Thanks for the great feedback on last week's ActivewearUSA.com brand review. The winners of that contest are: ITSTARTSHERE and JDURK002!
They'll receive $50 to use at ActivewearUSA.com.
Today we're reviewing another brand: ION Actif.
About the company: ION Actif is dedicated to creating lasting quality women's activewear by merging enduring fabrics and design and detail. ION Actif aspires to inspire women to embrace fitness as another crucial and fashionable aspect of their lives.
The ION Actif clothing presented here has been designed with comfort and performance in mind - but not at the expense of style. ION Actif has used the best fabrics to create super cool looking pieces that mix and match in tons of ways.
On behalf of ActivewearUSA.com, ION Actif sent us several pieces to review.
SparkPeople marketing coordinator Sarah and I tried them out. We noticed that ION Actif clothing tended to run large. For example, I wore a small in bottoms, but I often wear mediums. Their pants were very stretchy and felt GREAT!
Jolie Bra / Hot Pink: Looking for workout wear that really performs? You'll love the understated elegance of this scoop neck ION Actif fitness bra, which features a built-in CoolMax lining. Light padded removable cups give an extra boost to your natural assets, while the cross-over straps and logo in the centre back adds an extra touch of style.
I wore this bra for an 8-mile run and felt quite supported and comfortable. I like that it has removable pads and looks more fashionable than your average sports bra. It has enough coverage that I could wear it to a yoga practice in summertime, too. Sorry, no photo of the sports bra!
Running Capri / Black: Bringing high performance elegance to women's activewear, these soft, comfortable ION Actif Running Capri Pants are perfect whether you are a professional athlete or you enjoy a daily jog in the park. With a natural rise 3/8 inch hidden elastic waistband, these pants are fitted for a stylish look. Cut to just below the knee with a curved hem, these pants also feature a concealed waistband pocket and flat seams where possible.
These capris are super comfortable, and I love that the front of them cover your knees. It sounds weird, but in certain yoga poses (the ones where your knee and nose touch), that extra fabric came in handy. And you can't tell from the photo, but I am rocking some serious knee bruises at the moment. These capris cover them! These are SUPER stretchy and comfy. I took a photo only of the knees to show that cool feature.
Pocketed Halter Tank / Grape/white: Take your music wherever you go, in this chic and innovative ION Actif tank top. A cleverly positioned pocket on the back is the perfect size for your i-Pod, while the elegant t-strap design contrasts with the main color of the top and shows off your shoulders perfectly. At the front of the top, a curving v-neckline accentuates your bust for a feminine, fashionable look which will make this top a favorite for spring and summer workouts.
Sarah tried this tank and loved it--especially the pocket in the back. It was comfortable yet functional, and stylish too!
Fitted Jean Capri / Black: Bring your own fashionable look to the gym or track, when you wear these streamlined, fitted jean capris by ION Actif. With faux front pockets and patch pockets on the rear, contrast stitching is used on the seams for a sophisticated denim jeans look. These pants are lower rise with an elasticated waist band ensuring they stay put as you stretch and move.
Confession: I thought these were ugly at first, but then they grew on me--both the style and comfort won me over. Both of the ION Actif capris are extremely comfortable, and the fabric is high quality. I wore these for a walk, and I liked that I could hold my ID and house key in the back pocket. I LOVE these capris!
Running Pullover Ocean/White: Get a stylish look on cooler days with this smart, snug ION Actif pullover. This long sleeved top has a patch pocket on the front and a small pocket on the left sleeve. The soft cuffs can be folded over to cover your hands and the fold-over collar keeps your neck snug. The 9 inch zipper front features a zipper garage to prevent the zipper rubbing on your chin when the collar is closed.
Oh my goodness, did we think was this comfortable! It is definitely a great piece for runners and anyone who wants to wear something cute to and from the gym. We sent this piece to an off-site employee, so we didn't get a photo in time.
Want to try these products for yourself (or anything else you like that ActivewearUSA.com sells)? Each time we review products sold on ActivewearUSA.com, we'll be giving away two $50 gift cards to two lucky readers! To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today!
As you know, SparkPeople has teamed up with ActivewearUSA.com. Their customers will be introduced to SparkPeople in various places on the ActivewearUSA site, and we're sharing some of their favorite brands with you--along with $50 gift cards. ActivewearUSA boasts most of the top brands in fitness apparel and accessories, in a variety of price points. They test every product before they agree to sell it, so you know that the products are quality. Disclosure: SparkPeople is an ActivewearUSA.com affiliate, which means that we earn a small bit of money if you buy something from their site using the links we provide. This is one of the ways that SparkPeople is able to remain 100% free.