I first saw Zaggora hotpants on the daily mail website (my shameful gossip addiction) - Denise Richards was wearing them and obviously I thought wahey Denise, nice ass, I want one just like that - purchase necessary!
I ordered them directly from the website - these are the ones I purchased http://zaggora.com/hotpants-2-0-long/ Hotpants 2.0 long which cost £55.
I looked at the reviews on their website and they are all 4 or 5 stars so that seemed pretty good to me. I also looked at the Facebook page and all of the reviews of the hotpants were good, I could not see one bad review. Sounded fab!
Here is what Zaggora say about them
Hotpants™ 2.0 are lighter, stronger and better than the original!
Specially designed with Celu-Lite technology fabric lining, HotPants™ enhance your natural body temperature to warm you up in the areas you want to target most (thighs, bum, and legs).
Tested at the Chelsea School at Brighton University, HotPants™ are proven to use your body heat to increase energy expenditure before and after exercise by raising your core body temperature by up to 18%. Since you’re heating up and your body is using more energy, you are burning more calories; calorie burn increases by 26% in the hour after exercise with HotPants™ too. As we all know, as you burn calories, you lose weight.
The lab tests also demonstrated that in just 30 minutes of exercise, women lost 4x more weight with HotPants™ than they did when doing the same exercise in standard workout clothes.
They don't mention that they only tested them on 9 people do they..... oops
What are they like to wear
There is a size chart on the website so make sure you measure yourself and use that, I ordered size small and they fit fine but I am tall with long legs so the 'long' hot pants barely cover my knees, the model on the website is quite short so bear that in mind if you want to have your knees covered.
They are made of fabric that feels like a thin wetsuit and you do need to do the same sort of jump up and down leg up, leg down, shimmy shimmy shimmy to get into them. When you have them on they are comfortable but you do rustle as you walk along, somewhat like a swishing noise which gets you a few funny looks at the gym - I cranked up the ipod so I couldn't hear it as it was quite annoying.
I would liken them to a pair of gym style spanx, if you are quite large or have jiggly bits you might find these quite good at holding you in so you don't wobble while working out.
Has it made any inch loss, weight or cellulite difference
I have now worn these for 2 weeks, going to the gym 9 times for at least 30 minutes per session. I have done www.toneitup.com workouts, run a 5k, done weights and just done general gym cardio work. I have done all my normal gym work basically and stuck to my food intake of 1300 - 1400 calories per day which is maintenance for me, I drink 2 litres of water per day and only have alcohol as treat on a night or day out - I had 1 glass of wine on one day through this experiment. As the hotpants claim to burn so many more calories I though I should keep all of my work and food at maintenance so anything lost would be down to the hotpants.
When I workout I go for BURNNNNN and you get mega mega hot wearing these, I looked like tomato face (nobody is going to be thinking wit woo you're looking sexual let's put it that way).
So far I have experienced - No inch loss, No weight loss, No cellulite loss. To be honest I was only really hoping for a bit of cellulite loss as I have no idea how a pair of trousers can help you lose inches but unfortunately that hasn't happened. The only thing I can think of is that you sweat out the water you consume, but I consume a shed load of water?
How do you keep them clean
According to the care label and advise from Zaggora you have to hand wash these. Considering the point of them is to make you sweat (and sweat you do, you take them off after your workout and your knickers could be wrung out with the amount of sweat) I find the thought of hand washing them frankly disgusting. Since I don't want thrush or to stink like someone living in a cave's jockstrap, I wash them at 30 degrees in the washing machine. Seriously dude, that is absolutely disgusting, they need to look into that - hand washing is not bacteria killing-ly effective - you can only kill most bacteria at 60 degree washes which is what I wash all of my other gym kit at.
Now this is what I find even more lacking than wearing the pointless trousers. I noticed after 5 wears of the trousers that the thread around the bottom of each leg was unravelling. I mentioned this on twitter and I was responded to by Zaggora directly saying that the product was faulty and that I needed to email customer service with pictures. I did exactly that, taking pictures when I was at the gym like a right weirdo of the unravelling bits then emailing them off. I thought that seemed fair of them.
I then had an email, with a bizarrely smug tone to it
"I’m glad to be able to tell you that your product isn’t faulty as the seams aren’t unravelling. The pictures you have attached show a loose thread which will not be in any way detrimental to the effects of the product. "
I find this email ridiculous. Loose threads and unravelling....that's the same thing. The threads are loose because they are unravelling...am I missing something somewhere? So you're glad that they aren't unravelling because the photos show they are unravelling. Face palm.
The thread has come away from about 1.5 inches of the bottom of the leg on
this leg - the big bobble of thread is because it's unravelled from that bit.
Or not because it clearly hasn't unravelled has it? Ffs.
I could waste even more time emailing them back again but to be honest I can't be bothered to argue with someone - if they don't want to be a fair company then fine, whatever. I will just chalk it up as another waste of money but hopefully this blog will stop anyone else getting ripped off.
I wondered if it was just me who had had problems so after googling I found these comments
" I don't necessarily have a hole in them but it looks like stockings that have a run in them. "
@zaggora @sarahloolaa I've just looked more closely at mine! They are too!!! Look like tight Scags??
2/10 - They are comfy and look stylish. Those are my only positives.
I wouldn't repurchase since they don't live up to their advertised claims, if you have a problem they will pretend on Twitter that they will help you but in reality they don't and at £55 I want a pair of trousers that I can wash to kill bacteria and last more than 5 washes before they look like they are coming apart. My Victoria Secret, Nike, Davina for Next, Sweaty Betty and running tights from that sporty shop at bluewater are all much better wearing.