9 Women’s Yoga Essentials of Summer 2012
Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.
Prana’s cotton-webbing Piggyback yoga-mat strap takes the annoying Velcro noise out of the studio. The strap’s loops slip tight around either end of your rolled mat, keeping you quiet when you have to sneak out early.
Nux Dash Union
Nux, a small women’s activewear company that manufactures all its products in downtown Los Angeles, designed the Dash Union camisole with comfort in mind. The flowing nylon-spandex tank is softer than your favorite lingerie, and the built-in bra is plenty supportive for up to a C cup.
If there’s one underthing our testers would sleep in, it’s the nylon-spandex Henna Sport bra by Isis. The lightly stitched design went easily from the studio to the trail and even held fast during light jogging for our C-cup testers—though it wasn’t supportive enough for serious runs or the truly heavy-chested.
When layering up for savasana, we loved Patagonia’s shea-butter-soft, mostly organic-cotton Elysian hoodie. Bike-riding testers appreciated the extended range of motion of the extra-long sleeves; everyone liked the splash of stripes in the hood.
Testers couldn’t stop spouting their love for Nau’s organic cotton-spandex Stylus pants. The lounge-y fit was flattering, not frumpy, and the off-center drawstring didn’t get in the way during cobra or locust pose. Plus, “the back pockets make your bum look better,” one tester reported.
Lifefactory Glass Bottle
We love the leakproof, bombproof, and easy-to-clean 22-ounce Lifefactory glass bottle. The Swiss-cheese-style silicone sleeve not only protects the glass and looks cool, it also makes it easy to grip.
Lululemon Skinny Satin Pirouette
We’ll wager that 80 percent of headbands slide off within just a few minutes. Not so the Lululemon Skinny Satin Pirouette. The line of silicone on the inside of the ballerina-inspired band kept every strand in place, even after an hour-and-a-half-long, fast-paced vinyasa-with-music class.
Kate’s Stash Bars
Kate’s Stash Bars are aptly labeled “real food”: read the ingredients list (oats, sea salt, dark chocolate, peanut butter) and you’ll recognize everything in this mostly organic bar. Testers consistently chose the perfectly sweet and savory, preservative-free snack over bigger brands.
Prana Synergy Towel
Natural rubber on the bottom of Prana’s Synergy Towel mat kept it in place, while the poly-nylon plush face absorbed sweat during a 104-degree Bikram class. The traction was better than traditional rubber; we just wish it didn’t make our hands sweat so much.