Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Review: Very Soft, Very Flexible

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Last Christmas, I received the softest, best-fitting tracksuit I’ve ever owned… or so I thought. Outdoor Voices ($88) and Bralette ($58) Leggings 7/8 FreeForm have been a staple of my wardrobe over the past year, taking me from sweaty workouts to last-minute errands until the relaxing evening before the Netflix stream and everything in between. Its plush, peachy-pink fabric only gets better with each wash, never weakening on the supportive front. I thought I had reached comfortable nirvana with the FreeForm line—until I came across the brand’s CloudKnit collection.

OV freeform bra and leggings
Outdoor Voices Leggings and Bralette FreeForm 7/8 got me through 2022.

Almost exactly a year later, after I received my beloved FreeForm fit, some new pieces from Outdoor Voices’ winter CloudKnit collection arrived on my doorstep. I unpacked them with low expectations, thinking they would certainly be comfortable, but not enough to make me part with my FreeForm gifts forever. Ha… I didn’t even have to try them to know I was completely wrong. The CloudKnit fabric makes the FreeForm material appear rough.

For the record, OV CloudKnit isn’t technically new, it’s just new to me. The fabric line—a buttery, poly/spandex blend that claims “no cloud was damaged in the manufacturing process”—has been around for several years, with the brand creating and iterating on current products. have every season.

In winter of 22, Outdoor Voices re-launched its core line of sweatpants, hoodies, tank tops and marshmallow-like t-shirts, and expanded the collection with new, seasonal pieces, including featuring chic gowns, slim sweaters, classic leggings and a brand new children’s collection, the first OV children’s line to date.

Can confirm: Sliding into these slick styles is pretty much the closest thing you can get to wearing a cloud. And though they’re technically made for “sweating less entertainment” (coughing cough, lounge), Many new styles are like fashionable streetwear that you can wear on date night or out for drinks with friends. Get creative and there are a million ways to style each piece. Just different from jeans, or other “hard clothes” that you want to come off as soon as you button or button them, you won’t mind wearing these out for a bit.

Here are some of my favorite, versatile styles from the CloudKnit winter ’22 collection. I don’t have the heart to tell my FreeForm ‘fit it has been replaced, although I’m sure that’s a suggestion as I haven’t been able to take these pieces off since they arrived a few weeks ago.

My favorite new pieces from Outdoor Voices’ CloudKnit collection

CloudKnit Stirrup Leggings — $59.00

Originally $79, now $59

Available sizes: XXS-3XL

Divine softness. These leggings feel as if silk and velvet have had a baby, in the softest, most flattering way possible. Their long, clear curves and pedals make me feel like a giant ballet dancer, like I should be training for Nutcracker or something. They’re soft, high back and honestly… make my butt look great. Beautiful color blocks also do no harm.

I have one that fits and they’re definitely roomier than other leggings I own (great because I know for sure I’ll throw them in the dryer and accidentally shrink them…). My only annoyance with them is that the braces don’t really stay in place unless I’m wearing socks outside. Probably because they are on the larger side of my body. This is a minor drawback – they still make me feel like Misty Copeland anyway.

Color: 3

CloudKnit Long Sleeves — $68.00

Available sizes: XXS-3XL

Ugh, I had high hopes for this shirt because I’m a tights person, but I think I need to downsize (again, I chose medium.) It’s buttery soft, but it feels too wide and, unless I tie it very tight, it uncannyally comes loose or hangs over my chest.

However, I do like it as a sports item that can be worn as an outing shirt. I wore it with jeans and boots, strapped as tight as I could, and it looked pretty cute—I just wish it fit a little better at the bust and waist. Tl;dr—if you buy it, buy a smaller size because it’s huge.

Color: 3

CloudKnit wide leg pants — $78.00

Available sizes: XXS-3XL

Rub rub. I want these in every color. It’s a the the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned, and I don’t say that lightly. As a trade editor, I’ve tested a lot of sweatpants and without a doubt, these are the best I’ve tried.

Like all items in the collection, they are made from a cozy, cloud-like fabric that is slightly stretchy and deliciously soft. However, I prefer these to Stirrup Leggings because the drawstring allows for adjustment and the airy legs feel cool and non-restrictive to wear. Also – they are long! I’m 5’9 inches tall and find that most traditional yoga pants aren’t long enough for my legs, but these pants fit just right. 10/10 around.

Color: 4

CloudKnit button-down shirt — $68.00

Available sizes: XXS-3XL

Correct. Simple, Yes. This voluminous long-sleeve shirt is the new shirt I wear with literally anything. Paired with the right pair of pants, it’s the ultimate relaxing outfit that makes lounging a luxury. Other times, I’ll wear it with leggings for the business WFH outfit above and partying below. (The button front is perfect for Zoom meetings.)

But my favorite way to wear this is to wear it as a hangover because it sneakily is a nightgown. It look like an expensive cardigan but it feel like pajamas, giving me a feeling of complete coziness even when I’m at a bar or club that I didn’t want to go to in the first place. And that’s what makes it worth every penny.

Color: 3

As I mentioned, these are not the only products of the CloudKnit line. From vintage t-shirts and jogging pants, to new tops and shorts, there’s so much more to explore and create. Shop the rest of the collection here for cloud-like comfort.

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