>> Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Before I talk about cotton (that dreaded fabric), I'd like to mention 2 Pearl Izumi articles of clothing (running shorts and a top) that I was sent this past winter to try out.
Nevermind the cat in the background....
.... see, she's leaving.
THE TOP: I've worn this over the winter for a few treadmill runs. I've DRENCHED it with sweat at the Y. It's a great, "lightweight" top. Even when it was "heavy" with sweat, it was lighter than your "normal" technical shirts. It'd be great in spinning classes too. The sleeves are open, and the body fits snug - it fits well and feels comfortable on. Plus, the back makes you look a little like Spiderman:
Oh, and I HAVE to mention this. I have not worn this top all summer. This is a little piece of advice: I do NOT wear technical shirts out on hot summer runs. (Well, not often at least.) I like to start off with a COTTON shirt, and then I take it off right away. I've learned to make sure I always have a shirt on a run for 2 reasons: First, if I need to hop into a local business to use their crapper, I can put on a shirt (even if it IS all sweaty) so I'm not kicked out. Second, I use the shirt to wipe the sweat off my face and to keep the sweat out of my eyes. Cotton does a good job of absorbing sweat when I use it as a towel during a hot run.
Here's a photo of a cotton shirt completely soaked after a hard, sweaty track / trainer workout last summer:
Left: shirt used to wipe my face during the run.
Right: shirt used to wipe my face during the trainer ride.
Back with more in the "I USE THIS" series tomorrow - I think I'll be writing about the BOB Jogging Stroller and what Pharmie and I have found while using it (people have had good questions for us about the stroller).