Craft Essence Zip Tight


Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights promised to be our instant-favourites and we can see why, they are fabulously form fitting, supportive and flattering, with enough stretch to move with the body and mesh panels to manage temperature.  And all this comes at a very reasonable price too.


Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights


We think that in locked down Britain, when you are more likely to be exercising alone, the function and form of our training kit has never mattered more.  We know no one will see us in the home gym and no one will get close enough (we hope) to check us out on the trails but how we feel is so important now. 


The weather is getting warmer but we have limited time outside, so we really need to make every second count and we have found the Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights to be our perfect training partner in these troubled times.  In our experience, Craft is always a brand you can trust, they use quality fabrics, include functional features and come up with stylish designs as standard and these tights are a great example of all of that. 


The Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights are from a range Craft call “the everyday training wardrobe”, classic essentials which are made using eco-friendly methods and materials, at an affordable price but with no obvious cost cutting.  It is easy to spend well over £100 on gym tights but you don’t need to because the Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights really pack a punch and at £60 you can feel as good as you look. 


They are easy to slip on, thanks to the zip at the ankle and the fit close and supportive, from the waist to the ankle.  We instantly liked the wide waistband, which benefits from being double thickness and crucially, it did not roll or cut in when we bent over at the waist.  The best testimonial we can give is that we did not need to use the inner drawcord because the tights showed no sign of slipping down no matter how hard we worked.


The fabric Craft have used for the Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights has an elastane content of 20%, which allows for plenty of stretch and without even a hint of bagginess around the knees, and the 80% Polyamide element is recycled.  You would not know it, the fabric is soft to the touch and gives away nothing of its former life, but it definitely adds to the feel good factor when you are wearing them.


Added to that Craft have included a mesh panel behind the knee to help vent out some of the heat generated during intense exercise and there is a useful mesh lined, zipped pocket on the right hip that is perfect for keys and just big enough for a smart phone.  In addition there are some well-placed reflectives to help with visibility in the dark.


If you don’t think you’re worth it, dwell on this; Dr Jonathan Fader, a sports psychologist, reported that when we put on new fitness gear we begin to get into character, similar to an actor putting on a costume; an effect that can result in improved motivation, focus and gains.


The Craft Advance Essence Zip Tights are wonderfully versatile, designed for high intensity workouts indoors and out.  We tested them in the gym for lifting, as well as post training stretch sessions and yoga, we also took them for some self-isolated runs and overall we have loved the feel, fit and performance.


Sizes : XS-XL

Material: 80% Polyamide-Recycled 20% Elastane

Colour: Black

Price: £60

Website: Craft-training-favourite-intense-tights-women



Value for money: 9/10

Performance: 9/10


Tested by Jan Birkmyre



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