Monday, October 24, 2011

Mondays in Love: Arm Sleeves

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I mentioned in my Rock & Roll St. Louis post that I'd picked up some arm sleeves/warmers and a new headband while volunteering at the race expo on Saturday. With temps in the mid-50s this morning, it was a perfect chance to try out the arm warmers. And guess what--I am in love.

As you can tell from the picture, my baby belly is starting to round out a bit. Because of this, my running shorts/pants move themselves to the bottom of my bump, making virtually all of my shirts too short. I have one short-sleeved shirt (the one shown here) and a tank top that are longer, but too skimpy for cool weather. Until the arm sleeves happened.

The deets:
They are Purple Plaid Arm Sleeves from Running Skirts (available here). At $39 a pair, they are not particularly cheap, but they are letting me delay the purchase of a maternity top and get more wear out of summer tops.

The good
  • Purple.Plaid. 
  • I got the small size, and they stay put. 
  • Thumb holes! 
  • Pockets on the backs of both hands and at the top of one.
  • I didn't realize that I minded the bulkiness of long sleeved tech shirts until I wore these. I've heard other runners say this, but didn't really get it until now. 
I really don't have much negative to say about them. They do leave an imprint on the crease of your arm. If they are tight enough to stay up, apparently they are tight enough to leave imprints along their folds. But this is not a big deal. My only real critique would be that I wouldn't have hated another half inch in length, BUT, I'm 5'8". I have a bit of a bigger wingspan than your average runner chick. So I can't really fault them for this either. 

If you're considering some new fall/early winter running gear, I definitely recommend checking out some arm sleeves. They are freeing, fun, and make your running gear much more versatile. If anyone has recommendations of other brands/types to check out, please pass them along! 


Raquelita said...

They are adorable! I'm holding off on buying any because I got a pair of non-wicking ones as swag at a race I did in September and I fear winter will arrive soon enough that they won't really be useful until the spring anyway. I will definitely keep these in mind, though.

Elle said...

I won some Moeben sleeves on a giveaway. Soft soft bamboo fabric and I love them.

Sleeves are a great way to extend the tee season!

Erica Gorman said...

Love them! I am going to have to try them out one day if I ever run somewhere colder. :) Although I was joking the other day at work that I needed a pair to wear at work instead of cuddling under a blanket at my desk.

Jill said...

The purple plaid sleeves are so adorable!! :) I have a pair of plain pink ones, not quite as fun!

Black Knight said...

I have never used that kind of sleeves but they looks nice.

Run Jess Run said...

Those are super cute! I'm a sucker for anything purple.