Exercising offers a lot of health benefits whether we’re on or off our periods.
So why stop just because Aunt Flo’s in town? Oh yes, there’s the fear of bleeding through our work out clothes and perhaps painting the whole gym red – Mortifying, I know!
Dear Kate understands these womanly fears and so, from the creator of the best period panties comes to another awesome crimson tide product that gives us the freedom to move and be active while offering us a safety net of protection.
But how does it fair compared to other period yoga pants? Does it really work? I put this baby to the test to give you the best Dear Kate yoga pants review. Let’s get this red party started!
Period activewear has been in the market for quite some time ranging from cheap ones to overly expensive.
When I think of period yoga pants, I automatically expect the same function as that of a period panty – no additional period products required, I could freely flow in it without having to worry.
In the case of period yoga pants, I expect that I can wear it on its own. Sans undies, bulky pads, and tampons.
But some period yoga pants, had me duped. They came in either a thick, diaper-like gusset, which gave me a weird looking crotch (read: uneven camel toe with a visible pad-like bulk sewn in) or is meant to be used with a pad or hold it in place.
Overall, they’re expensive mistakes. To avoid the same mistakes, I wrote down a few factors to consider when choosing period active wear. They are as follows:
- Gusset (absorbability, design, and thickness).
- Allowed range of movement.
We’ll use these to thoroughly review Dear Kate Go Commando Capri Pants.
A More In-Depth Review
Most period activewear comes with a thick, swimsuit-like material, which ain’t bad at all (except during extremely hot summers or doing Vinyasa or Bikram yoga) as it can still wick moisture off and dry easily.
Dear Kate is no exception to this material. I don’t really hate it, it stretches nicely to fit my period-bloated belly and does its job in wicking moisture.
I’m not sure if it’s the material itself, but I don’t smell in these yoga pants even if I’m free-flowing in it (something women are very conscious about), so that’s a plus for me.
Dear Kate and other brands have lots of awesome, fun prints to choose from. I like the design of the featured pants above.
The Galaxy print mixed in red hues strategically (really wise of them to do that) to camouflage any accidental splotches or leaks, people can never tell if it’s just the print or your own masterpiece!
For period activewear, choose something that is either plain black or designs which can camouflage leaks.
Avoid grays and other light colors no matter how good they look as the crimson tide appears very obvious on such colors.
Other brands have failed me in this department, but not Dear Kate.
The teardrop-shaped, thin gusset is hardly visible in the front and back (unless when you look closely ). The print also helped a lot in masking the seams of the gusset area.
The only caveat that I can think of though is, you have to be really careful in wearing the pants and make sure to aim at the right spot. Again, we have a narrower area to work with.
The sleeker and thinner gusset design can hold up to a teaspoon of liquid, which I think is fairly enough for a gym session (just to give you an idea, women excrete an average of 7-10 teaspoons of period blood for the entire cycle).
Other, more absorbent period pants have a thick, diaper-like, weirdly stitched, looking gusset.
Guess form and functionality is yet to be developed for yoga pants. So far, it’s either you get great coverage and weird looking crotch, or average coverage and normal looking crotch.
Allowed Range of Movement
Using the term “Period Activewear” creates a lot of expectations from buyers.
For one, we expect total coverage and leak protection during the lightest or the most vigorous workout.
Can these period pants really deliver? With its gusset design, Dear Kate yoga pants can handle workouts that require standing up with minimal movements (such as walking, jogging, using a Stairmaster, etc.) very well.
You have to be really careful when using it on exercises that require you to do a wider range of movements (like turning yourself upside down for yoga or dancing) as the gusset may move around causing slight feathering on the inside gusset edges.
Exercises that require prolonged sitting, like biking (whether on a stationary or actual bike) and watching TV (jk!) may cause extreme leaks.
Putting It All Together
Although there’s light feathering on workouts with a wider range of movements, it doesn’t leak on the outside and there’s definitely no smell of blood whatsoever, which is good.
Am I worry-free wearing this? Of course not! Who goes commando during their period and not worry at all? I constantly worry whether the wetness I feel is period or sweat (especially in the gusset area).
That being said, there is definitely some wetness but it’s not the uncomfortable, soaked kind.
If you’d like to wear this during your heavier period days, you definitely have to use a back up (either a pad or tampon), otherwise, you may leak (although I wouldn’t mind leaking on this one because of the print!).
Have you tried these pants? Share your experience here! Let me know which other period products you’d like me to review by writing on the comment box below.
Have a good one!