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Zensah Long Sleeve Compression Shirt Review + Giveaway!

Happy December dos! So this month I’m going to try to have a giveaway a week because you know, I’m trying not to be the grinch! So to start off the month we have a Zensah giveaway! And hello horrific iPhone pictures! Thank you for joining us on this review of the Zensah Long Sleeve Compression Shirt review today! So most people go ‘taper crazy’, I’ve talked about how I don’t go taper crazy because I’m like thank the Lord I’m not running 239472984732 miles and I can’t ever do anything else with my life. Especially right now, I’m all about creeping under my sheets for as long as humanly possible in the mornings, and I’m am relishing in the fact that my legs still feel like they are stuck in the mud. This morning I definitely didn’t get up early to run and it was glorious. The final countdown to CIM continues on. Oh well, I have a sweet Zensah shirt to tell you guys about, so that is exciting!


So a little while ago I received the Zensah Long Sleeve compression top and was asked to do a review on the shirt. I usually review products that I love on here and this shirt was no different! I really don’t need incredibly cold weather wear out here in California but when you get up at 5 am to run, it’s still pretty brisk out in the mornings. If there is one thing about me, it’s that I DO not like the cold, like I DO not like the water. I could be part cat. I get cold really easily and I HATE being cold. I know I better not complain too much though because I’ve seen some crazy pictures and heard stories of people running in extreme conditions so I’m thankful for no snow or  frozen grass!

So back to the shirt! I really like the fact that it doesn’t have a tag and doesn’t have it’s logo all over the entire shirt or some weird, freaky design. I opted for black because A. it’s slimming, and B. white tight things just don’t look good on my body. So it’s seamless which is amazing, and moisture wicking, which shouldn’t all running shirts be? Amazing.


The brand is right on the neck area and is screen printed on. One of my FAVORITE things about all thing Zensah is the fabric. Their fabric is really rich and soft. When I say soft it’s by far the softest material I have in all my running clothes. I love their arm-warmers and LOVE their sports bras. They are my number one go-to’s when it comes to sports bras, perhaps I will do a more in depth review of their sports bras soon, but you can check out Aron’s Review of the Zensah sports bra here. So, I received the L/XL shirt in black and tried it out the next morning. One other thing about it that I NEVER like my stomach to show at all. I was nervous if I got the smaller shirt it would be too short and I love long running shirts.

The L/XL was large and it is very, very stretchy. I swear you could probably stretch this little shirt over an elephant. Another good thing is that there are no seams on the shirt. It’s SO soft and a great base-layer for running if you are living in a colder area, or a great long sleeve if you are running in an area like myself where it’s chilly but not too cold. I really like how warm it kept me. Also, since I got the L/XL, the sleeves are WAY long and I LOVE that! I love it because I can pull it over my hands and wear it almost like mittens! Maybe that’s just a feature that I like, but I love long sleeves, and with the stretchiness of the fabric it works out perfectly.

Excuse the pile in the bottom right hand corner, I took those clothes to the thrift store. :) Another great aspect of the shirt that I really liked was the fact that it was snug in all the right places. It never rode up and didn’t chafe even after I wore it three days in a row.


Now this may sound disgusting, BUT, I must be honest here. I usually can wear a dri-fit shirt once, sometimes twice if I do lower mileage. Dri-fit and these type of materials that I usually run in perhaps start to stink a little faster than normal tees. So I wanted to see how long the Zensah shirt would last. I ran 4 miles three times in this shirt and it didn’t really smell bad at all. Granted I wasn’t sweating since it was cold out and it wasn’t a long distance where I was going to get really sweaty, but I was surprised how it didn’t hold in the stink like other dri-fits and nicer material shirts I have.

So overall, this shirt was a big time win for me. I really, really like the softness of the material, the overall fit and the comfort are great as well. It really kept me warm and I was never chattering my teeth and not enjoying my run. The bonus non-stink factor is pretty sweet and the stretchiness is pretty amazing!


Zensah also wants to give one lucky commenter a shirt as well! You can get TWO entries to this contest. All you have to do is leave a comment about one time when you were freezing cold and had to run.

IE: ” Well hello Danica, I was freezing cold this morning when it was -24 degrees here in Canada and I put on three sweatshirts and a beanie and went out for my run and I fell on frozen grass and sprained my ankle.”

I like to read funny things…. Also, for a 2nd entry, you can tweet about the giveaway. You can follow my twitter here, and Zensah’s twitter here. Please include both @chicrunner and also @Zensah in the tweet saying you saw the giveaway on my blog, or you wanted the win the shirt, whatever you want basically. It’s open for both guys and girls and they will let the winner choose the size and color.

