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Stonewear Designs Winter Review (and GIVEAWAY!)

I am lucky enough to have access to Stonewear Designs apparel as part of my contract with Trango, and those of you that have been reading for a while may recall the “Review Collage” I did on this company this past summer.  But now that tank top weather is long gone, it made sense to do an updated review of my favorite threads from Stonewear’s Winter Collection. 

Cross-back bra on Cruising Lane (5.10a) at the Red River Gorge, KY.

Cross-back bra on Cruising Lane (5.10a) at the Red River Gorge, KY.

AERY TOP:  This cute little number transitions seamlessly from Crag to Date Night.  In fact, I wore it at the hubby’s company Christmas party, which was dubbed as “Holiday Casual.”  I’m still not sure what that term means exactly, but my outfit worked well enough anyway!  The fabric is soft and a little on the thin side, so I would caution against areas with sharp rock or briars if you are going to be climbing outdoors in it.  It’s a perfect option for climbing in the gym, hiking, and yoga. 

 TOASTER ZIP TOP:  My favorite parts about this top is the color (I got Mandarin), and the fit.  It’s relaxed enough so that I can layer it over other clothes, and it’s long enough that it fits well underneath a harness.  The fabric is nice and stretchy, allowing for unrestricted movement on the rock, trail, gym, etc. 

MERIDIAN CAPRI:  Mmmm, this fabric is pure luxury for your legs!  I got the capris, but Stonewear makes them in pants too.  The pomegranate color is a deep ruby red that is really pretty, and the gathered waistband is a nice accent without adding bulk to your mid-section.  The pants are super comfortable, with a wide cut leg and back vents for style and mobility, and I’ve worn them everywhere from the grocery store to the climbing gym to just hanging around the house! 

Toaster Zip Top and Stonewear Pants on a chilly day in November.

Toaster Zip Top and Stonewear Pants on a chilly day in November.

STONEWEAR PANT:  This is Stonewear’s Signature pant, and it’s as versatile as it is comfortable.  These are my favorite pants to wear at the climbing gym, because unlike capris, I can keep my legs out of the cold on the way in and out, but since the legs are straight and not flared, I can roll them up to capri level while I’m bouldering.  (They dont’ have any sort of fastener to keep them up, but they never seem to fall down…)

CROSS BACK BRA:  I mentioned this in my last review, but I ended up enjoying it so much that I got more in other colors, so it seemed worth mentioning again.  The criss-cross strapping in the back makes for a great fit and a flattering look, and it provides ample support for climbing and hiking, although if you are more well-endowed than me (which wouldn’t take much…;)) you might want something more substantial for running.

STONEWEAR HEADBAND:  This headband is made out of the same dry-flex fabric as a lot of the tops (and generally comes in the same colors as the tops so you can be color-coordinated while you keep hair and sweat out of your face).  It’s wide on the top and tapers at the bottom, and it does a pretty good job of staying put.  If you’d like to win one, read on…



Though my current connection with Stonewear Designs is through their brother company, Trango, my connection with Stonewear goes back a lot farther than that.  I mentioned in my last review that some of my first pairs of dedicated climbing tops were made by Stonewear, and after almost a decade of abuse, they are still thrown into the regular rotation of climbing clothes, all of them looking not much worse for the wear!  Though I received my clothing for free, I can honestly say that I would highly recommend this brand to any female climber, hiker, runner, or yogini that’s looking for clothing that is as flattering as it is functional.  Everything I’ve ever worn from Stonewear is high-quality, durable, and comfortable.


My favorite from this collection - the Meridian Capris!

My favorite from this collection – the Meridian Capris!

As pleased as I was with their Winter Collection, I was absolutely thrilled to find out that their Spring Collection will feature the return of an oldie but a goodie.  My very favorite climbing top ever (the Ladderback) will be making a new and improved comeback under a new name – the Solace Top.  That along with the rest of the Spring Collection will be available some time in mid-February, at which point I will be sporting my new Solace Top with pride (but maybe just in the gym, depending on the weather!) 

My favorite types of reviews are the ones that have giveaways, because it’s fun to email people and tell them they’ve won free gear!  So ladies, if you want a free headband (or fellas, if you’re lady friend would like one), here’s all you have to do.  Leave a comment about your favorite Stonewear piece (if you’ve tried it), and/or other brands that you like for working out during the winter.  For a second (and third!) entry, you can hop onto facebook and give Stonewear and Cragmama a like!  (Don’t forget to mention the facebook likes in your comment so I’ll know to give you an additional entry!)  Contest will run through next Monday, January 28th, at noon EST.  Best of luck everyone! 




17 Responses to “Stonewear Designs Winter Review (and GIVEAWAY!)”

  1. I don’t have any Stonewear sadly, I think I mostly have Lululemon knock-offs. Would love to have those red capris though! Beautiful!

    I liked both pages on Facebook.


  2. Lauren

    Sadly, I don’t own any Stonewear clothes. I do, however, adore Icebreaker’s over-the-calf wool socks (I have long-ish legs and they totally cover nearly my entire knee!) are absolutely essential for winter work outs! Really, any super-long, minimally scratchy, wool sock is essential for surviving winter!


  3. Jentri King

    I’ve never tried Stone Wear but I love my Mountain Hardware tanks and would love to have a headband. I LOVE Cragmama on Facebook and Stone Wear Designs. So exticing.


  4. I haven’t tried Stonewear Designs, but I am always on the lookout for a good headband! My favorite right now is a wide one from Prana. And I liked both pages on facebook!


    • Erica

      Tiffany – Yep, those red capris are my favorite! The facebook likes make 3 entries for you!

      Lauren – I think long wool socks are often a better option than long john’s – you get the warmth without feeling like you have 800 layers on! Best of luck!

      Jentri – Thanks for the love – triple entry for the facebook likes!

      Nora – I think I know what headband you’re talking about from Prana. The Stonewear one is a little thicker material and not quite as wide. I think you’d like it – you’ve got 3 chances to win 🙂

  5. Love their headbands for
    Cold weather running and the crossover tank. I also like you and stone wear on Facebook.


  6. Kristin

    Hi. My favorite Stonewear Designs piece is my Riva Dress. I like Stonewear Designs adn Cragmama both on facebook. Thanks for the chance to win. Peace.


  7. karen

    I love headbands and will definitely have to check out the solace tank!


    • Erica

      Alyssa – Yup, the crossover tank is awesome!

      Kristin – The Riva Dress is beautiful, but I haven’t tried it yet.

      Karen – If it’s anything like the old ladderback, I’m sure you’ll love the Solace!

  8. I have a Stonewear Designs Liberty Skort and I LOVE it. It’s a great piece to wear while living in the van: I can go from hiking to having dinner in town and be comfortable in both places.


    • Erica

      Beth – I haven’t tried any of the skorts yet, but my guess is they are the perfect multi-purpose choice 🙂

  9. Would like to win some for my girlfriend she would love them.


  10. I would definitely use these.


  11. manda

    I have not tried it yet but I would love the capris!


  12. Rhonda S. Tenderholt

    1. I’ve never tried stonewear designs but would love to. that Aery top looks comfy and beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win.


  13. Rhonda S. Tenderholt

    Entry 2: I am already a fan of Stonewear Designs (how I heard about your site and the giveaway).


  14. Rhonda S. Tenderholt

    3. I am now a friend of yours. Thank you.


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