Review (and I need your help): Stonewear Designs Apparel for Active Women

Today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before–a review. That means you know it must be something truly special that I want to talk about!


But before I do that, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your kind words of encouragement on my last post. They mean a lot to me and I’m humbled to know that so many people are rooting for us! The boys are doing great now, so thank you everyone.


Now back to the review–I am not being compensated in any way. I bought this particular piece of clothing to review with my very own money. I do need your help at the end of the post though, so stick with me! I just feel like this is something that I want my readers to know about, so here it goes….

I am a very active woman and mama. Yes, I hike, run, travel, garden and explore the outdoors on a regular basis, but I spend the majority of my time chasing kids. I never knew real activity until I added mommy to my resume, and I am loving every moment of it. My lifestyle demands clothing that can keep up with me while at the same time make me look good. And friends, that is no easy feat….it takes a very special piece of clothing!

I am very picky about my clothes and demand three things: durability, comfort and style.

I especially have a hard time finding tops that meet these three criteria. I was blessed (if you are a male) and cursed (ladies, you know what I’m talkin’ about) with a small frame and a rather large set of girls on top. This can make finding a supportive and stylish top difficult. Also, I live in the south where much of the year is hot and humid, so the top must be able to keep me cool and dry in addition to all the other qualities I look for. I don’t mind paying more money for clothing that will last a very long time and perform in the way I need it to. I end up spending more money when I buy low-quality clothing and have to replace it so frequently. I have decided that since I’m all grown up and stuff, I should invest in myself–that means investing in the clothing that will help me perform my best.

Enter Stonewear Designs Cross Back Tank Top, and I am in love!


Here, let me show you:

Here is what I love about this top:


  • Fits just right–not too tight or clingy, true to size.
  • Stylish
  • Great support with the built-in bra
  • Comfortable, kept me cool and dry during my run in near 90 degree weather

What I didn’t like:

  • That I don’t have ten more of these hanging in my closet 😉


I am heading to Colorado soon for some hiking and other outdoor adventures, and I also have a 5K and Muddy Buddy run coming up soon in which I plan to wear this top. I can’t wait! I think it is evident by now, but let me state it: all opinions are my own and I am giving an honest review of this product. Oh, and I’m totally stoked to find this top and genuinely happy that this top performed so well for me.

But not only do I think their apparel is awesome, their company values totally rock. Check it out-

“Since Stonewear Designs was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1996, we have woven the energy and vitality

of active women into the fabric of each piece of clothing we create. While our original designs were fueled by the need for women-specific climbing clothes, we have since been inspired by women’s all-encompassing active lifestyles. We make comfortable, versatile, long lasting clothing for lifetime athletes. And in the Stonewear world, lifetime sports include: chasing after kids, running to meetings and playing with dogs. With every product we develop, our ultimate goal is to make clothing that helps women feel good about their bodies.

We believe in trying to make the world a better place. We make all our clothes in the USA. We look for fabrics that are easier on the environment. In most of our products that contain cotton we are now using organic cotton. In Spring 2010 we will be introducing polyesters that are made from recycled pop bottles.

We are part of an exciting community and we enjoy giving back, helping and inspiring others. We support The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation founded by Sean Patrick, an ovarian cancer survivor and climber.” via Stonewear Designs

I want to try out some of their other tops in addition to their awesome pants and capris, they look great! What an awesome company to support.

Now Help a Mama Out:
I am applying to become an ambassador for Stonewear Designs. I love their mission and their clothing and would be honored to be a part of their team. If you think I would be a good representative for them, they want to hear from you! You can let them know if you think yours truly–Lauren (Hiking Mama)–would make a good ambassador. Leave a comment on their Facebook page or give me a shout-out on Twitter and tag Stonewaer Designs. You can find their social media pages here:

Facebook Page


So tell me, what pieces of active wear can you not live without? Any good clothing companies you think I should know about? If you already love Stonewear, what’s your favorite piece of clothing?

5 thoughts on “Review (and I need your help): Stonewear Designs Apparel for Active Women

  1. littlegoldboat

    Hi, Hiking Mama. Good luck with your application. It’s great to be passionate about a company, and this one sounds like a good choice for you. For my writing trip to Ireland last summer, I researched lightweight hiking boots and discovered KEEN, another ecologically oriented outdoor company based in a green place, Portland, Oregon. The main selling points for the KEENs in Ireland was their comfort, water-resistance and durability. I also invested in their lightweight laptop bag, which went many places with me on walks up and downhill to and from my poetry workshop in West Cork and over to the hotel bar where I often worked and edited photos. I love their products so much that I also recommended them to my college-age daughter for her first backpacking trip and my husband for his summit of Mt. Langley (second-highest in CA). I also got him a bag like mine for his laptop. Then there’s Holstee. Don’t get me started on how great they are. You’ll find the link to my guest post for them in the second part of the Creative Voyage entry at the top of the Gold Boat Journey’s home page at Happy Sails!

  2. littlegoldboat

    Hi, Hiking Mama. Congratulations! I think you’d make a great ambassador for Stonewater. I also like to support companies whose products I feel passionate about. I’m also an active hiker, writer and blogger. When I took a solo trip to Ireland last summer, I needed comfortable hiking shoes and did a lot of online research. Keen, an environmentally conscious sportswear company in Portland, OR, came out on top for their water resistance, durability and comfort. I also invested in a KEEN bag for carrying my computer up and down hills from the parking lot in the little town of Bantry to my poetry workshop and back during my week there. Later, my college-age daughter got KEEN boots for her first backpacking trip and my husband got them to summit Mt. Langley (second highest peak in California). For his birthday, I got him a laptop bag like mine. Last week he ordered KEEN watershoes for an upcoming hike, and today my eldest daughter purchased KEENs for her two-month stint as a camp counselor in upstate New York. We are clearly a KEEN family now! Also, there’s the inspirational clothing company, HOLSTEE. I’m not a huge fan of their clothing, but I love their spirit and their popular manifesto. You’ll find a link to my guest blog for their MyLife site in second part of “Creative Voyage” on the home page of my website at Happy Sails! Ellen Girardeau Kempler, Chief Navigator & Founder, Gold Boat Journeys

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  4. cliffmama

    It looks like KEEN has their link building team out in full force. They commented on my blog once as well and I found similarly worded comments on a bunch of other outdoor blogs. I know the game because I do some of it for clients at work as well, but not to that extent. At least they made the effort to personalize it, but you’d think they’d notice when they’ve already posted on the same blog article!


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