Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Product Review: Champion Body Balance Top

A little while back I received some products from the awesome people of Champion to try out and review.  I took this peppy lemon top out for a long 12 miler on the trail a week ago and am happy to report that it did not disappoint.
Product Description: "It's so comfortable you'll want to live in it. And so flattering you'll wear it everywhere. It's our curve-conscious women's T shirt, combining sleek style with cool performance."

  • Blissfully soft fabric feels great against your skin. (It's seam-free, too, so all you feel is softness.)
  • Special fabric finish wicks moisture for constant cool.
  • Knit-in mesh adds ventilation exactly where you want it: under arms, along sides, at V-neck.
  • A touch of knit-in stretch ensures maximum ease of movement.
  • Feminine tonal pattern trims left sleeve and center back.
  • Semi-fitted styling, with tag-free collar and raglan sleeves.
  • Polyester/spandex
(Description for very similar, if not the same, product found HERE.  Normally retails for $34, on sale for $16.99!)
The description cannot be more accurate.  This lemony yellow (banana?) top feels like butter and has the perfect amount of stretch.  As you can see it isn't skin tight and has a little give in the midsection and arms.  The knit-in mesh was one of the first things I noticed about this top, and the fact that it has minimal seams.  No rubbing!  WIN!

However, right before I went for my run I noticed this:
See the little "nub" where the v-neck comes together?  I was worried it was going to chafe a little, so I used some BodyGlide just in case.  I don't think I ended up needing it at all though because the little nub didn't rub (hee hee).
The condition outside for the run was perfect: slightly overcast with some sprinkles, about 50 degrees, and the sun trying to make its way through the clouds.  Once I got into some mileage, I pushed up the sleeves as I normally do because I was getting warmer, and the sleeves stayed up fine.  A few times I had to tug down the bottom of the shirt because it rode up a little, but I'm putting some blame on the Nathan Hydration Belt I was wearing.  The fabric really felt fantastic and a couple of times I felt like I was not even wearing a top...it was that soft.  At the end of the run I was surprised by how cool I stayed and how quickly the top dried once I took it off.  Only one small problem with this fabric: the fuel belt rubbed it and caused a it to fray just a little.  Otherwise, this is a gem!

Soft "like buttah"
Nearly seamless and non-abrasive
Reflective "C" logo
Dries quickly

Fabric doesn't work well with abrasive fuel belts (like a swimsuit rubbed by the edge of a pool too many times)

Overall, I loved this top and plan on wearing it a lot during these colder months.  The color makes me happy and it's so soft it's not even funny.  Seriously, it's like suede.  Ahh.

For more information check out http://www.championusa.com/ or become a fan of Champion on Facebook.
Many thanks to the people of Champion for providing me with this great gear. :)

**Note: All reviews are based on my own personal experience with the specific product that I was provided with. I received these products free of charge from Champion and was not compensated for my review.**


  1. Great review! I have a few Champion tees that are a great "low price" option to offset the running wardrobe! So far so good with the products that I have.....I haven't been mislead by salespeople on this one :)

  2. Thanks for the great review! You mentioned a number of things that really matter to me, but that aren't usually discussed in non-blog reviews.

  3. Great review! I need to get me one of those!

  4. Good catch with the nub, and I have some shirts that fray from the friction too... great review!

  5. Glad you had success with your top. I have been eyeing some Champion gear at Target that I am thinking about getting for myself. I have been hearing a lot about them.

  6. I love that color. Soft fabric is the best with running gear... I hate that most technical fabric is just not comfy. Thanks for the review!

  7. oooh I like the color a LOT. I haven't seen it at my Target though. hmm... I'm obsessed with their sports bras, for sure.

  8. GREAT review Zoe. I bet that top would look good under your Nike vest..

    Hey who won the bags?

  9. I tried out the same Champion shirt and I did have a problem with the nub rubbing! Weird. Great review though :)

  10. Great review. I could use one of these!!

  11. Good review. I really like the shirt. Might go look for one, now. I'd also like to hear more about who won the bags. :)

  12. cute shirt! great review - totally got what you meant by "bathing suit rubbing side of pool". glad the little nub worked out ok! i don't think i would've noticed until i was thoroughly chafed :)

    i was having issues with your page loading on my (work) internet earlier this week :( so sorry to have been a little mia!

  13. Those are my exact running shoes I believe.


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