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Hump Day Giveaway: Pull the Wool over Your Thighs

April 20, 2011

Get carried away by wool, like Sarah has.

If you’ve read Run Like a Mother, you know I’m a textile-snob when I work out: If it doesn’t wick, I don’t wear it. Cotton fibers haven’t touched my exercising body in nearly two decades. Heck, I even sleep in sweat-wicking jammies!

Yet, we all know the scientific formula: synthetic fibers + sweat = stink. I have a lot of running buddies but, now that I think about it, they often run slightly upwind from me. Happily, I’ve found an alternative to polyester—wool. Before you start scratching and overheating, hear me out. Several companies now make itch-free wool workout wear. One of them, Icebreaker, debuted a complete line of running duds this spring, everything from the expected—capris and tees—to the wow, really!? (sports bra and running skirt). You might recall I raved about the Rush ¾ Tight (aka “capris”) in February on here. I’ve also been getting some good miles in with the Rush Bra, a pullover bra best suited for us A- and B-cup gals. And when (if??) Portland warms up a bit, I’m going to be sporting the sassy Swift Skort.

The SS Rush Crewe (not a typo--must be Kiwi spelling, as Icebreaker is a NZ company) can be one of the tops you choose

In addition to naturally fighting odor, wool is a wonder-fabric because it keeps you warm when it’s chilly, yet somehow also keeps you cooler when temps climb. Like so many of us, I often have to switch right to mom-mode when I return from a run, which means I jockey around thekitchen for 30 or 45 minutes before I can hit the shower. Wearing the wool bra means my tatas don’t turn to ice-pups before I get a chance to change.

Wondering if wool is for you? You can win top-to-toe Icebreaker running gear—your choice of a tank or tee; tights, capris, skort, or shorts; and running socks—simply by telling us: What’s your fabric of choice to wear while running?


P.S. From how do you dress to how ’bout this dress: the random winner of the Nuu-Muu dress is MelindaK., a triathlete (from the sounds of it), whose tagline reminds me of one of my favorite jokes about why the dog licks his…. But, wait, I diverge. Here’s what she wrote:

“Because I can!” I get asked by people all the time, why do you bike? why do you run? why swim? why tri? why not is what i asked them back….i am young, strong and able…..who doesn’t want to live life to the fullest! get out there and do it!

MelindaK, email us at run mother at gmail dot com to claim your dress–congratulations!

476 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:38 am

    Wool looks fascinating. I’ll run in anything, as long as I can get out of the house. I’d say Lycra on the bottom, white(yeah, I know, can you say pit stains) cotton T on the top.

  2. April 20, 2011 2:39 am

    I like anything “technical” or synthetic I guess. Whatever isn’t cotton! lol! No chaffing please!

  3. the Ringmaster permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:56 am

    I’m a total snob too. No cotton here! It’s all tech fabrics for me, head to toe. I won’t even go running in socks made for something else. Hey, I only need a few sets of really good stuff, right? Right?

  4. Rebecca permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:07 am

    I also prefer “technical” clothes from my local running store. I never gave much thought to what the material was. Just checked and it is a lot of polyester. I would LOVE to try the wool. Thanks!!!

  5. Nancy M permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:13 am

    I’m a big believer in wool–my year round fave socks are smartwool, for running & everything else too–but so far the rest of my body gets tech fabric of some kind. I’d love to try the Icebreaker tops & skorts for the sticky hot North Carolina summer marathon training! Nothing like a 22 mile run in 99% humidity, 90 degrees…do they make the Icebreaker with an Ice MAKER?

  6. Jessica permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:14 am

    Honestly … I wish I could say I was a textile snob. I am usually digging through a huge basket in the bottom of my poorly lit closet for the three required pieces – bottom, top, and bra. Whatever comes out is usually what I wear (unless of course I grab a skirt and its snowing).

  7. Rachel permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:23 am

    I wear tech fabrics in the winter and summer but sometimes do an ‘old school’ run in cotton in the fall and spring. There is something very nostalgic about running in a loose cotton T with the wind blowing through it! I have just recently have come back to wool – discovered Icebreaker from my best friend and love the softness of it. I only have their underwear now as most of their pieces are investment pieces and I’m building slowly!

    Wonderful giveaway!

  8. April 20, 2011 3:29 am

    Polyester! Isn’t that an odd word to write? Sounds so 70s, but most wicking fabric is indeed that. But seriously, I like the lightest, softest shirts that flutter a bit in the breeze. I’d be interested in trying out the wool–a natural fabric–instead of the plastic, petroleum-based and synthetic.

  9. Nan permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:30 am

    I, too, like wicking fabric when I run. My socks are woolly, and the rest is polyester, I think. 🙂

  10. Ali B permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:45 am

    Wool sounds interesting! I wear anything technical/synthetic to run right now. Although I do know and love the properties of wool as I live in Smartwool socks. Best and favorite socks year round! So I am totally up for trying wool for my workouts!

  11. BigDogMom permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:01 am

    Tech fabrics for me. Cotton went the way of the dodo for me about 2 years ago and I have never looked back.

  12. lvrunning permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:03 am

    For a short, easy run I don’t mind cotton – it’s a chance to wear my old race T-shirts somewhere else than to bed! Anything else, it’s wicking (hey, I live in Florida, so we’re talking pretty much year-round). And my Thorlon socks are the only ones that stop my feet from sliding around my running shoes after a few hot, sweaty miles. Sadly, my smartwool socks are worn to shreds, so I’m ready for more wool!

  13. April 20, 2011 4:08 am

    I’m with several others–I LOVE Smart Wool socks. I wear ONLY tech materials. I think my favorite shirts are Nike Dri fit–soft & lite. Can’t wait to try Icebreakers–sounds perfect!

  14. April 20, 2011 4:14 am

    I live in south texas… in a 4 hr drive south of san antonio. As in, I live 20 minutes from mexico. Not el paso, but the southern tip that touchs the gulf of mexico. That said, it is beyond humid pretty much year round. We have spring and then summer for 3 seasons, with the occasional nippy freeze every few years that lasts for a day or two during our “winter” months. My fave material is ANYTHING moisture wicking. Shoot me if I ever go back to 100% cotton, which may not be necessary because I could just wear it and pass out from the heat.

    • Kelly K permalink
      April 20, 2011 5:55 am

      In upstate NY we have fall/winter for 3 seasons. I almost cried when it started snowing during our spring break yesterday!

      • Christine McDuffie permalink
        April 20, 2011 7:28 am

        Kelly, I feel your pain. Here in WI it snowed Monday, then Tuesday and Wednesday it’s been raining/hailing and oh yes my favorite the 36mph winds. Indoor crosstraining is my friend.

  15. Linda Q permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:20 am

    I’m a wool lover, too. Smartwool socks are the best. Due to cost, though, the rest is tech fabrics, which I’m not very fond of because of the stink factor. I’m tempted sometimes to go with cotton because of that. A wool skort would be the best! And today’s my birthday… ;^)

  16. Jill permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:35 am

    Tech gear head to toe… Wool socks.. cotton/poly blend shirt for TRX work and ‘maybe’ on the bike for a ride to the beach…

  17. Rebecca permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:52 am

    Whatever I can find. I have started increasing my distance and was wearing cotton when I ran my first half. Ouch. I do wear sports bra and a wicking, or cotton, shirt. Guess I could use this giveaway!

  18. April 20, 2011 4:55 am

    What’s the opposite of a fabric snob? A fabric slu… No, I’m not that. I just don’t look at the tags too carefully. If it looks slippery and slide-y I wear it on my long runs, assuming it’ll wick. If it’s soft and t-shirt-y, I might where it on a short run.

  19. Carrie B permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:57 am

    Anything moisture wicking. I am covered with acne from running sweat. From my neck to my ankles and everywhere in between. I’d love to have some cute moisture wicking clothes, but I’ll settle for ugly as long as it wicks moisture! Backne and Buttacne really suck!

    • Tara permalink
      April 20, 2011 4:41 pm

      oh Carrie, I feel your pain… Get yourself a loofah or some of those scrubby mitts for the shower. It will really help your poor pores

  20. Marne permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:02 am

    Oh yeah, tech fabrics, head to toe. I love the silky feel of a good wicking shirt (and am intrigued by the PJs you mention in your post!)…I’d live in them, but can’t as I have to save them for my runs. So when NOT running, cotton Ts. But when reaching for running gear, I hear a voice in my head that says “cotton is evil!” (from your book perhaps?)

    BTW, may I take this opportunity to rant about races who give out 100% COTTON UNISEX sized shirts? I’m pretty proud of my marathon, but can I wear the shirt? No way – it’s a scratchy stiff cotton (with EMBROIDERY) and a mock neck…and it’s cut for a guy. Le sigh.

  21. Betsy permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:06 am

    I also can’t stand the thought of wearing cotton while running. I love my smartwool socks so the idea of other wool running gear is intriguing. I will also add that the sports Tide with febreeze has saved some running clothes I thought I’d have to toss. I’m a fan of the underarmour shirts that don’t feel so synthetic.

  22. April 20, 2011 5:09 am

    I knit with wool, I would be very interested in trying out ‘wool’ workout clothes. I’m definatley intrigued. What do I wear? Cotton tees, and lycra shorts. My current favorite is my cool running skirt.

  23. Lenora permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:10 am

    lycra on the bottom and a wicking T on top.

  24. Staci permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:12 am

    I love smartwool. It’s just too bad I don’t have any. Though, I’m usually happy in most anything, as long as the shirt is long enough.

  25. Kelly permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:15 am

    Anything wicking/technical like most people. Have never tried wool, but am curious. The sports bras I have are cotton though but they are supportive and were reasonably priced and have never given me a problem. Sometimes if I work out though – like an exercise class or 30 day shred – I like to wear a cotton shirt. Feels very productive to finish soaked in sweat lol

  26. Cindy permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:20 am

    I am new to running so I don’t have a favorite fabric yet. I run in whatever feels good that I can find at TJ Maxx!

  27. Katie C. permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:24 am

    Definitely polyester — my grandmother would be proud! Though I’m still stuck on cotton undies, but everything else, including socks, is polyester/blend. And I just recently discovered the wonder of compression. Compression capris + tech fabric = double whammy!

  28. Tricia permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:24 am

    Wool…sounds fabulous..would love to try it out. Usually wear moisture wicking on top and bottom, especially here in NC where it is hot and humid from now until October!

  29. Jacinda permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:25 am

    All technical clothing and smartwool socks. I’d love to venture beyond just smartwool socks and try other wool clothing.

  30. Tricia staley permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:28 am


  31. Mary permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:31 am

    It has to be non-wicking but it also has to be sleeveless, and my shorts have to sit on my hips, not anywhere near my waist. I also prefer the built in bra. None of this can be too snug or too big.

  32. Kdubs permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:41 am

    I like to run in as little clothes as possible– I get hot so fast. I too am a fabric snob and PROUD! I love when I can just wear my track shorts & tank… it makes me feel lighter which makes me feel faster. 🙂 Cheers ladies!

  33. Carolyn in NC permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:43 am

    Well as a knitter I knew that wool was a super fabric for let’s say SOCKS, but a running skirt? Who knew?
    I’d love to try one of those things. I usually wear the standard running gear, but if everything’s in the wash then I’ll wear cotton while the wash machine is going. As a new-ish runner I need more gear.

  34. Judith Haines permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:52 am

    I just started taking running reall serious and I like the lycra, but I am up for suggestions.

  35. Jeannie permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:55 am

    I’ve never actually read the labels on my running clothes. I just go for non-cotton, technical things that look cute.

  36. Kelly K permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:58 am

    I’ve made the switch to moisture wicking tops. My husband swears by the wool socks I got him for Christmas. After running in the pouring rain (at least it wasn’t snow that day) his feet were still dry.

  37. April 20, 2011 6:01 am

    Wow, this stuff looks great – and I have to check out the bra, I’m in a desperate quest for new running bras. Love smartwool and synthetics for all purposes. But my new favorite is Capilene (not sure what it is, but it’s synthetic and Patagonia makes stuff with it) – for my recent half marathon in cold temps, I threw Capilene underpants under my Nike capris and discovered they wick more than anything else I’ve found! After the race when I was changing clothes, I noticed that while most of my gear was in some state of wetness (to be expected after a race), my underpants were quite dry. And they’re very soft and comfy, didn’t move at all. Now I have to figure out if I am willing to pay $$ for more of them (this was a pair I’d gotten on clearance long ago) and if they’re still making the same ones!

  38. Cheryl K permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:11 am

    As long as it’s a tech fabric, I’m good. I’m loving that race shirts tend to be tech fabrics anymore!

  39. Michelle permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:12 am

    I love my Smartwool! I am slowly building to an all-wool running wardrobe. Every birthday and Christmas, I ask for a new piece. It has spoiled me for anything else!

  40. Stephanie permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:13 am

    Anything synthetic- no cotton… bleck! My newest fav addition is an under armour catalyst “green” t…its so soft and silky- its anti-odor (quickly becomign a must for me as my distances increase & the temps heat up) and its made from recycled plastic bottles! I love my smartwool socks and would def love ot give the wool clothes a whirl.

  41. Autumn permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:14 am

    I actually usually wear …. cotton. I know, I know!! Love to give wool a try though, I’m intrigued!

  42. April 20, 2011 6:15 am

    I’ve been loving the bamboo stuff from Thrive lately. So soft and still “technical”.

  43. April 20, 2011 6:17 am

    I never knew cotton was bad for workouts until I started running. I haven’t worn anything cotton for a run or to they gym in 6 months. Most of my running clothes are polyester.

  44. Jamie M. permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:17 am

    I’m found running in polyester or poly/spandex blend. No cotton here. I’ve never tried wool…that would be a fun change!

  45. April 20, 2011 6:18 am

    GOtta be spandex/lycra on the bottoms! Top, anything that doesn’t chafe under the arms, tech material. The more I run, the more snobby I get about the goods… ha!