I will pick the winner next Tuesday after CIM, if I’m still alive!

So get to commenting so you don’t have to run in the cold anymore!


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  • Reply Katie Marie

    I did a 5K in September in Upstate NY. I am a lazy runner and never pick up my race packets/bibs etc. before a race so I am usually stuck sitting around twidiling thumbs before a race. So I bundled up. Gloves. Ear Warmers- I’ll say Ear Muffs because it is just more fun then Warmers.. Three Shirts.

    About 1K into the race I was on fire!! I couldnt handle the Muffs. Think Wicked Witch of the West- “I’m MEEEELTINNGGG”. Think Menopause Hot Flash. Think Walking on Coals barefoot.

    So I did what any ECO friendly runner would do on a Nature Trail- I chucked my Ear Muffs into the woods. Thinking Ill come back for a lovely stroll post-race cool-down. That. Or a nice woodlin creature can make a nest out of the Muffs.

    About a second after the Muffs hit the ground a guy behind me SPRINTS into the woods, scurries around and gobbles them up. Thinking to my self that he must assume I dropped the Muffs accidentally..I whip out my Ipod to thank the fellow runner/good-deed do’er. Turns out- his ears were a tid-bit chilly..He VELCROS on my Muffs and proceeds to run about a step ahead of me for the rest of the race. I am stuck glaring at the back of this guys head thinking “no he din’t”

    Never thought I would have a Seinfeld-worthy Moment Mid-5K but there we were! Stolen Muffs! Who does such a thing?!

    Needless to say, next race I am going sans-Muffs no matter the weather- and will count on a Zensah Long Sleeve to keep me warm and toasty.

    Lesson learned!

    December 3, 2009 at 7:59 am
  • Reply dylan

    So, living in Southern Louisiana, we don’t deal with too much of the cold weather running. BUT I’m running my first half marathon on Saturday morning….and the weather forecast is suddenly calling for low 30s and a “WINTRY MIX”–no joke, it was 70 degrees last week.

    Sounds like I might have some cold weather running stories on Sunday!! Sheesh. :)


    December 3, 2009 at 8:01 am
  • Reply KP

    I FREEZE at any temp below 50ish. And living in North Alabama means that we definitely get those temps about half of the year! So needless to say I’ll be freezing on my run tonight. Will be in the 40’s. Brrr…. I’m not ready for winter!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Erin F.

    I would love the Zensah top! It was 3 degrees this morning when I got up! WAH! Colorado = cold in the winter. And I tooooootally agree about the whole stinky-dry-fit thing! What’s up with that?!

    December 3, 2009 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Kelly

    Ha! I just moved from the warm, humid south to the artic tundra of North Dakota, so basically every run from October to May is freexing! Mostly, I run around the YMCA track a gazillion times like a gerbil on a wheel (10 miless =100 laps)! I don’t have an awful running in cold story, but once before heading to the Y to run indoors, I helped my husband shovel the driveway, and my eyelashes froze completely! It looked like I had on thick, white Tammy Faye mascara! Insanity!!

    December 3, 2009 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Julia

    The coldest run was a HM up in Healdsburg CA and oh my goodness I could not feel my toes/fingers/thighs for the first three miles! It was the funkiest feeling ever; trying to run while my inner thighs had no feeling. I ended up going out way too fast because of this, but man! I would have loved something cozy to wear!

    December 3, 2009 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Denise

    While training for Philly marathon last year, I had a 20 miler in 20 degree weather. I’m not lying that towards the end, I was not only drooling, but I couldn’t talk because my face was frozen.

    December 3, 2009 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Brigid

    Good luck this weekend! When I run in the cold, every part of my body hurts and like clenches up from it – I hate it so much! For some reason, my jaw is the worse. When I’m done running, I can’t even talk because my jaw is stuck in place and hurts so bad. I would love something to warm me up running in the cold!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Laura

    Last winter, there was more than once when we had to get up on a Sunday at 5:30am and shovel our car out of the driveway in order to make it to our 8am run clinic for a long run. I have post shovel pics to prove it as well.

    December 3, 2009 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Rachael

    “Why hello Danica …” lol

    I just moved to a much colder city. I own ONE, count it, ONE long sleeve running shirt. It’s not even a discreet color, it’s periwinkle purple, so wearing in the park everday is a treat. I’m still addicted to wearing booty shorts though. Did you know, when the temp is less then 40 degrees, you’re butt can actually reflect that temp nicely? Steam was coming off my ass in the shower post run. No joke.

    Can you enter me now, I’m going to tweet about it in just a sec (@rachael_taylor)
    mkay thanks bye!

