I am most excited to share this Ambassador post this week, only because not only am I, personally, an Ambassador for Stonewear Designs, but I also join 11 other ladies in a community dedicated to showing off what we think is some of the best active clothing out there. Each woman is different – her life is unique, her body is unique and her tastes in clothing are too. I asked some of my fellow Ambassadors to join me in pointing out what are their favorite pieces from Stonewear (and how they fit both their body type and the life they lead.) Consider this a shopping cheat-sheet. Thanks to the perks of being an Ambassador, most of have seen at least 80% (or more) of the line and know what we are talking about! And yes, this clothing is absolutely worth the price – it holds up like you wouldn’t believe!
Brace yourself for a massive post, but don’t tune out – it is chock-full of awesome information! AND, if you read all the way to the end, you have the chance to win a little something something from Stonewear Designs!
…mom to 2 girls and avid rock climber, has been climbing for 14 years. She is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and answers climbing injury questions at www.climbinginjuries.com. Her personal website where she documents climbing with kids and her family adventures is www.mamaclimbs.com.
My favorite Stonewear Designs pieces are the Aery Top and the new Meridian Capri. They are both made of the softest most buttery material. The Aery Top is perfect for throwing on to take the kid to school in the cool mornings here in Bend, OR. I am very petite standing a mere 5 feet tall and hovering at 100 pounds. I find the Aery top is generously fit, but not big and baggy. The neck styling really stands out- even my husband noticed how nice it looks! The Meridian Capris are also generously fit and flowy. I love the gathered waist. It helps the pants stay up under my harness when I’m rock climbing. I also like the split back legs. They make the capris feel non-restrictive for any crazy climbing moves. Both pieces are a lightweight material that makes them perfect for cool fall days.
….loves to run, hike, surf, climb and do just about everything outside. But when her muscles get tight and her mind gets wound up with work, she heads straight to a bikram yoga class. “It feels great to sit still in a warm place, stretch and get centered,” she says. “To me, it’s 90 minutes in a tropical heaven.” She wears Stonewear Designs’ hot yoga shorts often, because they are super comfortable and stylish. They fit snugly but loosely around the waist and allow for ease of movement. They also have cute ties on the sides, which enable you to shorten or lengthen the shorts as desired.
Deanna also wore them recently while cleaning up the Clavey River in California. She spent the morning picking up trash and the afternoon lounging by the river, swimming and talking with friends. She knows that her yoga postures aren’t perfect. So alongside the river, she did the simple tree and mountain poses, which are a natural fit for her open disposition.
When she is done running around outside, she chases after data and works as an investigative reporter. She specializes in water policy and the environment. “I love the work,” she says. “But I have to stay focused to get the details right and really listen to understand what people think and feel.” She is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: Hard Hikes for Wild Women. “My main goal is to share what I love,” she says. “And what I love is taking long walks in the wilderness.”
…is a blogger who juggles working full time at her IT job, with home life and striving to play outdoors with her family as often as possible. She enjoys all forms of staying active, but most often you’ll find her bringing her young kids along with her on the trail. Check out more of her adventures in Western Colorado at Colorado Mountain Mom.
Aaah, The Diary Of A Tall Girl: At 5’10”, I get pretty darn excited any time I see a “long” sizing option for pants. Stonewear Designs has opened up a new world for me, by offering this option in a soft active wear pant – something I have not previously found. Hooray for pants that are plenty long!
I have tried both the Stonewear Rockin’ and Liberty pants in long length. Both of these styles are made from their Precis Stretch fabric, which does not shrink. Varying lengths (regular, petite, and long) are also available in their signature Stonewear pant, thereby offering you three different fit and performance options to suit your every activity or preference.
The longs have an inseam of 34″. I was concerned this may be too long, but I like having that extra 1″ or so of fabric around my ankles. The Rockin’ Pant has been my go-to choice for any outdoor or wilderness activity. I grab them when we go out for a hike or camping. They are a looser fitting style, so I feel a little more comfortable wearing them out-and-about as an every day pant (such as running errands).
….was the worst kid in P.E. but still loved the outdoors. Well into her 40s, she embraced fitness becoming a runner, hiker, and cyclist. As the Executive Director of the non-profit Texas Mountain Trail, she promotes both heritage and adventure tourism in Far West Texas, and works to develop cycle-friendly communities, wildlife watching trails, and hiking challenges. Now in her mid-50s, Beth says, “Of all the Stonewear Ambassadors, I like to think I represent the women who want to get active, but aren’t sure they can; who seek more adventure in their lives. There’s never a better time than now.” In addition to leading her organization, Beth writes a blog for newcomers to fitness, “One Foot In Front of the Other,” www.onefoottostart.blogspot.com.
