Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Product Review: Mizuno Cold Weather Gear

Recently, I was asked to trial and review items from Mizuno's new cold weather line. The timing was right--as soon as the temperatures dropped, I received the Mizuno Women's Breath Thermo wave crew and gloves. When I saw the colors, I couldn't wait to try them out!


Mizuno's new Breath Thermo technology claims to use "heat generating technology" to keep a runner warm throughout the run. I was, as comes naturally to me, skeptical. The shirt is really thin. My skepticism soon disappeared as I worked up a pretty good sweat on my first run wearing the shirt!

When I finished my run, I examined the shirt more closely. Inside the shirt are special fibers that are meant to generate heat and wick away moisture. Those fibers also make the shirt soft inside. The shirt was very comfortable.


I wore the shirt on a few more runs to test it out again. I wanted to see if it would maintain the warmth and comfort after washing. The Wave Crew did not disappoint. It was about 38F when I wore it this time, and I was warm, even without any extra layers.


I really really like this shirt and would buy another one. There is also a 1/4 zip option. While I liked the fit (it is meant to be a base layer), some might find it a bit snug. If you like your running clothes a little looser, I'd recommend sizing up. The shirt comes in a variety of colors. 


Mizuno also sent me a pair of gloves to try. The Breath Thermo Warmalite Gloves also have the special weave. There is a touch screen forefinger on each glove, which I tested out multiple times while taking these pictures. Both gloves have pockets on the top of the hand, which are large enough to store a key or money. The stripes are reflective.


The Breath Thermo technology worked well in the gloves--my hands were warm, even on a 28 degree morning run. My only complaint about the gloves is that they seem to run large. I received size medium--I have medium sized hands--and they were kind of loose. I would have preferred a more snug fit. Mizuno also offers a glove with a windproof lobster claw mitten.

The Mizuno Breath Thermo technology is also available in socks, arm warmers, headbands, and hats. All the accessories come in a variety of colors. I'd like to try the socks for those brutally cold winter mornings.

Disclaimer: As an ambassador for Fitfluential, I received the Mizuno Breath Thermo Wave Crew and Warmalite Gloves in exchange for my completely unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

What cold weather gear do you like? Gloves or mittens? Crew shirt or 1/4 zip?

I'm linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erica for Tuesdays on the Run as well as Debbie, Rachel, Lora, and Susie for Coaches Corner and Nicole for Fit Fashionable Friday! Also with Best of the Blogs!






44 comments :

  1. I'm a quarter zip girl, and I have a breathe thermo zip shirt, but it is more like a 1/8th zip (so I just get it stuck on my head. But I do like the shirt quite a bit!

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    1. I love this shirt. I may have to splurge for the 1/4 zip!

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  2. I am getting to review the same gear... I can't get over how warm the shirt is! I wore it again this morning and overheated as it was nearing 50 degrees. I'm so used to lots of layers and I'm always cold so this shirt has me excited about cold weather running!

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    1. Me too! I really like this shirt a lot. It's so comfy, too. Looking forward to your review!

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  3. I might have to try out the shirt. My base layers are just regular long sleeve shirts from Lulu Lemon and they're not made to keep me particularly warm.

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    1. I have a lot of cold weather shirts but none like this--those fibers make it comfy and warm!

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  4. My favorite is glittens (gloves with a mitten that goes over it). I especially like the fingerless glittens -- I suppose that they're really half fingers. Somehow the tech tips rarely seem to work for me.

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    1. I like gloves with mitten hoods too. But these gloves were pretty warm without the hood!

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  5. Every year my husband says he's gonna buy me warmer running clothes for Christmas and every year I tell him not to bother because i'm not going to be running in the winter anymore (it's my last winter race..yea right). Well, I may want to do a race in March so I guess that means I'll have to train in the winter again..lol. I'll have to show them these items!

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    1. I really like this shirt. A lot. I'm hoping they either go on sale or they give another discount code so I can buy another one.

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  6. Gloves and half zip! Love these items. I like that you can get the warmth without the bulk!

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  7. I prefer a crew neck (actually a scoop neck is ideal) for a base layer. But I like a 1/4 zip for a top layer ;-) Those gloves look awesome!

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    1. I like the crew neck too! The gloves are great.

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  8. I love gloves that have pockets to fit a key! I used to have a pair like that but lost them a few years ago. Cold weather running gear is hard to find so its good to know you like this stuff!

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    1. You could put all kinds of things in those glove pockets!

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  9. Super cute! The one thing I can't stand about winter running is all the laundry. UGH. I don't mind running outside when it's cold as long as I'm all bundled up. But MAN. ALL THE LAUNDRY.

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  10. Good stuff! I agree with you their clothing runs small and the gloves I have are on the loose side as well. So weird.

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  11. It is a great looking shirt on you! Love the color. It is nice to stay warm and not have to layer up. I hate feeling bulky.

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    1. I love this shirt! I'd like one in another color. Hoping for a sale or a discount code.

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  12. Nice!!

    I am a crew neck girl for base layering and 1/4 for top layer.
    I love UA cold gear.
    I do need some new gloves-I think I want mittens though. When I wear gloves, my fingers always get cold ;(

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    1. I like the gloves that come with a mitten cover for those really cold days. I was surprised at how well these gloves kept my hands warm.

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  13. Great tip on sizing up...I don't like tight fitting clothing! It's a cute shirt, too!

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    1. I didn't mind the fit of this shirt--it kept me toasty warm!

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  14. I am loving both of the pieces as well. The shirt is so warm and really does wick the sweat away very well. The gloves are amazing too. Happy running

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  15. Cute stuff! Love that the gloves have the touchscreen forefinger, since that is a must especially for me. :)

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    1. Oh, there's nothing worse than having to take off gloves in the cold to access the phone!

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  16. I could run in a tshirt if I had gloves and an ear warmer :) I dig those Mizuno gloves. #bestofblogs

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  17. My Mizuno Breath Thermo running top is my favorite for winter speedwork because it's so light but keeps me warm. I even raced a 10-miler wearing it in 24-degree temps. I didn't need any other layers. Love this stuff!

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    1. I'm so glad I got to try it! I didn't realize so many people knew about it. Great technology.

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  18. Such good gear! Thanks for linking up to Best of Blogs! Pinning for you!

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    1. Thanks for hosting! I didn't know which post to link up!

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  19. I hate to layer an I also hate to be cold so this sounds like something that is quite light and warm as well. I also really like the Mizuno logo I think it's pretty cool!

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    1. I'm not a fan of layers either! This top is good on it's own, but will be a great baselayer for when it's bitter cold here.

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  20. I love Mizuno's gear, though I don't own nearly enough of it! The cold gear looks great on you, love the colors!

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  21. I already commented on FB, but I LOVE Mizuno BT gear. I have a shell, a 1/4 zip base layer, wind pants, and two pairs of arm sleeves. Love, love, love.

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    1. I had no idea about their gear until I tried this stuff, but I will be getting more...

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  22. I'm a Mizuno girl 100% when it comes to their sneakers, but I dont really own any of their clothes. I need to change that!

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  23. I don't own any Mizuno clothes but do have a pair of their running shoes. I like to wear something with wool to keep me warm. I like gloves and crew shirts. :-)

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