I’ve long been lusting after the K-Deer stripe capris and tights. While I love so many colorways, the Ellen stripe was love at first sight with its varying shades of purple. Purple is my favorite color, and everything in my wardrobe works with purple. When I got a coupon code for 15% off Carbon 38, I used it on the Ellen Stripe Capris. I love ordering from Carbon 38 because shipping is free, the package comes very quickly, and the item comes in a nice little tote bag.
Suzanne at Agent Athletica loves her K-Deer tights and reported that they run small, so I ordered a size medium.
I love them even more in person. The colors are gorgeous, and I love the overall bold and colorful look. I gravitate toward solids and more quiet patterns like stripes, but I didn’t find the boldness overwhelming.
The fit was perfect. They’re extremely stretchy, comfy, and flattering.
They are not very compressive. I would say they’re about as compressive as Lululemon Wunder Unders or Align Pants. I feel that they’re definitely more of a yoga and low-impact tight than a running tight, but that’s just me. I know some people run in them (Hanna ran the Pittsburgh Marathon in hers!), but for me they’re not compressive enough and the rise is too high to wear them running. I plan to wear them for yoga, strength, and walking.
Speaking of the rise, good grief are they high! They come well past my belly button and hit at the smallest part of my waist. I don’t mind high rise for non-running tights, but if you do, these aren’t for you.
The fabric is a slicker feeling fabric but not super slick. I usually like knit fabrics but I liked this fabric.
The fabric was also pretty lightweight. I could see wearing these in the summer on days when this crazy heat dome isn’t in effect.
And…they are completely opaque! Yay for that!
Overall, I love these capris!
Unfortunately, my pair came with a bit of a defect. On the left calf, there are tiny holes in a straight line, as if someone ran a wallpaper remover tool down them. The defect is so slight that I didn’t even notice it at first. I didn’t try them on for photos until weeks later, at which point I felt it was too late to contact Carbon 38 about it. I also would rather not deal with the hassle of returning them. I feel like the holes are really not noticeable, so I’m planning to just keep them.
Most people know the story of K-Deer, but if you don’t here’s a little background. K-Deer (named for owner and yogi Kristine Deer) is a small company of seven women. K-Deer’s tights are made in America using American fabric that adheres to strict eco-friendly guidelines. The striped tights are named after women Kristine knows, and proceeds go to different charities. The Ellen stripe is named for Kristine’s mom, and proceeds go to the Arthritis Foundation.
So not only is this an amazing tight, but I’m also happy to support an independent brand with an owner committed to doing good in the world.
Have you tried K-Deer? What do you think?