Under Armour comes up trumps again – its Meridian Tapered Pants are one of the most comfortable, breathable and supportive joggers around…
Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants
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- Flattering, supportive fit
- Plenty of flexibility
- Comfortable waistband
- Breathability could be better
Like their name suggests, the Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants are pretty, well, tapered. They feature a flattering cut that narrows significantly towards your ankle. What’s only noticeable when you slip these sweatpants on is that they’re already pretty close fitting to begin with. So those with tree-trunks for legs should already be looking elsewhere.
You shouldn’t take that as a negative, though – quite the opposite. These UA joggers are snug in a comfortable, supportive way. That’s helped hugely by the four-way stretch nylon/elastane fabric, giving you plenty of room to manouevre despite the close fit. It offers up a pretty flattering profile too – if you’ve been maxing out on leg day, these joggers are going to let folk know.
Under Armour Meridian Tapered Pants features
The cuffs aren’t elasticated, but then again they don’t need to be – there’s already enough stretch throughout the entire leg. The waist is, however, with an external drawstring for finessing your fit. It’s not the widest waistband but it’s unnoticeable once you put the joggers on – and that’s what counts. There’s no rolling or cutting in whatsoever. Likewise, what few seams there are are flat and unnoticeable, so no chafing worries here.
The material breathes fairly well but because of the snug fit you sometimes feel you’re sweating more than you actually are. The airflow could be better but there’s a trade-off here with support. You wouldn’t want to wear these for long, hot, sweaty high intensity sessions (then again I’m not sure I’d want to wear sweatpants or joggers at all in those conditions). But these dry fairly well and will definitely not flap around or restrict your workout like some sweatpants can.
New for this year are two striking colours – tourmaline teal and sonar blue, to accompany the regular black version. There’s also now an XS size in a range that goes up to 3XL. The rubberised UA logo is still on the right thigh and two zippered mesh hand pockets round out what is a good-looking, functional and versatile piece of gym-wear.