REVIEW: INKnBURN Performance Denim Capris

[ALTERNATIVE TITLE: Don’t take a picture of my butt and send it to me.]

Short version of review:logo_inknburn

INKnBURNS’s True Blue Performance Denim Capris are versatile for all of your workouts. They are comfortable and cute too!

Long version of review:

At least once a week, someone is emailing, commenting, Tweeting, texting (hey, Sis!) me about INKnBURN and their denim line of clothing. If you aren’t familiar with INKnBURN, I would describe them as a company that manufactures workout apparel “with an edge.” If you aren’t familiar with their “performance denim” line, it is comprised of clothes made of tech material with the look of denim. And the line is extensive: pants, skirt, shorts, tank, jacket, even a sports bra and headband! So, when given the opportunity to receive and review a pair of their True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris, I jumped at the chance.

For me, the ideal piece of exercise apparel is versatile – it takes me from the weight room to the yoga studio to the road/trails. I am far too much of a minimalist to have workout wear that must match all the different activities I enjoy. Additionally, my other criteria for exercise apparel is that I don’t want to THINK about it. If I am wearing something that itches or tugs or bunches or rubs, I can’t ignore it. Many workouts have been ruined (i.e. stopped early) due to the fact that I am distracted and/or uncomfortable.

Enter True Blue INB Performance Denim Capris.  I wore them running. I wore them in the weight room. I wore them to a power yoga class.

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FUNCTIONALITY

Overall, they are a high-quality product. Material, stitching…all good.

There was the perfect amount of stretch. Enough that you could wear them more than once without washing them (shut up, you know you do this) and they still retained their clingy stretchiness during subsequent wear(s). But, unlike compression-type pants, they aren’t gut-squeezing tight and limiting movement.

They were breathable and moisture-wicking. These aren’t for winter weather but in a moderate to hot environment, you will have no worries about staying cool and dry.

No tags! Nothing to scratch, rub, or irritate. Yes, the name and washing instructors are “burned” or embedded in the fabric. BRILLIANT!

THE LOOK

I feel like I can say that I “almost jogging in jeans” while wearing them because they REALLY look like denim! From the front, they might be able to pass for blue workout clothes, but the waistband stitching and back pocket stitching…yeah, jeans all the way.

I was a bit nervous wearing them because…well, you KNOW why. The look like jeans and I am wearing them to exercise.

Running: I wore them twice. The first time, I was out on a run by myself. As I passed walkers, I secretly hoped they weren’t JoggingJeans.com viewers and scrambling for their phones to take a picture of me. Thank goodness that my Twitter feed and email inbox have been empty of pictures of my own butt in “jeans.” And then I wore them this morning on a run with the BEST running group, Steel City Road Runners Club. It is comprised of a fantastic group of runners – heck, a fantastic group of people that are supportive and encouraging and passionate about the sport. Today’s run was a “blue out” training run to show our solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Given that these are the only blue pants I own, it seemed like a no-brainer to wear them. During and after the run, several people asked about them – most with a big smile and a “Hey, nice pants. Are they jeans?” or a “Did you just RUN in jeans!?” For those that didn’t ask, I’m sure they were wondering about the weirdo who was running in jeans.

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Here I am on the far left after our 11 mile run. So much for thinking that I was out of the shot!

Our Bibs!

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The weight room: I was nervous about showing up in the gym. The weight room section of my gym is pretty hardcore and, being the only girl there, I work hard to NOT do things to draw attention to myself. So I wore these on the day when there were the fewest people (Sunday at 8:00a-I opened the place), and there were only a handful of people there. However, those damn mirrors everywhere wouldn’t let me forget that I was in “jeans.” Again, I was hoping the girl on the elliptical on her phone wasn’t photographing me.

Power yoga class: My wonderful instructor (who I mentioned in the only other review I did on this site) came up to me once class started and whispered in my ear, “I was very confused about these and was thinking, ‘Is she in jeans?!’ Cute.”

And a quick video of me at the gym in them. The weird ending is because I told Dear Husband to start the start the recording mid-set and end it as soon as I finished so I wouldn’t have to edit it. He didn’t, so you get it “as is” with his wife looking like an idiot.

To the gym rats: Don’t attack. I don’t normally do squats on the Smith machine. The regular squat racks were being used and this part of the gym was empty.

