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2XU Ice X Singlet Review

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Stage 1 of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run is known for its’ hot temperatures and unforgiving sun exposure. That is why I turned to my 2XU Ice X Singlet for day one and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The Ice X Singlet is designed to keep your body temperature down with the use of Xylitol and in-fared; I am not sure how it all works, but I could tell the difference between the Ice X Singlet vs my standard no frills singlet. 2XU states that the Xylitol embedded into the yarn draws heat away from the body, while the in-fared decreases or inhibits the in-fared rays from going through the garment, thus reducing the heat reaching the body.

The Ice X Singlet features a racer back design which meshes well with almost all of my sports bras. As far as sizing goes, I found the shoulder area to fit as expected, however the singlet flairs out from just under the bra line and makes the mid section a little sloppy. I don’t like garments to be too tailored, but the top felt a little too triangular or tent like over my hips. The fit did improve with a few trips through the dryer, which is something I typically avoid with technical wear.

This garment features flat locked seams which means a chafe free experience. The Ice X Singlet worked wonderfully with my pack and I didn’t develop any sore areas. To round out the list of features, the Ice X has an MP3 pocket in the rear, it is a simple envelope style. I didn’t use this pocket much in my testing because I am typically wearing a pack on long runs. On shorter runs, I put my keys in the pocket but found myself constantly checking to see if they were still there–as it does not feel all that secure. If placing a iPod back there, I wouldn’t go much bigger than a nano or a shuffle as the top is light and you may feel a lot off bounce with each stride.

The Ice X Singlet was a favorite on Stage 1 and I plan on wearing it again on future hot races due its’ soft feel and comfort. Did I mention, it also has some serious anti-stink properties, I washed it out after one wear with some soap and water, hung it on the line to dry and it is as good as new!

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About Shannon

Shannon, our fabulous female tester, takes gear testing to a new level for women. When not at work or school, she is most likely training for a marathon, climbing one of Colorado’s tallest peaks, riding her road bike, or skiing down a mountain slope. Like many women, Shannon gets cold easily, therefore, we try to test the best all weather gear to help her stay warm and dry during all day outdoor pursuits. In the warmer months, Shannon enjoys exploring the Colorado backcountry with her friends and dogs and attempts to escape for as many trail runs as her schedule allows. Shannon is a great women’s tester because she gives readers true insight into how a product may perform for an active woman.

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