Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mountain Hardwear Review & Giveaway

~~~THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED~~~


Looking for a line of complete active wear?
Mountain Hardwear offers a complete line of active wear ranging from running & hiking for men, women and children as well as nice variety of tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and other outdoor accessories. Mountain Hardwear products are constructed with a variety of materials to keep you dry, comfortable and odor free as you enjoy the great outdoors. Their products are thoroughly tested  by the companies 20 sponsored professional athletes and are built to last. Mountain Hardwear apparel is also reasonably priced.

About Mountain Hardwear!
Information from website

Mountain Hardwear has always focused on bringing radical thinking to the gear we make. That's why we have a section in our website that talks about the innovation we've built into our products: the Evolution Tension Arch, patented zWeld™ construction, WINDSTOPPER¬ next-to-skin fabric development in partnership with W.L. Gore and the patented Quantum Expander™ for sleeping bags to name just a few. We continually challenge ourselves to bring technical innovation to outdoor gear and to create detail-oriented design features that anticipate users' needs. We combine that innovation and attention to detail with superior product quality—backed with a lifetime warranty that speaks for itself. Mountain Hardwear—Radical Thinking—again and again.

About the Conditioning Tank & Pacer  Run Skort!
Women's Conditioning Tank: Advanced comfort construction, now for runners. MicroClimate Zoning™ maps open knits over high perspiration areas for cooling ventilation. Ultra-high reflective print keeps you visible at night.

Wicking, fast drying fabric
MicroClimate Zoning construction: open knits wrapped over high perspiration areas for cooling comfort
Natural Chitosan antimicrobial finish controls odor
Flat-lock seam construction eliminates chafe
Highly luminescent reflective print for ultimate visibility
Updated fabric, reflectivity, and placement of ventilation

Women's Pacer Run Skort: Lightweight, quick dry fabric with an integrated brief with Chitosan for odor control. Security pocket for keys and essentials.

• Wicking, fast drying, stretch fabric
• Wide low profile waistband for comfort
• Inseam gusset for mobility
• Zipped secure pocket at center back for storage
• Inner short for coverage during active movements
• Highly luminescent reflective print for ultimate visibility
• UPF 30 sun protection
• Soft drawcord at waist for easy fit adjustments

My Mountain Hardwear Experience!
I was sent the Women's Conditioning Tank in Lemon Whip color and the Women's Pacer Run Skort in Fresh Blue for review. I was so excited to try both of these products out for several reasons. First of all, I have learned over the last 4 years when it comes to running you have to make sure you are buying quality clothing. The old saying, "You get what you pay for." is so true when it comes to running. Otherwise you'll pay in multiple blisters and raw skin from rubbing. Proper clothing is especially important during the summer months, you need the correct material to pull away the sweat and help you feel cooler. When I came across Mountain Hardwear I could tell their active wear was high quality. Secondly, I was excited about reviewing the Mountain Hardwear Women's Pacer Run Skort because I have never ran in a skort before! I keep reading about women runners who just love running in skorts that they rarely wear shorts again.
**click on photo to enlarge** 
You'll have to excuse the black sports bra underneath, it's the only color I have at the moment.


When I received my Mountain Hardwear package I was impressed by the look, feel and construction of both the Women's Conditioning Tank and Women's Pacer Run Skort. The Women's Conditioning Tank was very light weight, but not too see through or in the cut around the arms. I really liked how the tank fit in general. It was long enough that it fell to a nice area across my hips and it was not too short. The cut around the arm openings were just right and did not gape open or show my sports bra underneath. The material has a nice stretch to it making it comfortable and easy to move.

Next, was the Women's Pacer Run Skort to try on. I really liked where the skort rested on my hips, not too high or too low. There is a draw cord in the middle of waist to adjust it tighter which will be nice as I lose some more weight. I also liked the skort features an inner short lining to insure complete coverage when running. Overall I think the skort fits very modestly.

I have ran in this outfit both on the treadmill and outside too see how I liked it. I first ran with it on the treadmill one day. I noticed the material was very light and it helped me stay cooler. I am not a big fan of running on the treadmill because I get overheated fast, but this outfit really seemed to keep me cooler. The biggest test was an outdoor run. Since we live out in the country (but in a small addition) it is a wide open space and we get a lot of wind. I was a little worried to see if the skort would stay in place during my run. However, it did excellent! It hardly even moved. Both the tank and the skort did a great job on my outdoor run. I did not experience any rubbing or chaffing with either piece.

