Sunday, April 15, 2012

OT: Zobha and SkirtSports

Zobha Boyshort Panty
Since I've been running my last few runs at the gym I've been having some issues with my underwear chafing in some interesting areas. I usually wear lulu techinikini underwear but the edging around the leg openings combined with how sweaty I get running indoors is causing me problems. I did buy some Body Glide and that helps but I thought I'd try some underwear that had a smoother finish. A few people recommended I try Zobha Boyshort Panties so I ordered a couple pairs this weekend. I'll let you know how I like them. I know some people have recommended running sans underwear but I'm not ready to try that yet.

I also decided to try a pair of the 360 Shorts from their new Performance Tech Collection. My favorite run shorts are my 8" luxtreme Take Flight Bike shorts but until lulu re-releases them I am kind of up a creek. I've been looking at various other manufacturers for something similar. These have a wide waistband and the verbiage says they're compressive so I thought I'd take a chance. Zobha offers free returns so it's no biggie if they don't work out. They are stinking pricey at $68 but I found a coupon code for 20% off. I will let you know what I think when I get them which should be soon since Zobha ships out of northern California.

SkirtSports Gym Girl Ultra in Pink Camo
SkirtSports Happy Girl

I also am considering getting a skirt to run in since it's so warm here. I've been looking at the SkirtSports website a lot lately. Lulu skirts don't come in my size and they are awfully short. I don't want to look like a Quaker when I run but I'd like a little more coverage. SkirtSports skirts are another freaking pricey brand so I want to check them out at a run store before I order. I also want to pounce on a sale if I can. I was looking the the race photos people post on their Facebook site and all the women look so cute in their skirts that I want to get in on that action.

(Oh yeah, I've updated the SeaWheeze training page with my current progress for those of you that have been following it.)

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

"look like a quaker when I run..." LOL!

Anonymous said...

I have ordered 3 tank tops and 3 pants from zobha. Alll very poorly made. The sweing was all off and the material heavy and constricting. At such a headyy price i would expect better. I now only stick to lululemon and beyond yoga for my workout wear.

Anonymous said...

I recently got a tank and tights ( WU CROP imitation) from Zobha. Tank is nice- but heavy material and my 34D spills out :(
The crops are a great color and fit is ok, but they are thinner than WU. I will be sticking with lulu, maybe a zobha piece here and there ( their sunset purple leggings are a beautiful color).
While lulu has had quality issues, it is still better than the other stuff out there. I just wish they'd offer some colors I like :(

Anonymous said...

I really like the skirts from runningskirts.com. I have had them for years and years and years.

Anonymous said...

CW-X has long shorts that I've heard hold up better than Zobha...they're pricey so I haven't gotten a pair just yet.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE running in my Skirtsports gym girl ultras. The boyshort is long enough that I don't have any chafing issues, it is cool enough to wear in southern summers, and the pockets are great for ipod. The skirts from runningskirts fit a little more constrictive at the waist but their boyshorts also have a nice length.

Anonymous said...

Uh has anyone noticed that the power tee is 51% polyester ?!?!?!?! I am shocked! Its going right back to the store! :( boooooooo!

Anonymous said...

What app are you using to track your runs? That calendar is pretty cool!

Anonymous said...

running sans underwear definitely has its advantages/disadvantages... i personally hate wearing a thong/g-string as it causes more discomfort and is another layer. on the other hand, running "commando" frees you up, you feel sexier, and at first you're very self conscious about it (at least i was) and it's a little exhibitionist. i would say 50%+ in my gym go commando, esp. the younger/fit ones (and well manicured) who have it to flaunt...

yoga babe said...

i run sans panties, just with a longer top.

Pattybea said...

I also like the athletic skirts from runningskirts...I have many, they are incredibly cute and comfy.

