for length, I’m curious about the capri style because the full-length are a tad long for me, personally.

The upshot? Though I was fully prepared for an “eh” response to the Satina leggings, I fell in love. These leggings have earned a prime spot in my rotation—I’ve worn them nearly every day since I got them. While I’m not planning on replacing all my Lululemon, Alo, and Outdoor Voices leggings any time soon, Satina is my current favorite and I’m guessing it will stay at the top of the stack for a long time.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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