Gymshark is a UK sportswear brand gaining popularity every day. Their cute gym clothes and stylish activewear are taking the industry by storm and everywhere you look on Instagram, someone is wearing Gymshark Flex Leggings. But are they the real deal? We take a look.
The most important thing to look for when buying new womens gym leggings is the fit. You'll be wearing these to stretch and move, so they need to be comfortable. Not only that, if you are following the latest womens fitness clothing trend and wearing your ladies gym leggings outside of the gym as everyday casual wear, you'll want them to fit well.
The most defining feature of the Gymshark Flex Leggings is the tight waistband. These are not high waisted leggings so the restrictive elastic waistband will sit just above your hip bones. If you have a tiny waist and very low body fat, it'll sit nicely on your figure. However, if you have any fat on your hips whatsoever it'll be accentuated and highlighted by this tight waistband and will spill over the top. While this is not necessarily a bad thing aesthetically, it can be a little uncomfortable in a practical sense as the waistband will cut into you and is not forgiving.
The one positive aspect of the tight waistband is that the leggings are guaranteed not to fall down as you exercise. The main fabric is actually very stretchy and not tight at all. This means it'll skim over your body without cinching you in and won't flatter your curves like other leggings might. Especially in the lighter coloured leggings, any lumps and bumps you have will show right through the fabric. What it does mean, though, is if you have bigger legs, they will fit you well.
These leggings are definitely designed with the wearer in mind. They want to flatter your form and have stylish panelling to the back to accent your curves and natural shape. The Gymshark Flex Leggings now come in several different colourways with different leg/waistband colour combinations. All of the colours are pastel and fairly muted which means they will go with lots of different exercise outfits.
The thick waistband with Gymshark branding is very trendy and stylish and stands out when you wear them. The colours are also very on-trend and there's something for everyone in the current collection which is still growing. There's no doubt this is a very attractive pair of leggings.
It is unclear what the actual sporting purpose of these leggings is. The Gymshark website sheds no light on whether they are designed for running, weightlifting, yoga etc or if they are more just designed to be aesthetically pleasing and form flattering. As such, there are no glaring technical qualities that shine through to make these leggings stand out for certain sports, and they probably wouldn't be my first choice for a run or bike ride. However, the seamless design and superior comfort makes them perfect for a gym session which is what I expect they are mostly used for by Gymshark customers. They have a very simple design with no pockets or reflective trim so they would not be ideal for running and they are very thin so not great for cycling. However, the soft fabrics and seamless design would make them great for yoga with excellent freedom of movement. They'd also be suitable for gym classes and circuit training or HIIT.
The Gymshark Flex Leggings come in at £32 for the full length or £30 for the capri leggings. On the surface, this seems very reasonable, as a pair of other big brand leggings such as Nike could easily set you back over £50. However, upon closer inspection you realise that the more expensive Nike leggings are all highly technical with special features that these Gymshark leggings lack. The more basic Nike leggings are closer to £20 which actually makes the Gymshark ones quite pricey. When comparing prices of womens activewear, it's important to consider what they have to offer in terms of quality and technical capabilities. These Gymshark ladies leggings are very basic and so should be priced as such. Here, you are paying for the desirability and the fashion aspect.
If you are looking for a more technical pair of womens leggings, take a look at the Sundried Ruinette Leggings which are perfect for running with an adjustable drawstring waistband and stylish reflective trim. They also feature a discreet pocket for storing your valuables.
If you would like a super stylish pair of leggings which still feature superior technical qualities, take a look at the Sundried Ruinette 2.0 Leggings which flatter your form and are super comfortable with their soft fabric and seamless design.