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Gear Review and Giveaway: Stonewear Designs (apparel for active women)

Giveaway Closed.  Congratulations to commenter number 3 for winning the headband! 

I’m not a world-renowned athlete and I’ve never led an exhilarating expedition to worlds unknown.  My ab muscles are strong but are by no means toned enough to resemble a six-pack.  I’m training for a half-marathon–words that I never imagined would fall from my lips. I don’t look like a supermodel and my curves sometimes annoy me.  But I’m proud of my body and all that it has allowed me to accomplish.

I believe fiercely that adventure and outdoor exploration are for all.  I strive to stay active, push my limits, try new things and inspire others to do the same. Staying active and fit are high on my priority list. I use all of my resources to not only help my son with special needs thrive outdoors, but to show others that adventure and the natural world are within everyone’s grasp. I believe in the power of nature to sooth the soul and nourish the body and mind.  I believe that everyone can benefit from being active outdoors.  And I don’t think that you must have the perfect body to do so.

That’s why I was so delighted to become a member of the Stonewear Designs Grassroots Team.  Stonewear clothing is designed to fit every type of body.  They empower women of all shapes and sizes to be active while stylishly supported.  So today, I thought I would share with you about some of my favorite Stonewear outfits that I was provided to test and use in my daily activities.  And I’ll be honest….I pretty much live in my Stonewear clothing now. It makes me feel beautiful, strong and comfortable all day long.  Their clothing is of very high quality (so it will last without showing wear) and is specifically designed to be tough enough to keep up with an active lifestyle.  

Lyra Top + Rockin’ Capri:

The Lyra Top is made of a very breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you cool and dry while hiking, running, kayaking, climbing or just wrangling kids.  This is my go to top for all of my activities.  Not only does it keep me cool and dry down here in the hot and humid southeast, but the support is phenomenal.  The Lyra Top has a built-in bra that keeps the girls nicely in place.  I sometimes pair this top with Stonewear’s cross back sports bra to give myself the maximum amount of support possible because I really like to keep everything in place :)  But the top alone provides great support.  The fit is extremely flattering as well.  The fabric skims the body and flatters without being clingy  (which is great if you are like me and your midsection is a little soft and round!)  If you are an active woman who is a bit heavy on top, then the Lyra Top is definitely for you.

The Rockin’ Capris (also referred to by me as the most awesome pair of capris to ever grace my legs) are the best thing that has ever happened to me from a clothing standpoint.  These flattering, moisture-wicking capris feel great, look great and hold up to creek crossings, muddy hikes, kayaking trips and hot trail runs. They also have a side zip pocket that is large enough to store a smart phone or keys. I practically live in these capris (as well as the pant version.)  Wash after wash these babies still look like new.  The Rockin’ Capris are the most rugged and beautifully constructed capris/pants I’ve ever owned.  They are certainly worth every penny.  I cannot stress enough how awesome these are!!  I will never hike in anything else again….seriously….they are that good.

Keep a lookout for an upcoming review of my other faves–the Olympia Top, Rockin’ Pants, Double Cross Back Top and Meridian Capris….

Want to see what other real women have to say about Stonewear Designs?  Check out this fabulous post that shows women of all shapes and sizes sharing their favorite pieces of clothing!

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Now, who wants to win a little something from Stonewear Designs? Enter to win a headband, here’s how:

1. Visit the Stonewear Designs website and take a look around, then come back and leave a comment below telling me what piece of clothing you think would be great to try and why.

2. For an extra, additional entry, you can like Stonewear Designs on Facebook.  Then come back here and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

3. For one more extra entry, you can like Hike.Blog.Love on Facebook (or tell me you already are a fan) and come back here and leave another comment.

That’s it!  Good luck, ladies (and men who would like to win some swag for their lady.)  The giveaway closes on Friday October 5th. The winner will recieve a headband in a random color.

Some of the Stonewear clothing shown in this post was provided to me free of charge as a member of the Grassroots Team.  Some clothing was purchased with my own money because I love the clothing so darn much.  All opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Help a Mama Out!

You may recall that I did a review not too long ago regarding Stonewear Designs–a clothing company that designs hiking, fitness, yoga and travel clothing for women. I snagged some of their Meridian yoga capris on sale and then splurged on one of their Kaia halter tops. And can I just say that I am in love? Truly.

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Here I am in the backyard, doing yoga with the kids and sporting my new Stonewear finds….thanks Little Man for playing photographer!

The fit, the support, the look….it’s all perfect. I applied to be an ambassador for Stonewear Designs and would be honored to represent a company that I wholeheartedly love. Part of the application process is using social media to show support for the applicants. If you support me as a good choice as an ambassador, please give me a shout out through Stonewears’s twitter or fb pages:

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Let them know that Lauren (Hiking Mama) sent you. And even if you don’t feel up to it, or I don’t get chosen, I will still continue to support this great clothing company and encourage you to check ‘em out. Their apparel does not disappoint. I’m just so glad that I have finally found great clothing to support my active lifestyle!

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!

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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.

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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!

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Here, let me show you:

Here is what I love about this top:

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  • 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 ;)

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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:

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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?