Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring X-Training: Stayin' Dry & Cool!

So chill & be comfy all day long! Exofficio's Chica Cool Hoody

One thing for sure.  Getting your exercise, anyway and anytime is going to be a major plus in staying on track.  I believe that the clothes you pick when first getting dressed should prepare you for anything the day can bring.  Who says you need to be dressed in Spandex 24/7 to be ready to work out?  Really there is NO need for that when choosing the right technical pieces can take you from your morning walk to lunch or shopping afterward.

Chica Cool Long Sleeved Hoody by ExOfficio
The Chica Cool Hoody features a travel-ready silhouette that utilizes Dri-release fabric. This proprietary fabric has a unique look and unbeatable performance. Chica Cool wicks moisture, resists odors, and looks outstanding on or off the road.  Yes, all of us athletes sweat, (mist if you must), and what is so cool about this hoody is its ability to keep you dry and fresh smelling all day.
Little details like the front pouch pockets, an adjustable hood and thumb holes on the sleeves make this a very travel-worthy essential!  No matter what you day throws at you, you'll keep your chill factor going in this versatile hoody.  VERY comfortable top!  Made of 85% Polyester / 15% Cotton. Imported.  Slim fit, FreshGuard treated fabric.  Shown here: Black Pebble.  Price: $65.00 by ExOfficio

Hiking Medium Mini Socks from Smartwool Price: $15.00
Smartwool Socks
Another essential for your morning jog includes some well made socks.  While cotton socks are great, they often do not breath well enough to allow your feet to stay dry in your footwear.  Say no more!  Smartwool has been taking the industry by storm with their sport-specific socks for everything from snowboarding to cycling.
If you get a wet spring such as we are predicting, the extra humidity in the air is going to make staying dry even more difficult.  Jogging and hiking in these conditions can leave you with wet, soggy feet.  Ugh!  Smartwool's soft Merino wool naturally wicks away excess moisture, keeping your feet amazingly cool and dry.  These hiking specific socks offer extra non-bulky cushioning in the ball and heel area.  Talk about happy feet!  We've paired these socks with Sperry Topsider's SB-1070 boating-performance shoes.  Made with a new Hydro-Grip™ Rubber Traction Compound, these are perfect for wet, slippery paths and surfaces while drying very quickly.  Find them online under women's performance shoes at the Sperry website.  Price: $90.00

Signature GORE BIKE WEAR Cap
A true classic!  This traditional road cap is made with highly innovative fabrics. Extra benefit: It is waterproof.  Not for just biking although its fit is made to easily go under a bike helmet.  It is small and light enough to fold up and pack in your pocket. Looks great with the bib turned up.
Turn the bib down as shown and it really repels the rain.
Made of GORE-TEX® Paclite® for great breathability while offering full weather protection.  Features:
  • GORE-TEX® PACLITE® stretch
  • Inner toweling band
  • Elastic back for maximum comfort and fit
  • Reflective print for more safety
  • Reflective logo

Rain Logic Jacket by ExOfficio
This little jacket is a rain essential.  Leave home with the Rain Logic and don't worry about getting caught in a downpour.  In fact the Rain Logic is so tricked out with features that you'll want to wear it even if the forecast doesn't call for rain! 
The Rain Logic Jacket features a 2.5 layer fabric that’s fully seam sealed to offer lightweight rain protection. It's made with mechanical stretch nylon, a thin polyurethane membrane, and treated with a durable water resistant finish so it fights the elements for you.
Check out the product details to discover hidden features like security zip pockets, arm pit zips and an adjustable hood.  The armpit zippers help to keep you extra dry by allowing you to regulate extra ventilation to those areas before working up a sweat.  The hood comes up to completely cover your neck and chin similar to an expedition jacket.  I've worn this jacket on rainy days with high winds and was completely comfortable.  Get ready to turn heads as this is not your mother's rain jacket!  Available in Black (shown), Deep Lapis and Wine. Price: $199.99 online from Exofficio

Rain or Shine know YOUR conditions!  Kestrel Pocket Weather Trackers

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