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Few things ruin the afterglow of a kick-ass workout like a swampy pair of leggings, am I right? It's a testament to the fact that not all "performance-driven" activewear is actually created equal. In reality, finding leggings that will wick moisture even during (and after) the toughest of workouts can come to trial and error, as well as personal preference.
But that's also why you have us. As a crew of editors who enjoy a variety of workouts, we can definitely vouch for the leggings that keep us dry and happy, no matter how (and how much) we're breaking a sweat. So without further ado, shop our favorites below—and stay cool out there.
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The Best Leggings
Zella leggings are one of the most-purchased items on THE/THIRTY, and we can totally see why. They hug your body just right and feel so comfortable. This pair has moisture-wicking fabric so you can dry off quickly after class. Plus, there's a hidden pocket for cash or a key.
Amazon has its own brand of activewear gear, and the reviews are pretty positive. This pair of leggings can be customized—choose from a high or low waist and regular, short, and long inseams. The moisture-wicking, medium-weight pair has side pockets and mesh panels.
"They're the only full-length leggings I can stand to work out in," says Who What Wear's senior beauty editor, Erin Jahns. "They don't trap sweat or heat or make me feel claustrophobic while I work out. Plus, on a more superficial level, I've never gotten as many compliments (from total strangers!) on an item of workout clothing before."
These leggings will cool you down thanks to breathable mesh details down the legs. The fabric is soft and compressive and has four-way stretch.