Think of the Carve Designs Women's Reef Tight as a rashguard for your legs when you're surfing, swimming, and paddling.

  • Four-way stretch tricot fabric
  • Form-fitting
  • Contrast side panel and back yoke
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
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  • Q & A

How thick are the tights? Okay to wear solo swimming or do you need to wear over bikini bottoms?

Best Answer

We recommend wearing them without bottoms under for extra comfort. They are made from our swim fabric so they are the same thickness as any other bottom in our line. I wear these tights for hot yoga and feel comfortable bending over in them. For swimming they will be perfect.

Beautiful & functional; sizing was off.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

These Reef Tights by Carve Designs are lovely, stretchy, and very functional with their sun protection, the upf 50. For some reason, this particular pair was very tight on me. I ordered a medium in the cute Mystic print, and although a size medium has fitted me before for these Reef tights, this particular pair was much tighter. For that reason I'm returning them. But if you can get the sizing correct, maybe order your regular size & also order one size up, you can try them on and know which one works best. I recommend them. :-)

Hi Georgette. Thanks for the feedback. I checked into this and it seems that sometimes the print does not stretch as much as a solid. We think this is why they felt tighter than before.


  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

I was worried these would be too small, since I have loose skin and leftover baby-growing pounds, but I got a medium and they fit like a glove. I'm really happy. Stretchy but not baggy, lightweight and breathable, and all around flattering. I'll test them out this weekend to see how quickly they dry.

Used for their True Purpose

Used for their True Purpose

Not Just a Leg Rashguard

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: S

I got these when it was still way too early to be in the water (at least for me) so I used them for a bunch of things they weren't technically designed for: running, hiking, etc.... When eventually it got a bit warmer and I could get in the water, I used them for a bit of extra warmth because I'm still a chicken with cold water even though I'm Canadian.

The fabric is lightweight and stretchy so good for spring/summer outdoor adventures and there's some shirring at the bottom of the legs on the outside which is cute. I found the small was a bit big for me and I think I'd prefer XS just to make sure they stay up. When I finally got them into the water they did give me that little bit of extra warmth that I needed while I started my laps in 68 degree water.....

Not Just a Leg Rashguard

Love them!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

I use these for suping the cold waters of Montana's mountain lakes. At 5'6", 130lbs, the small fits great, comfortably form fitting, not see through, and they keep my legs warm when I want to hang them over the edge. They stay put when I practice yoga on my board. I typically wear small in this brand.

Are these sheer at all? Completely opaque?

I have worn these for hot yoga and felt very comfortable that they are not sheer. I would not say they are completely opaque, but sufficiently.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XS

These pants are so fun and so versitile. They are made for swimming/surfing, but I use them for yoga, hiking, working out. The pattern is super fun and the fit is flattering and comfortable.

Wish they lasted longer

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I loved these pants! Super comfortable, quick drying, and flattering! My only problem is that they got a hole after I only wore them twice. I used them for sun protection while free diving and spearfishing, and was extremely happy with them until two holes appeared.

Legging, swim tight, hot yoga...

Soft swim fabric is quick dry, comfortable.

Legging, swim tight,  hot yoga...

love these

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

Great prints. Wear these for yoga but also just lounging around. Side stripe totally elongates your legs.

Cute & Comfy

    These are so flattering considering they are skin tight...something about the yoke and side panel's being contrast just totally make you look smaller, I got the black with print at the side and I'm wearing in Yoga as well!!