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Ultracor Review: Collegiate Stripe Ultra High Waist Leggings – Are They Worth It?

Ultracor Review: Collegiate Stripe Ultra High Waist Leggings – Are They Worth It?
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Ultracor Leggings













  • Stretchy
  • Elastic Waistband
  • Compressive
  • Comes in Different Prints and Colors
  • High Quality Fabric


  • Runs Small
  • Tends to Pill
  • Expensive

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Ultracor Leggings (left to right): Ultra Silk Knockout Leggings, Ultra High Collegiate Leggings in Green and White stripe, Ultra High Lux Slash Leggings in Gold, and Ultra High Silk Camo Knockout Leggings

About Ultracor

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Wheel Pose’in in my Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate leggings

The Ultracor brand was created in 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Ultracor is known for their silk-like compression fabric that has a rich soft texture yet is very technical.

Ultracor effortlessly marries high-performance fabrics and designs with cutting edge style and bold prints. The details on the leggings warrant their luxe pricing. Ultracor offers sleek leggings, bras, tops and outerwear that will offer improved performance in yoga, spin class, or that early morning run.

Ultracor Review: Collegiate Stripe Ultra High Waist Matte Leggings

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Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings (front and back)

For this review I chose the Ultra High Collegiate leggings with a green and white stripe detail on the side. The pants were originally $185 but I purchased them from Bandier and used a $25 off coupon code. It was still expensive compared my usual legging spend. If you know me (hint hint look at the theme of my blog), you’ll know I love the color green. The leggings had that retro Mudd striped jeans trend. I never thought this trend would make a comeback, nonetheless in the activewear scene. I was stoked to take them out of the packaging. Let’s delve into the review!

#1 Size: I found Ultracor in a small boutique and tried on both the small and medium. I felt the small was too compressive and hard to get past my knees. I tried the medium and it fit just right. Per their size chart, they recommend the medium if you normally wear a size 6. I am a size 6 in lululemon. If the fabric doesn’t stretch over time, I would like to say that the medium fit me best.

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Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings

#2 Style: Ultracor makes long leggings with an unfinished hem.

#3 Inseam: The inseam is 27.5″ and sits right on top of my ankle.

#4 Rise: The Ultra High rise allows the leggings to be worn high and over the navel.

#5 Waistband: Ultracor makes both standard and high waistbands. Their  made of elastic in a matte black color. The black waistband contrasts with the color, print and shine of the rest of the legging. The waistband elastic sits exposed at the top of the pant. I’ve washed my Ultracor leggings many times and the leggings have retained their shape.

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Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings – Waistband (front)

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Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings – Waistband (back)

#6 Fabric:

  • Fabric Content: Ultracor uses a Ultra Silk Lycra Sport blend (43% Polyester 43% Nylon 14% Lycra). Fabrics are digitally printed with rich colours that are fade resistant and highly saturated.
  • Fabric Feel: The fabric feels silky and smooth. The fabric is matte and looks like a dark, rich black. The green and white stripes on the side of the leggings are made of a knit material that feels very thick and durable. I would compare the fabric to Carbon38’s Jonathan Simkhai x Carbon38 Collab and Sayang Collection bra and leggings fabric.
  • Fabric Performance:
    • There is lots of stretch and elasticity in the fabric that allows it to be form fitting yet compressive. The elasticity within the leggings give a second skin compression feel.
    • Fabric will not stretch out over time.
    • The pants unfortunately do pill. Mine began to pill after 4 wears. I also don’t have the thigh gap.
    • The fabric is thick yet breathable and very durable.
    • The fabric is quick drying.
    • Leggings have patented built-in shape wear that lifts the butt, engages the core, and flattens the tummy.
    • The seamless construction of the inner panty liner gets rid of unwanted panty lines.
    • ACT (Anti Camel Toe) design prevents any unwanted crotch attention during wear. The front of the rise does not have a seam, allowing the fit to be flat across the front.
  • Opacity: I am happy to report that these pants pass the bend test and are 100% opaque.
  • Fabric Features:
    • Knit green and white stripe going down along the side of the pant
    • Built in inner underwear for a personalized anti-camel toe and invisible pantyline fit.
    • Rubber Ultracor logo is sewn into the back seam of the waistband.
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Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings – Detail of stripe

#7 When to Wear: This pant is excellent for all fitness activities. Since the pants are very compressive, I would highly recommend them for running and aerobics/crossfit. The fabric may be too slippery for a yoga class, but that would only encourage me to use more core! I also love wearing the pants casually with a denim shirt or loose sweater or tee.

#8 Cost: These will break your bank! Ultracor leggings start at $185 and cost upwards of $250. This particular pair and color scheme cost me $195. I saw another Collegiate legging for $185!

#9 Gusset: Ultracor leggings have built in underwear and therefore no actual gusset. They take pride in the fact that their pants encourage people to go commando. The only drawback that I can see is if you want to resell these leggings, I’d have to notify buyers that my hooha has been all up in the inner underwear lining of my Ultracor pants. Their assumption is that you want to get personal and own these leggings for a long time.

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Ultracr Ultra High Collegiate Leggings – Gusset (inside)

#10 Stitch Seam: Flat-fell seams on the inseam, front and back rise and around the waistband of the pant.

#11 UPF Protection: 50+ SPF

#12 Made in the USA.

#13 Care Instructions: These are high-end leggings. I would suggest hand washing and hang drying.I hang to dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one. Absolutely avoid fabric softener as it may break down the elasticity of the fabric and band.

Should I buy Ultracor Leggings?

