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Champion Review

I was sent some Champion gear for a review recently and imagine my excited face when I got not one pair of booty shorts but TWO! Super excited! I also got a few tanks and this nice long sleeve tee in lilac. It has some cool designs on the sleeves which I liked, but I do think the color is a little blah for me. I’m all about bright colors! I really liked the fabric of the shirt and appreciated that it was seamless as well. One thing that I did notice was the fact that at the v-neck, where the two parts of the shirt came together there was a small nub. I didn’t know if this would bother me during my run but only a mile and half in I knew it was going to mess up my skin a bit. It started to chafe a small amount by the end of the run. I really liked the fabric and fit of the shirt though. That was a definite selling point. I liked how long the sleeves were and also the overall length of the shirt as well. The seams on the underarms didn’t bother me either, which was great. I wore it when it was 55 degrees out and I wasn’t too warm or too cold in it at all and it seemed to have some stretch and bounce in it as well. Win! I am wearing a large though, which makes me wonder about Champion’s sizing. I also know that I am one to not wear incredibly tight workout clothes, minus the spandex on the lower section of my body, so personally, I would error on the side of caution and get a size larger than necessary in the shirts.

I liked the back of the shirt because of the breath-ability and how it was designed. I also like the little design at the top. The shirt stayed down which is good enough in my book!

One of the aspects that I really liked about the shirt was the fact that it had small designs down the arm of the shirt. Sometimes running clothes are so boring and I love it when they put a little effort into them to make them a little girly.

Then I reviewed the first of the two pairs of booty shorts. Now, for me, these are a little bit too long. I really don’t like them hitting that area of my leg and we all know I like BOOTY shorts! So these actually were made of a GREAT fabric and I did like them, if they were just an inch shorter! I liked how they were seamless and they were a good mix of spandex and fabric. They didn’t ride up at all during my run and seemed to fit really well. Again I got the large, but after a little while I could tell that they were a little bit big on me. I had the saggy poopy butt look going on. These are the 5 inch inseam and they can be found here. I do love them, but wish they were a tad shorter. :)

I really liked the aspect that they were seamless and that they didn’t rub in weird spots at all. They were really supportive and soft and the wide waist band was super comfortable and didn’t dig into my waist at all. They weren’t incredibly spandexed to my body which also allowed for a little extra breathing room. The size I tested in these was also a large. They were longer and I know some of you were looking for a longer inseam and I would totally recommend these!

Lastly, I tested another pair of booty shorts and these were my faves! They have a small design on the side and were very soft and the fabric is super moisture wicking. I also liked how they were seamless and I liked the inseam length on these as well.

Another aspect that is clutch when checking and trying on pairs of booty shorts is that they will STAY DOWN. You don’t need them riding up and giving everyone a free show! These ones stayed down very well and I really liked that aspect of them too. They are not only made with spandex which helps them stay down better.

I would totally check out the stuff that Champion has to offer. I really like what they sent me and I also think their stuff is well made and very well priced for a runner’s budget. It’s hard to find things that are well made and can stand being washed so much without paying an arm and leg.


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  • Reply Rebecca Jo

    Love the shirt & the design down the arm…

    I actually love the length on those first shorts… no one wants to see ME in booty shorts! So that length is more appropraite for my build.. and AGE! :)

    I say if you got the body & the booty, do the booty shorts ladies! :)

    April 14, 2010 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Heather (

    I like champion, and i REALLY like the c9 target stuff (cheap!) thanks for the review.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Vic

    Love champion shirt! Thanks for the reviews.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Leigh

    I love the color and design of the long sleeve shirt!

    Haha you are a brave woman for wearing booty shorts…I would never feel comfortable wearing them! But good for you!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Paige

    Bahahah “length of the shit”! Ooopsie!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:05 am
  • Reply x-country2

    Purple is a great color on you. Great score!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Carolina Girl

    Yay for Chic Runner booty!!! hahaha

    I do love Champion, I have about 5 million pairs of their capri running pants. They are SO comfy!!!!

    Love that top!!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Milltini

    Totally in the market for some new gear! I think I’ll check this stuff out. Thanks!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Jess

    I reallly like champion stuff because of the way it breaths. I was in their outlet recently and tried on those exact same booty shorts and I thought they were just a bit too long too.

    The one pair I really liked had extra grippy action on the leg so it wouldn’t be. If it would be been about a half inch shorter on the leg I would have bought it in a heartbeat.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:44 am
  • Reply eca

    I have two runs coming up soon and definitely need some new clothes for those. Thanks for the review!