I'm now loving my new Mountain Hardwear outfit! I will be adding more pieces to my collection and especially their skorts. I think the skorts are more modest than shorts because they are always bunching up between my legs. Nothing like trying to run and keep adjusting your shorts!

BUY IT! You can purchase Mountain Hardwear products  from  these retailers. You can follow Mountain Hardwear on Facebook to keep updated about new products, etc.


WIN IT! Mountain Hardwear is giving away 1 Women's Conditioning Tank (winners choice of size and color) to a Take Time to Smell the Rose reader!


You have the chance to enter several entries by the doing the following. Each one counts as 1 entry unless otherwise specified. I am now making it a requirement to follow my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect to enter my giveaways.
  • MANDATORY ENTRY(You also must be following my blog publicly on Google Friend Connect)-counts as 1: Look around at Mountain Hardwear. Tell me what other item you would like to try out and why. Also, what color of Women's Conditioning Tank would you like if you win?
  • Subscribe to my blog via email with Feedburner (on right side bar).
  • Blog about my giveaway before May 15th, linking back to this giveaway. Leave the URL where you blogged.
    • Grab my  Take Time to Smell the Rose button. Leave URL where it is posted.
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    • Follow Smell_the_Rose on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. After initial "tweet" you may gain an extra entry each day. Limit 1 tweet a day.  Leave URL where you tweeted in your comment.
        • Make a comment on any non-giveaway post. (one comment per post- but unlimited posts)

                          Please copy and paste this for your tweets:

                          Win Mountain Hardwear Conditioning Tank from @hardwear and @Smell_the_Rose. Ends 05/22. #giveaways #running http://tiny.cc/MountainHardwear


                          **Leave your email on each comment. You must do this in order to win!**

                          Giveaway ends Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.(CST) Winner will be drawn by the random number generator at Random.org and will be notified by email. Winner will also be announced on this blog. Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

                          This giveaway is open to USA residents ONLY . Must be 18 years old or older to win.

                          Thank you to Mountain Hardwear  who provided me with the products mentioned in the review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received to conduct this review & giveaway.
                           
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                          109 comments:

                          N.D. said...

                          Fun! These look really cute! I like the chockstone jacket! And I would get the shirt in AIR. (tosha25italia at yahoo). I'm already a follower :)

                          bayctygrl said...

                          I follow, Jennifer

                          I also love the Women's Synchro Jacket

                          I like the air color for the tank

                          hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

                          bayctygrl said...

                          subscribe to email
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                          A. Lanigan said...

                          I need a new fleece jacket. I'm considering Mountain Hardwear, some of my friends have been really satisfied with their MH products. I'd get the top in Air.
                          anglanigan@gmail.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I LOVE MH products - I have so many!!! The Synchro jacket is TOPS for exercise/walking without overheating, BTW. I would like the yellow color in the top -- PLEEEEEZZEEEE be me!! :)
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          OOps- forgot to add I would like the High Step Judo capri/short on the last post.. Duh...
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I subscribe via Feedburner....
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          glenda09 said...

                          I follow you for sure! I would like to try the Women's Typhoon Pant since it's water proof and breathable plus they won't ride up like shorts ( I have the same prob as you) I would pic the color Air if I won! Great review!

                          Glenda.a.silva(@)gmail(.)com

                          glenda09 said...

                          I get your blog via email, I don't want to miss a thing:)

                          glenda.a.silva(@)gmail(.)com

                          glenda09 said...

                          You know I swore I had your button on my blog. I think it was the other blog that I had (when I didn't know all about bloggin) Well, I have it now on the left side of my blog.

                          http://meandmineinasmalltown.blogspot.com/

                          glenda09 said...

                          I have your take time to share your giveaway Sunday button below your main button!

                          glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

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                          glenda09 said...

                          I'm following Mountain Hardwear on Twitter! wellnessmommie is me!

                          glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

                          glenda09 said...

                          I'm following Mountain Hardwear on Twitter! wellnessmommie is me!

                          glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

                          glenda09 said...

                          I left you a comment on your WW yesterday:)

                          glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

                          glenda09 said...