  46. Suzanne permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:18 am

    I’m way more particular about fit than material and have been caught running in cotton tees and (gasp!) cotton socks. In the winter I do try to avoid it and my base layer is always UA lined mock turtleneck and tights. I don’t know what fabric they’re made out of but I’ll call it “magic” bc I stay warm without overheating.

  47. Sara permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:22 am

    I swith between wicking, performance shirts and old-school cotton T-shirts – there is something about a soaking T that makes me feel like I had a killer workout and brings me back to my college days of being soaked after lacrosse practice.

  48. ShelleyMM permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:25 am

    I never really cared about what I ran in… the cheaper the better… UNTIL I was given a nice tech shirt. Wow, it made a huge difference in how warm I got or should I say how cool I stayed?! But it sure does stink! Now, I just need to get more…

  49. April 20, 2011 6:29 am

    The idea of wool is interesting. I like wicking stuff for running, but I’ll bike in a cotton shirt

  50. Tammi permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:30 am

    I love technical shirts, I sometimes pick my races by what kind of shirt I get! When training through the winter for my marathon, I picked up an awesome pair of gloves that are a lycra/cotton blend!

  51. Renee permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:31 am

    I generally run in polyester in the winter – “cold gear”; but in the summer and on the treadmill, I usually wear the poly running shorts and a lightweight T.

  52. KaLonny permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:32 am

    As a relatively new runner, I ran in cotton (because that’s what I had) for the first several months of my new life. As I’ve been adding miles, I’ve also been adding pieces to my running wardrobe! Most are polyester/lycra blends. I’ve found that the closer to my body it is, the better–I can’t stand running in clothes that flap around!

  53. allison m permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:35 am

    I love the tech fabric for my socks, tops and sportsbra (enell only!) My bottoms can be almost any comfy pants.
    I love the idea of wool. For years moms having been using wool covers for cloth diapers. It wicks and never has an odor!

  54. April 20, 2011 6:35 am

    Mostly polyester/lycra, though I can get away with cotton tees in very early spring when I’m not sweating too much.

  55. April 20, 2011 6:41 am

    Technical snob too!

    I’ve been partial to Smartwool … but then again I run all year outside and when the temps get below 20, I break out my Smartwool balaclava, Smartwool hat, Smartwool tights under my pants, Smartwool glove liners underneath my running mitts.

  56. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:42 am

    I love my lulu running shorts but have yet to find the perfect running shirt so I usually end up in a cotton tshirt. Would love to try the icebreakers running line. I’m a big fan of their long undies for skiing.

  57. Melissa permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:42 am

    I’ll wear almost anything that’s not cotton and that has nice smooth seams. I’ve found that with some garments, how it’s made is just as important as what it is made out of. That said, cotton is always out when I’m planning a run!

  58. heather permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:43 am

    Ooh. I love Icebreaker but can’t afford anything more than their socks.;) I love my polyester right now.

  59. bronwyn permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:46 am

    In the winter, I love my Helly Hansen long sleeved shirt.. but oh, how I have been coveting Icebreaker!!

  60. WendyLD permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:46 am

    Most of my running gear is of the cheapo/versatile variety, with a lot of duo-dry (read: Walmart and Target) options. I really need an upgrade, particularly if the sports bra department.

  61. Meredith permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:47 am

    No cotton! Usually just “technical” fabrics!

  62. eep permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:47 am

    I generally wear mostly tech fabrics, although in the winter I usually wear cotton/poly blend pants, mostly because cheap tech tights are always too short in the stride for me. I would love to give wool a try, but it is so spendy that I haven’t yet. Because my workout gear smells rather disgusting. I seems to smell fine until I put it on. Once it warms up it starts stinking something awful.

  63. April 20, 2011 6:48 am

    I run in a combination of tech fabric and cotton…I know, I know….but I have so many cotton tights, shorts and t-shirts it seems wrong to go out and replace them all. Slowly I’m building the wicking wardrobe. Would love to try the wool bra…although when I think of wool I think ‘itchy’!

  64. Trang permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:48 am

    I would definitely be wearing my moisture- wicking tees, shorts, sports bras, and tights. Never leave home without ’em!

  65. Julie permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:49 am

    I like tech fabrics, although I just bought a couple of cotton/poly tees because they said they “wick”. We’ll see!

  66. Amber H permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:51 am

    I love all tech materials ie drymax, smartwool, coolmax, etc. Anything that is sweat-wicking because I sweat like a man. Ewww!

  67. April 20, 2011 6:51 am

    WOW just with everyone’s answers I’m curious to try other material… maybe its the newbie runner in me (Since Jan) All I’ve used so far is cotton.. Maybe its time to look into something new 🙂

  68. Amanda B permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:53 am

    As long as it wicks and fits – I will wear it.

  69. Ruthie permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:56 am

    You will find me in just about anything. I’m a big fan of smartwool and the synthetics, but there is also something really gratifying about soaking a cotton shirt during a hard workout. If it fits and I feel sassy…and it didn’t break the bank, I’ll wear it.

  70. April 20, 2011 6:58 am

    I’ve always wanted to try the IceBreaker stuff.
    My favourite fabric to wear while running is the soft “silverescent” fabric of the lululemon “Run Swiftly” tech tees. I would live in that stuff if I could.

  71. April 20, 2011 6:59 am

    I’ll be honest, I’ve loved wearing my cotton tees. But after a run I’m always freezing and maybe it’s because of the cotton. I’m checking out those wool bras for sure. Great give away! I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one!

  72. April 20, 2011 7:02 am

    I’m a dry-wicking girl, too. I sweat buckets, so cotton just doesn’t feel good after a few minutes into my runs.

    I’m definitely intrigued by wool. I’ve got some wool socks that are my favorites to run in, so I imagine that clothes made by a similar material would be nearly perfect!

  73. Jennifer L permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:05 am

    I used to wear cotton but married a guy who worked in a running store and convinced me that tech fabric and Smartwool are the only way to go.

  74. Katie permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:08 am

    Well, looking at my sock drawer (SmartWool), you’d know that my favorite would be wool. But it’s a costly habit. So I keep my feet blanketed in wool, and the rest of me? Whatever I can pull together. Sometimes, it’s cotton, unfortunately. Usually it’s polyester. You going to make my day and outfit me in wool?! Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Laurie A. permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:08 am

    I started running last summer in the heat and humidity of South Georgia. It didn’t take me long to get rid of cotten in favor of cheap technical stuff from Target. Sooo much better than cotton! My favorite items though were my best investment. When it got to below freezing here (I run at 5 a.m.) I bought a pair of UA tights and a mockturtle neck. LOVE THEM! I wore them everyday (and washed themeveryday) and they have held up so well. I also love my smartwool socks that my sister bought me for Christmas. So I would love to try more wool items. The skort looks adorable!

  76. Mary Beth Dickerson permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:11 am

    I am a Dri-Fit snob!!! I love my seamless Nike dri-fit tops & can often find then at discounted prices! Thank you for your awesome posts, I always look forward to reading them!

  77. Jamie permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:12 am

    Thanks to your book, I am now obsessed with running skirts! Of course, I’m dying to try one of the nuu-muu dresses, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Christine McDuffie permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:12 am

    Textile snobs unite! I’m a textile snob with all of my clothing but particularly my running gear. I love Athleta, particularly their fabric ‘Eco-lious’, wicking but not shiny, and soft…so soft, also love my Athleta vest wtih ‘tech-strech’. I have warm weather stuff from Athleta that I love too but the weather has been so bad in WI that I can’t even think of what it is!!

  79. Megan permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:13 am

    I too love wool and have found the wicking, anti-stink and even temps to be the biggest reasons I now care about what I put on to run. It seems to be the first time in 15 years of running that the true technically perfect fabric has arrived. My teko, smartwool and icebreaker socks (stole my husband’s teko socks) are on a constant rotation and my one and only wool shirt is worn as often as it is clean through the week. My temp drops like a ton of bricks after a long run in the fall/winter/early spring so it is an easy pick because I too have things to do before a shower – including ice baths which my wool gets me through!! PLEASE PICK ME, I’m training for my sixth marathon and would love it!!!

  80. KateL permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:15 am

    Favorite fabric – anything that wicks!

  81. Karen permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:16 am

    Wool for my feet…but never thought if it for the rest of me. I’ve been running in mostly synthetics and the post-run chill is not so fun……Would love to try this!

  82. Susan permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:17 am

    I probably should be more particular, but I have my few favorite pieces of clothing for running. The shirt doesn’t really “wick” anymore because it is so old, but I love it!

  83. Maralee Saulters permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:21 am

    Oooh, Icebreaker makes me drool! I run in anything but cotton. I love a light wicking tee and capris in the summer. And the winter, which is still going strong up here, I definitely have to stick with a wool blend. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  84. Lori N permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:21 am

    Right now — layers and layers of wicking material (I’m FREEZING when I start my run, and only mildly warmer when I finish — warm weather is coming soon, right?)

  85. Maria permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:24 am

    Anything that makes me feel faster. In my case, that would be running tights and a t-shirt. I don’t really think I have anything that make me look faster…maybe wool is it.

  86. Dorothy permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:32 am

    I always wear technical fabrics but recently I purchased a pair of Smartwool socks and love them.

  87. April 20, 2011 7:33 am

    as of now, it’s anything wicking, but i’m totally interested by the wool – great giveaway!

  88. katie p permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:39 am

    I like the ‘tech’ stuff, but would love to try wool. Mostly I just grab what I can find in the dark, but would love to have more of the good stuff in my closet to pull from.

  89. HeatherC permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:39 am

    Dry-fit is my preferred choice…whatever keeps me cool, dry, and prevents hot spots!

  90. Kristen permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:39 am

    I always wear wicking fabrics and have recently found some fabulous new columbia gear, sucks in the mommy belly and I feel great in them, even on the last 1/4 mile of my long runs!

  91. Erin permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:43 am

    I run on a budget, so I like free stuff. I wear all those hideous race day shirts and my shorts from my high school CC uniform. Really, your giveaway will work wonderfully! 🙂

  92. April 20, 2011 7:44 am

    I have a wool top that I absolutely love. I’d wear it running every day, but I think that might even push the limits of is odor fighting capabilities. If I’m not wearing it, then usually some other tech fabric… haven’t worn cotton running in a long, long time.

  93. April 20, 2011 7:47 am

    I mostly wear anything that wicks…I want the nice stuff, but am too cheap to really invest. I would LOVE to try some wool- I’ve wanted to try some smart wool for awhile. Icebreakers sounds awesome!

  94. Kristyn G permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:48 am

    I stick with a few tried and true sweat wicking pieces and I need to get some new stuff for summer. I started running last winter so all my shirts are long sleeve–not good when it’s already 80* here in the evening!!

  95. Jennifer permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:52 am

    I have a mix of synthetic fabrics…honestly not sure what most of it is, but I don’t do cotton t’s anymore for running. Would love love love to try this wool stuff!

  96. April 20, 2011 7:53 am

    ice pups – oh man, that’s funny. I needed a laugh this morning
    my favorite fabric? um…should I know the answer to this? Whatever my Nike capris are made of (is it really bad if I don’t know what it is and I’m too lazy to walk to my bathroom to check the tag?). Wool sounds nice though, too.

  97. April 20, 2011 7:54 am

    When I first started running, I just wore cotton. Once I got my first synthetic I never really went back…unless everything is in the wash (which does happen every now and then, and when it does, it feels so…weird.) The wool really does intrigue me, and I would love to try it.

  98. Marissa permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:55 am

    I used to think that I was a purist – only wearing cotton and laughing at all those people spending tons of money on technical running clothes. Ha! Who was I kidding?! Once I started buying anything that wicks I never went back! Dry-fit, etc. I’ve only tried wool socks, but I love the wool socks…and since I was so wrong about wicking fabrics…I’m up for anything that gets me from running to mommy mode! This sounds great!

  99. Marisa Olsen permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:58 am

    I usually wear synthetics. The only thing I have ever work that is remotely related to wool is Smartwool socks and a beanie and I do really like those. However, my favorite running shirt is a Nike Drifit shirt from an all women’s race in Sacramento.

  100. Megan W permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:59 am

    I’m happy as long as I have my smartwool socks on.

  101. Tracy R permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:01 am

    I’ve never tried wool and usually only run/workout in dri-fit! No cotton here!

  102. Sheila Hodges permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:02 am

    I love working out in wool. It doesn’t stink, it doesn’t get wet and it makes me feel like I”m dressing warm for winter running. I am also a convert to wool socks all year long, for working out and everyday!

  103. Jenny Chapman permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:03 am

    I only run in tech fabric as well. I would love to try out wool!

  104. Katy permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:04 am

    Tech fabric here, too. I also tend to get a lot of my running clothes at Ross or TJ Maxx, which lucky enough means mostly Nike drifit!
    I’d love to give the wool a spin! Everything itches on my stretch marks and I’d love to find something that didn’t!

  105. Debbie R permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:06 am

    It must be lycra/spandex on bottom and sleeveless wicking on top! When I first started running I ran in cotton and as my distances got longer I began to despise my outfits until a friend told me about wicking clothes! Now I can’t go without them!

  106. J.L. permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:10 am

    Tech fabric. And it must be tight. Funny that a silly age-grouper like myself would never pay $40 for a dress shirt and I think that $50 is too much for a pair of jeans yet I’ll drop $60 on running tights and $40 on a tank. My husband also points this out frequently.

  107. April 20, 2011 8:10 am

    Tech clothing all the way– never, ever cotton. I’m pretty much a hot sweaty mess when I run, so it’s all about keeping as cool as possible. Smartwool socks are my favorite. I definitely need to try the wicking pjs!

  108. April 20, 2011 8:11 am

    Wicking material for sure here in Arizona. I love it when a race gives away a tech tee so I can add it to my repertoire of workout clothes!

  109. Julie fredericks permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:11 am

    I love my Nike capris. Made out of polyester and spandex. Their best feature is their thickness- they give just the right amount of support.

