*Dislcaimer: I received these clothes from Champion and am offering a review. All opinions are my own.
Hey guys! So you may remember when I received a mystery box of clothing from Champion a few weeks ago. I was finally contacted by someone who admitted that they had been sent to me as a mistake but asked if I would be willing to review them seeing as how I had already worn and washed a couple of the items.
I received 5 items from Champion:
- Marathon Tee
- Marathon Printed Packable Jacket
- Marathon Knee Tight
- Marathon Bra
- Curvy Show-Off Bra
I wore them over these few weeks and want to share my thoughts with you. These items are part of Champion’s #AllGainNoPain campaign (such a poet) and can be found here.
1. Marathon Tee – $27 (sale $21.99)
This shirt was fine. I liked the color and it was on par with other moisture-wicking Ts that I have for running. One thing I found with most of these clothes is that when you sweat it doesn’t really evaporate much. I think because this shirt was so loose it helped the air circulate and dry quicker.
- Plus: lightweight, longer in the back
- Minus: a little big
2. Marathon Printed Packable Jacket – $65
The best thing about this jacket was that it was light and packable into its own pocket for easy storage. I’m not sure that it is worth the $65 price tag, however. I have never been a big fan of jackets or sleeves when I run unless the temperatures are really low. If it is warm enough for me to wear such a thin jacket, I probably won’t even wear one at all. It is better for me to start off colder since I know I will always warm up as I run. One thing I did like was that it was waterproof so I could wear it during a warmer but drizzlier day.
- Plus: compact, light, reflective, longer in the back, pockets, waterproof
- Minus: pricey, not essential (for me)
3. Marathon Knee Tight – $42 (sale $29.49)
These photos were taken at last month’s #sweatworking event held at Sweat Chicago. I really wanted to like these pants because I am always in the market for new capris. Overall the fit was good and I liked the color, but there was one glaring problem and that was their moisture-wicking capabilities. By the end of this workout it looked like I had peed myself because none of my lower body sweat seemed to be going anywhere. Let’s just say I was really lucky that I had elected to wear this super long tank.
Hmmm now I am remembering when I wore these pants to run and seemed to get more looks as I was passing people. I assumed it was because I looked like an amazing runner, but it could have been because they thought I was so dedicated that I didn’t have time to stop for a bathroom.
- Plus: zipper pocket in back, good material, stay put
- Minus: looks like you’ve peed yourself, run a little small
4. Marathon Bra – $48 (sale $33.49)
I don’t normally buy a lot of sports bras because I have such a ridiculous collection from past years, so it was nice to have a new one. The material is not as stretchy as I’m used to in a bra, but it held up fine during my longer run and I didn’t notice any chafing or rubbing. As with the pants, the sweat still accumulated but at least it wasn’t in such an awkward spot.
- Plus: stays in place, no chafing, supportive
- Minus: tight material, sweat is not quickly wicked
5. Curvy Show-Off Bra – $30 (sale $20.99)
That’s definitely what I looked like in this bra. I don’t have many curves to show off, but I still liked the design of this bra because it was unlike any other ones that I have. I really liked the back and if I get any cute tops this spring/summer, I will pair it with this. This bra comes with cups which is also nice. Same functional issues as the marathon bra, but I’ll still wear it.
- Plus: nice design, molded cups, supportive
- Minus: tight material, sweat not wicked away
Ultimately I would say these clothes were mediocre. Not bad, not great, but somewhere in the middle. I was most disappointed with the pants but if Champion finds a way to actually make the fabric sweat-wicking then I would consider getting another pair. Some of the clothes were not quite my style, but I can make them work with what I have.
- Do you have any experience with Champion clothes?
- Do you wear light jackets when running?
- What’s your favorite exercise brand?
* All stock photos courtesy of Champion.com