                          I left a comment on your WW May 5. I like visiting your blog and reading your posts. I don't do it for etra entries, but if you insist they count as them then let it be:) I'm sure I left more comments, but I'll just add these two:) Hope you're having a great day!
                          glenda.a.silva@gmail.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I follow MH on Twitter...
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted..https://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/13939099561
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I subscribe to the MH newsletter....
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          Additional tweet today...https://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/13945882835
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          I commented on the swim diaper post...
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                          Ashley Elaine said...

                          i am a follower & I like the WOMEN'S WICKED LITE LONG SLEEVE T, it would go great under jersey's & I would choose lemon whip.

                          uncashbug6 at aol dot com

                          Ashley Elaine said...

                          follow hardwear on twitter @Ashbug622

                          uncashbug6 at aol dot com

                          cwendel said...

                          http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/13985450378
                          Twwwwweeeeeeet!!
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                          mogrill said...

                          I love the Chockstone jacket. Such cute stuff.Thanks for the chance.
                          mogrill@comcast.net

                          hbbs55 said...

                          follow blog with GFC
                          would also like to try the petra pant.
                          If I won I would like the tank in red.

                          hbbs55 said...

                          subscribe to e-mail

                          hbbs55 said...

                          follow and tweeted
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/13996634960

                          hbbs55 said...

                          Follow Mountain Hardwear on Twitter as hbbs55

                          hbbs55 said...

                          signed up for mountain hardwear newsletter

                          sweetpea18 said...

                          i like the womens nitrous jacket... i love a warm jacket in the winter! i'd chose the tank in lemon whip! thanks!

                          cwendel said...

                          Tweet! http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14044986842
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          daily tweet
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14054645873

                          Kelly said...

                          Follow on GFC. I like the Womans Silvretta Jacket, and I would choose pink or yellow tank if I won. Thanks.


                          kibbles0905@yahoo.com

                          Kelly said...

                          Subscribe to your email.


                          kibbles0905@yahoo.com

                          Kelly said...

                          Grabbed your button.


                          kibbles0905@yahoo.com

                          Kelly said...

                          Follow Mountain Hardware on twitter.


                          Sarafan2
                          kibbles0905@yahoo.com

                          Kelly said...

                          Follow on twitter and tweeted

                          http://twitter.com/Sarafan2/status/14074044484

                          Jenna Wood said...

                          I would choose pink, and I'd also like to have the check out the Women's Phantom 15 sleeping bag!

                          six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

                          Jenna Wood said...

                          I follow Mountain Hardwear on Twitter-Pyrodamsel


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                          cwendel said...

                          Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14108321062
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          Christine Jensen said...

                          I would like to try the Skort your reviewed and the Mighty Power Capri

                          I would like the tank in Red

                          kissyjensen at gmail dot com

                          Christine Jensen said...

                          Following Mountain hardware on twitter as @stickyprints

                          (by the way my GFC name is Chris as a follower, forgot to mention in my last post)

                          kissyjensen at gmail dot com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          daily tweet
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14121754736

                          cwendel said...

                          Daily tweet.....
                          http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14159188218
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14181897755

                          cwendel said...

                          daily tweet.....
                          cwendel@yahoo.com http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14228481160

                          cwendel said...

                          I commented on the Home Planner post!
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14235492189

                          Susan said...

                          I like the clothes at Maountain Hardwear. Since I am trying to find shorts for the summer I like their La Strada Pedal Pusher. I do like what youwrote about the skorts

                          I would probably choose the Blue Conditioning Tank.

                          susan56bft at gmail dot com

                          Susan said...

                          Take Time to Smell the Rose email subscriber

                          susan56bft at gmail dot com

                          degood said...

                          I follow your blog as degood with gfc and would love to try the Air colored Women's Softshell Offwidth Jacket from Mountain Hardware. If I won, I would like to get the tank in red.

                          kerrie@mayansfamily.com

                          degood said...

                          I follow mountain hardwear on twitter as kmayans

                          kerrie@mayansfamily.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14296120935

                          cwendel said...

                          daily tweet - http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14311735132
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          cwendel said...

                          Daily tweet......
