Tried and Tested: Kydra Leggings
The activewear brand’s been floating about our social media feeds, we had to give a pair of their leggings – make that three different styles – a go.
Here at Dulu, we’re always on the lookout for a great pair of leggings. (Why yes, we are unabashedly part of the activewear tribe.)
Singapore brand Kydra’s offerings look and sound promising: sleek, familiar-looking designs accompanied by catchphrases like "lush feel", "moisture-wicking" and "anti-bacterial technology"; all at very reasonable price points.
Of course the only way to find out, as with all things we feature on Dulu, was to put three of their leggings to the test and across a variety of workouts. Here’s what our panel members thought.
All products featured here are independently selected and paid for by DULU.
Zarelda Goh | Studio Leggings in Charcoal, $82
What the brand says: Another variation of our softest leggings in this collection! The Studio leggings features a second-skin fit and seamless stitching at the ankles for a neat finish. Perfect for medium to high intensity workouts. Made with moisture wicking and antibacterial technology.
Fit: I am slightly pear-shaped so I chose not to size down when I ordered these leggings, even though sizing down was recommended on the Kydra website. I got a size S and they fit perfectly, definitely true to size. Perhaps those with a straight body type would benefit from sizing down.
Fabric: The fabric is buttery soft. It has the right balance of stretch to provide comfort and structure. These are now one of the most flattering pairs of leggings in my wardrobe!
Comfort: I used the leggings for a strength-focussed reformer Pilates session as well as a cardio-heavy spin class. They felt super comfortable during both workouts. The leggings didn’t ride up and felt like a second skin. The only downside is that there were sweat stains after my spin class but they disappeared fairly quickly.
Price: Fantastic price for the quality. Leggings that perform this well usually cost a hundred bucks or more IMO.
Verdict: I wore them again to teach a Yoga class and to run errands in, and while the tights felt slightly stretched out and looser, they were still comfortable and I didn't have to pull them up. I’d recommend these leggings if you’re looking for a stylish pair of tights for both low and high intensity workouts. They reminded me of my favourite pair of Align tights from Lululemon sans the hefty price tag.
Joyce England | HIIT Leggings in Black, $82
What the brand says: HIIT leggings fits and sculpts like no other. It features a cooling technology which is infused into the leggings to withstand the highest of intensities and keeps you feeling cool and ready for the next burst. Made with moisture wicking and antibacterial technology.
Joyce's review Fit: The sizing is very small, I’d advise going up a size.
Fabric: Soft, but structured once you put it on. It’s got good shape and hold, but not as much as my compression tights.
Comfort: In terms of material, it reminds me of Onzie leggings – very thin and clingy. It sits nicely during exercise but it could be more sweat-wicking. I wore them during a F45 class, where we did a lot of resistance training. I’d recommend them for yoga, but not for running as it would be too hot to wear for extended periods outside.
Price: Fairly priced for the quality.
Verdict: It’s a good mid-priced option, compared to my favourite brands like Lorna Jane, Adidas and Zobha. I think I’ll stick with my favourites, but then again, I’m biased and a creature of habit.
Lydia Ng | Impact Leggings in Black, $82
What the brand says: Designed for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and comfort in mind, the Impact Leggings is your go-to choice for low and high impact activities alike. Fits like a glove with a lush feel and a high-waisted cut. Store your loose change and cards in the subtle zip pocket at the back as you head to your next gym session.
Lydia's review Fit: As these are designed to be tighter, the brand recommends going up to two sizes. I sized up and I’m glad I did because they are indeed very snug.
Fabric: The material is fairly thick; structured, lifts and holds everything in…At first.
Comfort: Despite the tight fit, I found them fairly comfortable to move about in. I wore them for Pilates, barre, and HIIT classes. I also went running in them once, and never again – because the fabric is thick, it just isn’t made to be worn for outdoor workouts, especially in our warm weather.
Price: Reasonably-priced, but see verdict.
Verdict: When I first got these, I raved about the compression fit and how good they made my butt look – an important criteria in legging world. But after constant wear for two weeks, they started to sag and slide down during workouts.
Whilst Kydra leggings are comparatively cheaper than other athleisure brands, I’ll stick to Lululemon. The latter are admittedly much more expensive but don’t lose their shape or fit for years. I’ve worn my In Movement tights to death (2-3 times a week, on average) for the last two years and they’re still in tip-top condition.