Gear Review: Janji Capris

Recently, I was contacted by the lovely people at Janji and offered the opportunity to review some of the new fall line. Being a loyal Janji customer (and having reviewed some shorts in the past), I was delighted. There are lots of reasons to love Janji, and I was hopeful the new fall line would be another.

My Janji gear arrived and I was struck by how colorful and fun the prints were.

Janji box

It’s been chilly in Connecticut, so I decided to try my new Women’s Tanzania Capris first. The capris are grey, with a inset print of the Tanzanian flag at a strategically placed, body-con angle. Like all Janji apparel, a portion of the profits are donated to charity to provide valuable services to people in need. The Janji Women’s Capris give 1 year of drinking water to a person in Tanzania. I think it’s a wonderful thing to know that my purchases are benefitting others.

The capris  are 88% polyester/12% spandex sueded heavy weight jersey. The fabric is thick, but breathes nicely. It has a smooth, cottony look and feel and a good stretch. The capris are designed to be high-calf length, but on me were a bit closer to low knee length.

Janji capris

They feature contrast mesh fabric at bottom leg panel, ergonomic flat seams, reflective detailing, and cute contrast stitching at the hem. There is a small, zipper pocket at the low back.

Janji capris full view

I wore the capris for a long day of workouts. First, they went with me on an easy five mile run, then I taught Pilates in them, and, finally, I wore the capris to a weightlifting class.

The first thing I noticed about the capris was the fit. I perpetually have a problem with tights fitting in the hips and thighs, but being several inches too large in the waist. With the small waist and larger thighs typical of most female runners, I usually have fit issues and end up pulling up my tights often during runs. The Janji capris have a thick, elastic waistband that’s stitched flat. The waist actually fits! I put the capris on, and didn’t have to adjust the waist or cinch up a drawstring. They just fit. The wide, thick waistband kept the capris in place through all my fitness activities. It was especially impressive in Pilates class, when the fit of tights around my core is put to the test with lots of stretching and moving.

During my run, the capris performed beautifully. They stayed fitted and didn’t stretch or shift during the run. They wicked away sweat and felt comfortable throughout the run. The best thing I can say about the Janji capris is that I forgot that I was wear testing them. They were so comfortable, they were completely un-noticeable. Which, I suppose, is what we all want from our running clothes. The zipper pocked kept my key secure and was just the right size and shape for a key and a few dollars of a credit card.

During my weight lifting class, I subjected the capris to more sweat and lots of shifting in the form of squats and lunges. Through it all, the capris maintained their fit and continued to wick away sweat. I got several compliments about their unusual pattern and lovely, cottony fabric. By the end of my three-workout day, the capris looked fresh. The fit was great, they dried easily, and they kept me comfortable.

Janji capris on a runAll in all, I would highly recommend the Janji Women’s Capris. Not only do they fit and perform well, they benefit a critical cause. With Janji, not only do you get great gear, you help others. Perfect.


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