Monday, February 8, 2010

Champion gear review and giveaway!

I was fortunate to receive a big box of Champion running gear to review recently. When I got the box, I was surprised that it included so many awesome pieces: A fleece jacket, a long-sleeve running shirt, running shorts and a sports bra. What a bounty!

And you can be sure I put the gear to use right away. So here's what I thought:

The sports bra

OK, first, the color was awesome. It's a flashy turquoise that I just love!

The photo doesn't do the color justice. It's just plain fun.

Second, the fit was perfect. I was sent a medium, which worked well to hold me in place while still remaining comfortable. Third, the material felt nice and wicked moisture well. The bra is made from Champion's double-dry material. I have not had any chafing with this bra and it has held up well through the few washes I've done. Total thumbs-up on the bra!

The fleece jacket

Another winner. I loooooooove this fleece jacket! I mean, I LOVE it!

Don't ask me why I am making such a weird face -- I have no idea. And, yes, that is the wallpaper in the bathroom. It was there when we moved in and it is horrible. And yet it remains . . .

OK, back to the jacket. Here's the thing about me and jackets: I have broad(ish) shoulders and long(ish) arms. They combine to make it so many, many jackets (and regular long-sleeved tops) don't fit well. The shoulders are often too narrow and the sleeves too short. It is a real problem. But, with the fleece jacket it hasn't been a problem. I received a medium in the jacket and the arms are plenty long. The jacket also fit well on the bottom (that ol' hip/butt area) when zipped up. Sometimes jackets can be too tight at the bottom but this one isn't.

Check out the zipper cover on the neck. I thought this was a cool feature, making the jacket comfortable to wear when zipped all the way. Also, the fleece is right up there with the softest fleece I've ever worn. Truly.

The long-sleeved running shirt

Yup, another winner. The one I was sent was deep purple, in medium/large.

The top is made from a comfy, stretchy double-dry fabric and it fit well: Neither too tight nor too loose, but definitely fitted. The length was good for me and I liked the dip of the v-neck. The kicker, though, is that the arms were long enough.

Look at that length! That never happens for me! Love it.

The shorts

Bummer. These are just . . . well, these shorts are not for me. They are short shorts. Short, clingy shorts. Short, clingy, cute-perky-girl shorts. Not running mama shorts. Or, at least, not this running mama shorts! I couldn't even wear them out of the house. They are just made for a different sort of runner. Maybe they are made for you? Maybe. Just not me.

But, hey three out of four items rocked, so that's great!

Thank you so much, Champion, for letting me try your gear!

And . . . thanks for sponsoring this giveaway. Yes, that's right. I have some Champion gear to giveaway.

The giveaway

Champion will send a pink fleece (in size medium, like the one pictured above) and a purple long-sleeved running shirt (size m/l, again, like the one pictured above) to one lucky winner! So, if you win, you'll win the same gear I have, which means we'll be twins. And who wouldn't want to be my twin? Ha :-)

To enter:

As usual, to enter just leave me a comment and tell me you want in.

Additional entries:

As usual here, too. If you want some extra chances to win, do any (or all!) of the following (be sure to leave a comment for each entry):
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (leave a comment each time you do)
  • Follow this blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
This giveaway will run through 11:59pm EST on Thursday, February 11, 2010. The winner will be chosen using random.org and posted on Friday.

Good luck!


144 comments:

  1. Oooh! I want in for sure! Awesome giveaway!!! I love Champion gear!

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  2. I already follow on Google Reader.

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  3. I linked the giveaway to my blog

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  4. I am a follower of your blog!!

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  5. Ohhh sign me up! Michigan winter won't be over until April, this stuff would be great!

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  6. Sounds like good stuff! Count me in. :)

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  7. Why is it that running shirt sleeves are always so short? Count me in!

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  8. I'm a follower and I love that running shirt!!

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  9. I would LOVE to win this! I am a Facebook follower now!

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  10. I just tweeted @herlittledogtoo

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  11. i am also a follower/subscribe in my google reader

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  12. Oh boy, do I ever want in! I don’t know if the fleece will fit great – but to have a shirt with long enough sleeves would be close to a miracle.

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  13. I put your giveaway on my blog.

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  14. I am already a faithful follower!

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  15. I definitely have the same problem you have...broad shoulders and long arms. I would love to try the fleece and the shirt!

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  16. I am a follower :) Great giveaway

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  17. Hey, Im in, i want it, i wanna be you're twin!

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  18. And guess what? im a follower on here too!

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  19. I linked to you from my blog - w00t w00t, i feel myself winning!! and could do with it, i'm recently laid off with lots of running time and few bras.:)

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  20. Not sure if I would fit or not but I want to be your twin so it is worth a try..

