Wednesday, July 13, 2011

OT: MPG Sport Review - Really Nice!

Intro, A Special Discount, & Give Away:

A couple of months ago I was contacted by MPG Sport, to give their active wear a try. They were super nice and sent me a large selection of things to try, both active and casual wear.  MPG Sport is a Canadian sportswear company that isn't widely known in the US, however, they are sold in the upscale Equinox gym chain and were on my list of brands to try. Funny enough one of my fellow PTA members at my kids' school almost exclusively wears MPG so I was able to quiz her about the durability and how she liked the brand. She buys it at one of our local running stores and also orders on-line. They often have great sales and they were kind enough to give the readers of this blog a special discount code. Use luluaddictlovesmpg to get a one-time 25% off your order (good until August 5th). They have also agreed to give away a piece of MPG clothing - your choice of a top or bottom (outerwear excluded) - to one lucky reader. You can enter buy liking their Facebook page (you have to comment that you saw this give away/review on the Lulu Addict blog), liking my Facebook page, putting it on your twitter feed or blog. Your entry is a comment on this blog about what you did (like a FB page, etc) and what piece from their website that you'd like to win. They make both men's and women's clothes so guys can win, too. I'll pick the winner (names in a hat type thing or a randomizer if I can figure that out) from the comments on this blog so you guys have to de-lurk or give yourself a unique name for this to work correctly. The more entries you make the better. I'll pick a winner on July 27th.

The Reviews:

MPG Savvy Tank in Bright Coral
One thing I really like about MPG is that their tanks are long. So many active wear manufacturers make their women's tanks too short which makes your rear look larger, not to mention shows skin when you bend over. The other thing I like about their designs is that they are curve-hugging and feminine but have great coverage - there is not a lot of cleavage showing so you can exercise without worrying about revealing too much. MPG sent me the Savvy tank above. I initially ordered the wrong size and they were kind enough to send me the next size down. The Savvy is made of a lightweight material (90% nylon, 10% spandex) that reminds me a lot of Lululemon's luxtreme in the silky feel and weight. It has a built in bra with little wedge-shaped bra cookies but they are small and kind of float around so I took them out. The bra is supportive enough for around the house purposes but I need to use another bra underneath for the gym, which is typical for me. The material has a sheen, MPG calls it Sparkle Jersey, so it has a unique look that's kind of fun. I found the tank very comfortable for workouts. The fit is TTS.

Savvy Tank Product Details:

Sparkle jersey workout tank with contrast laser cut details.

  • Nylon-spandex blended jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Self fabric taping details
  • Ergonomic performance seams
  • Contrast laser-cut sonic welded inserts
  • Built in Coolmax bra liner with removable cups
  • Full support
  • High visibility logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light to heavy workouts, yoga, training, general exercise

MPG Eris Bra in Bright Coral
MPG also sent me the Eris bra which I really liked. I found it super comfortable and supportive for moderate activity for my DD chest. I really like the strap detail in the back. I would get another one of these in a heartbeat. This bra is made of  a polyester/spandex (88/12) blend that has a matte feel and look, a lot like luon. The fit is TTS.

Eris Bra Product Details:

Performance bra top with built in support.
  • Polyester spandex blended jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Open back design with supportive cross-strap
  • Built in Coolmax bra liner with spacer bra cup feature
  • Medium support, fitted silhouette
  • MPG custom logo stripe at back
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light to heavy workouts, yoga, running, tennis, training

MPG Simha Crops in Smoke/Bright Coral
Probably my favorite piece that MPG sent me was the Simha crops. I'll admit I have been spoiled by the fit of Lululemon crops and pants for years now but the fit of these MPG crops was every bit as good as Lululemon's. It hugged my curves, didn't fall down my rear with movement, and the seaming was placed in flattering spots. I was a little leery of the lighter Smoke color but the material is thick enough (very similar to regular weight luon) that it hides any ripples and dimples. It definitely passed the bend over test - I cannot see the color of my underwear through my pants. I found the v-shaped waistband very comfortable. It has flat seams in most places and a crotch gusset. The fabric content is a polyester/spandex blend (88/12) which was soft and comfortable. I found it a little hot for warm weather indoor workouts in Southern California (I wore it for cardio on the elliptical) so I am going to save these crops for cooler days and outdoor activity. I really love the fit and feel of these crops and want to get a pair of the pants in the same design, the Chic pant. The fit is TTS.