    April 14, 2010 at 9:57 am
  • Reply David

    Props for: 1) being lucky enough to score free stuff from major manufacturers, 2) being incredibly honest given the fact they sent you free stuff, 3) somehow finding a way to take an iPhone picture of your butt without the use of a mirror, and 4) props to your birth parents for passing along incredibly beautiful eyes to ya!

    None of that (#1-3) is easy!! Haha

    April 14, 2010 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Nicki

    I have been really surprised to find that I like a lot of Champion running clothes… I have some booty shorts I won from them in a giveaway and they’re my favorite!!! Thanks for the great review as always! :)

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Looks like some good stuff. Those subtle designs on the shirt are PRETTY!

    Nice booty. ;)

    April 14, 2010 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Robyn

    I love Champion. Thanks for the reviews. I heart your love for booty shorts.

    April 14, 2010 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Kerrie @ Mom vs. Marathon

    Well, THANK GOD they did NOT send me booty shorts. But I got the same purple top and a black one. And a sports bra. I really like them all, but yes, the nub. I put a little BodyGlide under there and it’s just fine.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    I have a had a pair of those booty shorts for awhile and I love them!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Marathon Maritza

    Boo I was hoping you’d include a picture of the saggy poopy butt. You know…for research purposes of course.

    April 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply jenn

    I ran my first half marathon in a V-neck (which I had done several of my long runs in) and learned that lesson the hard way then when I tried to figure out what had made the big scab on my chest… It took a surprisingly long time to piece things together!

    April 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Tara

    booty, booty, booooootttyyy rockin’ everywhere! I’m really glad you included a close up of your gluteus maximus! haha those shorts look very comfy and if I am ever daring enough to rock the booty shorts I shall give them a try :)

    April 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply christina cadden

    Like that shirt!

    April 14, 2010 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Amy B

    I’m a huge fan of champion- they’re carried in so many places and are sooooo reasonably priced. Which is something this lady likes! :)

    April 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply Runeatrepeat

    They are booty shorts, so we deserve a booty shot!
    I love the color of that top, I don’t normally buy purple (or lilac, sorry) but love that one :)

    April 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply joerunfordom

    Danica – nobody can rock the “booty shorts” the way you can – Nobody!

    Great job at the 10K over the weekend – can’t get enough race reports from you.

    Just wanted to stop by for a quick hello before I fly up to Boston tomorrow (Fri.).

    Looking like it’s going to be pretty good weather and not a lot of wind so I’m hoping to put a PR in the books for my boy Dom. Would be a great way to honor him.

    Marathon #2 in 2 weeks? Not so much – just looking at survival there ….

    Thanks for everything and all the great help and advice over the last few months. You are the greatest and I’m so glad our paths crossed back in the fall.

    Take good care and be on the lookout for #7929 on Monday – going to kick some Heartbreak Hill assphault on Monday.

    Best from Austin,


    April 15, 2010 at 4:49 am
  • Reply Erica @ Fashion meets Food

    Heyy girly! Just found your blog and absolutely love it! I am just getting into running so your blog has been a fun read! You now have a new follower!


    April 15, 2010 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Christan

    Just found your blog and as a runner, I love the gear and clothing reviews! I agree with you about the Champion fit – it always seems like I have to wear a size up from normal, which never makes me feel that great when trying it all on…

    April 15, 2010 at 8:02 am
  • Reply nicole

    love the goods d!!! :) spandex loookkkin gooood <3

    April 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Justfound your blog and love it! You’ve also inspired me to try booty shorts! I haven’t made it out of my house yet in them but one of these day…

    April 16, 2010 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Hannah

    Just found your blog and love it! You’ve also inspired me to try booty shorts! I haven’t made it out of my house yet in them but one of these days…

    April 16, 2010 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Felice

    I have that top, too, but in a darker color. I agree about the sizing. Mine is the M/L and it fit well, but slightly snugly. I loved the fabric and the designs though!

    April 16, 2010 at 8:10 am
  • Reply cyberHag

    Just don’t get any of the C9 Champion line from Target. That stuff is crap.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Sesa

    I love your posts on running clothes.

    You totally inspired me to wear booty shorts during my half marathon last month. Now I can’t imagine running without them — mine make me feel like a superhero!

    April 17, 2010 at 11:33 am
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