Stay active, well-armed
While we may not be seasoned athletes, we do enjoy a regular run, and especially love participating in local efforts held in aid of worthy causes, so when we were recently invited to participate in the Totalsports Women’s Race, in aid of Women’s Month and Breast Cancer, there was no ways we were going to opt out. Oooh and can you imagine our excitement when we were offered sponsored gear to race in by Under Armour, a stunning sportswear brand new to the South African market, but certainly fast growing popular.
If fresh air and a good cause were not enough reason to pound the pavement, then wearing Under Armour certainly added the cherry on the top of reasons to get us up and running.
Under Armour is exclusively distributed within South Africa by Apollo Brands (Pty) Ltd, and their mission is simple: to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation.
What we got in our running day kit bag…
UA Charged Bandit 4 Women’s Running Shoes – these are ideal for runners who need a balance of flexibility and cushioning.
Women’s HeatGear “Armour” Compression Capri Tights – specifically designed for use during colder months when athletes want to stay dry and light.
Women’s UA HeatGear® Armour Threadborne Short Sleeve – made using Microthread tech which means faster drying, chafe-free comfort.
So, on the road, camera’s in hand, we were multi-tasking at our best – stopping people to pose for a quick social photo and then trying to keep up with the bus of medium-paced runners so we didn’t fall too far behind.
Given the fact that we only received our kit the day before, we hit a mild panic due to that age-old notion that one should never ever run in shoes that are not worn in. However, if there is one thing that impressed us the most on the day, it was those UA Charged Bandit 4 Women’s Running Shoes!! We have never set foot in a pair of running shoes, for the first time, that ooze such comfort.
Lightweight, with engineered two-toned mesh upper construction for increased ventilation and a firm counter for additional support that keeps the back of the foot locked-in place, and a high rebound EVA sockliner for a comfortable and responsive ride, these shoes are winners in our books. With a removable sole, a solid rubber outsole that covers high impact zones, 360° reflectivity and anatomically placed flex grooves that offer proper flexibility in key areas, we could not have been better catered for on the race route. I have a high in-step, and usually require additional support in some of the shoes I wear, I didn’t feel the need for this support as much walking and running in these shoes.
Without pretending to be expert runners, these shoes certainly made us feel the part, by making us look good and making the run a lot easier on our feet. After all, comfort is key!
The Women’s Under Armour HeatGear ¾ leggings we were given are the ideal runners Capri. Classically designed for an array of sporting activities, they offer full muscle support and the HeatGear High Wicking performance fabric they are made of means they are suitable for the gym and the streets because this is the stuff that maintains your core temperature and stops you from over-heating. We have found that in cooler temperatures, this fabric is also brilliant at keeping your warm. These tights are well-styled and constructed with the feminine shape in mind. We totally loved the almost hidden zipped pockets on both sides of the tights. There’s enough room in there for a smartphone, keys, some bucks and a pack of twinsavers, although we’re not quite sure if we like the idea of running with all that stuff stored in there. But, say you had to to your phone on your run for kid reasons or you were running to your coffee destination and needed to store your cash somewhere safe, these pockets are ideal for that.
Our only peeve… having worn the tights on several occasions, we would opt for a size smaller. While, they fit perfectly and look great on, they seem to pull down in the middle as you go, which doesn’t look or feel so great. Not sure if this is an issue of fabric weight (most likely) or perhaps the brand, unlike many others out there, doesn’t cut shapes to fit Barbie dolls. Regardless, we still love them to death and will continue to wear them, but the next pair we buy will be one size smaller, yay for us!!!
Decked in bright coral, there is no way you won’t stand out in if you’re pounding the pavements like we were. But, we love bright and we love coral and we loved the HeatGear Threadborne Short Sleeve we were given. We loved that it was not figure-hugging and that it was long enough to cover our mum bums, but it was the kind of tee that also looks fantastic not just as active wear but it could easily double as a casual wear look, paired with jeans, a nice belt and some sandals on a warm day or boots on a cold one. The coral might be a bit bright for some, but there are other colours to choose from, and the fit and style of the shirt is so comfortable and stylish at the same time, that we figured why not? So, we did!
Born from the same desire for the perfect temperature controlling as the tights, the shirt’s Microthread tech means faster drying, chafe-free comfort, enhanced with a Moisture Transport System that wicks sweat away from the skin for cooler, drier sessions. Truly, this is something new we experienced and it is a huge pleasure to have done so… summer is coming so we’re crossing fingers that this gear is going to keep us as cool and as sweat-free as possible.
Having got to the finish line in one piece, and still looking pretty good – if we may say so ourselves – we’d like to thank Under Armour and the team from Nucleus Agency for kitting us out in such phenomenal style for the race. We certainly turned heads, not just because we stood out in our bright and double-troubled attire, but because we looked good and were envied by a number of fellow runners who threw some fabulous comments our way.
This is a brand that has steered its focus towards innovation and development, and combined it with a sartorial awareness to develop effective activewear that also looks great, so you can look good, feel good and exercise good.
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