Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are my own.
In late November, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a brand ambassador for Swirlgear. Swirlgear is a small business based in Chicago that makes running clothing for women. This clothing is designed by women runners for women runners. All of the clothing are made with moisture wicking fabrics, come in flattering cuts and spray dyed colors. I have been wearing the long sleeve tops and hoodies since I became an ambassador and love them.
Out of all the gear I have used this year, the Swirlgear hoodie is my favorite. Here I am wearing my Camo hoodie at the Duck Dash 5K in Atlanta in December.
There are so many good things about this top. Though it doesn’t look like it, it is extremely warm. On the day of the race, it was in the upper 40s and drizzly outside. I wore it by itself and it kept me nice and warm during the race. I have also worn it as an outer layer over one of the Swirlgear long sleeve shirts on some mornings when the temperatures were below freezing and had no problems staying warm. Also, it is waterproof. The weather for the Duck Dash was drizzly and lightly rainy so I was surprised to discover that I remained dry throughout.
Like all Swirlgear, this hoodie has a flattering cut to it. The sizes run true to size. I usually wear between and small and medium so I opted for a medium for a little more room. This works really well when I use it as a top layer. There is a reflecting logo both on the front and the back of the shirt. The sleeves are also longer than most that I have worn before. I am short (5’2″) so I don’t necessarily need the longer sleeves but this would be very helpful for those female runners who are taller than myself. The sleeves also have thumb holes in them. I have found that these are a nice feature as I can keep the sleeves over my hands to keep them warm when it is not quite cold enough for gloves.
Perhaps the coolest aspect of the hoodie is the hood itself. This is the first item of clothing with a hood that was actually designed with women in mind. The hood has a hole in the back for a ponytail to go through. This is a great idea that I would have never thought of and, as I have shoulder length hair that I wear in a ponytail when I run, it is very helpful.
There are very few cons to the Swirlgear line and this hoodie in particular. As I said earlier, the sleeves are longer than what you would typically find out in the market. For someone with short arms like myself, the sleeves may be a bit too long. I usually just roll them up if I need too so that’s not such a huge issue. Another potential problem is that the current line only carries sizes XS – L. There is nothing in the current line for women who wear anything larger than a 10-12. The good news is that the new line will be coming out in a few months and it will feature XL as a sizing option.
I would highly recommend the Swirlgear brand for the women runners out there. If you want to try out Swirlgear for yourself, enter the code “swirlon” at checkout and receive free ground shipping on your order.
Have any of your tried Swirlgear? What did you think?