Anonymous said...

personally i'm not a big fan of the running skirt look... for whatever reason, i see them in Central Park and think that someone lost their tennis racket and is running to find it... there are tons of shorts with liners that make running w/o undies possible without being an "exhibitionist" if that's a concern. i love my hot and sweaty shorts, i just change when i leave the gym... they might be too much at starbucks (i'm not a fan of walking around town in my tiny shorts and nothing else...)

Anonymous said...

I like the calender too, I use an app called "Running Log" (the free version) it's not as pretty but it does the trick, and it's free!! I like being able to see my progress over the months :)

I have asthma as well and have been struggling with getting my outside runs in. My first time out this spring I had a big attack and had forgot my puffer. Freaking scared me :( I have so much crap I need to carry with me that I'm not sure how I'll manage once the weather warms up here and I'm not wearing a jacket with pockets.

Minda said...

i've been loving the runningskirts.com runlove compression socks also that long sleeve run top with the heart on the sleeve. top runs small. i get lots of compliments on it and the socks. I try to wear the top and socks at different days though. . . so I'm not all hearting out all over hah! I wish they had a short sleeved top with the heart on the sleeve. anyway- hoping there will be april wee are from space crb!!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't help but reply - check out spibelt.com. I'm a pacer for a running group and we are required to carry our phones on longer runs in case of an emergency. This does the trick without being too heavy or cumbersome. It's adjustable, comes in many colors, and in my case, holds my iPhone and gu.

elodie said...

LLA, you might look at Sugoi for medium-long compression shorts. Their designs need work but quality and functionality is better than LL imo, especially tights and jackets. Prices are a little or a lot lower depending on where you find them. Runningwarehouse carries some of their line, and they have 60-day(!) free return shipping, and free overnight in CA.

I don't agree that LL has better quality than the rest. At the same price point, dedicated outdoors companies like Patagonia, NorthFace, Arc'teryx, all do as well or better. LL designs are usually ahead of the curve though, and their seam placements are usually more flattering. On balance, LL is still a lightweight in that sector, imo. If I have to do a 20-miler in extreme heat or cold, I don't trust LL's bonded edges to not cut me or their most expensive jackets to shelter me.

Anonymous said...

I'm running the Antarctica marathon (so excited!) and none of the brands recommended for purchasing our running gear from were lulu.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for looking cute while you workout, but running skirts are not cute. You end up aging yourself because they make you look like 65+ retiree getting ready for a round of golf or tennis. Just. Say. No.

yogi babe said...

totally agree re running skirt 65+ retiree comment... not an aarp blog (LOL), put on your lulu's, leave the undies at home, but do liberally apply the body glide 9or any chammy cream) if that's an issue... work it, flaunt it, live it.

Anonymous said...

I have a few pairs of the zobha boy shorts. At first I liked them, but they are starting to fall apart after a few wears. Plus they didnt' stay up very well on my runs. I am back to commando- nothing to fuss with then!

Anonymous said...

For those who have tried zobha - do you wear the same size with zobha as you do with lulu? It looks like it would be equivalent based on size charts, but you never know. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

have you tried the lululemon boy shorts? err, sorry, groovy girl shorts? they hold up well, zero lines.

Anonymous said...

You know, I used to think skirts were sort of frivolous for running but then I gave one a try. And now I'm reluctant to go back to shorts. I run in one skirt from Zella and one that's Nike (I think). I recently bought my first Lululemon skirt--a Pacesetter--and I like it, too.

Anonymous said...

I have a pair of the Zobha boy shorts, I definitely think the quality isn't there. The edges look frayed when they're brand new. I'll stick with the groovy girlshorts

LuluAddict said...

I have a few items from Zobha, all bought on sale. I find the material kind of hot, too, and the fit is off for me on the tops - too big in the chest, too tight in the waist/hip. My absolute favorite item from them are their lounge pants. Lighter weight than lulu pant IIs but a much sexier cut, kind of like French Terry grooves. They have faded a bit but I'll admit I don't baby them like my lulu. I was hoping Zobha's new tech line might have different fabric. I'll let you know.

