Over the course of the summer, the dogs and I logged roughly 275 miles of running, hiking and walking. Some of my workout clothes are a year or more old, but even the newer items had a chance to get broken in and make an impression. Here’s what I’ve learned:
On the hottest days, the dogs and I can manage a dusk walk. I prefer a Skirt Sports dress over 7″ compression shorts, and Sissy needs her cooling vest. I do have two different running skirts too, but they annoy me; the dresses fit looser and “float” rather than bunching up and/or sticking to the shorts.
All in all, I prefer cropped or capri compression pants. Yeah, they’re hot, but since we are in the woods on our longest walks, I am uneasy about being too exposed. I realize bare ankles are a bad idea in a snake-populated region, but it’s a compromise and it beats overheating.
My favorite crops are Yogasmoga, but at $88, I don’t wear them into the woods. I’ll wear them on a road run, but one of the other things I learned this summer is that my hydration packs “pick” my wicking fabrics. Those packs are best over my cheap running crops and a plain tee or a wicking shirt so cheap I don’t get upset if/when it gets damaged.
Which brings me to another lesson learned… Save the expensive, no-show pants for the gym, yoga class or the barre class. For just walking or even running down the road or in the woods, the $12-$15 Danksin Now pants are just fine. Unless I bend from the waist to pick up Gretchen, my neighbors won’t know whether my pants are a little see-thru or not, and if I have to make a quick grab for the wee one, I don’t care who sees what.
For tops, I definitely prefer nearly full-coverage tanks in a wicking fabric, and whether I paid $70 or $12, they don’t seem to look good much past one season.
Sports bras. I wish I had a brand and a style to share, especially for those of us with … plenty of assets. I have retired all of my uni-boob, narrow strapped models now that we at least walk briskly most days. Smash and separate with a T-back of some sort seems to work best, but gosh I hate paying $60+ for something I only wear for 30-90 minutes and then it’s so sweaty-nasty it needs a bath.
Socks. Synthetic, no-show, not compression. Here again, the investment isn’t worth it. It’s not unusual for me to wear them once and get home to find them quite muddy/stained.
This spring/summer, I tried Lucy brand capris (not compressing enough, fabric is far too thick/not soft, storage pocket across the back waistband is about 1″ too short for my iPhone), and a pair of Skirt Sports capris. Skirt Sports makes up most of my workout attire now, and their tops/dresses are awesome. Their bottoms are not soft and comfy like Lululemon or Yogasmoga, but I was able to add 3 SS bottoms not anywhere near full retail price, thanks to SS’s own specials and the fact they’re offered on Sierra Trading Post. I have one pair of LLL crops and the Yogasmogas for public workouts, and that will just have to do.
Sorry for the lack of photos. I can no longer make the “Add Media” button work here at work, and the new Flickr barely operates on this old beast.
What did you learn this summer?