    December 3, 2009 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Last year I did 15km in -32 F (after the windchill). My eyelashes were icicles. Which I actually thought was pretty cool. So, um, pick me!

    December 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply I Run You Run

    I ran the “Fairfax Four Miler” on NYE last year, and that was the day that DC winter came in full force: 20 degrees, and the wind gusts were so strong it knocked a few power lines down, so the route was changed last minute. (Horrible route, freezing run, so this year my NYE will be spent in Rio instead.)

    December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    The beginning of high school track season in Michigan usually means dealing with snow for the first month of the season. I remember running a meet in the middle of April and when school got out for the day, there was 6 in of snow on the ground! I was ill prepared for the meet (I had only my school-issued warm up suit and a jacket). I remember it took my hands about 2 hours at home to unfreeze from the running position.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Last year I visited my in-laws in Ohio at the end of December. I was determined to keep running through the holidays, so several mornings I bundled up and hit the snow-covered pavement despite the single digit temperatures.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    When I get cold, it isn’t so much when I am running but when I am on the bike. When you start riding at 7:30 in the morning, 60 degree weather quickly turns into 50 degree weather because of the wind on your body.

    December 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Kate

    I once tried to run in the snow when I was in college in NC – except I didn’t really have any appropriate cold weather work out gear so I went in huge sweatpants and a monster fleece… I looked like a yete!

    December 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply chicrunner

    First of all, I have some SERIOUS bad ass runners who read this blog!! Wow guys! You are all hardcore! I can’t wait to pick the winner.

    The stories have been cracking me up all week. Thanks!

    December 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Karla

    Cold running.. I like the fresh air in your lungs and that feeling of the cold air going into your lungs! Last year I went out to run with some coworkers & my boss who was training for a marathon. It was cold and windy-probably 20ish. I was in Underarmour cold gear, couple layers up top, hat, gloves and here comes my boss in running shorts, a tee & gloves. YEAH…. not expecting that one.. Pick me!!

    December 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Monica C.

    My first marathon was this year’s Chicago, which was 27 degrees at the start. I was appropriately dressed, but there were so many people in singlets and arm warmers. The craziest one was a woman who was running in capri running pants, a hot pink sports bra and no gloves and no hat. Yes, I said SPORTS BRA – this woman did not even have on a tank top! The worst part was that it wasn’t like she was moving fast enough to really warm up; she was back with the 4:45’ers, like me!!

    December 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Candice

    Hey Danica! I hardly ever get to read your blog anymore since I started teaching, but I’ve missed it so much!

    J and I just started training for another half. I have to leave by 6am for my job now, so we’ve been getting up at 4:30am to run. This morning it was 23 degrees! That’s not actually my story, though.

    Last year, when we were training for our full, we started training at the first of January and the race was in April. We trained through the coldest months of the year! There were some pretty frigid runs in there, but the worst was one morning when we had to get up super early to go. Unfortunately it had snowed and iced the night before, but we pressed on for our 16 miler. Not only was it freezing cold, but there was ice all over the roads. So, we just tried to keep our footing and hit the grass when possible. I honestly have no idea how we made it through that one without breaking something. I was tense the entire time, afraid I was going to hit a patch and go sliding.

    Anyway, thanks for doing the giveaway, the shirt looks awesome! And good luck with your legs!

    December 3, 2009 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Lexi

    The first time I had to run 8 miles I was super nervous. It didn’t help that it was super cold (especially for MS & rainy). I could have used a shirt like that!

    December 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Lexi

    I tweeted! (@ramblinglexi)

    December 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply hemp jogger

    um, many a time during the winter months, i would run home from the bar. often in the snow. and in heels or some type of non-running shoe. i sort of became known as the girl who ran home. by herself. from the bar.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I’m like you; I HATE the cold. I also USED to live in Southern California before I had the brilliant idea to move to Pittsburgh (read: cold!) so now whenever I run outside I think about the warm Valley and try to ignore the pain in my ears and fingertips. ;-)

    December 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Yeah, I am not too fond of running in the cold as well. Just yesterday I went out and it was in the high 30’s low 40’s! I would much rather run when it is in the 60’s because that is perfect weather in SO ILL! So i am up to trying someting new that can keep me warm. :)

    December 4, 2009 at 1:49 am
  • Reply cindy

    Our family (husband, 2 kids & me) did a 5K together last Christmas (12/27). Running with kids is a whole different ballgame! You have to keep things interesting and fun to distract them from the actual running. Anyway, here in upstate NY it’s freezing in December so we were all so layered up we could barely move (picture A Christmas Story). It was so cold that our kids (ages 9 & 10 at the time) didn’t even want to get out of the car for the race. At one point during the race, my son actually laid down in the road and refused to get up – not sure how laying down was going to help, but that’s what it’s like running with kids..gotta love it. It was a real fun race (NOT!). Actually, it couldn’t have been all bad because we’re going to try it again in a few short weeks..that compression shirt would sure come in handy :)

    December 4, 2009 at 8:49 am
  • Reply Mary Beth

    Last winter I ran here in Boston before the sun came up on one of the coldest days on record – when I came home there was a layer of ice over my fleece (from my sweat) and my hair had frozen!

