Akela Surf Legging Glide Review

Features

Akela Surf is a Canadian surf brand that designs high-quality, comfortable and fashionable swimwear and surf wear sustainably made with eco-friendly fabrics. The Akela Glide leggings are designed for a smooth glide in the water and to offer protection and comfort for water sports.

They have a streamlined fit and flatlock seams to minimize resistance when moving in the water. With the following set of features, the Akela Surf Glide leggings will give you the comfort, protection, freedom and confidence you need for optimal performance and maximum fun in the water.

  • Ultra-stretch fabric technology for a snug and streamlined fit, free flowing movement and shape recovery
  • Anti-snag fabric that resists board and wax friction and protests against board rash
  • Soft and lightweight fabric for comfort 
  • Smooth flatlock seams for comfort, durability and maximum glide
  • High waist and full-length coverage for maximum protection
  • 1mm thick fabric with a UPF 50+ sun protection rating
  • Elasticized waist for a secure fit that won’t roll down and to prevent chafing
  • Lycra at the bottom for a comfortable fit that doesn’t ride up
  • Inside pocket for small items you want handy while in the water
  • Water repellent and quick-dry performance  

Specifications

Specifications

Sizes: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Fit: Snug, Full Length

Sun Protection: UPF 50+

Thickness: 1 mm

Material: Duck Tex, Lycra

Color Options: Black, Ink, Seafoam, White, 

User Experience

User_Experience

Material: The Akela Surf Glide leggings are made of an exclusive fabric referred to as Duck Tex. It is an innovative performance material with all the essential traits for comfort and high performance when surfing waves, paddling or doing SUP yoga on water. It is super stretchy for a comfortably snug and hydrodynamic fit, reduced drag and unrestricted movement.

Comfort wise, the fabric is soft, lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking for comfort in the spring and summer. The fabric also repels water and dries quickly so you won’t be a soggy mess on the beach. It also resists damage by salt water and other elements well. A simple hand washing using cold water is all it takes to keep it clean and in good conditions. 

Sizing and Fit: The Glide leggings are designed to fit snugly and create a streamlined silhouette, which is what you want with surf leggings, as it will enable you to move easily in the water. Sizes range from extra small to extra-large and the elastic fabric offers a comfortably snug fit no matter your body type. Thanks to the highly elastic fabric and elasticized waist band, they are easy to pull on and easy to remove and stay securely in place as you pop up and charge down the line or perform yoga poses.

Performance: Designed for watersports, these are high-performance leggings equipped with all the essentials for free-flow movement in the water. Thanks to their incredible stretch and shape recovery you’ll be able to move in the water with ease. The fabric stretches for a snug and streamlined fit that reduces drag in the water and won’t hinder your natural movement.

The flatlock seams provide a smooth interior and exterior surface that minimizes drag. The sleek fabric also resists board and wax friction and offers excellent shape recovery for optimal performance when surfing, standup paddle boarding and or doing yoga on water.  

Comfort: With a high performance fabric and flatlock seams, comfort is not an issue when wearing the Akela Surf Glide leggings.  First of all, the Duck Tex fabric is breathable and sweat wicking. It allows warmth to escape so you won’t get hot and sweaty when active on the water.   

The flatlock seams and elastic at the waist help prevent irritation and discomfort due to chafing. The board and wax friction resistant fabric also helps reduce rubbing and irritation when lying or sitting on the board and prevents board rash. The snug fit and full coverage ensure sand doesn’t get inside the leggings.  

Sun Protection: With the full length, high waist coverage and a 1 mm thick fabric with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating of 50+, these leggings will have your lower body covered and protected from the sun’s harmful rays when having fun in the sun They do an excellent job of blocking both UVA and UVB rays and protecting your lower body from getting sunburned or suntanned. You can be out in the water for hours without having to keep reapplying sunscreen.    

Pros

  • Offer full range of movement and perfect shape recovery
  • Stretchy fit for comfort and unrestricted movement
  • Seams and waist band don’t cause irritation or rashes due to chafing
  • Resists board and wax friction and prevents board rash
  • A snug and streamlined fit that resists drag in the water
  • Elasticized fit and lycra bottom that stays put when active
  • Soft and lightweight fabric feels good
  • UPF 50+ UV protection keeps your skin healthy
  • Stylish leggings that suit everyday casual wear

Cons

  • These are slightly expensive but the top-notch fabric, performance and style makes them well worth the money.
  • The 1mm thickness is lightweight and great for when it is warm but not very insulating in cold water.

Overall Rating

Based on our evaluation, here is how we rate the different aspects of the Akela Surf Glide leggings:

Material: 95% -The Duck Tex material is superb. It stretches well, resists drag, breathes well and doesn’t cause any irritation. It also dries quickly and washes easily. The fabric is thin and lightweight for comfort and performance in warm conditions and has a UPF rating of 50+ so you don’t have to worry about harmful ultraviolet rays.

Design: 95% – The design is spot on. These are functional, protective and comfortable for performance in the water. With the flattering cut and cools prints, they are also right at home in city streets. Super stretchy and soft fabric technology enables these leggings to fit and feel wonderful. They also have a small pocket on the interior for small items such as keys and cash.

Comfort: 95% – Thanks to the super soft, elastic and breathable fabric, and flatlock seams, you’re assured of maximum comfort even when surfing all day. All the potential sources of discomfort and irritation are addressed. It even resists board and wax friction to prevent paddling rash. 

Price: 90% – The price is a little bit on the high side and suitably so given that these are top-notch surf leggings made using a premium fabric and equipped with amazing features for comfort and high performance. 

Overall: 93% – The Akela Surf Glide are high-quality, functional and flattering leggings that offer everything you need for the best performance in the water. They are one of the most comfortable and unrestricting surf leggings we’ve seen. We are confident they will have you feeling protected, free, comfortable, stylish and happy while having fun on the water.  

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For maximum performance, surf leggings should fit and feel comfortable, support free flowing movement and offer sun protection. The Akela Surf Glide Leggings tick all these boxes and more. The amazingly elastic fabric offers a snug and streamlined fit, unrestricted movement and shape recovery. They are fantastic for surfing, paddling and yoga on water and also work well for stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, jogging, fitness, snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, cycling, fishing, yoga, sailing, diving, rafting and more.

If you’re looking for comfortable and high performance leggings for surfing or any other water sports, it is hard to go wrong with the Akela Surf Glide leggings. You’ll love the high-quality material, snug fit, the full coverage, the comfort they provide, and how easily you will be able to move in the water. UPF 50+ UV protection will also enable you to have fun safely and without having to keep applying sunscreen. With the flattering cut and cool prints, they are also stylish enough for travel and casual wear.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Akela Surf Legging Glide Review
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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!