Let’s just say the first time I put on a Liberty Skort, I said, “wow, I’m happy I ordered two of these.” They’re my best “Go-To-and-Ready-for-Anything” items in my closet. We’re not quite how our day is going to go, right? I may have a business meeting with members of the city council, or with a museum or state park official in the morning; and after lunch there’s an opportunity to take a detour and try out a new hiking trail. And the Liberty Skort is as ready as I am.
Here are two examples:
Outside Marfa Burrito a tiny local restaurant where Spanish is spoken and there are photos of Pancho Villa on the walls, I look polished in an old generic ballet-neck tee I threw on in the morning with my black Liberty Skort. Good thing, I ran into a potential donor for my non-profit over lunch. Check out the nice little pocket on the side!
After a business meeting at the Chisos Mountain Lodge in the center of Big Bend National Park, I only had to change into my hiking socks and trail shoes to get out on the park’s Lost Mine Trail. I was ready for anything in my brown Liberty Skort and Lynx Pullover!
Honestly, I can look sleek, polished and professional, AND be ready for some impromptu fun. The Liberty Skort looks great with race T-shirts, or business-ready blouses on top; and sandals or boots or hiking shoes on the bottom. The shorts underneath are comfy and breathe with you. I’ve got short legs and a long torso, and the Skort fits perfectly. And I’m 54, and like many women, I’ve acquired a bit of rumply jiggly skin on my thighs. Like it or not, showing skin (rumply or smooth) it isn’t accepted in many business settings…but no worry here, the Liberty Skort keeps it covered.
….lives in the small resort town of McCall, Idaho where she enjoys climbing, and trail running. Brandi is currently training for her first 100 mile ultra race on Oct. 6th and 7th in McCall. When she is not out running some of the most remote single track trails in the mountains or scaling a rock face, you can find her teaching yoga, and personal training others to meet their fitness goals. “It is important for me to have functional clothing to wear during my own training sessions, and then head out to teach a yoga class or grab lunch in town. You never know what the day is going to throw at you, and the last thing I want to think about is what to wear. Stonewear Designs makes incredible clothing to fit my athletic, busy lifestyle, and I have finally found that perfect bond where fashion meets function.”
The Lynx Pullover-Wow, finally style meets function AND perfect length. That’s right ladies, if you have a long torso and long arms like me, then this is going to be your go-to shirt of choice. I am 5’11” and the sleeve length on the Lynx Pullover is perfect along with the torso length, so you can raise your arms in the air, and not feel like you are wearing a full-on belly shirt. Not only is the length great, but the feel of material against your skin is fabulous. This shirt fits my active lifestyle perfectly. The collar is flattering and offers a different style than most typical zip-up tops. I can throw this pullover on after a bouldering session, or a long trail run, head out for a date with my husband, load up on organic foods at our local Farmer’s Market, or grab a coffee with a friend. It looks great with a simple pair of jeans, yoga pants, and yes, even running shorts. The early mornings and evenings get cool quick in the mountains, and this shirt makes a great layer to take the chill off. I wear a size medium and own the Lynx Pullover in Pomegranate-a great fall color!
The Kaia Halter Top–I liked this shirt so much I own it in two colors. Again, Stonewear designs hit it on the nose with the torso length, and fit. The Kaia Halter top makes any woman’s shoulders look unbelievable. The open back and built-in bra is perfect and oh so comfortable. This top fits perfect under a harness and the extra slit in the back does not restrict any movement. I wore this during an entire climbing and running trip, and paired it with a skirt for a night out. I wear a size medium and own the Kaia Halter Top is both the Apple and Navy color.
…lives in Boulder Colorado, is a rock climber, small business owner, Pilates Instructor, wife and mother of two young sons. She believes it is important to find solutions to pursue your athletic goals even as life gets busier and busier. Melissa thinks the best way to do this is to develop community, and to give back by trying to live simply, raise eco conscious children, and by becoming involved with non-profits.
The Perfect first Stonewear Designs outfit for me was the Double Cross top and the Meridian Capris! As a busy mother, business owner, avid climber and outdoor enthusiast function and fashion are important to me.