  110. Laura M permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:13 am

    While I eat vegetarian, compost, and drive a Prius, I am still all about the synthetic fabrics when I run! I may kharmically be damned, but I don the wick from the head band on my head to the socks on my feet!

    (Note: I hand wash my synthetic wicking gear right after a run, then wash on delicate, decreases the stink, I swear!)

  111. April 20, 2011 8:17 am

    i like a nice cotton/poly blend. i like something that i can wear during the workout and to the store

  112. Jennifer Lange permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:25 am

    When I first started running my husband bought me a set of underarmour everything. Those are still what I regularly wear but I would much prefer natural fabrics over technical. I would love to have some Icebreaker clothes to match my Icebreaker hat!

  113. Jana permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:26 am

    Honestly, I sweat a LOT. No, really, I mean a whole lot! I stick to wicking fabrics…cotton is rotten! I have not, however, ever run in wool. To me wool means hot + itchy, but after your glowing reviews, I would definitely give wool a shot!

  114. Beverly permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:26 am

    Technical running gear for me! My husband has been a runner since middle school. He would die if I ever wore anything that wasn’t. Left to my own devices I might on occasion run in a cotton on those not cold but not hot days.

  115. Katie F permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:29 am

    I can’t run in cotton anymore – too spoiled by the wonders of tech clothing, I guess. I also have odor issues with a few of my tops. I bought my first wool layer (a long sleeved shirt from Lululemon) this winter and must say I am in love. I’d love to try more wool pieces. Never thought about wearing a wool bra, but it would be dreamy!

  116. April 20, 2011 8:30 am

    Wool socks, Wicking capris, polyester top, and a visor. I’m good to go! Also, I have thrown all of my cotton blend sports bras away. Only Moving Comfort will do! I LOVE the idea of merino wool that feels like silk!

  117. April 20, 2011 8:31 am

    I love wool! Just got introduced to it this year. My wool socks are always the ones I reach for first and shirt too. If wool is not handy, I prefer tech fabrics too. great giveaway! thanks:)

  118. Shannon permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:31 am

    I typically run in synthetics (cause they’re cheaper and I like variety), but I recenty got a couple of Icebreaker tops and I am obsessed with them. All of my skiing layers are wool and I love them!!

  119. Angela permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:31 am

    I love my one pair of wool running socks — and my husband loves them too so I could definitely use more. But I have to say that now that I’ve caught the bug, I will run in anything. With a toddler in tow, sometimes I have to grab opportunity when it strikes. Yesterday after going to a meeting with the preschool director for next year and having lunch out with my husband, my toddler and I hit the park next door and I ran 3 miles in my jeans. A more prepared runner would have brought or kept a change of running clothes in the car, but I was proud that I remembered to throw on my running socks and shoes and fill the water bottle and chuck the jogger in the car before I dropped my kindergartner off at school with her lunch, folder, library book, and payment for her school pictures. So yeah, I like wool, but I just like running!

  120. Chandra permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:34 am

    I haven’t tried wool yet – but I love all the ‘technical’ fabrics that wick away my moisture. I live in northern Montana (where its still 45 degrees during the day) and by the end of my run I’d freeze if the sweat didn’t wick away!

  121. Susan A. permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:36 am

    I wear anything moisure wicking! I love my wool socks too! Now I’m starting to see more clothes with ‘anti-stink’ in the fabric. Hmmm, is that a hint?? That might be a new must-have for my running clothes!!!

  122. JamiAnn permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:39 am

    I’m just starting to get preferences after most of my athletic wear coming from Target. I’m a little afraid to start, though, after I found the Isis undies recommended, I won’t wear anything else when I exercise and, like everyone else, I looooove Smart Wool socks.

  123. Julie B permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:40 am

    I like the tech fabrics but have been doing this long enough to still enjoy cotton and not think too much about it all. I don’t sweat overly much so I don’t have to worry too much about getting cold. In the winter I do tend to wear layers of polypro fabrics.

  124. Lisa permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:42 am

    I like to channel the Seinfeld Soup Nazi: ‘No cotton for you!’

    Smart Wool or tech fabric (though the tech does get a little, um, aromatic.)

  125. Heidi Shephard permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:42 am

    I don’t wear cotton to run … I’m my mother’s daughter so, over the years I’ve collected a lot of sale / clearance technical head-to-toes wears + all those race t-shirts (minus a few cotton… seriously!?!)!

  126. Tami permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:43 am

    I wear smart wool socks but never knewmthere was moremwool workout gear out there

    I do like the wicking material but I can’t get the stink out of it and some of my favorite shirts are getting a little too smelly!!!

    • Lori T. permalink
      April 20, 2011 8:58 am

      Have you tried a sport detergent? I got one called WIN High Performance Sport Detergent and it works great at getting the stink out. I found it at my local sporting goods store.

  127. April 20, 2011 8:54 am

    technical for me and no coton!!!!

  128. Lori T. permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:55 am

    Tech fabrics all the way! Although the wool workout gear intrigues me….thanks for posting about it!!

  129. Cortney Sloan permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:58 am

    I recently got a few bamboo shirts from Thriv. LOVE them. They are soft and light and have stretch. Some of the sythetic stuff feels plasticy and these I could LIVE in.

  130. Stacy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:02 am

    So you can run in wool in the summer? I may have to try it to believe it.
    Right now, I have been wearing anything that says dri-fit- is that same as wisking?
    I just know the one time I wore my black cotton tank under a running top, the tank was soaked from top to bottom and it was cold.
    I would love to try some wool.

  131. Cathy L permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:04 am

    Still new to running, so I would not say I am a conesour of fabric yet–Still trying find the right cut and fit. I do like tech fabrics (esp the Skirt Sports stuff), though I learned the hard way that I MUST wash them after every workout. I had no idea my clothes could smell SOOOO bad.

  132. Valarie permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:04 am

    Sadly I almost never check … I wear what’s comfy, the less seams the better – in retrospect I have a lot of polyester blends and even a couple soft cotton poly blend shirts – I’m a sucker for soft things. I love a pair of wool socks I won from a race once though – I used to get terrible blisters until I started wearing those. I guess I never thought of wool for the rest of my body…

  133. April 20, 2011 9:21 am

    I like Nike DriFit stuff…cute colors and wicking!

  134. Amanda permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:23 am

    I don’t know the specifics, but I definitely do look for the “tech” fabrics that wick and such. They feel like they stretch better and I like how they feel. 😉

  135. Sarah B. permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:26 am

    WOOL CALL! I have one wool item in my running wardrobe: a long sleeved shirt. I love it and think wool is the ideal workout fabric for the reasons you list. I live in Maine and run in cool to freezing temps for 10 months of the year. I’m excited to learn about this line of gear.

  136. Christina Escobar permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:28 am

    I’m loving the regular polyester tech gear. I recently switched from 50/50 blends to full polly and love it. My newest faves are Climalite tanks from Adidas. Tissue thin and light. I think they were made for South Tx, seriously.

  137. Penny permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:29 am

    Tech fabrics definitely! No cotton
    But the stink factor is an issue, especially in my older items.
    Wool sounds interesting, would love to try

  138. Shay permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:30 am

    I haven’t tried wool wear yet, so not a TOTAL snob, but I do think twice about races that still offer cotton Tees… no thank you – tech shirts only pls.

  139. Katie W permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:31 am

    I love my poly/spandex capris, but I’m still figuring out the top. I’m way too…um…well endowed right now from nursing, so most things feel like they are riding up like crazy!

  140. Jamie permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:38 am

    I like technical/synthetic material for running!

  141. AmandaK permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:39 am

    I agree with the wicking! When you have to wear it while you cook supper – I can’t stand to smell myself!

  142. April 20, 2011 9:40 am

    What a great giveaway!! My favorite fabric to wear is anything that wicks and keeps the sweat at bay b/c I sweat like a pig…seriously!!

  143. April 20, 2011 9:41 am

    I am a tech snob. I get everything wicking, even though I only just really started running far enough for it to make a difference! But it made me feel more like an “official” runner when I wasn’t run so far 🙂

  144. Jenny permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:42 am

    My favorite thing to run in is anything that stays where it is suppose to, doesn’t ride up, and keeps me cool.

  145. Jennifer H. permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:50 am

    I run in only polyester now, but because I know nothing about these wool clothes! I am frugal and shop frequently at the clearance racks, so I am sure I am missing out! I have worn my long wool socks under my capris this winter and LOVED them, so I am excited to hear about more wool items, ESPECIALLY if they help with the stink. My running partner says she doesn’t smell me, but I know she lies. 🙂

  146. Sue permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:51 am

    If it’s Dri-Fit, on sale, and fits then I wear it!

  147. Megan Stiles permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:56 am

    I wear whatever keeps me legal so I can get out the door.

  148. April 20, 2011 9:58 am

    I’ll run in just about anything. Sometimes my closet dictates – I put on my running clothes first thing. And always a hoodie or light jacket on top cuz my house is on the cold side. So, if there is a mountain of clothes waiting to be put away, I usually “jenga” out some piece that won’t mess up the pile 🙂 Today, I have things to do, so I definitely have on a running skirt. I will get that run in. And, I like sweat-wicking anything, too. Thin tops for this kind of weather – yesterday when I ran it was 89 & I had dust in my socks when I was getting ready to shower! WTH?? Cross-country run, I guess. I love the Champion brand bra. Inexpensive and very effective. Never hurts me. Girls are happy. I’ve had occasion that I was so ready to get out & run, I ran in, dare I say it, YES, I will, my REGULAR bra and t-shirt!!!! EEEWWW. I know. Hey, a runnin’ momma has got to do what a runnin’ momma has got to do…peace, y’all.

  149. Kate B. permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:01 am

    If I have my choice I wear “technical” fabrics not cotton. I don’t have a ton of running clothes, so sometimes I wear what is clean. But definitely prefer a wicking fabric.

  150. Christine Jensen permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:07 am

    I usually try to run in technical fabrics!

  151. tamara permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:07 am

    When it comes to socks I love wool. They are great in the winter or summer and are so soft and comfy.

  152. Kathy G permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:10 am

    In Texas definitely technical fabrics. With the onset of menopause I’ve moved away from cotton for almost everything including sleepwear – darn hot flashes!

  153. Molly permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:11 am

    I have two smartwool zip-neck tops that I absolutely love. I would wear them all the time if I could. Would love to “step up” to Icebreaker though!

  154. April 20, 2011 10:12 am

    I’m not too picky, but I should be… I mostly wear cotton and some polyester. I get some ouchies but what can I say, I’m cheap! Wouldn’t mind something a bit more “professional”…

  155. SARAH permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:13 am

    After doing a 1/2 marathon in the rain wearing cotton, and having the finish broadcast on a jumbotron, I’m firmly in the “technical” category as well. I’ve been buying more werable wool everything lately, and LOVE it, but haven’t tried wool as technical gear yet. Totally intrigued!

  156. girlsworld permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:14 am

    I love my tech tees but my favorite clothing item that I have are my Thriv shirts. A bamboo blend that does not stink and dries pretty quickly (though not as quickly as a tech tee).

  157. Stacy K permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:26 am

    Technical fabrics top & bottoms for me also. My husband have recently become fans of some bamboo/wool blend socks for those soggy run days, I believe the brand is Feetures. Great socks. A little thicker, but very nice & toasty warm. And they are naturally anti-microbial too.

  158. otherjulie permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:32 am

    I dig my $3 Nike dryfit top. On clearance, plus friend coupon…sweet!

    On the lower half…whatever’s clean-ish.

    Socks – thorlos, old school ones. Never have gotten a blister with them!

  159. Jenn permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:32 am

    The less the better , so I love when the weather is warm and I can wear three things: shoes, a t-shirt, and shorts. My favorite shorts, however, are … my ….Brooks for Women running shorts, equilibrium technology I believe.

  160. April 20, 2011 10:33 am

    I wear any of the techie fabrics that claim to move heat/moisture away from the body, and dry quickly! How can any runner pass up claims like that?

  161. Jennifer A. permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:38 am

    Anything wicking…cotton is NOT for me!

  162. Melissa permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:39 am

    Moisture-wicking fabrics. I’ve been burned, I mean blistered by cotton before. Hubby got wool socks and jersey for biking and fell in love with them. Would love to see if they are as good as he says.

  163. April 20, 2011 10:42 am

    Fave material to run in? Whatever’s clean, of course! Wool sounds pretty cool, though . . . . 🙂

  164. Chaya permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:42 am

    I always figured wool was only a winter fabric, and I live in a hot climate. But hey, if it works (and doesn’t itch!), sign me up. I never wear anything cotton when running, and I’m somewhat partial to Nike Dri-Fit tops. But someone gave me some Champion tech tees, and hey, free is also awesome.

  165. Jen Nichols permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:42 am

    I will pretty much wear anything synthetic that is NOT spandex. Exteme form fitting is not kind to this post-baby belly.

  166. Kristen Fuller permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:44 am

    Anything that wicks and was on sale! I can’t imagine running in cotton. I heard a friend at work say it was like running in a sweater!

  167. Rita permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:55 am

    South Florida runner here..sweat wicking, quick drying, and cool are musts for me..we are so humid here that by the time the sun comes up it already feels like you are running through soup…run in cotton and it will look like you just jumped into a pool – yuck!

  168. April 20, 2011 11:02 am

    I only run in tech t’s if I am running anything over 3. I’ve been known to just throw on a cotton short for quick runs. As far as pants, I am very picky and like wicking, compression type shorts or capris.

  169. Stephanie permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:06 am

    Oh yeah, baby! Soft and slippery is my friend. Dri Fit tee on top with capris on bottom. I’m needing to get out of my cotton underwear, though. And I also want to try synthetic socks. Great suggestions from everyone!

  170. KatieS permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:09 am

    Tech fabrics all the way for me too. A friend of mine who just started running was wearing cotton t-shirts and it was killing me to just look at her. I finally suggested, “You know, if you are going to keep running, you might get a few tech shirts to avoid the dreaded c-word, because chafing sucks.”

