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Ibex Synergy Capri

I'm a natural fibers fan, even for workout wear, so I've been enjoying testing out Ibex's Synergy Capri.

Made out of a merino wool and organic cotton blend, with some Spandex thrown in for stretch, the Synergy Capri gives me the wicking and breathing properties of wool and the soft look and feel of cotton.

The Synergy Capri is a fitted calve-length pant with a nice wide waistband and a straight-leg cut. The yoke-style back gives me a great fit in the rear (and a nice look, too, I don't mind saying!), and the flat locked seams never rub or chafe. This versatile capri pant fits like a glove without ever feeling or looking tight. It also has a mid-rise waist, which I think most women will like.

After testing many Ibex shorts, pants, and skirts, I can say that their sizing for bottoms is very consistent. And maybe a teensy bit generous. I'm a size 10 in pants, and always wear a size M in Ibex bottoms.

I like the Synergy Capri because the fit and wide waistband make it a comfortable pant to wear for yoga or power walking. My pants stay in place when I move, and there's no excess material to get in my way. Too many exercise pants (capri and full-length pants) flare out at the hem, which just leaves me with extra fabric flapping around. I appreciate the straight-leg cut of the Synergy Capri. It's much more functional, and I think it looks better, too.

For some reason the material felt a bit scratchy the first time I wore these, but after a few washes, the pants softened right up. I wear them most often for yoga, and they do a good job of breathing and of regulating my temperature so I don't overheat. This capri pant is also great with a T-shirt and hoody for my daily walks. I love having the streamlined fit of a traditional workout tight with natural fibers instead of Lycra against my skin.

The Synergy Capri is available in sizes XS-XL, in black. Click to see men's items.

Bottom Line: If I could change this pant, I'd make the rise lower (I always wants pants to have a lower rise) and taper the legs for an even more streamlined, athletic fit. Still, the Synergy Capri performs well, fits well, and has been an ideal workout pant for me.--E.D. (November 2011)

Price: $120, click to shop.

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