The double cross top contours my upper body more than other Stonewear Design tops, without as much “flare” which is very functional for climbing. This is good in that it tucks into a climbing harness very well and does not bunch or gather when I’m reaching into my chalk bag for chalk. The double cross top is also functional in that I am able to nurse my 3 ½ month son quite easily when wearing this top. The material is very stretchy and can pull down in front in order to nurse yet maintains it’s shape after months of wear. The top comes in several different colors and the one that I have is in an attractive print. The double cross top is fashionable where I feel comfortable to walk into a meeting with contractors or property showings. It is definitely fashionable and fun to wear around town with the husband and the kids!
The Meridian Capris have a wonderful soft gathering at the front of the waist which forms and contours nicely to the waist and nicely defines the rear! The legs have a lot of room, much more so than the liberty pants. I like this in that I have never personally cared for tighter fitting pants around my thighs. With the looser leg room I can climb with maximum range of motion, and train on the campus board without any tightness or bunching around my legs. The leg is 3 quarter length, so there is never an issue seeing your feet on a rock climb or with fabric getting into the way with heel hooking. The length also lends to nice ventilation when hiking up that steep trail with the kids. The Meridian Capris are extremely fashionable and fun! The fabric of the Meridian Capris is simply luxurious! It is so soft and comfortable and I have actually slept in mine! The fit is very feminine as it fits nicely around the midsection, and it’s fabric feels divine. The 3 quarter length adds a nice style to any outfit and tends to highlight your shoe selection.
…blogs at Climb Run Lift Mom and is Mom to amazing kiddos. When she’s not outside climbing or running, she can probably be found huddled around her books studying. Being a full time mom and nursing student keeps her busy, but she always makes time for adventure.
After spending the last month wearing the heck out of my fall Stonewear clothes, I’m ready to share a few thoughts on them. The first piece is the Cross Back Bra. This is an awesome bra; despite having skinny straps, they do not dig into my shoulders. And its super cute (probably pairs really well with the Hot Yoga Shorts for a Bikram class!). My only issue is that it isn’t the most supportive for my girls (34D). While it doesn’t work for running, it’s my go to bra for yoga or climbing these days.
My second piece is the Toaster Zip Top. This is a perfect top/jacket for this time of year! It’s light weight yet warm, great for these chilly (almost) fall nights. I’ve worn it camping, playing in the rain, running at night, and even out and about paired with jeans. It pretty much stays in my car so I always have it ready to grab if needed. This top has met and exceeded all my expections, my only dissapointment was that I got it in black… The paisley print looks super cute!
…is a Boulder local and marketing manager for evolv climbing footwear. She loves to trail race, climb and spend time walking her 2 yellow Labs, Hudson and Olliver. She pretty much does ANYTHING outside (except when you can find her teaching fitness and indoor cycling classes around a few of the Boulder fitness clubs.) She LOVES being a Stonewear Designs Ambassador, because SO many women need to know about this amazing brand and it’s fit and function in each of our individual lives – it fits EVERY BODY!
Amelia (that’s me! :))…
…is a mom to two young boys and wife to “Mtn Papa” who loves to get outside with her and the kids! As a family, they run, bike, ski, hike and find peace in the outdoors. Amelia is often found pushing the boys in her Chariot stroller while training for her first official 10K race (to be run in just a few days!) She is happiest outside and demands clothing that let her move (and hold up to a lot of abuse!)
I couldn’t say enough good about the Liberty Pants and Capris. They stay where they should when moving, look cute dressed up or working out, and tuck in all those little “extras” left over from my latest pregnancy. They feel good, they flatter and they are SO tough (bouncing back from each wear and wash without notice).
I am also a big fan of the Electra Tank. I honestly don’t wear a whole lot of tank tops on a daily basis. However, this one provides adequate and modest coverage (which is big for me) and isn’t tight around the midsection. I love the dry-fit fabric that keeps me cool in the heat and can be worn again and again before needing a wash.
And while this is certainly breaking the rules I set up for all the other gals, I just have to put in a little plug for both the Toaster Zip Top and Rockin’ Jacket – two more pieces that work for me (running, hiking, playing), are uber-comfortable, work for my “multi-use” lifestyle AND are flattering.
To enter to win:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling what you are most impressed with over at Stonewear Designs (and what you came away with from this massive post.)
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THREE winners will be chosen randomly after 8pm MST on Sunday, September 30th. Winners will be announced on this blog post and on Facebook. Make SURE to leave your email address in your comment so I can find you! Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize before another winner is chosen. Good luck!
Congratulations to Corey, Tara and Ann Fischer! Please email me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail.com to claim your prizes!
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