This post is sponsored by Zappos, all opinions are my own.
Walking past store after store, I wasn’t really looking for anything, but this display caught my eye…was that…could it be…active gear designed specifically for a woman’s body?!
I know this sounds like no big deal now, but the first time I stumbled upon a Lucy YEARS AGO it was magic. No shorts that ballooned out or cotton t-shirts that floated. This stuff fit and flattered and worked! In fact, I still wear a pair of capris I got there at least 7 years ago.
Thus I was sad to hear they were going away, until I heard they were becoming part of The North Face!!! Gear that seriously works and most importantly for my shopping habits is available from Zappos. Online. Easy. Fast.Plus I can test it out and return it if needed, no questions asked. I mean that is service with a smile!
After asking all of you on Instagram where you buy workout gear, it was almost UNANIMOUS that online is the place to be. Yet, we’re all nervous about sizing, so hello friends that’s why I’m all over Zappos for the info they provide and the returns.
Lucy Becomes The North Face
Interested to see if anything had changed since the merge, I tested out not only some kick butt trail shoes, but some gear as well. First thing I realized was I’m still wearing things like this North Face hoodie from a few years ago, so this merge is such a perfect match! Gear that lasts!That moment before you head on out a new trail. Filled with excitement and especially some nerves when wearing brand new gear!! Oh boy!
For starters, I wasn’t sure how these comfy cotton feeling clothes could really keep me dry, but they’re even emblazoned with “FlashDry” which made me feel like surely they would work.
And it did!! Making this a great graphic t-shirt that I can wear casually (I mean, how fun is “run wild”) or on a run because the technology makes it fast drying and pushes moisture away from the skin.
Many of you long legged runners have also lamented finding good leggings that don’t leave us with peaking ankles, so I’m happy to report The North Face Perfect Core High Rise Tights were plenty long for my 33 inch inseam and because of the higher waist I never found them slipping down during the hike or when I ran.
Honestly, the fit feels really similar to Lucy tights I got for yoga years ago, but now has more of The North Face technology backing it up! I also like that the wide waist band made it comfy to put in my car keys without feeling like they would bounce out.
The North Face Ultra Cardiac II Review
Shoes. They make me happy.
But I’m also so extremely picky that I get nervous anytime someone asks me to try a pair.
I was intrigued by the Ultra Cardiac II because it’s designed for both road and trail, which is perfect for those of us hitting the crushed gravel paths or who find ourselves in and out of trails. It’s billed as a hiking shoe, but is also good for some of those short run days! One of the first things I noticed was the comfort of slipping in to the shoe. I hear from a lot of you that shoes are too narrow and while that doesn’t bother me, I could tell right away these would make many of you happy.
Other things I really liked:
- 6mm heel to toe drop means it’s closer to a minimal shoe that most (great for IT Band issues)
- neutral running shoe (but felt like it had good support)
- Vibram® Megagrip rubber outsole provides the grip instead of the spikes you see on lots of trail shoes
- great cushioning
- so far very durable and breathable
- no rock plate, which is great for a lighter shoe when you aren’t doing super technical trails
Definitely a shoe that you’ll see me doing a lot of hiking in this summer and some of my light trail runs because the shoe is comfy and durable. As always you’re getting my honest opinion, love to hear if there’s a North Face shoe you’ve tested and enjoy!
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