@ elodie - thanks for the Sugoi recommendation. I will definitely check them out.

I do have a pair of the lulu laser cute panties - groovy girls, I think- and they were better about chafing me but they ride up.

The run calendar is from Map My Run. I have the app for my iphone that tracks my runs outside and when I run inside I just manually enter the data. I haven't corrected the calorie info but the distance and time is correct. You can make notes on the run, too. My husband notes which shoes he is wearing so he can track the miles on them.

az lulu fan said...

I wear a Zobha 4 and Lulu 6. The Zobha tanks are good for yoga and I like wearing something that no one else has. I find that Zobha runs a bit larger and the fabric is stretchier than Luon. Lulu's still the best for jumping around and running, but it' s annoying when someone is wearing the same same top. Half of my cardio class wears Lulu now.

Az Lulu Fan said...

Zobha is having a sale today. Free shipping too.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have favorite g-string panties that work well under Lulu pants? I am having the worst time finding one that doesn't creep up or bunch up. I may try the Lulu groove thong, whatever it's called. But they didn't have any in my store, so I can't see it before buying. I got a different thong (predecessor?) on MD and didn't like it.
Any other brands? I tend to find ones I like at TJMaxx or Marshall's and then never find them again. Thanks.

Shelley said...

I own 6 lulu running skirts in various colours and styles and I love them! I'm waiting for it to warm up here (Alberta) so I can start wearing them again for my runs. I find it depends on the style, the pace setter is not that short, but one I recently bought (the name eludes me at the moment) is fairly short.

However, there are shorts underneath. I hate shorts, I'm just to self conscience and love the skirt/short option of a running skirt. I wear my running skirts for running and when I take my 2 kids to the park or splash pad. They are cool the added bonus of a short underneath prevents anyone catching a glimpse of anything if I'm chasing my youngest or picking up a water toy.

KS said...

I own 6 different run skirt as well, of varying styles and love them. I used to hate running out to the grocery store or wherever in just my tight little shorts b/c I felt too exposed.

Kristin said...

I go sans underwear. So liberating! Love the comfy liners in my lulu speeds and turbos! Not to mention....saves $!
Not a fan of running skirts either but some ladies really rock the look! They aren't for me.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know women wore underwear under their Lulu! I never have and have never thought twice about it. I would think running and working out in general would be so uncomfortable with am extra layer. I'm learning so much from this blog lol

MonkeyGirl said...

OK, I'll weigh in- I wear the moving comfort workout thong (and I am not a thong wearer any other time!). I don't feel them, and they don't give me lines. When running I don't wear anything, but for bar or yoga I wear the thong.

a. said...

I like Patagonia underwear for working out/running - I have both the active hipster and the active brief. They're made of a tech fabric and I think they're comfortable. I only tried a running skirt once and it was from Lands End and I got it for really cheap, but I had the worst chafing EVER from it. It seems like the fit of the liner/under short is really important. Re: other companies - have you checked out Road Runner Sports? They have some cute stuff on their web site. I've been thinking about getting some of their plum colored compression shorts for Bikram.

Anonymous said...

Weighing in- I wear thong with my lulu yoga pants ( Wu, crops, grooves occasionally), shorts I just wear with the liner that's sewn in- that't the "underwear" right?

I pretty much only wear Lulu for yoga- maybe an occasional run/power walk.
I cycle competitively and would feel like a goof out there in Lulu. Plus it's not nearly technical enough. I stick with gear by Louis Garneau- that's the maker of my team kit.

I tend to not really do my gym workouts in Lulu- I am afraid of the pilling and stuff :( sad when I feel like I cannot really workout in my workout gear. I actually use my older Lulu stuff when it gets too pilly or whatever for yoga- when I'm in the gym. In a hard gym workout I could care less what I wear/look like. But yoga ( especially when I teach) I like to and need to look presentable.