For the serious athlete or someone with an obsession with athleisure-wear, I definitely recommend Ultracor! The fabric is by far the best quality I have experienced to date for high-impact sports and exercises. I have tried the regular rise and definitely prefer their high-waisted version. Even though the leggings are expensive, Ultracor is definitely worth every penny! This is especially true if you live in activewear. 😉


Wearing Ultracor Ultra High Collegiate Leggings and Free People Halo Crop Top

Where to buy Ultracor?

You can buy Ultracor as any of these online retailers:

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Thursday 4th of March 2021

They are literally the worst in customer service. True, they are beautiful leggings, but they are not worth the price nor are they worth the hassle. This is coming from someone who literally owns over 100 pairs of leggings from various brands and not shy about occasionally dropping some bucks on them as I love activewear (and work from home so my work clothes and workout clothes budget are combined ????)and let me tell you, this is by far the worst brand that I have ever had the displeasure of trying to deal with. First order—took well over the promised 7 business days production time promised in an email and 14 days that is posted on their website (recently the website has been updated at least to mention it can be up to 25 business days—this was NOT posted at the time of my previous order). An auto email was sent to me when the initial promised date came and went with no ship date yet saying covid had slowed their production line. No reply to emails asking for at least a rough ETA or what stage of production it was in...until a week later which they still could not actually answer my question. I sent this email after the additional time in the auto email had also passed, so we’re looking at over a month out from my late December order. Finally it shipped, which was fast, and I was mostly pleased with the product itself (the built in underwear is a little weird IMO and sizing is definitely not accurate as I did size up as recommended by multiple reviews I found of the brand, but really I shouldn’t have to hunt down other people’s reviews on a brand that doesn’t offer returns for sizing issues. They should just list accurate measurements for what you’re going to get. My waist is 26-27, my hips are 37.5, so yes the hip part was right for a size M, but if I had gotten the small instead based off my waist size, I would have MAJOR muffin top lol, the M was not loose in any way at the waist which it should have been slightly if sized to their size chart.). Anyway. So they ran a sale the other weekend, and I decided to give them another go, and just count on it taking two months to receive. They had mixed pricing listed on their website, with some leggings on sale!! Yes! So exciting! Some were still full priced though. Would the discount code apply to the sale items or full price only? Let’s find out! Added a full price and a sale price item to my cart, enter discount code...and yes!! It applies to both! Sweet! This is great!! They must be coming out with new designs! Purchase two sale leggings, happily entered in my discount code, pay for the order, receive an order confirmation. Then....the next day they send me an email saying a glitch on their website doubled the discount when it shouldn’t have, pay $87 more in order to complete my order. Well, rather, a bill of $87 came first saying they would not complete my order unless I paid this extra money. No offer of cancellation though. Then an explanation email saying I would receive a bill because there was a glitch. (BTW the “glitch” was still present at the time of receiving this email...I checked!!!!! Not a glitch, but poor website management unevenly applying the discount to some items but not others while allowing you to use the discount code on both!!) then another bill demanding I pay. Then another email explaining why they are demanding I pay, this time with a sort of mention that they might cancel my order if I don’t pay by a certain date. Then that date passes, and my order is still listed as owing money, no offer of refunding my money already paid nor providing product unless I pay them more. I’ve also filed BBB complaints as well as posted on their social media (this of course in addition to immediately having emailed them back on the very first email received asking them to cancel as I did not want to pay $87 more when they allowed the order to be confirmed prior to that already, but of course they have not responded). No response in any avenue as of the writing of this. No money back or in process of being returned rather. Just....took my money with no intent of delivering a product until I agree to pay them more money. So. Beautiful legging or not, I’ll spend my money elsewhere for other brands that care about their customers and don’t practice disingenuous business. If you want to spend $200 on some leggings, go with Michi. They do the awesome shape wear style waist band (like the Takara or some of Terez and for that matter, like this brand, although ultracor’s elastic waistband does try to roll down on me in some movements which the other brands I don’t have that issue) in many of their styles, are an ethical company (in terms of sourcing and manufacture but also with sales) and are wonderful quality that ship fast and have accurate sizing. And there are plenty of brands in the $100-$150 range as well that are also equally wonderful. And oh yeah, haven’t experienced any quality issues that some report with Ultracor (like pilling, the stars coming off, or pinching the fabric weird where ironed on—and I can already tell the small stars on mine may become a problem a few washes down the line as I can see where they’ve already pulled at the material) .

Julianna Demani

Monday 18th of January 2021

Absolutely the worst customer service I've ever experienced for a high end product. No phone number so all issues have to go through email which generates an auto response that says "2-3 days before real response" which may or may not ever come. The leggings I ordered took over 6 weeks to get delivered and I think that's only because I was going to cancel my order.

I sized the order based on their chart and the leggings were too small. I tried to exchange (they have a no-return policy) and it took weeks of sending emails with no replies.

Never did resolve the order of $200 leggings. Stick with Lululemon and Nike. Half to quarter the price, sized better, better customer service, and last a long time. Gave the leggings away to someone that they actually fit and they pil'd after just a few washes. Expensively priced, cheaply made.


Wednesday 1st of July 2020

As a yoga instructor I would love to be able to push your pants but just can’t be reassured knowing my star felt prices all fell off.


Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Love your pants so much, I am just disappointed my star felt pair, stars have fallen off. So annoyed paying for high priced Leggings Regards Kylie

Janet Willits

Friday 24th of April 2020

Schmiggy Do you know the brand of gray sweat capris that Jillian Michaels wears in her Body Revolution DVD and also the brand of her lowrise capris she wears in her exercise videos? I have been trying to find them and cant find anything. There not her own brand. Thanks Janet

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