Final, VERY IMPORTANT words: As some of you know, I’m running my first half marathon in Pittsburgh in 2 weeks (cue freak out). These are the frontrunners as of now for my race day outfit. So if you see them (i.e. me) on May 5th, just say ‘hi.’ Please don’t photograph my ass and send it to me with the text, “Hey, I saw this lady at the Pittsburgh Marathon IN JEANS!” ;)

Disclosure:  The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and based on my experience.  I was provided the INKnBURN apparel free of charge for the purpose of a product review. I am under no obligation to return the product and can keep it for me own personal, continued use.

REVIEW: Yoga Jeans by Second Denim

Short version of review:

Yoga Jeans are wonderful but they aren’t REALLY for yoga.

Long version of review:

You all remember my post in which I wrote about jean-inspired activity-wear and lounge-wear? If not, read it here. After writing that post, on a whim, I wrote to each company requesting a sample of their product to review on my site. I honestly didn’t expect to hear back from anyone.

Stephanie Quesnel, from Second Denim, wrote back immediately and said that they would “love” to send me a pair of Yoga Jeans. We talked sizes and I received them shortly thereafter.

Prior to them arriving, I anticipated what something called “Yoga Jeans” would be like: Cottony and comfy like yoga pants but looking like jeans. On the 0-10 (yoga pants=0, jeans=10) scale, my mind pictured them at around a 4. What about you?

When they arrived, they looked like jeans and felt like jeans. I put them on. They still looked like jeans and felt like jeans – albeit, a super-comfortable, quality pair of stretchy jeans – and not at all like yoga pants. My husband’s words when he saw them: “Those look like regular jeans.” and then “Are they gonna be your ‘new favorite jeans’?” (translation: “You look good in them.” or “You look happy in them.” not sure which).

So I write to my sister, who has been working in the clothing industry forever (why she gets to use “gusset” a lot) and tell her my thoughts and provide her the “ingredients” on the tag. She writes, “They sound like a regular pair of jeans to me which would not be that conducive for working out, especially yoga!”

So, now I get nervous. I have to wear regular-looking jeans to my yoga class to try them out!?!? I go to the Second Denim’s website to make sure these things are supposed to be worn during yoga and see this picture:

Then I read the tag: “…practice your asanas wearing your yoga jeans, they are filled with good energies, positive karma and were created to help you feel confident, beautiful. At peace.”

[Side note: I am new to yoga – I started taking a twice-a-week power yoga class at a local university in September. It is taught by an incredible woman who said her goal was to “infect” us with the love of yoga. She succeeded, I’m infected, and truly can’t imagine my life without it. As Baron Baptiste said, “They came because they wanted beautiful bodies, but they stayed because they were inspired to be the best versions of themselves.” Amen.]

But I digress…Yoga Jeans. So spend DAYS contemplating how in the hell I am going to pull off showing up to a yoga class in pants that are jeans. I’m actually nervous. Sally (link above) would laugh at me. One of the instructors at the Y keeps the room really dark, so that was a possibility.  My husband is adding stress by asking repeatedly, “When you gonna wear those jeans…[snicker]…to your yoga class?”

Then I get this email (click to enlarge):

[Heavenly sounds]

Ah….I TOTALLY missed the whole marketing strategy. Jeans that are comfy LIKE yoga pants. Makes so much more sense now. In hindsight, they probably shouldn’t have been on my jean-inspired, lounge-wear post.

So now I get to wondering: are these jeans so comfortable and stretchy and form-fitting that you CAN wear them during yoga like in the ads? I rolled out my mat and, in the privacy of my own home, spent an hour doing yoga. The answer is “yes.” I forgot I was wearing jeans during my first down dog. Yoga Jeans = stretchy soft deliciousness that hugged and stretched just like my favorite yoga pants.

Bottom line: These are great JEANS. They are super comfortable, stretchy, and flexible enough to do yoga in them. I wore them for another day and they really are my “new favorite jeans.”

However, I would not recommend wearing these to your yoga class unless you want peering eyes and “WTF” looks from your fellow yogis. Wait, I take that back. YES, wear your new Second Denim Yoga Jeans to your yoga class! And, hopefully, someone will take a picture of you while you are focused in your crow pose and email it to me to post. YES, do it!

Pittsburghers: You can get Second Denim Yoga Jeans at Larrimor’s – Downtown and The Galleria.

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