  171. Anne permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:13 am

    I love my wool shirts – but only have them in long sleeves. For warmer weather I usually wear dri-fit/polyester but have some favorite cotton race shirts. Love my wool socks!

  172. Cheryl permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:17 am

    It’s interesting that despite all of the marketing efforts, people largely don’t really care what the synthetic fabric is, as long as it works okay. I’m one of those, too. I like old-fashioned wool socks for cold weather, though, and am curious about the new use of wool.

  173. Ash M permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:18 am

    I’m just learning the lessons of nice fabrics. Until this spring when I bought some running socks and fell in love I just wear whatever T-Shirt and shorts are in the closet. Please! Educate me! I imagine it will make a huge difference!

  174. Kelly permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:19 am

    So far, anything spandex. I’m only beginning to discover the luxuries of the running wardrobe!

  175. Sarah permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:21 am

    I don’t run in cotton, but I haven’t tried anything else except for synthetic fibers. I’ve been able to combat some of the stink with vinegar, but I can’t keep up! I’d love to try some wool workout gear.

  176. April 20, 2011 11:21 am

    I ran for years in cotton. (I’m old. Did they have “tech” fabrics back then?) Now I usually have some kind of “tech” “wicking” fabric on for tops and shorts/skirts and during fall and winter wool for my socks. I have chafed in just about every kind of fabric and had great results in just about every kind of fabric. I think a lot has to do with conditions that day.

    My favorite? Which ever fabric I’m wearing when I cross that finish line is my favorite until the next finish line.

  177. Tiffany permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:31 am

    I’ve just been wearing dri-fit polyester for years, but this winter, I started wearing Smart Wool knee socks on our cold runs, and they have made all the difference. I’d love to try wool from head to toe!

  178. Leila permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:32 am

    Anything synthetic. Would love to try the wool in hot Florida. Thanks

  179. Koby permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:34 am

    Anything Dri-Fit/Wicking/Technical Tees….Never Tried Wool – But Always Wondered…

  180. Sarah permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:34 am

    Um. Is it bad that I don’t really know what any of my running clothes are made of? I will say that I don’t wear cotton t-shirts to run in (but I do wear them sometimes biking). My current favorite capris are a pair of Nike dri-fits.

  181. Katie permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:36 am

    Mostly synthetic for me as well! But I do have several pairs of Smartwool socks and a couple of wool baselayer shirts for those cold Missouri mornings–all work fabulously!

  182. Karen permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:45 am

    Love smartwool socks but haven’t tried wool running clothes. I wear the typical tech fabric wicking stuff. I’ll have to look into the wool stuff!

  183. Pam permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:45 am

    Wow – I feel kind of like a loner after reading everyone else’s comments about cotton! I like the “tech” clothes but don’t the budget for it so I am usually in cotton tees. I did however get some running skirts as a gift and do have a few sports bras that are good so I have a few summer outfits. I’ve been running for 10+ years and I’ve actually never really cared about fabric – shorts & a sports bra is my usually outfit and I am usually always cold so it hasn’t been a problem. But I would love to upgrade if given the opportunity! 🙂

  184. Karen F permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:52 am

    My fav is a running skirt from skirt sports and a drifit tank. Nothing too tight or too loose. I dont want to look like I want attention but I do want to look like I mean business. Top it off with a bondiband and some comfy low socks and I am good to go. I hate being hot so my focus is on cool, breathable clothes. But not short booty shorts and a sports bra. There is breatheable and then there is frightening. 3 kids have disabled my ability to be cool and cool simultaniously.

  185. Becky C permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:53 am

    Anything but cotton!!! I like material that wicks. I especially like the tees that dry really fast and are kind of a light weight “waffle” fabric.

  186. Steph permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:56 am

    Unless it’s steaming hot outside, I’ll run in pretty much any material. It’s really a function of how long it’s been since I’ve done laundry! Don’t get me wrong though…I love me some technical duds!

  187. Celeste permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:26 pm

    With my Sport Glide, I wear pretty much whatever is cheap and fits comfortably!

  188. Ann permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:28 pm

    A new outfit would be a wonderful treat! I’m normally in a target running skirt or my Nike Dri Fit pants. My top is usually a race shirt or a racerback tank…depends on the weather. I know this giveaway is done by random but I want to share that my birthday is April 27th…the day of this giveaway! The big 29 for me! What a wonderful birthday it would be…. 🙂

  189. Linda Williams permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:37 pm

    I was a hiker and skier long before I became a runner. I learned from my hiking buddies the “cotton kills” mantra, so made the switch to sweat-wicking fabric for my outdoor endeavors. When I began running, I continued to wear technical fabric for my workouts. I don’t wear cotton for any sweat-producing activity.

  190. Kesha permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:40 pm

    Having just started running a year ago, I’m still new to the ‘tech’ fabrics. I just buy what says it’s wicking. I’m guessing it’s mostly cotton/poly blends. I could use more education on that front. But – I have a whole new draw of clothes from the past year of running!

  191. Linda B permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:48 pm

    I love tech shirts and smartwool socks. They make a huge difference.

  192. StephanieK permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:53 pm

    Right now, whatever is most comfortable (and affordable)! I wish I could have a fabulous wool and technical running wardrobe. I buy things one nice piece at a time and hope that the higher quality = holds up longer.

  193. Susan permalink
    April 20, 2011 12:53 pm

    I do a lot of hiking, skiing and cycling, and I spend some time in the gym, so my tech clothes must be multi-purpose. My favorite materials are synthetics that layer well, but I’ve never tried any wool baselayers. They remain out of my price range! On a run you will usually find me in my black knickers and something Sporthill.

  194. April 20, 2011 12:59 pm

    I totally agree with the wicking materials only! My only experience with wool for running gear is on my head and feet. I am intrigued by the bra — I too hit the ground running (after running) and a cold, wet sports bra is my nemesis.

  195. Mary permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:02 pm

    I’ll join the crowd that wears tech fabrics, although I’ve been known to pull on a cotton long-sleeve shirt in a pinch to keep warm.

  196. Michaela permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:11 pm

    My fabric of choice is usually whatever workout gear is on sale at Target this week, or whatever I can find in the dark (I don’t dare turn on the lights, wake up the kids, and miss my chance to get out and run!). Wool has always scared me because it makes me think itchy, but this stuff sounds fabulous!

  197. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:11 pm

    Technical fabric FTW!

  198. Katie permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:23 pm

    I’m a big fan of lululemon luxtreme and luon. The fabrics feel great and I look good too!

  199. Jeanette permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:37 pm

    Wicking materials!

  200. The Momster permalink
    April 20, 2011 1:44 pm

    I usually do long runs in a cycling jersey (so I have pockets for vittals), but they aren’t great for keeping sweat away – in fact I usually end up soaked in sweat! I’m a pretty easy to please kind of girl though, so I’ll run in anything (even those green basketball shorts from high school!) Yes, I’m THAT person out on the trails… looking borderline ridiculous!

  201. April 20, 2011 1:51 pm

    sweat wicking and bright colored capris and top. I don’t sweat much but I just can’t stand the feel of sweat trickling down my back and belly!

  202. April 20, 2011 1:51 pm

    I’m always surprised people don’t know this about wool! I’ve been a knitter almost as long as I’ve been a runner, so I love them both!

  203. April 20, 2011 1:54 pm

    As long as it’s wicky I’m happy. Currently it’s Helly Hansen base layer tops, but I’d love to try wool.

  204. April 20, 2011 2:00 pm

    Do not have much in the way of running things, but have been moving towards the synthetics as they just feel more comfortable. However, here in Colroado cotton is not too bad as it dries easy enough (most of the time) to not get too ugly. I have a few pair of wool hiking socks and love them, so why not wool for running!!

  205. April 20, 2011 2:08 pm

    interesting- never would have thought to run in wool. though my dad was always huge on wearing wool when skiing….. i wear whatever is cute and doesn’t show too many sweat stains!

  206. marcy crebs permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:11 pm

    synthetic for yrs, and loving the long sleeve wool I wore all winter

  207. Majda permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:17 pm

    Synthetics for running, but I have a wool t-shirt for walking and it’s awesome, so I definitely want to try wool for running, too.

  208. April 20, 2011 2:28 pm

    I always wear spandex on the bottom, with a technical tee (usually a race shirt) on top. However, I hate how when my hands are dry, they seem to catch on the technical fabric. Is that just me, and my extremely dry hands? Either way, I am not entirely happy with that fabric, so I should try wool!

  209. Becky permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:29 pm

    Lycra on bottom and tech top on my long runs. I don’t have any problems wearing a cotton T-shirt on a short run.

  210. barbara permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:32 pm

    I usually wear some kind of tech fabric top & bottom. Last winter I discovered SmartWool socks…..omg, I can’t believe I was wearing “just whatever” socks before that. If you’re not a SmartWool (or any Wool, I guess) sock-wearer in cold weather, you are REALLY missing out!!!

  211. Kaylyn M permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:33 pm

    I wear the quickest thing I can get my hands on. My husband works a swing schedule so when the babe goes down for a nap, or my husband is (luckily) off I grab a shirt and some pants and get out the door! I don’t have much apparel for running, but I’m slowly building up my stock of synthetics.

  212. Rachel M. permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:36 pm

    I really love wool but have not tried it yet with running. It’s usually some kind of tech fabric, although I may wear a cotton T if it’s not too long a run or too hot outside.

  213. Heather permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:39 pm

    Cotton capris on the bottom & dry wic on the top for long runs. Short runs I do usually break the rules & do cotton.

  214. Bethany permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:46 pm

    I’m not too terribly picky when it comes to fabrics – as long as it wicks sweat, I’m happy.

  215. Liz permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:48 pm

    I am not committed to any fabric yet, I just run in comfortable loose capris and a running tank.

  216. CindyAz permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:54 pm

    I am about to step out the door to run in my Levi’s and T-shirt. I have no clue as to what fibers I am wearing. As long as my pitiful nursed out girls have good support and I have my ASICS on I am good for a run.

    • CindyAz permalink
      April 20, 2011 2:55 pm

      The Levi’s are because I run trails in Arizona. Cactus, thorn bushes, rattle snakes, sunburn. I need all the protection I can get.

  217. Kristin D permalink
    April 20, 2011 2:58 pm

    wool, huh? Would have never in a million years guessed. When I think of wool, I think of itchy turtlenecks…it would be a pleasure to try wool in a new light.

    I can’t do cotton either. I just hopped off the treadmill and am still in my running skirt. I just checked the tag and it’s Nylon and Lycra Spandex…so I guess I like those 😛

  218. Tara Loorz permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:03 pm

    Lycra bottoms with polyester tops usually. If it’s a short run, I’ll wear a cotton tee so I can save my tech-gear for my longer runs.

  219. Sabrina permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:07 pm

    Wicking fabric only! I have a huge stink factor though, so it’s something that I always struggle with. I’ve had to buy special detergent to wash my workout gear! Hopefully wool will be less stinky…

  220. Denise permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:14 pm

    I have NO idea what my shorts from JC Penney, my Tek Gear shirts from Kohls, and my DuoDry socks from Target are made of, but they work for me at this point in time!! I am an early morning runner, so I don’t have to deal with too hot temperatures, and all the races I did last year were 5ks, so I didn’t have to sweat too long when I did run during the day. I’m adding 10ks and hopefully a 1/2 this year, so I may need to branch out into more “technical” wear!

  221. Amber permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:16 pm

    I run in any synthetic material, although I hate the gross odor that develops if you don’t wash your running clothes right away. I have wool socks that I love, so I would imagine that pants and shirts would be equally wonderful! The last time I ran in cotton I seriously regretted it, chaffing was an understatment:)

  222. kat permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:23 pm

    My fabrics have three requirements: technical/wicking, cheap and not white (too hard to not turn into dingy grey)! My faves are often c9 (champion at target) for tanks/sports bras and running shorts, goga from old navy for capris, and danskin tshirts from walmart. Hmmm….guess I know brand better than actual fabric! I have also recently purchased some tri tanks (so that they also can go in the water and then out on the bike/run)…but have not used them yet, so the verdict is still out on those.

  223. Marianne permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:39 pm

    Tech fabs get my vote, but only if the cut and color are to my liking! And YES, color is non-negotiable!!!

  224. April 20, 2011 3:41 pm

    Teach fabrics…big fan of the Nike DriFit stuff. I haven’t tried wool…it’s got me curious!

  225. Rose permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:42 pm

    Anything that’s clean! With a hectic school schedule, two boys and a busy hubbie, I’m just thankful to reach into the sock drawer and find two matching socks that belong to me 🙂

  226. April 20, 2011 3:47 pm

    I don’t wear cotton either! I can’t handle how heavy it gets when it gets sweaty. I guess I wear technical/synthetic stuff–usually Target. I’m very intrigued by the wool products though!

  227. Susan K permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:51 pm

    Any kind of technical sweat-wicking fabric. But this wool thing has got me interested….I’d love to try something that doesn’t smell so much and make my hubby and kiddos want to run away from me when I get home from a run!

  228. Linda P. permalink
    April 20, 2011 3:53 pm

    I’ve been a “Techie” for several years now. Most of my duds are C9 from Target. I practically live in them! I have to make sure to wear “normal” clothes occasionally, because people think I only own fitness clothing. I’d love to try the wool…..PICK ME PLEASE!!!!!! 🙂

  229. Andrea Lehman permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:05 pm

    Definitely NOT cotton! Not sure what all my workout gear is made of, but I love my smart wool socks. I wear them all the time and never get blisters!!!

  230. Christy permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:20 pm

    Anything light….I don’t like to feel heavy when I run! I am just catching on to “tech” tees and the like….and so far…they are light!

