Coolibar Athlete Kristie Cranford is a certified personal trainer, coach, marathoner, health blogger, mother and melanoma survivor. Her active, seven days a week lifestyle has prompted Kristie to try just about every active apparel brand on the market. Because of her battle with skin cancer, Kristie also understands the importance of protecting her skin. She put Coolibar’s UPF 50+ sunwear to the test and now shares her thoughts on its technical performance. Read Kristie’s review of the Coolibar Fitness Shirt.
The Coolibar Fitness Shirt is fashionable, functional, and durable. The shirt is classic, has a flattering fit and is easy to care for.
What activities did you partake in when wearing the shirt?
I have worn it to the gym, running, and casually out to dinner.
What are your favorite features?
The textured fabric was unexpected giving it visual appeal. I wore it in direct sun, 106 degree heat and could not feel the sun’s searing heat. I felt protected.
What are your overall thoughts on the fabric?
Soft, easy to care for, holds the shape. Again, love the texture, unexpected.
Did the fabric meet your expectations?
Exceeded. Very high quality. I have tried almost every “fitness” brand. This fabric is durable, easy to care for, and soft.
Did the fabric and shirt keep you cool?
YES! I was in 106 degree sun, running in the desert. I was amazed!
Did the fabric stick to your skin?
No, I was sweating and it wicked away moisture. It was comfortable to wear and not heavy when it was sweat soaked.
What do you want others to know about this shirt?
In the running world there are “known” fitness brands. I’ve tried almost all of them. This shirt will be my go-to long sleeve fitness shirt. It is comfortable, functional and attractive.
Please provide any additional comments you would like to share with us!
I have worn the shirt with jeans, and layered under a suit. Versatile shirt.
Wish it came in a short sleeve option too. (Coming soon)
Any tips to stay comfortable/safe out in the sun?
There is no room for debate when it comes to sun protection, tough love here. I am a Melanoma survivor and sun protection should be automatic, like breathing. Sunscreen should be put on every day just like you put on clothes. I use Raw Elements’ Eco Stick. It fits in my purse, my running shorts and in the built in pocket in all the Coolibar swim bottoms.
I recently ran a half marathon where the starting temperature was 95 degrees. We were under the baking sun for the duration of the race. I carried my Eco Stick and reapplied during the race. It goes on underwater, so of course it goes on over sweat. No excuse not to protect yourself from the sun.
Do your best to avoid the sun during the peak part of the day, and if you cannot, look for shade, wear UV protective sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen (don’t forget to reapply) and UV protective clothing.
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