I'm a fitness apparel fanatic. There's nothing I love more than my workout clothes, and when I find a piece I love, I live in it. Which is kinda gross when you think about it, but that's something I'm okay with. Recently MPG Sport, the performance brand of Mondetta Clothing, gave me the opportunity to test out a few pieces from their Spring 2012 line. As a proud owner of a pair of MPG tights (a big shout out to the Avert tight, which I love), I was pumped to give a few new pieces a test drive. Check out what I discovered about the Sprint top and Carina crop, both of which I give two thumbs up.
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MPG Sport Video review
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I'm always kind of "between sizes" on both the top and the bottom, so I'm never entirely sure which size to choose. I went ahead and got the Sprint top in medium, which was probably the right choice, although there was a little puckering in the fabric along the stripes. I couldn't help wondering if the puckering wouldn't have been there had I gotten the smaller size, but either way, it wasn't anything that detracted from the wearability or appearance of the top. Things I noted:
- The top is long enough for me! I know I've said it before, but I'm 6'0", so it's hard to find tops and pants that are long enough, and it's awful when you buy a top that's just barely the right length, then it shrinks when you wash it. Ugh, that's annoying! Luckily, I can confidently say that this top is sufficiently long enough to cover the torso without riding up, and it doesn't shrink with washing or drying.
- The built-in shelf bra is phenomenal. Very rarely have I found a workout top that offers enough support in the internal shelf bra to wear the top without an additional sports bra...and I don't even have much that needs supporting! The Sprint top was the exception to the rule. I was able to wear the top while running and jumping rope without needing an additional bra!
- The built-in bra offered light padding. As a small-chested woman, I thought that the additional padding in the shelf bra was a nice feature. The padding is removable if you don't want to wear it, but I found that it did help add definition to "the girls."
- The cut is very flattering. I really love showing off my back and arms, and the cut of this top is very flattering.
You'll note in the video review included in this article that I wore the Sprint top with the Carina bottoms, but generally speaking I would pair the top with tights to achieve a more streamlined, runner's look.
I've been wearing loose cropped pants for years! I think I got my first pair from Target in 2001, and I discovered that with my height and my build, it's a flattering, easy style to wear. But, I do have a booty, and I am a bit hippy, so I have to be careful about the cut of the pant to ensure proper fit. To be on the safe side, I ordered the large, but because of the loose draping of the material, I probably could have gone with a medium, which may have ended up being a little more flattering. This is what I found:
- The material offers to-die-for comfort! The material is a nylon-spandex blend that's light, thin and airy. The second I pulled them out of the box, I knew they would be pants I would live in. And, true to form, I wore them for three days straight (gross? maybe. comfortable? absolutely!).
- They're easy to move in. These are the type of pants that you think of dancers wearing - and as a result, they make you want to dance! They're easy to move in and perfect for just about any activity, although I think they're probably best for a gym, dance or group exercise-style workout routine.
- Beware the pockets. Don't get me wrong - I love pockets, and these are nicely trimmed and shirred, but they do draw a little extra attention to the hips. For women who have a pear-like shape (like me), you may want to be careful, making sure you get the right size. Had I gotten the medium size instead of the large, I think the pockets wouldn't have appeared to add as much "volume" to my hips. While this definitely won't stop me from wearing these pants (see the first bullet), but it's definitely something to be aware of.