Hey guys! I’m popping in on a weekend to share a gear update – I love to try out different brands in the gym and then take them out into the back country for some good wear and tear…Hopefully more wear than tear. 😉 That much sure is true of 2XU compression gear, and after my experience with 2XU at their Ultimate Performance Training Camp, I became a loyal fan of this brand. Since then, I reached out to the brand and asked to review some gear (after mentioning I’m open if there are any job opportunities!) so, in full disclosure, I received this gear without charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was thrilled when the gear came quickly – the Women’s X-Stride Shorts and the X Tech S/S Top (both seen in the photo below) and as a bonus they threw in their elite compression socks as a bonus for Canada Day!
This summer is FULL of adventuring. I’ve written about our schedule before, but basically we just went from the Owyhee River –> home for one week –> Lake Superior straight to the Yukon for a rafting trip –> home for 3 days –> Grand Canyon. Phew. These aren’t luxurious trips, and space is limited. So it’s imperative that the gear that I bring hold up to tough conditions, be lightweight, and because of our activities, be breathable too!
A candid moment caught by a participant on some rocks above camp on the Owhyee River. Wearing my favorite tank, the Women’s Air Racerback.
So far I’ve enjoyed testing the gear in the gym (which is where I spend most of my time when we’re not adventuring!) and have found the best benefits to be the lightweight aspect of the clothing as well as the compression when I’m working out. [To learn more about the benefits of compression, check out the video in the post I did here about my 2XU training camp take-aways as well as this video on compression from the 2XU website.]
From the mountains to the foothills, I’ve used this gear pretty hard already! It was H.O.T. in Idaho and I was thankful for some light-weight gear while hiking/running through some hills with our friends in their neighborhood.
Between kayaking and rafting, my clothes have also gotten water-logged and used daily for more than a week; I’m grateful that the stink-factor is also pretty low (as are the people around me)! 😉 We don’t bring lotions or deodorant because of how it attracts bugs, so the stink is a real thing! But it’s important to not wear things like cotton because it smells more and also because it’s not the right material because when it’s wet it keeps you cold and isn’t breathable.
Practicing in the oar boat for our Alaskan rafting expedition on the Payette River in Idaho in my tank and Stride shorts.
Have you ever used compression before? Or heard of or tried 2XU? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and also on the gear above! I’ve got a lot more adventures to try out gear on and can’t wait for what’s in store! I’ll be back this week to share about a fun new partnership and a new goal for the rest of the summer. Live well & be well friends,