I really wish that I got a chance to do more of it. My very first, and only trail run was a Half Marathon. Yep, I figured, go big or go home. I ran the Northface Endurance Challenge Half Marathon 2 years ago. I absolutely loved it and I wonder every day why I don’t do it more often.
To be honest, it’s just more time consuming. I have to drive far to get to a good one and let’s be honest…I get up early enough to get my long runs done as it is even when I’m running from my front door. I look back on my time in Colorado and am kicking myself for not doing more trail running! I mean how can a runner live in CO and not run some kick ass trails?
We all know that proper running attire is key to any good run right? Long gone are the days of cotton tshirts and sweatpants (thank goodness).
Conveniently a few weeks before my trip to New Hampshire, Dynafit North America reached out to me to see if I wanted to try a few pieces in their Spring 2015 Running line.
Dynafit is actually a brand dedicated to mountain athletes….ski mountaineers in winter and trail runners in summer. While I’m not a dedicated trail runner, nor do I live in the mountains (hello concrete jungle), I am an outdoorsy person and with family in New England, there is always opportunity for me to benefit from some awesome outdoor gear.
It was perfect timing because I knew we had several hikes in our busy schedule on vacation. Let me also say right off the bat….I had BIG plans for some awesome pictures for this post. In fact I got some amazing photos up in the Flume in NH. Which is also sadly where my phone met it’s demise before my photos had been uploaded to the Cloud…sigh. I think I may have been more upset by the fact that I lost the awesome photos of the Dynafit gear than I was at actually losing the phone. Seriously…these were AWESOME photos. I still get a tear in my eye thinking about how I will never get them back.
Ok, enough of the pity party…..
Thankfully some had uploaded prior to our day trip and after the demise my dad so graciously took a few photos for me.
*Please note, I received Dynafit items in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.*
I received 4 items from Dynafit’s Sprin 2015 line:
So let’s break the pieces down individually, shall we?
This is a light, hybrid jacket with Primaloft and breathable stretch material. It is super light, water repellant, and wind resistant. I was worried about how much room it would take in my suitcase, but it rolled up into a tiny ball.
For comparison, this is a sandwich baggie (which is obviously a little too small)….but, it would easily fit in a quart sized ziploc bag. The fact that it is so light and packable makes it a perfect jacket for hiking or trail running in the early spring or fall and easy to throw in a backpack if you don’t need it. You can guarantee I will be bringing this with me to Ragnar (I’m hoping it will be a chilly night, the weather could go either way here in October).
Thumbholes are a must in my book.
The primaloft in the front keeps you nice and toasty on a chilly day and the breathable panels on the side wick away that sweat as you get moving.
I like the addition of the reflective detail on the back of the hood as well.
And if it gets really windy, the hood coverage is awesome.
This was seriously the BEST layering piece that I brought with me on my trip to NH. We did a little hiking and it was a chilly day (at least for me coming from the heat and humidity). The temp was in the mid 50’s and this was perfect.
Enduro Tank Top
The Enduro Tank top is another super light weight top made with micro mesh and 4-way stretch. It was super light and sweat wicking and would be a great addition to a summer running wardrobe.
Clearly this company specializes in lightweight apparel because these 3/4 length running tights were just that. Super light and breathable made with 4 way stretch, it really felt like I was wearing nothing. The material felt durable but barely there.
It’s hard to find a pair of running tights with the seams in the right places, but the seams on these were perfection. Accentuated and flattered the booty just as every girl hopes for! The wide elastic waist band was a nice touch as well. As a mom that has loose skin from having babies, it did a nice job of holding it all in and tucked in just the right places!
I liked the addition of the pockets on the back waist band….
And on the side of the leg… While it didn’t fit my Iphone 6 (before I lost it in the river), it would be the perfect size for some Gu or ipod, etc. There is a top layer of material that comes over the top of the pocket to keep everything in.
My one complaint about these is that they stretched out a little in the knee area. I like my tights to be tight, and while they were everywhere else, this is the one place that they weren’t. Now, with that said, I do have thin chicken legs, so that could have something to do it it. If I went down a size the pant would have been to small everywhere else. But overall, these were great!
And last but not least…
The Pantera S is a rugged trail running shoe.
- “sensitive fit” meaning it has a lot of wiggle room in the toe box.
- form fitted upper
- duo motion control
- 8mm drop
- multipad mid sole: “independent sole units enable dynamic adaptability to rugged alpine terrain:
- runner toe and heel bumpers
- ortholite foot bed
- sole by Vibram
Like I said, I’m not an avid trail runner (although I would like to be), I do like to have a pair of trail shoes around for those impromptu off road hikes that don’t require a boot. I loved the color and the feel. They are a little bit heavier and rugged than I’m used to of course, but they felt great. I had worn them on a short trail run in NH and I felt safe and secure and knew that I wouldn’t be slipping around in these on the gravel or packed trail.
Toe box space is a huge factor for me when buying a shoe, and I felt like these had ample room. I’m a fan of cushioned running shoes and I felt these had plenty of cushioning.
Cute too, aren’t they? Love the color.
Overall, I was VERY impressed with Dynafit. They were a company I had never heard of, so wasn’t really sure what to expect. I must say though, my absolute favorite piece was the jacket. I will be wearing that for a long time to come. They are all wonderful pieces, but that was the piece de resistance for me without question. Definitely check Dynafit out if you get the chance!
Now for the super cool part….Dynafit wants to give one of YOU one of their Trail Jackets!! Say WHAAATTT??! Oh yea guys, this is an AWESOME giveaway. This is a super lightweight, breathable, windproof alpine running jacket! Retails for $169.95!!
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