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  21. Just became a facebook fan. I don't tweet.. LOL!!

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  22. i am a follower

    erica_haggins@hotmail.com

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  23. I posted this giveaway on my blog today here!

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  24. Nice stuff! Sorry about the shorts though.
    Count me in!
    Already a follwer!

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  25. I'm already a HR FB fan as well!

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  26. And I already follow your blog!

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  27. I am all over the purple shirt! I love long sleeve running shirts :D

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  28. Oooh that purple long sleeve is so cute!! I love Champion stuff! We always had champion shorts and sweats for basketball in college and I still have all my stuff and will wear it till it is worn out!!

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  29. And I'm about to send you a shoutout via twitter...

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  30. I'm in...I want to be your twin!!

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  31. Looks like a lovely bag of goodies. I'm in!

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  32. ...and of course, I already follow your blog :)

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  33. ...and have mentioned your fab give-away on MY blog too!

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  34. I would love to win! Kbroderi@msn.com

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  35. I want in for sure! Great looking gear!

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  36. I totally want IN! Great gear!

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  37. I just became a follower...AND I told you about it. That's how bad I want in! :-)

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  38. I'd love to be included! I enjoy Champion running gear, and I'm in need of a new long sleeve running shirt!

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  39. PS - I follow via Google reader. Does that count?

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  40. Oh, I just signed up for my first 5K and would love some new gear.

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  41. That purple shirt is gorgeous!

    I became a follower of your blog!

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  42. Linked this giveaway from my blog!

    There we go ... let the winning begin - hahaha

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  43. I am a follower of your blog!!

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  44. Love to be in the contest! And am now a follower!
    Thx!

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  45. Hi, I just became a follower of your blog, and would love to be entered in to win the fun stuff from Champion! Sooo cute!

    Thanks,
    Stephanie

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  46. Ohh! I want to win! Love Champion quality!

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  47. Love the purple shirt & the pink fleece!! BTW, I'm a follower :-)

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  48. Great gear! I would love to participate. Thanks for hosting!

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  49. sounds awesome thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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  50. I want to win, thanks!!

    kathrynbaby2004@yahoo.com

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  51. Yes, I want to win! Thanks for the chance.
    tinap
    tinajanet1@verizon.net

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  52. Became a fan on Facebook - finally :)

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  53. Count me in please! I'm down to one sports bra and could really use another good one!

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  54. I've always wanted to be a twin! Count me in!

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  55. Linked to the giveaway on my blog =)

    http://www.runninginpigtails.com/?p=2972

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  56. I follow you on my Google Reader! =)

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  57. Hey Felice, Love the blog! Just found it today and I definately want in on this!!

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  58. i love champion! what a great giveaway! i def need some new gear!

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  59. Yay I want to win! I'm a new runner with not much clothing yet and not much money to spend to get some. :)

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  60. I also became a fan on Facebook so I can stay up to date!

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  61. I would love to win this giveaway!

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  62. I am new runner, new follower, and new facebook fan! With all the snow we are getting in the DC/Baltimore area (Snowiest winter on record) could you possibly add a snowplow to the list on this give away??!!

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  63. I <3 Champion gear! (and your blog lol)

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  64. Yes please, I would love to be a twin!!--I have nothing warm to run in --so I tend to not go when it's cold or drizzling --this will take away my excuse and make me run more often!
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  65. I'd love in! That running shirt looks well fitting and comfortable, I never seem to be able to find nice long sleeved shirts for being active in.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  66. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks.

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  67. 1. Leaving you a comment. Looking forward to reading your blog ( :

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  68. 3. My Running blog on FB Brace Yourself: ROJ Presents A Multisport Life! Has posted a link to your giveaway

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  69. 4. I am also now a follow here on blogger. (I would link on my entry but with only one day left...gotta keep the field narrow! JK

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  70. I would love to win. Please enter me for this great gear.

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  71. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat

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  72. great giveaway!
    susanerios at hotmail.com

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  73. those colors would look great on me and the size is perfect. and we could be twins. so yes, i definately want it.

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  74. Great giveaway! I'm a follower of your blog!

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  75. I'm in! Thanks for the chance(s) to win!

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  76. I am a fan on Facebook, too. :)

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  77. Awesome gear! Love Champion!

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  78. pick me! awesome gear! I have always wanted a twin

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  79. I posted on my blog about the giveaway!

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  80. I would love to win, maybe newclothes would motivate me to get bsck in shape and finish losing the baby weight

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  81. Looks great. Please count me in.

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  82. Zipper jacket on the neck was really cool and comfortable to wear. I used to go for walking every morning with my spyder jackets. Finally, I will look for another style as you posted. Thanks!

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