                          http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14360407413
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14378545031

                          Karen said...

                          I follow publicly and I would pick the red. I also like the Women's Epic Jacket because it comes in purple, is light weight and water proof

                          cwendel said...

                          Daily tweet....
                          http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14440962795
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14442559058

                          Happi Shopr said...

                          I follow, would pick air and like the Women's Synchro Jacket. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

                          Viva said...

                          I follow your blog. I love the WOMEN'S MICROCHILL ZIP T. And I would choose the tank in red. Thanks!

                          Kate said...

                          I suffer from a lack of warm winterwear, so I think the WOMEN'S SUB ZERO JACKET would be perfect!!

                          Also, would love the tank in blue!

                          strycker@slu.edu

                          iplaytrack1224 said...

                          Awesome blog and thanks for the giveaway!
                          Would love, love, LOVE to win this!
                          =]

                          Vanessa said...

                          I like the Women's Synchro Jacket
                          and would get this in the AIR color.

                          jewelsntreasures (at) yahoo (dot) com

                          Hbomb said...

                          I like the womens navassa elbow sleeve shirt. And I would get the shirt in Casper.
                          xbeautifulcoma at yahoo dot com

                          cwendel said...

                          Daily tweet...
                          .http://twitter.com/OCSPT/status/14491615946
                          cwendel@yahoo.com

                          hbbs55 said...

                          dt
                          http://twitter.com/hbbs55/status/14500210984

                          Colleen said...

                          I like the micro chill jacket.

                          following... colleenmouse at gmail.com

                          Colleen said...

                          following mountain hardwear on twitter

                          kathy pease said...

                          following your blog as klp1965 and id love to try the Women's Monkey Woman Jacket that would be great for cool nights :)

                          kathy pease said...

                          http://twitter.com/klp1965/status/14505280102

                          kathy pease said...

                          following mh on twitter klp1965

                          tina reynolds said...

                          I follow your blog and I like the
                          WOMEN'S HOODED COMPRESSOR PL JACKET thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

                          tina reynolds said...

                          I signed up for the mountain hardwear newsletter eaglesforjack@gmail.com

                          tina reynolds said...

                          I follow mountain hardwear on twitter @mrstinareynolds

                          tina reynolds said...

                          I subscribe thanks for the chance

                          rlgrady said...

                          I like the Chockstone jacket, and I would love the tank in "air".

                          I follow as rlgrady

                          rlgrady[at]yahoo[dot]com

                          FDP 4 Life said...

                          i would get the shirt in air.

                          i like the Women's Silvretta Jacket
                          susansmoaks at gmail dot com

                          FDP 4 Life said...

                          subscriber
                          susansmoaks at gmail dot com

                          FDP 4 Life said...

                          signed up for their newsletter
                          susansmoaks at gmail dot com

                          Ambre said...

                          follow you on GFC!
                          I like the air color.
                          I would also like to try the Women's Transition Super Power Tight.

                          Ambre said...

                          I follow mountain hardware on Twitter...@ambreprn

                          Ambre said...

                          I Signed up for the Mountain Hardwear Newsletter.

                          dvice said...

                          I follow. I'd like to try the Girl’s Monkey Jacket. I like air color.

                          lilyk said...

                          I love the Stronghold tent because it looks very useful! The tank in the Air color looks nice.

                          lilyk@mail2world.com

                          lilyk said...

                          I signed up for the Mountain Hardwear newsletter.

                          lilyk@mail2world.com

                          lilyk said...

                          I subscribed by email.

                          lilyk@mail2world.com

                          Swtlilchick said...

                          I am following your blog (Charlene)
                          and I would love the Women's Ramesa Short,they would be greatto wear when I take my daily walk.I like the tank in red

                          CharlieGurl57@aol.com

                          Swtlilchick said...

                          I am a subscriber via email

                          CharlieGurl57@aol.com

                          Swtlilchick said...

                          Following and Tweet:Swtlilchick
                          http://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/14527839866

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                          Swtlilchick said...

                          I am following Mountain Hardwear on Twitter (Swtlilchick)

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                          Swtlilchick said...

                          I signed up for the Mountain Hardwear Newsletter

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