Barbell Apparel – Jeans for a CrossFit Booty

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CrossFit has changed a lot about me and my body; it’s made me broader, my stomach firmer and my shoulders bigger… to the extent where some long-sleeved clothing feels a little, let’s say “taut”. Probably the most noticeable change in terms of how my clothes fit is with jeans. I lived in Topshop through my teens and early twenties, buying the same items in multiple colours – well, when you like something you like it, right?!

But after a year or so of CrossFit, my favourite Jamie jeans just weren’t working for me any more. While my body has changed, so has my attitude towards it. So rather than put up with jeans that didn’t fit, or giving up wearing jeans altogether, I went on the hunt for something with… a bit more curve.

First on my radar was Levi Curve ID, which I loved. I bought four pairs of their Demi Curve jeans, and still wear them religiously. But, when Levi discontinued the Curve ID range I thought I should look for something else to cover my CrossFit butt and thighs with. And that’s when I found Barbell Apparel.

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About Barbell Apparel

Launched in America in 2013 after an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign, the brand, designed and made in Las Vegas, aimed to fit the niche market of men and women who squat heavy and have the ass and thighs to prove it. Using their superior denim with a two-way stretch, the jeans are made to fit comfortably over muscular legs, accommodating your quads and glutes without leaving a baggy waist.

I picked up a pair from [KIT]BOX, one of the UK’s leading providers of functional fitness clothing, equipment, nutrition and accessories. [KIT]BOX currently fulfil the men’s straight fit, and women’s slim fit Barbell Apparel jeans, each in three washes (dark, medium and light), but word on the street is they are soon to stock the chino range too – this is very exciting news as I got on really well with the jeans!

Denim on Trial

I’m usually a UK size 12, which is supposedly a 30 inch waist, however in my Levis I always wore a 28 or 29, and so thought I’d try the same with Barbell Apparel. The size guide on [KIT]BOX’s site helped me narrow that sizing down even more with the help of the thigh measurements. My 22″ thighs meant I should really go for the 28 rather than the 29 or I’d probably find them a little looser than I’d like. Despite being in the lower end of the range of thigh measurements for the size I’d chosen, I did find myself doing the famous leg-dance getting them on, but after that initial fit, they’ve been fine ever since – something that leads me to believe that the denim almost “remembers” your shape.

Barbell Apparel claim that their jeans move in sync with you, so much so that you’ll almost feel as if you’re wearing nothing. I can vouch for this in saying that they are a really secure and relaxed fit, and at £99.99 I’m pleased to say that’s the case. I don’t usually opt for a low rise jean, mostly for the baggy waists that I’ve found with these in the past, but the cut of these sits right on the hips for that low slung look (not quite 90s Britney, but close!), and actually this is surprisingly comfortable as you move. Some jeans I’ve found the need to constantly hoick up, but not these.

Aside from the fit and the gorgeous wash (I chose Blue Fade), I love the small details that make these unique – from the leather belt patch on the back, to the barbell logo on the pocket and even on the rivets. They’ve also stuck with a traditional roman numeral “Est. MMXIII” to keep their jeans true to original designs.

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Sizing and Fit

[KIT]BOX only stock the Regular length, 32 inches, which is usually on the short side for my 5’8″ frame, but I actually found the length on these quite flattering with trainers, and I think they’ll look great with heels too! Besides, the long is a whopping 36 inches, which I’d have only had to have taken up. They’re close round the ankles, and even have enough room for my calves – strangely usually the most difficult part of my legs to fit in trousers and jeans!

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When I was researching these jeans I read some reviews from pear-shaped ladies who had said they were disappointed with the fit. I think I should point out that I don’t think these jeans are right for a typical pear-shape – they are definitely more for the athletic physique – somewhere between the straight-up-and-down and pear-shape. If you are a true pear-shape, these might still have a bigger waist than you need for your leg and hip size, so check the size chart before you buy!

Final Thoughts

I am really happy with the Barbell Apparel jeans – they were comfortable to wear for work, and stayed secure even after a couple of days’ wear before washing. Although they’re not designed to train in, I’ve seen people doing pistols and snatches in them, and I’ve done handstands and HSPUs in them myself! As someone who trains for enjoyment as well as health and performance, I don’t want to be restricted in what I can wear outside of the gym, or how I move in what I do wear, and Barbell Apparel have tackled this challenge well, making a jean you can truly live in.

Find Barbell Apparel in the UK from [KIT]BOX, and keep an eye out for the chinos, coming soon, too! Or if you’re in the US, you can shop directly from Barbell Apparel.

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Photos by Will Patrick Photography.

Disclaimer: I was sent these jeans by [KIT]BOX for review. As always, all opinions are my own and not affected by items gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.

4 Comments

    • Georgina Spenceley
      14th April 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Oh thank you – you’re too sweet 🙂 x

  1. 8th April 2016 / 8:13 pm

    I didn’t know these were sold in the UK now, I will definitely buy a pair. I find it hilarious though that their female model on their website is wearing high heels ;P

    • Georgina Spenceley
      14th April 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Haha, yes! So funny 🙂 Let me know what you think of them! x

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