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Ryka Essential Pant : Hard Core Function & Style

I wear my Ryka Essential Pant for working, playing outside, schlepping around town, and sleeping - sometimes all in the same day. No need for multiple wardrobe changes.

I love how the Essential Pant hugs my hips without choking them or revealing too much. A line of stitching encircles my waistline about 2.5 inches below the belly button, defining my waist and avoiding the sausage-casing shape that makes many sport pants unflattering.

For me, though, the best feature of the Essential Pant is the boot-leg cut legs, with long side seams thoughtfully flat-stitched for comfort. They make my legs look lean, and that's impressive because I'm only 5'1".

Normally I am a big fan of low-rise pants, but the Ryka Essential Pant manages to sit just below my belly button without giving me that granny look. Plus, when I'm trying to coax my muscles into Eagle Pose or stretch for a climbing hold that's just out of reach, the last thing I want to think about is whether my undies are showing. These pants have made me I appreciate the higher waist than I'm used to.

Available in sizes XS to XL. Fits true to size.

Bottom Line: The sturdy construction of the Ryka Essential Pant makes it my first choice for athletic endeavors like climbing and yoga. It's the smart tailoring and the boot-leg cut that makes the Essential pant a favorite. A great wardrobe investment.--S.G. (June 08)

Price : $60

Buy Online: , eastbay.com

Manufacturer's Site: www.ryka.com

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