  231. Karly permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:21 pm

    Dri-Fit or similar tech fabric. 🙂

  232. Michelle permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:22 pm

    I try not to wear cotton, but as a new(ish) runner, its sometimes hard to avoid! My most favorite recent top is the nike dri fit. Nice and soft, and also long enough!

  233. mark permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:33 pm

    tech gear is the best, and i’m in love w/ icebreaker gear, have some socks and two tops from them, top notch stuff!

  234. Elizabeth permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:39 pm

    Anything, if it gets me out and keeps me covered. I’ve worn cotton, wool, and tech clothes they all work, but the important thing is just getting out and running.

  235. April 20, 2011 4:41 pm

    i like wool blends, like sport science’s smartwool. haven’t tried anything from icebreaker yet but socks (love them!), but would be so excited to!

  236. Jamie permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:41 pm

    I love my Icebreaker merino, but mainly I’m running in my standard issue Navy PT gear.

  237. Sally Hess permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:42 pm

    Lycra, hands down. It holds all the mom parts up where they’re supposed to be. My NewBalance running skirt is my current fave. I totally love the look of the wool skort though! The asymmetry is awesome!

  238. April 20, 2011 4:43 pm

    Love, love, love Icebreaker wool for running, hiking, or every-day living. Discovered them when living in NZ in 2004, and thrilled when they moved their design headquarters to Portland, Ore. Honestly, their textiles are the best daily-wearing I’ve ever experienced. *sincere, unpaid plug*

  239. Sam permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:46 pm

    Love Icebreaker! Keeps me so warm out in the bush.

  240. Lizzy permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:47 pm

    I do all my biking and skiing in wool. On the rare occasions I run, I just grab a t-shirt out of the pile.

  241. Courtney Flaig permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:47 pm

    I wear wool every chance I get! Doesn’t matter if I’m off to the gym, out for a run, getting groceries, or lounging around the house!

  242. Jean permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:48 pm

    Tops are generally polyester (cotton has been on my back recently – with no so dry outcomes). I haven’t invested in any special pants yet but will work my way up to that. And socks, nothing special their either, just regular socks. I do love icebreaker but haven’t used (or considered) it for running. Another thing for the list…

  243. Ben Paviour permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:49 pm

    Brendan Foster, Olympic Bronze Medalist for the 10k in 1976 said he only used to wash his running kit when it could literally stick to the walls! Now, back in those days they didn’t have the most technical of clothing as you can imagine, no lycra sweat wicking fabrics in those days!
    I guess I take a leaf out of his book and wash my kit as little as possible, not sure if it would stick to the walls though due to it’s modern technicalities…
    PS if I win, my wife will get the Icebreaker gear..

  244. Mike permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:49 pm

    Wool all the time. I love the fact that it works and feels better than synthetics. Layer up for the winter and down for the summer. Heck I’d wear everything wool all the time if I could.

  245. Tara permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:49 pm

    I do have a couple pieces of Icebreaker, and they are the BOMB. But mostly I run in a vast variety of tech fabrics. Up here in Canada we have seasons, so at -25 C I wear a down vest, fleece and thick socks. Lotsa layers. I know a little sumthin sumthin about ice pups, let me assure you.
    And at +35 C I wear a dri-fit tank and a running skort. (One of my skorts by Lululemon is so cute, I have worn it to the bar. I washed it first, obvi…)
    But who doesn’t need more lovely tech stuff?!?!?!

  246. April 20, 2011 4:51 pm

    Icebreaker Super fine merino wool. I just completed Paris marathon on a baking hot spring day and didn’t stink…unlike some of my fellow runners. Also great for training through winter in the snow!

  247. April 20, 2011 4:52 pm

    For me it is all about layering, at least on top. Long or short sleeves will depend on the weather. The top should have a zip. I need air. If I can aerate I can go faster, longer. I run in Patagonia capilene, Patagonia Regulator, Patagonia wool. Wool is the one I have used least. Not because I don’t like it but because I have the least. I love Icebreaker but have never run in it. Skied, climbed, hiked and gone out to dinner but never run. I would love to try. I love your stuff.

  248. Spence permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:55 pm

    I’m not a runner, I would much rather bike. When biking I like a wool top, with shorts that don’t stick to my skin as soon as I work up a sweat. If biking during winter months-wool tights under waterproof pants.

  249. Donald Ridley permalink
    April 20, 2011 4:59 pm

    I did the run for the kids run on the weekend. 14.3pm around the streets of Melbourne. Wicking gear for me, although I’d love to try wool. One man was wearing cut off jeans, cotton shirt, work socks and an old pair of sneakers. Obviously not too serious.

  250. Tamara permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:00 pm

    Love your stuff and would love to run the trails in all wool gear.

  251. Alyson permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:00 pm

    Um… yeah… well… Nylon, spandex, cotton. In that order, of various mixes and modes, from skin to weather.

    Why? 1) because I get rather chilly if I run in the buff and 2) because the bulk of my clothes are second-hand, gifts, or throwbacks from high school gym class.

    Yes, that’s for environmental reasons: 99% of new clothes are unconscionable to me. Sheepies and bamboo might be the only two I would consider buying new.

    Yes, I’ve been running as far and as fast away from high school gym class as ever my little feet can take me for – what – half my life now?

    And yes, I’m grateful for every last piece 🙂

  252. Angie permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:02 pm

    Love my dri-fit stuff and anything made to prevent chafing but got to admit that I’m not that picky either. If it means I’m gonna be out running, I’d wear almost anything I could move in. 🙂

  253. Christine permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:03 pm

    tech, tech, tech. The main concern for me is getting absolutely running “spanxed” out before I put my official running clothes on top. gotta keep the jiggle under control!

  254. BrentH permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:06 pm

    Nearly always wear Icebreaker, winter or summer, indoors or out, long sleeves or short!

  255. Marcia permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:07 pm

    I wear a combo of fabrics when running: Marino leggings &socks, drifit singlets. Generally whatever I grab first!

  256. April 20, 2011 5:08 pm

    I love Icebreaker stuff and would wear merino head to toe if I could. If I win and I can’t choose men’s gear, my wife will get a windfall – she loves Icebreaker as well!

  257. Betsy Baier permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:09 pm

    I am a fan of smartwool socks and look for anything that won’t attract stink, so wool T’s sound great! I too have to go right to mom mode and do not have time to shower right away (which is not always good for my t-shirts). If I am holding my son in one of my 2 fav running shirts, he says PPPPEW mommy! I think that’s a sign. I like to run in anything as long as I am dressed for the elements of Snow, sleet, sun and sweat…at least that is what my latest runs have been.

  258. Evan permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:10 pm

    I used to wear all synthetics, now I have an Icebreaker shirt on the way I can’t wait to try out… and would Love to win the top to toe!

  259. Tom permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:10 pm

    I also gave up cotton years ago and have been wearing Icebreaker for the past 5 years or so. I’ve got more than 20 shirts now in different weights & sleeve lengths as well as the underwear. Icebreaker is by far my favorite clothing company, even though I have wool from many others (Ibex, Gramicci, Kuhl, Smartwool, etc.). As a long-time backpacker/hiker/runner, I’ve known about wool’s wonderful wicking, ability to insulate when wet, and still avoid the gamey smell. I’m so very glad that they make light-weight exercise gear now!

  260. Steph Johnston permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:11 pm

    Up until I really started adding the miles, I’d wear anything. And then I started to stink. So now I look for anything ‘technical’ (preferably black). I love wearing wool in the Minnesota winters (and sadly Spring), so I’m very intrigued by wool work-out gear.

  261. Norna Scott permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:14 pm

    I grew up running around on the Canterbury Plains in bare feet and (jaggy) handknitted jerseys. Grew up, moved away, earned a little, thought I knew better and ended up running around in uber-techno-syntho-euro gear. It was itchy. It was spendy. And it – frankly – stinks. The decision to try Icebreaker was based in small part on a dim memory of merino just being comfortable, but mainly on nostalgia. And the truth? Running in wool is like being a little kiwi again, acres of golden paddock underfoot and acres of blue sky overhead – fun, just fun! Never too warm, never chilly, never bulky or bobbly or smelly. I rarely run in anything else now (or walk, or bike, or camp, or work or travel….). Wool undercrackers, leggings, tee, and socks are the basics, with onion layers of fleeces, trews, hoodies, gloves and hats adjusted as required. Only shoes and wind- or waterproofs aren’t woolly. I love it.

  262. James Bender permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:15 pm

    Love NO-STINK. need an undershirt that lasts all week. Good comfie undies that dont ride/bind, and give good wicking capabilities.

    The wool needs to stand up to laundry!!

  263. Lisa permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:16 pm

    Dri-fit or technical fabric…I am a mother runner on a serious budget.

  264. Jake permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:20 pm

    No stink technical clothing for sure, merino or cocona.

  265. AMY permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:22 pm

    Growing up I got allergy tested and was told I was allergic to wool- so I shyed away from it for a long time. Then I moved to the Midwest and found out I was allergic to the cold. Tried on smartwool socks and had no issues. I was turned onto icebreaker by the local fleet feet and bought a piece and asked for a few as holiday gifts. I survived winter running nearly hive free! I just started eyeing the new icebreaker line, but for now once it gets warm i’ll be running in all old race t’s (technical) and Nike or C9 target bottoms!

  266. Martha permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:27 pm

    Darn tough wool socks and then “tech” fabrics for the rest. Would love to try wool for the other items. I love my wool socks so much.

  267. Rima M permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:29 pm

    I use my mec lined running tights or arc teryx 3/4 tights with micro fleece, tank and sports bra on top ( or just a tank if its warm).Oh, and a toque. I have wanted to try out the Icebreaker running gear, I bought some of their layers for snowboarding last year and they are amazing. I am wearing half the bulk from before and I am actually warmer. I was skeptical about wool for running due to the wear and tear though, would love to give it a go.

  268. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:37 pm

    I’ll run in anything that wicks. I’m a sweaty mess when I run…

  269. joanna permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:41 pm

    Icebreaker, icebreaker, icebreaker. I love it. It always keeps me warm or cool, sun or rain. Can’t wait to try the new bra.

  270. Anna Beattie permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:43 pm

    I wear Icebreaker daily. I wear the Oasis Crewe to work every day, and this past winter I lived in the Bodyfit 260 Tech Top and Bodyfit 200 Legless. AWESOME product!!!!

  271. megankillian permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:49 pm

    Fabric of choice? WOOL, all the way! I looove Icebreaker’s stuff, and my favorite piece by them are my Rapid leggings. Great for 3-season running and biking and skiing and whatever else I want to do outside!

  272. ninA permalink
    April 20, 2011 5:51 pm

    Light wool – tank

  273. Colleen permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:01 pm

    My three favorite running shirts are icebreaker merino! I love it.

  274. lynette permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:03 pm

    wool – especially tops and socks!

  275. Shari permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:17 pm

    Ever evolving. Started with synthetic wicking materials realizing how much better than cotton it was. Then every year I got a new one from a race series that I do….so because I had so many and I didn’t have to pay for them, they were my favorite!
    Then I bought a shirt that is some kind of blend that is so soft. Love it but because it is sleeveless it only comes out for hot weather.
    THEN…my husband bought me merino wool long undies for Christmas. I don’t think his intention was that I would wear it everyday. My irst shirt I wore daily to cross country ski, then for the odd run, then just to hang out it. It became a bit of a science experiment. My husband would roll his eyes everyday when I would say, “Smell this! It STILL doesn’t stink!!”
    Since then I have gotten a couple more shirt but not any running wear. So….mmmmm….pick me, pick me!?
    FYI…i have a laundry soap that is a no rinse wash for delicates that makes wool crazy soft (even softer than Icebreaker already is.) it’s Eucalan (Canadian product).

  276. James permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:20 pm

    Unsurprisingly, I run in Icebreaker gear!

  277. Kazz permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:23 pm

    I love traveling with my icebreaker… The only problem.. I always end up giving it away.. So others can love it Like I do.. Thanks guys.. Icebreaker is great gear..

  278. Andrea permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:24 pm

    Bamboo is wick-a-Lucius to run in and cozy for the tatas too.

  279. Kimberlee Turner permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:25 pm

    I run in anything moisture wicking. I’ve wanted to try wool like smart wool but since I’m a single mom… It’s a little too expensive and not a priority! 🙂

  280. beth rice permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:28 pm

    Spent 10 days in Iceland wearing Icebreaker from head to toe. Undies/socks/sweaters/long underwear. Wear all Icebreaker for Ski Patrolling as well. I travel light and the no stink factor makes Icebreaker perfect!!! Looking forward to trying out Icebreaker running and cycling gear this spring and summer!

  281. April 20, 2011 6:46 pm

    I usually run in some sort of wicking top and anything comfy for bottoms. Most of the time I don’t really think about it too much though.

  282. Kim permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:55 pm

    I run in cotton – not so much by choice but because that’s all I have. I do have good running socks which I find make a difference but never thought about running in wool.

  283. Carla O. permalink
    April 20, 2011 6:55 pm

    I like wearing “tech” clothes…races always win my heart over when they provide a tech shirt instead of a t-shirt! 🙂

  284. Teri permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:01 pm

    I’m an avid skier and SWEAR by icebreaker on the hill, but when it comes to running, I like technical tops and airy running shorts. That being said, I’ve never tried the icebreaker running line, and I really think wool and I could definitely become running buddies.

  285. April 20, 2011 7:10 pm

    I have to run in anything “wicking” and won’t even consider anything else. I agree that when I see people running or at the gym in cotton tee’s I always say to myself “what is the matter with them…don’t they know any better?”. The worst is getting a cotton race tee! I do love wool socks for the wet, cold and snowy/rainy Utah winters and springs, so I’d LOVE to give wool a try “top-to-toe”!

  286. CHANTELLE MCGIVERN permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:11 pm

    Icebreaker- keeps you cool in summer & warm in winter- wicks the sweat away without getting stinky. ya gotta love merino!

