When the new Goode Rider Bodysculpting Seamless Tights came out a couple months ago they quickly sold out. I had to wait a few weeks until they were back in stock to try them, but Goode Rider (a nationally known brand, but locally owned company) was able to send me a pair to review. I was incredibly excited about these because…surprise…I have cellulite! Not many women over the age of 25 don’t…and I’ve happened to be afflicted from the moment I hit puberty. Genetics suck! Thankfully, there is technology to help out a bit now and I couldn’t wait to see what these could do for me.
Lorna educated me a bit about this fabric (Nilit Innergy) before sending them to me. It was developed to be anti-cellulite/sculpting as well as anti-bacterial, with odor control and UV protection. On top of that it was supposed to be moisture wicking and breathable. She told me that there had been a study done in Italy with 40 women and in order to get the proven results, they had to wear the pants for 8 hours a day for 8 weeks! As crazy as that sounds, they did see results. Everyone in the trial lost 1 cm in their hips and thighs with improved skin smoothness. I wasn’t sure I’d have the will power to wear the same pair of pants every day for 8 hours for 8 weeks, but I dedicated myself to wearing these as much as possible for 1 month.
This particular tight (along with all of the specialness of the fabric) was developed to give seamless compression with tummy control, ventilated knees and silicon dots on the full seat area.
Do they live up to the hype?
First I want to say that these might be one of the most comfortable pairs of bottoms I’ve ever worn. I found myself feeling like I could wear these every day all day and not have any concerns about it – running errands, doing yoga, going to the gym, siting at my computer writing…and of course riding. They do hold up to a couple of wears before horse smell really starts to stick and you need to wash them…but horse smell is pretty potent. They aren’t the most flattering in my riding arsenal but tights never are. Cellulite is visible when wearing these babies if you have a bad case of it like I do, but it does reduce the look of it significantly.
The full seat silicon was actually probably the best version of this full seat style I’ve encountered. It’s a full seat of silicon X’s and they add just the right amount of tackiness in the saddle. Not so tacky you can’t move around as you need to, but just enough to help make you more secure. They aren’t super sticky when getting in/out of the car like a few others I’ve tried, so I appreciate that. They wash and wear really easily and the color goes with literally anything. They are long enough for my long legs and really forgiving on sizing. They’re super stretchy so you can probably go down a size if you want them a bit tighter. They are warm enough for cooler days, but ventilated and wicking enough for hot ones. They’re absolutely not restrictive in any way and you can do anything in them (stretching…check!). They make for a comfortable ride. As a riding tight, these babies are up their with the best.
As for cellulite reduction…I didn’t follow the strict trial those Italian women did, but I did wear these A LOT. Probably to a gross amount without washing as often as I probably should have… I did however notice a bit less lumpiness after wearing these for a couple of months. Full disclosure, I did lose a few pounds while trialing these due to calorie restriction and exercise, but that generally has no effect on my cellulite as it’s as stubborn as I am. I really did feel it was improved after wearing these tights. Most notably a very stubborn fluid pocket area in my upper right calf that gives me hell zipping up my boots (no matter my weight) did reduce just enough that my boots have been less of a bother. Not sure if this fabric just keeps fluid from settling or what, but I did notice that major difference.
I only have two notes about these tights. 1. They are not completely seamless (which would be hard to do I’d imagine). There is a seam on the inner leg (a flat seam, but still there). This causes some rubbing and the seams do fail after a while (I’ve had two pair fail and get holes on the inner seams). If you have big thighs, you’re probably going to run into this problem. If not, you probably won’t. Either way it takes the durability down a tick as they don’t last as long as I like for the price point. 2. They’re not the most supportive while riding (like most tights). When I look at myself in the mirror while riding, my leg flab is quite noticeable with this fabric. The fabric goes with your skin which makes the tights SUPER comfortable, but if you’re looking for something to hold in your wobbly parts while riding, these aren’t really going to do that as much as you probably want (or maybe I needed a smaller size…I don’t know).
I REALLY like the Goode Rider Bodysculpting Seamless Tights and would buy them in a heartbeat. There are three colors available, so having one of each wouldn’t be a bad choice (in fact I plan on it). They’re super comfortable for riding, barn chores, running errands or just sitting around. The price is right for the quality and comfort (even without having that possible added bonus of cellulite reduction). I highly recommend you try them out if you’re in the market for a super comfortable pair of riding tights. I would be surprised if you didn’t love them and think everyone should have a pair. They’re the quality and style you expect from Goode Rider with a little extra something added in the mix.