    December 4, 2009 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I bought a pair of winter running pants that I thought were going to be great for the cold Boston winters. Turns out that they don’t wick well enough and ended up turning sticky/freezing on my legs – yikes!!!

    December 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply raj

    I was away on a business trip to Wyoming and being indoors all day long listening to presentations was driving me crazy. The schedule was packed and there was literally no time during the day to slip out and get a run in. The only available time was early in the AM when it is dark outside and pretty chilly at 35°F. Anyway, being from CA, I didn’t carry any “warm” clothes, so I put on my dri-fit running gear. I put my running shirt over my singlet and went out for a “long 45 minutes” trail run and frooze my butt off. I didn’t warm up the entire run. I had chills running through my body, my nose was running and my eyes were watering non-stop. I got back to my hotel room after the cold miserable run and had to sit under the shower for a good 30 minutes or so to get warmed up. Other than that I was glad to get a run in.

    December 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply TorontoGirloutWest

    So the other day it was like -15 and I took my puppy (Daisy) out to do her business. It was dark and cold but I thought it would be cold so I didn’t put on a coat. Silly I know.

    I also didn’t put her on a leash because she’s usually pretty good. Also silly of me.

    Well she decided to bolt on me. So while totally underdressed and FREEZING I had to run after my puppy.

    Nope it wasn’t for negative splits. It was to get my puppy. But I say it still counts as a run! :oP

    December 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply alex

    Hey girl!
    I actually have an “I am cold in Canada” story… it was my 23rd birthday, -25Celcius outside, and we were running 24km, the farthest I had ever run!
    I wore long johns under my tights, old school track pants over my tights, my ski socks, layer oupon layer of shirts, my fab cheetah neck warmer, and a hat and two pairs of mitts.
    Then I went out that night for my birthday and was the last to leave even though I was sooo spent from running that morning. Homegirl’s gotta party, right?

    December 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm
  • Reply Tammy Eros

    Hey! I sure could use a nice toasty compression shirt…Last year I went running with a friend and it was in the 30’s outside…well..not too bad, except for the fact that we didn’t know that it was supposed to rain that morning and we started getting pelted by freezing rain. I was SO cold and my hands were basically hand-shaped icicles..They hurt so bad, I thought they were going to fall off..BUT the worst part was… I couldn’t turn the warm water on to warm my hands up when we got back home and I started to get that “oh-so-funny” feeling of my blood sugar getting low..I couldn’t get into my shirt pocket to get my snack and so I was trying to tell my friend to get it for me, but I told her it was in my sweater…So, she is looking frantically around for my sweater, when I don’t have one…trying to put my feet up so I don’t pass out…Geez! She finally figured out my nonsense and had to feed me my protein bar…So maybe, if I had a nice toasty compression shirt, I could tuck my hands inside and you could save me from passing out! Wouldn’t that make you feel good? HAHA!

    December 6, 2009 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Erin

    Last winter I was training for the New Jersey Marathon. One 3 day weekend I kept putting off my long run, until the last day I realized I had to go. I woke up to…snow! What’s a girl to do but bundle up and get her procrastinating butt out there for 15 miles. It was so cold I was crying at certain points. I stopped in a bodega and realized I had no money – I explained my story to the owner who took pity on me and gave me free hot chocolate. I think that was the only way I was able to force myself back out in the cold to finish the last 5 miles. Brr I’m cold just remember it!

    December 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Christina

    I started running after I moved to California, so my first cold-weather run (ie under 45 degrees) was in Chicago a few weeks ago. Oh my…I’ve never worn three layers of shirts on a run before! Thank god I live in San Francisco.

    December 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Porta-Potty Blue was my color at CIM | Chic Runner

    […] hopeful for. But as for now, you can go read the “cold weather running comments” and enter to win the Zensah shirt, which I DID end up wearing yesterday and am SO thankful I did. I am going to announce the winner […]

    December 7, 2009 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Megan

    Last year I got the crazy idea to start running again – it was December. So, I had four months of winter training in South Dakota before my first race. I had run in the cold before but not on a consistent basis so it was a definite learning process when it came to deciding how to stay warm and still be able to move when it’s -20 out!

