I need new running tights this winter. What's your favorite?
and received several responses. Thank you all, by the way. However, I received a tweet from Martha mentioning her blog review of her newest favorite from Running Skirts. Of course I had to check it out.
I love running (duh!) and I really enjoy running in skirts (I know, many men still can't embrace the running skirt). In her review of the Sub-Zero skirt, she wore it for a run in 37*. Hmmm...that's not a cold enough test for my winter conditions. We had a twitter conversation and then she mentioned that maybe Running Skirts would send me one as a "tester". Yeah right, was my thought. But, the twitter rep from Running Skirts jumped into the convo and the next I knew, we came home from our Thanksgiving travels and found this in our mailbox:
|Wow! Definitely more thanjust a skirt....|
Of course, I was really excited to test it out, but it took a couple days to be cold enough for me to wear it. Finally, 30*F for the forecast. I wore it for six predawn miles and loved it! It was very comfortable, no chafing. I was concerned as the bottoms are different from my other running tights that have zippers. These are a little looser, but it didn't bother me at all. I'm 5'8" and it fit me great!
Let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and some of the running tights (yes, TIGHT) make me feel a little "exposed". Having the skirt over the tights not only gives a little extra warmth, but also covers some of those spots that I am a little self conscious about. A few years ago, I never would have worn a skirt for running, let alone a skirt OVER tights. But, why not? (I know there is still a big debate about running while wearing skirts, but I say wear what you like and what makes you feel comfortable!)
Because life got in the way (as it often does), it is now January and I am finishing up this post. Whoops! However, that has given me a chance to wear my Sub-Zero Skirt on several occasions. Most recently I wore it on a 15*F run. I was not cold at all. The Sub-Zero Skirt has made it into my regular rotation. Plus, I love the way it looks! Just because I'm sweaty doesn't mean I can't look and feel good, too, right?
Next up is a pair of tights that they sent me. Sorry, I have not been able to find the name of them on their site. Here are the pictures:
|Back of the tights. Cute, right?|
|RunningSkirts lined tights|
The first time I put the tights on, I apparently wasn't paying enough attention. They didn't fit well, the front was too high, I couldn't get them tied. Bummer, I thought. At least the SubZero Skirt works well.
After a day or two, I decided to try them on again....and now that I
I've worn these for a few cold weather runs and I really like them. I am 5'8" and the length is just about perfect. I think if I was any taller, they would be too short. Hopefully they have a tall version available for those ladies that are taller than me. The biggest draw-back that I see to these tights is that they have no reflective stripes on them. If the logo on the back is reflective, it will never be seen (at least with my jackets/shirts, etc covering it).
A big THANK YOU to RunningSkirts for the goodies! I will definitely be purchasing more gear from RunningSkirts in the future.
Disclaimer: I was given the items I reviewed free of charge with no expectations from the company. It was my decision to write about the products. All opinions and words are my own.