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Carbon38 Review: Cloud Compression Leggings

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Carbon38 Cloud Compression Leggings













  • Very Stretchy
  • Matte Fabric
  • High Waistband
  • Does Not Pill
  • Compressive
  • Sustainable
  • Squat Proof


  • Runs Small
  • Tight Waistband
  • Expensive

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Updated: 6/5/2020 | Carbon38 Cloud Compression Leggings Review

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Cloud Compression 7/8 Leggings in Indigo

About Carbon38

Carbon38 is a women’s high-end online athletic wear retailer that stocks fashion-forward fitness brands that include Alo YogaLucas Hugh, MichiK-Deer and more. The online retailer quickly become a fashion hub for the active woman looking for an alternative to lululemon or Nike.

Carbon38 also offers their in-house line of activewear and apparel that has quickly become popular with their own cult following. They also opened two physical stores in Bridgehampton, New York and Pacific Palisades, California.

Today, we’ll review their Cloud Compression collection to see if it’s worth buying!

Carbon38 Cloud Compression Leggings Review

I snagged a pair of Carbon38’s Cloud Compression (CC) leggings as soon as they were released in April 2020. I was stoked that they’d be compressive (the total opposite of their Takara leggings), were high waisted and came with POCKETS!

Related: Carbon38 Takara Leggings Review

How do Carbon38 Cloud Compression leggings fit?

Based on their size chart, I went with a size medium in the Cloud Compression leggings. I am a size 6 in lululemon for reference. Initially, the waistband was very cinching but after the second wear, the waistband stretched out a little and the leggings fit perfectly.

The leggings are compressive and very form-fitting. Over time the fabric will stretch but not much. The fit is VERY similar to Girlfriend Collective leggings.

I would advise sizing up due to the tight-fitting waistband. If you’re in between sizes, definitely size up!

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Carbon38 Size Chart

What are Cloud Compression leggings designed for?

CC  leggings are made for high-impact workouts but can be worn for low impact workouts as well. They come with two side pockets to stow your belongings.

We wear our CC leggings for weightlifting and yoga.

What is the inseam on Cloud Compression leggings?

The 7/8 CC leggings come with a 23″ inseam. The pant hem sits 2.25″ above my ankle and offers a lot of breathing room. I am 5’5″ for reference.

What is the rise of Cloud Compression pants?

CC leggings come with a very high rise. The front rise is 11″ and the back rise is 12″.

How tall is the waistband of Cloud Compression leggings?

The waistband is very tall and measures 4.25″ and sits 2.25″ inches above my navel.

The waistband is constructed with a top seam to prevent slippage during wear. The top seam ensures that the leggings will stay put all day long.

Because the waistband is so tall, it may be unappealing for ladies with shorter torsos, as the waistband may ride up into the ribcage.

Carbon38 Cloud Compression Fabric Details and Features

  • Fabric Content: 79% Polyester, 21% Elastane – Made from sustainable materials.
  • Fabric Feel:
    • The fabric has a matte finish.
    • The fabric feels brushed, soft and smooth.
  • Fabric Performance:
    • Compressive performance fabric. Great for high-impact workouts and lend to their stay-put fit.
    • Durable fabric that will not pill.
  • Opacity: Leggings are 100% opaque! The fabric is thick, supportive and squat proof.
  • Fabric Features:
    • Two side pockets
    • No logos
    • Matte finish that gives the leggings a clean look.

When should I wear Cloud Compression leggings?

CC bottoms are perfect for low to high impact exercises. I also wear my CC leggings casually.

The CC collection also comes in different lengths with complementing products such as jackets, tanks and bras.

How much do Cloud Compression leggings cost?

CC leggings range from $95-$98. The price point is comparable to other brands such as lululemon.

Do Cloud Compression leggings have a gusset?

CC leggings come with a triangle-shaped, single-layered gusset.

The triangle is actually pretty large and provides a lot of coverage and movement.

What type of seams are used on Cloud Compression leggings?

Flat seams are used throughout the pant including on one side of the bound elastic waistband.

Do Cloud Compression pants have UPF protection?

Not disclosed.

Where are Cloud Compression leggings made?

Made in Vietnam. Designed in Los Angeles, California.

What are the care instructions for Cloud Compression pants?

Machine wash your CC pants in cold water and gentle cycle using gentle or sport friendly detergent.

Always hang or lay flat to dry. We hang dry on a foldable drying rack such as this one. We recommend avoiding drying in sunlight as well, as it may damage the fibers of the performance fabric.

Should I Buy Carbon38?

YES! I love my CC leggings. They’re great for all types of workouts and keep everything tucked in. I love that they do not slip down during wear. The pockets are also perfect for stowing my phone or keys.

Carbon38 has really upped their game with the CC collection and we are huge fans. I also tried their CC tank tops but did not keep them because the front of the tanks were too high for my preferences. If you’re looking to by a matching CC tank top or bra, make sure you size up as well.

Carbon38 has released multiple collections that you should definitely check out. They create a select number of styles within each collection. The quality is excellent and everything looks absolutely sexy, strong and feminine.

Where to Buy Carbon38

Shop at Carbon38 and use code SHMGY25 for 15% off your first two orders. Enjoy free shipping AND returns on purchases of $200+.

You can also check out their sales section for awesome deals on Carbon38 apparel and other brands.

You can also find great Carbon38 deals on the following third-party marketplaces such as:

  • eBay
  • Mercari - Use code SYVFUT for $10 off your first purchase. 
  • Poshmark - Use code SCHIMIGGY for $5 off your first purchase.

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