    I come to appreciate warm, well-designed cold weather gear and can never get enough of it! Bonus if you can wear it on multiple runs before washing!!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Allison

    Ack!!! My coldest running experience was this weekend! I ran a half marathon and it was 33 degrees and raining (for the first hour the rain would not stop). It was really really fricking freezing. And I have only lived in AZ/So Cal before moving to NC. Ughhhhh. My poor southwestern bod didn’t know what to do.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Stef

    So it’s 19 wonderful degrees here in Oregon and I have a horrible cold… actually a cold that turned into a sinus infection. I would love to go run outside when I feel better because I loathe the dreadmill but I am worried that once I get over this cold/sinus infection/earache, running in the cold will just let my head turn into a giant snot factory again :( long sleeve zensah shirt could help warm me up and be a nice start to my cold weather running gear!

    also tweeted @waddle_on

    December 7, 2009 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Erin

    I swear I already commented, but apparently I just dreamed it!

    Last year I wussed out and did much of my winter training on the treadmill. One day I took the day off work and tried to run outside. After dodging slush and ice and rock-hard bits of snow I decided I hated winter running. But then I bought a pair of YakTrax, was able to run outside along side freaking cross-country skiers and decided I liked winter running. Just as long as it’s not in a blizzard!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Chrissy

    I ran a 5K this weekend and it was 29 degrees… in Texas! It was my fastest 5K yet, but it was also the first time I ever had to run to the side of the route and gag up a pile of snot, which had dripped from my nose down the back of my throat. I told my friend I was fine, and was actually just trying to intimidate the other runners. :)

    December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am
  • Reply erin

    thanks for the giveaway! i saw “keeps you warm” and immediately had to check out your post. i live in michigan (translation: ice, snow, bone-chilling wind). anytime i can find a cute, long, and stretchy shirt to fight off the brutal cold–i’m there!

    December 7, 2009 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Andres

    I started running last winter with my dog Onyx…wanted to get her into shape as well as I. Needless to say, running in 20 degree weather here in NC didn’t work out too well for her…she’s till a bit chubby but she’s the best!!

    Now I just focus on my training. Cheers!

    December 7, 2009 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Sarah C

    I guess I use the cold excuse any morning I am getting out of my cozy bed no matter what the season, but just recently I woke up to run on the first really cold morning of the winter it was 20 degrees which isnt bad for Buffalo winters-Too bad I didnt throw on enough layers and made it to only mile 2 when I realized I couldnt hit my I-pod buttons because my fingers were frozen. I would love to win and keep warm in snowy Buffalo!

    December 7, 2009 at 11:26 am
  • Reply 26.2 Quest

    Well, it doesn’t get as cold here in GA as it does in a lot of places, but it still would be nice to have a little better (warmer) running gear for those mornings in the 30’s.

    December 7, 2009 at 11:33 am
  • Reply elizabeth

    I don’t have a lot of cold running stories (just started seriously running a few years ago and I live in Santa Monica)…but I do have some funny cold figure skating stories…

    December 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Amy

    I am commenting about “one time” when I was cold while running. I live in Minnesota so 5 months out of the year I am usually cold while running :) I think this shirt would look smokin with my yaktrax!

    December 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply melinda h.

    Cleveland Ohio = cold year round!!! I’m thinking my coldest run is going to be this Sat for the Reindeer Run. Soooo… I guess thats actually a “future cold run story”. ;)

    December 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Jacklyn Johnston

    Nashville’s in the South right? It shouldn’t get too cold there…that’s what I initally thought too…but think again. I forever am trying to figure out what to wear on cold runs in the morning. I always seem to either end up looking like Ralphie’s brother on A Christmas Story or the village idiot in shorts and a t-shirt who think she can just brave the cold. Brrrr…Now that it’s chilly and I have made a vow to stay training outside, I would love this shirt. Then maybe I would be able to feel my arms in the wee hours of the morning :) Not to mention it looks good too. I’m with you Danica, hate the short running shirts. Thanks so much for doing this Zensha and Danica!

    December 7, 2009 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply michael

    Ran the other morning and it was 34 degrees in Sacramento. Motivation enough to start the pace off quick. That said, pick me please!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply Alina

    I live in Spain and while Spain is known for lots of sunshine, that is not the case where I live (It snows and can get down to 14ºF during the winters). It’s difficult to find running gear in my town and internet shopping is limited in Spain (nearest running store is about 140 miles away). The Zensah shirt would come in handy. And if I like it, I’d be willing to travel to find a store that carries the brand. So pick me, please!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 3:58 am
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