  287. Nan permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:14 pm

    About forty per cent of my running stuff is wool–base layers in the winter and socks year round but I have lots of the synthetic fiber for outer layers, tights and shorts.

  288. athena_ak permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:14 pm

    Wool! I love Icebreaker, their stuff is amazing! My sister runs ultra-marathons in their gear and swears by it.

  289. April 20, 2011 7:25 pm

    Spandex on the bottom. How I wish I could wear running shorts! And anything that wicks for the top.

    I’m feeling a little out of the loop since I don’t own any Icebreaker…

  290. Nikki permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:31 pm

    I’m not too picky, anything wicking usually works for me. But i hear ya on the frozen tatas!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  291. Stephy W.M. permalink
    April 20, 2011 7:56 pm

    I wear whatever technical running clothing I can find that fits me at my local thriftstore or Goodwill or Factory Clearance outlet that’s not cotton! I have been lusting after Icebreaker clothing for a long time as I would like to lose the guilt of polyester, environmentally unfriendly clothing, but the closest I have gotten to the Icebreaker experience are their socks, which I found at serious discount at TJ Maxx (can I express any further that I’m on a budget?!)

    It saddens me that I can’t experience the Icebreaker socks during my running because I wear Vibram Fivefingers:( But they have been absolutely superb on my tootsies during this past winter in my unheated house (<– the unheated part was our choice partly to stick it to the energy man and see how low we could go before we wussed out, which was never!)

  292. Chris Sullivan permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:07 pm

    IB rocks da kasbah.

  293. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:10 pm

    No cotton and what ever is on sale! I do wear smartwool socks in the winter. I am a huge fan of wool (for crafting) and I would love try some wool running clothes! Very excited about this, however it is probably out of my typical price range.

  294. Sam permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:14 pm

    I’m not a fabric snob at all! I wear cotton and tech and wool. Though I love, love my Icebreaker because it drys so fast and stays so not smelly so much better than my other gear.

  295. April 20, 2011 8:17 pm

    i like synthetic tops and bottoms for quick runs. and wool on my feet. ALWAYS wool on my feet. but if im doing any longer running, or day HIKES, wool all the way. 🙂

  296. Tonya permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:27 pm

    I’m in agreement with all the BAMRs that said anything “technical”. I don’t have too many exercise wardrobe options so I do a lot of small loads of laundry so I can run in my tech gear.

  297. Tammy Sanders permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:28 pm

    WOOL!?! Really? My interest is piqued. I’d like to hear some feedback from anyone who wears wool in the south in the summer… when morning temps start in the 80’s and the humidity is about 90%? I run in technical gear but would be willing to try a few wool garments.

  298. jessica permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:31 pm

    Going with the crowd here and saying “technical”. Half the time I don’t even know what I am wearing! As long as it’s not cotton (for working out) then I’m trying it on.

  299. Tryna permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:37 pm

    I’m a dri fit girl, and hate getting cotton race shirts. Kind of feel like if I ran the stoopid race, you could at least pony up something that will bring you free advertising, instead of another cotton t-shirt that the only thing I will use it for is in-home painting. Sigh.

  300. April 20, 2011 8:39 pm

    I don’t know yet….I JUST started running!! 😀

  301. April 20, 2011 8:43 pm

    Actually, icebreaker wool is some of my favorite running gear. I have the dash crewe and atlas top, but would love the head to toe package. The sports bra sounds awesome!

  302. April 20, 2011 8:44 pm

    Technical all the way. And it’s gotta be light!

  303. Ranjit permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:45 pm

    I run in Dubai where the temperatures constantly climb up to about 50 degrees C. Surprisingly, the best fabric for running in this weather is merino, which is what turned me to icebreaker in the first place. I now own about 30 different icebreaker t-shirts after giving up on synthetic material which basically melted into my skin making it nasty and sticky.

  304. Paula permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:45 pm

    I now wear wool for almost every outdoor activity especially since discovering that when you buy the right stuff, it doesn’t itch and doesn’t smell. Love my icebreaker gt tops and hoodies for running (and golfing) in cooler weather, the lightweight woolies for layering when I’m skiing and now with the new cycling line that Icebreaker’s just put out, I’ll be into that this season. Sure would love to try the capris, and I really do need a new running bra:)) Wool is the way to go….socks too for running; they are cool, and wear like iron.

  305. Paige T. permalink
    April 20, 2011 8:47 pm

    Icebreaker merino makes my world go ’round!

  306. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:04 pm

    I love wearing merino wool when running… Icebreaker is the best. Oh my and I love wool socks for running and cycling.

  307. April 20, 2011 9:07 pm

    I’m so checking this out! Ever since I started rock and ice climbing and mountaineering I really learned the value of tech fabrics (life saving value in some cases!). So I’m all about wicking fabrics.

  308. April 20, 2011 9:10 pm

    When I first started running, I wore *gasp* cotton socks! I also started off in very un-breathable fabrics. I’ve learned the errors of my ways, though, and now run in wicking materials from head to toe. I’m not a “snob” when it comes to brands though…just that it keeps me chafe-free and cool.

  309. Emily G permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:17 pm

    I ran in cotton for a year before I discovered tech fabrics. Now I have a lot of poly! I guess it’s not just for bowling anymore. 🙂

  310. Bobbi Jo Aune permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:22 pm

    I am all about comfort….bring it ALL on!

  311. Meredith Johnson permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:24 pm

    Technical fabric all the way! And before I throw it in the wash I spray it down with Norwex Sportzyme…comes out smelling great!

  312. April 20, 2011 9:25 pm

    I wear material that wicks. Usually Nike wicking, I have no idea what the actual fabric is but as long as it will wick the sweat from me I am golden!

  313. Heidi permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:25 pm

    For events/races, I wear synthetic or wicking material. My jacket has to have zip pockets AND thumbholes- otherwise- FORGET IT!
    On my short runs I go for warmth and comfort with a hoody and sometimes I’ll even wear cotton pants!!

  314. Tricia permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:25 pm

    anything but cotton.

  315. Heather permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:26 pm

    Love wool. I have a favorite smartwool shirt I wear running, biking, hiking. Love my running skirt (cooron/lycra?) Struggling to find pants.

  316. Amy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:26 pm

    Definitely tech fabrics here – and wool socks in winter!

  317. Selene permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:27 pm

    Anything that wicks. Used to wear cotton and now that I’ve tried polys and other wicking fabrics I’ll never go back!

  318. Jennifer Hansen permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:27 pm

    I used to wear fitted cotton tees but I recently discovered moisture wicking tops and wow, are they so much better. Weird fact: No matter what, I cannot wear socks regardless of the material. I know everyone is grabbing their feet and freaking out but every pair I’ve worn makes my feet so uncomfortable that I can’t stand it. I HAVE to be barefoot in my running shoes. I’m sure I’ll regret this when I put on some more miles (Right now I’m averaging about 3) but so far so good.

  319. Katy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:27 pm

    More & more I’ll wear anything sweat-wicking–especially black! Have been zumba-ing for cross-training and can’t stand to see a sweaty shirt in the mirror…black let’s me pretend it’s not that bad. 😉 I do not like the frozen ta-ta’s post-workout…am 100% intrigued by this wool you speak of! (And this, from a girl who must extensively layer under any wool garment, is saying something)

  320. Nicole permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:28 pm

    I do prefer the poly blends that wick and dry fast…although in cooler temps, I do get cold easily post run. I do have a Nike Golf woold half zip sweater that I love…maybe I will throw it in my bag for post run and give wool a try!

  321. Jessica permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:29 pm

    I am not only a wool snob, but I am an Icebreaker snob. I have about 15 pieces (yes they are pieces because they are a work of art) in my collection (art again). I run in it ALL THE TIME. Oh wait except at the gym when I wear a tank/bra combo simply because of air issues at the gym. But in Oregon, where is rain A LOT, wool keeps me warm when it is raining and cool when it is warm. If I only can waer one layer on a rainy, cold, or warm run it is my Icebreaker top(s). Did I mention I love wool?

  322. April 20, 2011 9:29 pm

    When I started running with the training group in January of 08 I was educated on technical fabrics. I bought a few things tried them and never looked back. I could NEVER go back to cotton but natural fabrics like wool facinate me and I’d love to try them!

  323. April 20, 2011 9:30 pm

    I love wool, but wool for running will be new to me. Can it really keep me cool during an Atlanta summer? 😉 When I last called myself a runner it was lyra shorts and a cotton t, but that was 15 years ago. Now, anything I have that fits, which generally is the ‘technical’ (ha) thing I’ve grabbed at Target.

  324. Iliana permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:30 pm

    Only Nike dry fit baby. From head to toes…literally. Cap, gloves, top, tights and socks…

  325. April 20, 2011 9:30 pm

    I wear wool ALL summer, but have only wool running socks. Would love to try other wool running products.

  326. Wendy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:31 pm

    Anything but cotton that looks ‘technical’ and doesn’t chafe me!!!

  327. Tracey Smith permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:32 pm

    I wear anything, really. Cotton on the treadmill, dry fit outside. I wear cotton socks too. Wool sounds interesting. I might have to give it a try 🙂

  328. Matthew permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:34 pm

    I have tons of merino for hiking and would love to add to my collection and have some running gear.

  329. beth b permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:34 pm

    I wear wicking poly mostly but I’ve been itching to try wool, esp the socks. I’m always so tickled when the race shirt is NOT cotton, because that means it will get worn again.

  330. Geli permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:34 pm

    I wear no-seam running bra and wicking/tech shirt. I’m less picky with the pants; anything that won’t chafe. And I have come to love wool socks, since they stay warm and don’t cause blisters, even when my feet get soaked (which happened a lot during the winter in PDX).

  331. April 20, 2011 9:35 pm

    Bamboo on my back. Wool on my feet.

  332. Megan permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:36 pm

    Tech fiber snob as well. I especially love UnderArmor Cold Gear, both for my winter runs and for my daughter’s soccer gear in the rainy PNW.

  333. jessicac permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:36 pm

    I love to run in tech fabrics, thinner the better for the SoCal heat. But will always pull on a bit of fleece when I go home to PNW during the holidays!

  334. Jennic permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:37 pm

    Technical fabrics for me! Most are C9 from Target, good stuff at usually great prices.

  335. Nora permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:37 pm

    Old wool sweater of my uncle’s. I know, crazy, sweater?! Ran sub-zero marathon training over 10 years ago and still wear it and still doesn’t stink. Warm, breathes, and not scratchy.

  336. April 20, 2011 9:39 pm

    I LOVE wearing anything that wicks! I love the idea of wool!! Smart socks on my piggy toes for sure! Black on the bottom! Bright color (lime green, hot pink) on top. I like to feel sexy when I have sweat dripping down every crevasse!

  337. Tina permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:39 pm

    Polyester for me! Wish I could wear it all day long!

  338. Heather Gocke permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:39 pm

    If it wick, I’ll wear it!

  339. Marie permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:40 pm

    I will run in any fabric as long as it fits, comfortable, breathable, wicking and does not chafe me! 🙂 Socks have to be thin and wicking. I don’t like bulky socks. And if I win it, I would definitely wear it!

  340. Patty permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:40 pm

    I like Nike Dri-Fit, too. But I’m cheap so more often than not it’s one of the wicking shirts I’ve gotten in store promotions.

  341. Vickie permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:41 pm

    Has to be something breathable/wicking/technical on top and bottom. I sweat too much to wear cotton when I exercise! Would love to try the wool outfit.

  342. Jolene Cannady permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:41 pm

    ANYTHING THAT WICKS THE SWEAT AWAY!!! I am a serious sweaty girl and in the North Carolina heat come summer I look like I have been in a pool after a long run.

  343. Tara Garz permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:41 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, yet. But I do like spandex.

  344. Dawn Stacy permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:42 pm

    I am so new to running so I don’t have a favorite style or material as of yet. I do love the heavy duty bras that I have been buying at Run On. I like shorts that don’t ride up your crotch–yuck–and am dying to try a skirt. I have 2 new poly shirts that I got from Zooma this past weekend. I would love to try new things– it is so hot during the summer down here in Texas that I need advice about what I should wear while I run in hot humid conditions. I ran the 5K/3.9 miles last Saturday and now I’m hooked. I want to do a 10k and then a half. I am excited to learn that I love running!! I want to keep it up and keep trying harder and harder things.

  345. Jennifer W permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:42 pm

    If I sweat I better wear tech at the least,
    when it’s cold wool or polar fleece.

  346. Holly permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:43 pm

    Tech only (other than wool socks and hat in winter)! But I’m honestly intrigued by wool that isn’t warm…

  347. Karin Winters permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:43 pm

    solely wear wicking fabrics when running, but after 2 years, I’m finally starting to get rid of the smelly stuff – even using the anti-sweat laundry detergents, I have a few items that just still stink…I really like the idea of wicking jammies…My local store has just debuted the icebreaker line and I’ve been eyeing it longingly, would love to win some!

  348. liz permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:44 pm

    Never ever cotton when I work out. Polyester/tech fabrics from head to toe, sometimes Smartwool on my feet.

  349. Melissa Davis permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:47 pm

    I love Icebreaker! This stuff is money. I just have the long sleeve shirts-I run, ski, and boat in them. You name it I wear them for it. I would really love to try the short sleeves and pants, I’m sure they are awesome. Everyone should have icebreaker in their closet. Oh, I am actually allergic to wool and normally welt up if it touches my skin. But not Icebreaker!!!!

  350. Jules permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:48 pm

    Anything that wicks!!!

  351. Jen permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:51 pm

    I used to wear a lot of cotton tees and soccer shorts. After some unfortunate chafing incidents when I was increasing my mileage, I switched to whatever technical tights and capris I could find on sale. I’ve been really happy with some under armour tights that are elastane, nylon and polyester.

  352. Matt permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:52 pm

    I work Icebreaker on a 3 day, 150km mountain bike ride through Central Otago. After that, I swore I’d never wear synthetic again. Layering was simple, I could easily adapt from the cold mornings to the sunny afternoons; the fit was great; and, best of all, at the end of 150km, nothing smelled!

