I hope those who celebrated Thanksgiving enjoyed the holiday! And now it’s the start of the holiday season! This is my one big shopping weekend of the year. Aside from buying smaller things during the year, I usually wait to shop this weekend for the sales. Last year I bought a new vacuum cleaner and a Ninja blender. This year I didn’t need anything big, so I just bought my usual: all-natural, organic, yet powerful skincare from Arcona (40% off!), makeup from Tarte (25% off), and whipped argan oil gifts and hair serum from Jose Maran (25% off).
This is typically the time I also go to town on activewear, but not this year. It all started earlier this year, when Suzanne at Agent Athletica posted a series on cleaning out and paring down your activewear wardrobe. While going through that process, I realized that I’m at max capacity. With a four-drawer dresser devoted to activewear plus seasonal pieces in storage, I have more than enough. I decided then that there needed to be a good reason for me to get something new, and if I did, something I currently have would have to go. I’ve kept to that promise and have bought very little this year, and almost all of it has been on sale.
So while there are a lot of tempting sales going on–Michi! Alala! Carbon 38! Alo Yoga!–I’m holding off except for a few things from Athleta, which is having a 20% off sale. I have a Banana Republic card that I use for everything, so I earn a lot of rewards that I can use at either BR or Athleta. With a ton of rewards, I was able to get some things for a great deal. This review covers some pieces I bought a few months ago at the end of summer and more recently, when Athleta had a pre-sale last weekend.
One more thing before I get to the review: Lululemon’s Rush Hour jacket I reviewed earlier this week is now on sale on their website in white and sapphire blue. And my favorite Sculpt Tanks are also marked down in lots of colors.
I have a lot more crops than I do full-length tights. While I usually wear crops for indoor strength training and yoga, I wear full-length tights for early-morning dog walks from fall to spring. I loved the idea of this new tight that adds side pockets to make these as nice for walking around town as for working out. Because I could use these for a lot of different activities, I decided I’d get enough use to justify buying them. I bought these in the Purple Drama color in size medium, based on reviewers saying to size up because of sheerness.
I unfortunately didn’t remember that I don’t like the fabric in the Quest version of Chat tights. They are extremely slick with very little compression. So while I loved the color, I really disliked both the super-slick fabric and the lack of compression. I think the lack of compression was even less in the medium; also in the medium the tight wrinkled a bit behind my knees.
Other than the fabric, I liked the tight a lot. It’s a comfortable high rise, and I do think I’ll wear these a lot for dog walks and just to wear out and about. I am returning this one but ordered a replacement in the spacedye fabric in hopes that version works out better.
I took some pictures on a very dark and gloomy day, and they didn’t turn out. Here are the best with the brightness bumped up to see them. You can see the color a bit better in the Superluxe Top photos below.
New to Athleta’s winter training line this year are the Superluxe tops. I like to wear white a lot in winter because I run in the dark early mornings and don’t have a warm white top. I do have an older white Athleta Plush Tech Hoodie but will probably give it away this season because I’ve never liked the hoodie and it’s not very warm for winter. I ordered the Superluxe top in white in size medium with the intent of wearing it on its own, with a top or tank layered under for more warmth, or under a jacket for the coldest days.
The fabric is wonderfully soft and feels great on. It’s not bulky but nice and warm. The arm length is very long and nearly completely covers my hands; plus, there are cuffins to act as mittens. I think it will be great on its own or worn with other layers. There is a small, unobtrusive zippered pocket on the top, near the shoulder. It would be good for a key or tissues, but that’s about it. there is also reflectivity at the cuffs and on the back.
It’s a very roomy fit and has a long length. It will be great to add layers underneath, but if you don’t plan to do that or want a closer fit, don’t size up. This top is a keeper; I can see wearing it a lot this winter.
The only part of my body that ever gets cold on winter runs is my hands. It’s pretty much impossible for me to keep my hands warm in winter–whether running or just out and about. I usually wear mittens over gloves and, on the worst days, wear my enormous ski gloves over regular gloves on runs. But I was interested in trying this glove, even if I need to layer mittens over it.
The nice feature on these gloves is that the top–the black part–is actually a sturdy softshell-like fabric that helps block out wind. I wore these on my walk with the dog this morning in 36 degrees F. The sturdier fabric did seem to help block out the cold, but my fingers still got really cold by the end of the walk. I really like the long, soft cuffs on these, though. They have touch technology on the finger and thumb, but I didn’t try it out. I will keep these but will need to layer under mittens in winter.
Athleta’s 20% off sale continues this weekend. I think last year they had another Cyber Monday promotion–possible an additional discount on sale items? If you need winter running gear, Athleta has some good options. Check out my Guide 1 and Guide 2 for winter running gear favorites.
Did you get any good deals this weekend?