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December 16th, 2008 · 7 Comments

I am the girl who grew up running. Loved all endurance sports. Was practically raised with sweat on my brows! When I was 12, I participated in a 24 hour relay to raise funds for some charity (can’t remember which one). That was my first experience with endurance sports. After that it was just assumed by me and my dad that I would go out for cross country. Running, hiking, lifting this is just my way. Clothing back then was not like it is now. Ten years ago, we just kept putting clothes on. Cotton, to be exact. Now, I and you, know that if you put something between your skin and the outside, that actually will wick moisture away, you might be warmer and enjoy the activity that much more.

SmartWool offers a fantastic option for exercising in cold weather. The merino wool is a special blend from New Zealand and IT DOES NOT ITCH. In fact, in all my years of running, etc. I’ve never had a clothing product made from wool period. I’m entering a new era for running- one in which I am both warm and comfortable.

I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to try out some of SmartWool’s Lightweight Base Layers so that I may write about them here. There are two things that I love about SmartWool that I think make them different from anything else I’ve tried:

1. FITTED. And I mean, curvy, almost skintight, no room for anything else. The stitching offers even more opportunities to be wearing a FITTED shirt. The length is fine. The shirts cover all of my waist bands on my workout clothes, although, an extra inch would be been appreciated with my favorite pair of jeans!

2. Warmth. The SmartWool baselayers can be a stand alone top or a layer underneath a jacket or running jacket. I love layering these shirts with a fitted vest. Stylish, yet completely functional. And I wouldn’t hesitate to hit the weight room or garage in these shirts- complete the workout, then head on back to work looking great!

Still curious about my opinion of the SmartWool LightWeight Base Layers?

Can I just say LOVE? or do you need to here more?

I wore them all day every day to teach physical education outside in temperatures ranging from the 60’s to the high 80’s and I was rarely ever hot. The material is thin and I really felt comfortable and warm or cool depending on the circumstances. I also took them on a mountain bike ride in 40 degree temperatures! I layered the first one, then the second one and followed that with a windbreaker and I was very comfortable on the ascent and descent. I love them. If I were headed out for a run, I’d wear at least one of these followed by a wind breaker, beanie, long running tights and Smartwool socks!

SmartWool Website

SmartWool Light Weight Top on Sale here for $58.50.

SmartWool Light Weight Zip Top on Sale here for $67.50.

Pricey? yes. Worth it? Absolutely. In fact, now, I am dying to try all the yummy looking, warm socks for skiing!

What do you wear to workout in the cold temperatures?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MizFit // Dec 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

    yep yep another reason why I miss the east coast. for me the addiction was FLEECE. patagonia.

    *drool*

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  • 2 Moran // Dec 16, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I need to figure out by next week! I shall run outside even though it will be very.cold (and I HATE the cold!)
    I wish my ma was into running (or any other sport) like you are! She hates the THOUGHT of it. I sooo want her to workout with me!

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  • 3 Mark // Dec 16, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Very cool!

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  • 4 Tiffany // Dec 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks so much. This is exactly what I needed for my run on Sunday. Maybe if I had been wearing it I would have been able to do the full 8 miles instead of 6.

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  • 5 Lori L. // Dec 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    So, tell us how you really feel…
    :)

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  • 6 Kch // Dec 17, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Wool really is a miracle fiber. It can absorb a ton of water before you feel wet or cold, which makes it ideal for active sports.

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  • 7 Jill Will Run // Dec 17, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I don’t know what I run in when it’s cold! Tonight I wimped out on my run with friends because it was 42 degrees outside and I didn’t have warm enough clothing. (We’re having a cold snap here in Vegas, complete with snow!) I ended up staying inside on the treadmill because I didn’t feel I had appropriate layers for a cold run. The SmartWool stuff sounds like a smart option.

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