  353. Maran permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:52 pm

    Lulu makes this amazing tech fabric that has silver in the fibers. It is stink proof…I swear. I have both the long sleeve and short sleeve tops. They are my favorite running tops.

  354. jennifer permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:53 pm

    Any techincal or sucking fibers. Would love to try the wool. I knit, so I am a huge fan of wool and it’s warm when it’s cool/cool when it’s warm abilities!

  355. Erica Ridley permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:54 pm

    As my running distances get longer, the more of a fabric snob I’m becoming. Nike Dri-fit has been my favorite so far, but would love to try the wool.

  356. Erin Myers permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:55 pm

    PLZ – I want them 🙂

  357. Alison T permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:56 pm

    I am mostly running in polyester these days, especially the kind that’s been treated to stink less! Just say no to cotton, yeah.

  358. Donna S permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:56 pm

    Since I run in Montana, and now Colorado, my gear has to keep me warm 8 months of the year. And it has to help keep me dry (from rain AND sweat) the other 4 months. Finally figured out that the right clothes make running so much more enjoyable when I’m not fretting over the elements. I have some Smartwool items that I really like ( socks and a long sleeve shirt) and never run without. I love all the tech materials, but not the cost. I am always checking the discount racks at running/sporting good stores wherever I go. Needless to say, my outfits never seem to “match” . It definitely makes it easier for my husband and 3 kiddos to pick me out of the pack at races!

  359. elaine mencas permalink
    April 20, 2011 9:59 pm

    Anything techi, seem to gravitate towards the nike dri fit though. We are moving to MT next month so all this info is very informative to me!

  360. realrellim permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:03 pm

    I usually wear tech/synthetic fabrics, though my go-to socks are wool (Smartwool – love their stuff). I’m a huge fan of wool in general, but hadn’t encountered it in running clothes. Sounds awesome!

  361. Mariana permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:04 pm

    Tech fabrics, dry fit Nike cotton (wicks away moisture), Nike running capris:)

  362. Jill permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:04 pm

    Run clothes are my guilty pleasure! Makes me feel great all day and night. So I wear wicking fabric a lot. I haven’t even worn the free cotton shirts from races.

  363. April 20, 2011 10:05 pm

    My fav tops & bottoms change, however my feet always love my Smartwools. Sometimes I wear them more than once before washing- because they DON’T STINK & I only had one pair (now two).
    Winter Spring Summer or Fall -they are are girls for all seasons!

  364. RoterMilan permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:05 pm

    I am from Austria and i love to do a lot of mountaineering and running! But I have experienced the negative effects of underware made of cotton, synthetic fibers and all kind of mixed fibers! The main problem with them is, they only keep you warm as long as you are moving and in this case are of no good use for staying warm on the mountains for more than one day! Unsatisfied with my equipment I searched for a solution and found it by wearing icebreaker merino wool underware for keeping me in the right temperature in every situation. There also comes the selfcleaning effect, which saves space and weight in your backpack! But the most important for me is, to know my skin is protected by a natural product!

  365. Renee permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:07 pm

    When I first started running, I was wearing cotton. Now I like to wear wicking fabrics, don’t like that sweaty feeling! I have not tried wool though and would love to! It sounds great!

  366. Kristila Gardner permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:14 pm

    My REI tech fabric moisture wicking for cold weather running is the best. I use the top and pants about 10 months out of the year along with smart wool socks here in Alaska.

  367. Tracy T permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:14 pm

    I love my sweat wicking poly running shirts! My favorite running socks are wool – keeps my feet warm, even in the pouring down rain!

  368. Susan permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:16 pm

    I have a very, very limited budget. However due to some gifts cards and a nice resale place I visit when I go to my moms I have a basic wardrobe of(2) wicking capri pants,(2) generic shorts, I try to stick to light weight synthetic fiber tops (unsure if they are supposed to be wicking)- I have (2) short sleeve ones and (2) tank tops. Still haven’t been able to afford synthetic or wicking long sleeve tops so for now during the colder months I got by with some basic long sleeve cotton/jersey type tops.

  369. April 20, 2011 10:17 pm

    Being new to running, my running kit it whatever happens to be in my drawer, most often long tights that are flappy around the ankles and cotton tops. I’ve now got a proper running T thanks to the first fun run I ran in last week, and it feels way more comfortable running in that compared to my regular tops! I’d love to try wool as I much prefer the idea of natural fibres, so if I can find one that works for getting sweaty, I’ll be a very happy mother!!

  370. Carrie permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:19 pm

    Lycra bottom Handful sports bra Technical tee Asics armwarmers
    I actually won’t run a race that does not offer technical shirts 🙂
    Also, I won’t wear white after I discovered my pit stains are hot pink. My BFF says it’s the wine I sweat out 🙂

  371. April 20, 2011 10:21 pm

    My favorite shirt to wear is the Brooks EZ T’s. They’re 100% polyester. They are moisture wicking, and comfortable, and yet it actually has the look and feel of your old favorite cotton T. Its awesome. Would be interested in trying something new though!

  372. akcpa permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:25 pm

    I’m happy with anything clean…which is usually a cotton tshirt!

  373. Brandy permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:28 pm

    Wicking type materials but once in awhile I need something cozy and I go for the Cotton 🙂

  374. Katie brown permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:42 pm

    Like most everyone I wear everything/anything in wicking fabric. My fave workout wear has to include a skort!

  375. Amy Donaldson permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:44 pm

    My favorite fabric is polyester. I’ve never exercised in wool. I’m looking forward to trying it, though. Sounds interesting.

  376. Nicoline permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:48 pm

    because the local tri-athlete shop dismissed me as nuts when I started growing wool fibres from top to toe and inside out three years ago, now sheep sells like hot-cakes and my outfit is worn out completely, plus the bra is finally here as icing on the cake, MmmYeah! Joie de vivre, toujours et partout…

  377. April 20, 2011 10:49 pm

    I always run in techincal clothing… I remember waaaay too well the few runs I did at the beginning of my running career that involved a cotton t-shirt!

    PS – I need to win this… you have no idea how insanely jealous my husband would be if I won this… he owns some of their stuff and we treat it better than any other clothing items in our whole house!

  378. Alisha permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:54 pm

    I don’t know if there are different kinds of “moisture wicking”, I just know that I won’t wear it unless it is. I don’t know how anyone runs in cotton! I really like Nike’s dri-fit, and I have some great Brooks shirts that are thin and comfortable. I am CERTAIN I need wool gear for this cold, wet, sleety Michigan weather we have right now!

  379. Meghan B. permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:56 pm

    My favorite fabric to wear running is smart wool- the best for Minnesota winters!

  380. Kristi permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:02 pm

    I like to wear sweat wicking fabrics (mostly poly blends) to keep the sweat trappage to a minimum. Haven’t tried wool yet, but holy cow, I am in love with that sassy little running skirt! I have to have a good variety of clothes for the above 80’s and below 30’s that we get to run in in Idaho (we generally skip straight from winter to summer, spring and fall pretty much got kicked out of the state).

  381. Jill O permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:06 pm

    I absolutely love, love, love Icebreaker gear. If I could I would wear it from head to toe when I run. Right now I wear their socks and wool vest when I run plus a Smartwool long sleeved light weight top. I’m from New Zealand originally so I guess you can’t take the sheep out of the girl!

  382. Kristoffer permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:09 pm

    I LOVE my ACE sleeveless Shirt, I wish I Coups wear something like that every day. Unfortunately, it’s the only piece I have of the GT Run line… Never in cotton!

  383. April 20, 2011 11:19 pm

    If I could, my preference would be to wear nothing. Nude running. Back to basics, to be as one with the elements, feel the soft ground beneath my feet when you run on trails, feel the fresh air cooling my skin up in the mountains.
    Obviously, I would get arrested doing this. The fabric I prefer is possum fur or merino wool.

  384. keedokes permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:26 pm

    I don’t have a favorite–generally I grab what’s on top of the clean pile and hope there aren’t holes in the bum!

  385. Shirley permalink
    April 20, 2011 11:28 pm

    I’m all for the synthetic, but there is nothing like pulling off a sweaty, old & thin cotton tank half way through my run, stuffing it in the back of my pants (trick from my rowing days) and finishing my sport bra. ‘Cause if Brandi Chastain can do it, so can I.

  386. Becky permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:03 am

    I’m new to merino for sport. I ran monsoon marathon in Icebreaker socks without a blister and now swear by them. My only hold out for tops and bottoms has been the fear of ruining them in the wash. Can we all say LAZY! So far I have stuck to tech tops and lycra bottoms.

  387. Jen Brannon permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:19 am

    I love Moving Comfort’s fabric used in the Alexis bra and support tank made from coffee grinds- helps eliminate stink!

  388. Tammy Crittenden permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:20 am

    I am also a mosture-wicking snob!! I prefer synthetic mesh fabrics. I just ran a half on Sunday that is still in the dark ages and gave out a 100% cotton t-shirt!!! Really?? I couldn’t believe it.

  389. Jesper permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:58 am

    I wear IB om the inside, socks tshirt, the rest i synthetic. My wife wont let me change my wardrobe all at the same time. 😉 So im bying a piece of IB once in a while. Why – because I have rediscovered wool. Wore it when I was a child but it got out of my wardrobe at some point. Jesper, Denmark

  390. Tina permalink
    April 21, 2011 1:12 am

    Since I have tried Icebreaker, merino wool is by far my preferred choice because yes, it does NOT stink. I only have an Icebreaker shirt, no “capris” etc., so second choice is usually synthetics, but it just does not feel as good any more. Love my Icebreaker!!

  391. Crystal permalink
    April 21, 2011 1:18 am

    I like wicking fabric. Any brand, I’m not picky, as long as it wicks!

  392. April 21, 2011 1:49 am

    I love ronhill running gear, it fits and wicks! It is synthetic so can whiff a bit, though. I have an icebreaker oasis Crewe which saw me throughout the winter months and kept me comfy and snug so definitely yay to icebreaker merino too!

  393. April 21, 2011 4:13 am

    I love under armour and nike dry fit.

  394. Stacey permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:23 am

    I also go with technical clothes. I couldn’t tell you the exact fiber though. I am recently found smartwool socks and them so I would love to try Icebreaker gear.

  395. Christine M permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:32 am

    tech fabric. Now when I wear cotton, it feels so heavy.

  396. Nagore permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:33 am

    Since I discovered Icebreaker I also use only their tops for running and cycling.
    For bottoms I’m not sure what the material of my running shorts is but they are very light and very synthetic. I’m curious about the Icebreaker running shorts, I’ll have to try them!

  397. Nanci permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:05 am

    I usually wear Nike Drifit, but would love to give wool a try!

  398. Erica Richards permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:12 am

    I wear anything that wicks the sweat away. I was away once and forgot a top and had to wear a, gasp!, cotton t-shirt. Holy smothering sweat!! It.was.awful!

  399. juliemb permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:19 am

    My fabric of choice is usually whatever is clean. But I do love the wicking fabrics, they make me feel sleek. I also re-discovered wool this winter and have a couple of great pairs of washable wool socks to keep my tootsies warm on cold run days.

  400. Angie permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:20 am

    I’ve heard a lot about wool, but haven’t tried it for running. I like the tech fabrics, but only have one t-shirt and one long sleeve. I’m cheap and generally have a hard time spending that much money on myself, particularly for workout clothes which I know makes no sense as I wear the workout clothes more than my “regular” clothes. Anyway, this all means I’m stuck with cotton or cotton/blends at least a couple times a week.

  401. jennifer permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:28 am

    Cotton! I can’t stand the feel of synthetic fibers on my skin. To each her own!

  402. Erin Myers permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:33 am

    I also try to wear anything BUT cotton…. I have never tried Wool or tried a running skirt, so this would be awesome – especially in Michigan where the start of the run would be cool (and you said it keeps you warm) and the end of the run is usually warmer (where the fabric cools you off)…… last Saturday is was sunny, raining, gusty winds, and snowy all in the same hour! temp ranged from 50-32, crazy trying to dress for that!

  403. Katie Brand permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:34 am

    I like anything with CoolMax, being a redhead I overheat after about 30 seconds of running. I NEVER run in cotton, I can’t stand chafing/blisters! If I can find Smartwool, I rock out in that.

  404. Kathy permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:42 am

    I usually wear polyester (HATE the stink though, my running gear has its own dresser!), but I love my smartwool socks, and I just bought some wool powerdry to make a new running top!

  405. Nicole Rathmann permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:56 am

    When I run I only like dry wicking material as well. It is fabulous. The only thing is–not so good for when you are working up a good sweat and you need to get sweat off your forehead because it is in your eyes–that is a little more challenging to get rid of.

  406. Corinna permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:57 am

    Currently its anything Dri-Fit by Nike. Seems to be the best sweat wicking material for me so far.

  407. Kerrie permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:58 am

    I used to think I didn’t sweat. Then I discovered I hadn’t been working hard enough. 🙂 I don’t have a brand preference yet but I have come to prefer wicking polyester but would love to give wool a try. We used to put the kids in wool cloth diaper covers, it worked well for them!

  408. Rhonda permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:00 am

    Tech t, adidas climadry pants, coolmax hat–I’m all about the wicking. I do love wool, and I wear smartwool socks. I like my merino sweaters when I commute by bike in the winter.

  409. Natalie permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:02 am

    I run in polyester and other silky wicking fabrics, but am really interested in wool after this post! Being in Canada, and an exclusively outdoor runner, I face some weather and temperature challenges. This seems like a good way to keep warm at the start of my run and avoid having to strip off clothes as I run.

  410. Kathy permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:05 am

    Tech gear head to toe for me. Most of my stuff is polyester but I’d love to try wool. I have some fabulous wool socks!

  411. Leslie Beckwith permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:13 am

    I a big polyester girl when I work out. I get so bummed out now when the race shirt is 100% cotton. I love my tech shirts.