Simha Crops Product Info:

Slim fit performance jersey dance/yoga pant.
  • Polyester-spandex blended jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Built in gusset for maximum movement
  • Semi-low rise, fitted silhouette
  • High visibility reflective logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Low or high impact workouts, yoga, dance
MPG Lounge Tank in Smoke
Another of my favorite pieces that I use as as a coverup and casual wear is the Lounge Tank. This is also made of the same lightweight silky Sparkle Jersey (90/10 Nylon/Spandex) as the Savvy tank and has a sheen. I realize this style isn't for everyone but I found it very comfortable. It runs very long - mid thigh on me (5'5").  It has an adjustable drawcord at the hem. It has a built in shelf bra but I layer the Eris bra underneath and it looks really cute. I think it's great for a coverup. I think this fits TTS.

Lounge Tank Product Details:
Blouson active tank in our signature 'champagne' sparkle jersey fabric.
  • Nylon-spandex blended champagne jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Adjustable bottom hem
  • Built in Coolmax bra liner with removable cups
  • Medium support
  • Semi-fitted silhouette
  • MPG custom logo stripe on upper back
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light workouts, yoga, leisure, general exercise

MPG Harmony Jacket in Smoke
Sleeve detail on the Harmony Jacket
 MPG also sent me their Harmony Rain Jacket. It's a super lightweight jacket that has a ton of cute design details like gathers on the sleeves. I got to try this out one rainy morning and it's great protection against drizzles. It is very lightweight so perfect for summer days with a bit of a breeze. The fit is great - very roomy in the shoulders, chest, and upper arms (unlike most of Lululemon's jackets) and I was able to layer a Define Jacket underneath one rainy morning. It has a cute waist-defining elastic at the waist. The only issue is that the sleeves a tiny bit short. They end right at my wrist bones. If you are a tall woman, I think you will find the arms too short. I feel very sporty but feminine in this jacket. This fits TTS.

Harmony Jacket Product Details:
Nylon rain jacket with decorative stitching and light gathers.
  • Wind and water resistant nylon shell
  • Ruching details on sleeves and back
  • Billow effect on bottom hem, with adjustable cord
  • Mesh elastic taping trim
  • Contrast color front zipper
  • Zippered storage pockets
  • High visibility reflective details
  • Contoured silhouette
  • MPG custom logo stripe
RECOMMENDED FOR: Outdoor rain-or-shine exercise, light protection for mild or damp weather

MPG also sent me the Essential Active capris. The material on these is a nylon/spandex (89/12) blend that feel a lot like luon - soft feel, like brushed cotton, and thick coverage. The fit was just as nice as the Simha crops. The wide waistband is comfortable and is flat seamed, as are the vertical seams. These are a great basic crop.These fit TTS.

Essential Active Capri Product Details:
MPG Active Luxury basic capri pant, ideal for dance and yoga.
  • Nylon-spandex blended brushed jersey
  • Four-way stretch
  • Luxurious sueded feel
  • Semi-low rise, semi-fitted, flared leg opening, 21" inseam
  • High visibility logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light workouts, yoga, dance, general exercise, casual wear

MPG Charm Tank in Turquoise
MPG sent me the burnout style tank called the Charm. It has a cotton/poly blend (35/65) that is super comfortable. It's a very cute style that is great for casual wear. I liked this one a lot and want to get the black one. I thought this one fit TTS.

Charm Tank Product Details:

This unique "burn-out" jersey active racer back top features light gathering details throughout.
  • Polyester-cotton blended burnout jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Elastic gathered side seams
  • Racer back design for an athletic fit
  • Semi-fitted silhouette
  • High visibility logo
RECOMMENDED FOR: Layering, light workouts, yoga, leisure
MPG Vivid Tank in Black

MPG also sent me the Vivid tank at my request. This was the piece that I liked the least. It's hard to see but there is a seam that is supposed to go under the bust but it hit me too high. I also found the polyester/spandex material a bit hot. I thought the fit on this a bit small.

This light jersey racer back tank has a flattering deep v-neck design.
  • Polyester-spandex blended jersey
  • Four-way stretch, moisture wicking, quick dry
  • Self fabric taping details
  • Built in Coolmax bra liner, medium support
  • MPG custom logo stripe at back
RECOMMENDED FOR: Light to heavy workouts, yoga, training, leisure

One nice thing about MPG is that they have a 30-day return policy. You do have to pay for shipping though unless you order a certain amount. Although I only have had the clothes for a short while they seem durable and well-constructed. The bottoms don't bag out. My PTA friend who has been wearing MPG for a couple of years now has nothing but good things to say about the clothes and the durability. All in all, if you are looking for something different to add to your workout wardrobe, I think MPG offers nice functional styles at a reasonable price point with good quality.

NEW! Run: Weightless Singlet

Recently posted on the Park City Facebook page, the Run: Weightless Singlet. I am intrigued by the weightless part. As soon as I find out more and sport more photos I will update this post. The Lulumum blog says this is made of luxtreme but it's hard to tell from the photo. I might have to trade in my luxtreme Deep Breath for this. I do like luxtreme Singlets a lot and it looks like I won't have to worry about over exposure in this tank.