  412. Anna Sanchez permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:13 am

    If I could choose an running outfit from head to toe, it would be PINK! I guess my fabric of choice would be sweatwicking. As long as it’s comfy, I’m not picky.

  413. Crystal permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:16 am

    I try not to wear cotton…if so a blend. But, lets just say I am “financially challenged” and hate to buy new stuff and find out I hate it for one reason or another. So, basically I have been wearing the same three workout outfits for over a year. Time for something new. May have to step out and try wool!

  414. April 21, 2011 6:27 am

    Fav fab – Wicking. Preferably with a cool slogan or race tee like: Just Git, I run for wine and not for whine, WTF: Where’s the Finish, dana-farber marathon challenge, badass mother runner (well duh!) and my newest favorite: Boston Marathon 2011. 🙂

  415. LeAnn Renee Yoga permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:31 am

    We have a love affair with Icebreaker and merino wool in general at our house. It goes everywhere with us when we travel and we own stashes of exercise gear for multiple sports. Don’t even get me started about my infatuation with their panties for yoga. NOTHING compares. Tech fabrics are a poor second choice at our house.

    (Funny side story-I was teaching yoga the other day and went to make an adjustment to someone. When I touched their shirt, it was everything I could do not to announce to the class that he was wearing Icebreaker. I even love it when someone else wears it!)

  416. Jessica permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:38 am

    I am more picky about bottoms and socks. I cannot do cotton socks. I also need lycra or synthetic bottoms. I hate shorts that ride up. I can run short runs in cotton shirts, but they are actually more a blend upon closer look. I love my tech shirts minus the love handles accentuated by the material. My favorite and most flattering is from a women’s 5K.

  417. Cherish McCartney permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:00 am

    Love the synthetic tech shirts on top but not too tight, has to flow with your movement. On the bottom, I love the loser fitting shorts but again the fit has to be just right…no riding up or chafing! Socks need some cushioning on the bottom. Would love to try something new 🙂

  418. Dawn McGrath permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:05 am

    not sure of my fav fabric bc i haven’t tried too many. but my under armour leggings got me through my long runs in this long and rough boston winter. kept me warm w/o weighing me down.

  419. Carol permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:13 am

    I love technical clothing. I don’t have a specific fav fabric for it really though. However, this winter I discovered smartwool socks. OMG where have they been all my life? How did I not know about them until I was 36 years old?!?!?! If this is what they can do with wool these days, then sign me up! Mama likey!

  420. Melissa Q permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:15 am

    Since it’s still pretty chilly when I run or bike in the mornings, I wear whatever will keep me warm. Right now, it’s a long-sleeve t-shirt, a fleece hoodie and a North Face jacket. But I’m ready to revamp my workout clothes to include more wicking fabric.

  421. Leslie Underwood permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:29 am

    I wear synthetic tech shirts on top – my current favorite brand is New Balance. On the bottom, I love shorts with liners – no current favorite brand here. Socks have to be Balega. And my hats are Nike golf hats.

  422. Jerritt permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:35 am

    If I can get away from my kids, I’ll generally wear anything, but I like my lycra shorts and a t-shirt or synthetic top, I’d love some fancy wool running duds, though.

  423. Sportsmama457 permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:41 am

    Choice? You must have me confused with someone else! I run at 5am, so fashion is definitely not a concern. I have been known to wear a baseball cap with a ski cap (complete with pompom) over the top to address that morning’s weather issues. My kids are sooooo glad they are still asleep when I run! My fabric of choice? Other than my Balega socks, mostly cotton or fleece, which are not good choices during our cold wet Spring! I would love an upgrade!

  424. Betsy eshbach permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:44 am

    discovered smartwool socks this winter. love, love, LOVE them! PA winters are brutal. It’s the only thing that kept me running through our harsh winter. It’s April 21, and tomorrow it’s not supposed to get out of the 40s, so I wear wool socks a long time. I’d be interested in trying wool tops and bottoms. But wool itches me terribly, so I tend to stay away from it. The idea of non-itchy wool is very intriguing. I’d probably wear the gear all the time then, as I am cold most of my daily existence!

  425. April 21, 2011 7:49 am

    I love Icebreaker products. They wick, but don’t stink like synthetics.

  426. Nicole J. permalink
    April 21, 2011 7:53 am

    Generally cotton, and likely says DUKE on it 🙂

  427. Staci Hawley permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:05 am

    Fabric of choice: Generally the nastiest (well stained) old running clothes that I own. It’s the first thing I put on in the morning—and they only come off AFTER a run!

  428. Jill in Little Rock permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:11 am

    Usually a wicking fabric on top–has to be a tank, can’t do sleeves. Bottom I do cotton more often because sweating isn’t so much of a problem down there. So I guess I’m confessing I haven’t updated my old cotton sweatpants in a long, long time. I’d love to try the wool!

  429. Kaci permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:13 am

    I love natural fabrics, but cotton is rotten for running! I don’t buy much wool because it’s more expensive, but I love my smartwool socks! Pretty much all my other gear is polyester, so I guess it’s gotta be my favorite! 🙂

  430. Alexis L permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:17 am

    I wear Icebreaker shirts for running (and pretty much every other active activity)! They look good, feel good and hold up well.

  431. Mara permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:37 am

    Favorite fabrics: running clothes must wick and also not bunch or chafe- I’m a stickler for how the seams feel. Got hubby a lightweight wool shirt for Christmas and now I want one!

  432. Sonia permalink
    April 21, 2011 8:39 am

    Since I’m still a newbie to running, I haven’t found favorites..usually whatever I get out of the door in. I am starting to reach more for the tech shirts, which means I’m doing more laundry since I don’t have many!

  433. April 21, 2011 8:55 am

    I’ve been wearing synthetics for their quick-dry properties. But I *love* the idea of more natural fibers doing the same job!

  434. April 21, 2011 8:58 am

    I know they say running is a cheap sport, but alas, not for me! I love, love, love cool running gear and that includes the expensive technical stuff! Just love the way it feels, looks and performs. That being said, if you can find the same performance in a natural fabric- I am so there!! Bring on the wool!!

  435. Natalie permalink
    April 21, 2011 9:03 am

    hot pink champion shorts from Target and any tech shirt from previous races. Wearing the shirts make me think about the races and distracts me from checking my watch or gps!

  436. Sannie permalink
    April 21, 2011 9:22 am

    I’d love to try wool! Usually run in Polyester I guess but good socks are especially key!

  437. Tracy Hill permalink
    April 21, 2011 9:46 am

    Anything but cotton. It doesn’t breath and once your run is over and it’s sweaty it makes you cold – no thank you. It is nice for wiping the sweat of my brow though 🙂 My go-to shirt is by Under Armour, it’s not too tight, not too baggy and is all around just right!

  438. Kim permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:16 am

    I’m still a rookie but I do love the wicking stuff.

  439. LizW permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:38 am

    Anything thin, not itchy and not cotton!

  440. April 21, 2011 11:53 am

    My fabric of choice? Whatever’s clean I guess! I’m not sure if I even own any official “wicking” stuff…

  441. April 21, 2011 12:01 pm

    I love to run in anything that is cute and moisture wicking and I love to run with Niki Dri-Fit socks!

  442. Irene permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:13 pm

    I love merino wool, it´s a nice feeling on the skin. the good think about the wool is that it´s warms you if you are cold and cools you down if you are to warm. Merino wool is really perfect for running.

  443. Jenny Womble permalink
    April 21, 2011 12:23 pm

    Since discovering the joy of running in synthetic fibers, I have ditched the cotton, and have not looked back! I have a few Under Armor short sleeve tshirts that I love to wear in warmer weather and some cold gear that I wear when temps are 40 degrees or below. I know it is not TMI Tuesday, but recently I even went for a “commando” run with my running shorts that have the briefs attached and it was actually not as terrible as I thought… who knew?

  444. April 21, 2011 12:54 pm

    Usually lycra, but I am intrigued by this wool

  445. Carrie permalink
    April 21, 2011 1:52 pm

    I wish I could say I was a snob, but the truth is…I put on whatever is clean! I’m slowly building up my running “wardrobe” as I increase my mileage, and I seem to prefer synthetic fiber…but I would love to try wool!

  446. Danielle permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:03 pm

    polyester with spandex is the fabric blend of my running apparel

  447. Bente permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:29 pm

    smartwool socks are my go to for both running and everyday. tops and bottoms are usually some wicking synthetic-luon, dry-fit, etc. would love to try a wool shirt!

  448. Lynn W permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:54 pm

    I love cotton (much less stink than the the tech fabrics) – the wicking from the tech fabrics is nice, but I’m worried I’ll stink away my running buddies and my family!

  449. Michele permalink
    April 21, 2011 2:58 pm

    I’m a rookie runner, in it now for only 8months and have a 5K, 10K, and a MudRun under my belt, and gearing up for a marathon in 23 weeks. At this point, I am still learning about fabrics and why this is great or why that isn’t. Hey-I’m a girl with a fetish for high heels and painted toe-nails. I’m a-learnin’ as I go! So far, I LOVE UnderArmour for the MN winter we just got out of, and their heat shield line seems to be working for me pretty great, too. But, as I live in MN, wool is AWESOME and I never thought of it for working out. Would love to try it!

  450. April 21, 2011 3:18 pm

    Wicking fabrics only here too. I haven’t had a problem with stuff getting too stinky, but would love to try wool for something other than socks — wool socks are a must!

  451. april permalink
    April 21, 2011 4:52 pm

    I like stretchy capris and an semi fitted t-shirt…either cotton or sweat-wicking synth fabric, but its true, its a constant battle to wash out the sweat. Very frustrating to spend so much money on top of the line running gear only to feel like its wearing out so fast! Wool sounds like a doable alternative, however, I wonder how it would work for me here in Fresno, where it gets above 100 degrees during the summer?

  452. Amy Jenkins permalink
    April 21, 2011 6:29 pm

    I live in Phoenix, so the less fabric, the better! Anything that wicks is great!

  453. April 21, 2011 9:10 pm

    As long as it’s not cotton! Any of the wicking fabrics work for me, I don’t have any wool, other than socks, and would love to try it.

  454. Lisa D permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:24 pm

    I wear mostly Nike dry fit but also other technical tee’s from races. I discovered the Icebreaker outlet south of Portland and like their wool tops and sock. Haven’t tried their running gear yet.

  455. Lizzie permalink
    April 22, 2011 12:13 am

    I’m a fabric novice… I wear tech t’s when I run, but frankly I have no idea what they’re made of! Some of them I love, some I hate, and I rarely get new running apparel so I rarely get to choose what fabric I get. I’d LOVE to try some wool!

  456. Judy permalink
    April 22, 2011 5:21 am

    I only wear tech fabrics for running. This year for the first time I got wool running socks (Icebreakers) for Christmas from my sister because I kept complaining about cold feet. I love them, they work so well. Would love to try something else wool too!

  457. Vanessa permalink
    April 22, 2011 8:11 am

    I also wear all synthetic & love my skirt year round. Would love to try the cute wool one mentioned. It is all a big change from when I first started running 20 years ago (blows my mind to write that) & it is was all cotton Ts & shorts.

  458. sandra m. permalink
    April 22, 2011 1:50 pm

    I would love to try wool and become a believer! Right now i wear whatever is clean!

  459. ikkinlala permalink
    April 22, 2011 2:26 pm

    I’m a rookie and I still run in blue jeans and cotton t-shirts most of the time. On my feet, though, it has to be wool if I’m wearing socks at all.

  460. Kathy A permalink
    April 22, 2011 4:10 pm

    polyester but I want to try wool!

  461. April 23, 2011 5:27 am

    Cool Max…does wool work in South Florida in the summer? I’d sure like to find out!

  462. Carla permalink
    April 23, 2011 6:42 pm

    Right now, my fabric of choice is polyester. Not really by choice but by what the stores around here sell.

  463. Mary permalink
    April 23, 2011 9:57 pm

    Normally I go with any wicking synthetics from shirt, sports bra, tank top, shorts, socks, etc., especially my capilene sports bra, which DEFINITELY stinks after awhile or wearing it over and over without washing. It does make sense to wear merino wool for running. I’ve hiked and backpacked in Icebreaker clothing and it works for sure! I couldn’t believe how you really don’t feel over heated even though you are sweating like crazy and wearing wool. If a slight breeze comes through, you still feel warm even though you are drenched. The stink factor is huge too especially when wearing the same shirt for multiple days. Yea, I basically just convinced myself to start wearing merino wool while running..

  464. Ali Hernandez permalink
    April 24, 2011 1:46 am

    Wool? Who would have thought? I go for the wicking fabrics. I hate it when my clothes feel “heavy.”

  465. Cherylyn permalink
    April 24, 2011 9:36 am

    Gotta have a tech shirt on top and spandex on the bottom. After years of running in cotton, I stay away from it now- just too heavy. Love smart wool socks, so a top layer sounds intriguing.

  466. Katie R permalink
    April 24, 2011 7:54 pm

    I generally wear synthetic fabrics. For treadmill runs, my capris need to be made of ‘shiny’ material. I’ve had a few too many sweat-soaked-through-see-my-underwear-outline sessions when wearing ‘non-shiny’ fabrics.

  467. Momma please run home permalink
    April 25, 2011 9:25 am

    I am a hot, sweaty mamma and love my wool socks for running. They keep my tootsies nice and dry and odor free during normal runs and rainy runs. I also love any garment treated with odor protection because my sweat DOES stink! It’s nice to be able to put on running close that smell clean at least in the beginning!

  468. Alison H. permalink
    April 26, 2011 6:47 am

    Living in sultry hot Florida, I can only wear technical fabrics, although lately I have noticed that some of my favorite shirts have perma-stink in the pits. I’d love to try wool — sounds like the best of both worlds.

  469. Catrina permalink
    April 26, 2011 6:47 am

    I don’t think I have a fabric of choice. Just wear whatever was on sale. Horrible isn’t it?

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