Propel Hoody by Mondetta Performance Gear (click to enlarge)

When I was asked to review Mondetta Performance Gear, I was pretty excited. It’s great when promotional images and advertising can get you excited about a product before you’ve even tried anything on. The images on their website, did just that.

I was lucky enough to be able to choose a few items. I have plenty of running shirts, but was really interested in their LIFESTYLE line. When I’m done running or working out, I’m really quick to put on dry clothes and just relax. Rather than just throwing on a dumpy shirt, I wanted to be able to wear something that says I live an “active lifestyle” but is also “comfortable.”

Left-to-Right: Propel, Swerve, Soar

Propel (Heather Charcoal)
Active lifestyle wool jersey pullover hoody

  • Fabric: 70% polyester, 30% wool lightweight brushed back jersey, 170 gsm
  • Performance seam construction
  • Oversized hood
  • Wide cuff and waistband
  • Thumbhole feature in sleeve cuff
  • Contrast necktape
  • Classic fit

When I saw this in their collection, it immediately screamed at me. I love throwing on a hoody. It is flat out one of my favorite things to wear. I also like to wear the hoody “half on.” (see the first photo) Ya, that’s how I roll. What I love about this is that it is comfortable enough to wear AND has an “active” look. It isn’t big and bulky like you would think a hoody may be. This one is light and form fitting.  I run a lot of miles and I’m proud of it. I enjoy having the look of an athlete — at least that is “the look” I think I give off. I have worn the Propel at least once a week since it arrived. I was even wearing it when I met Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. Did I also mention that it has thumb holes? This is one of my other favorite things in a piece of apparel. I love sliding my thumbs in there. I guess that goes with my “half on” look, too!

Swerve by Mondetta Performance Gear (click to enlarge)

Swerve (Heather Charcoal)
Active lifestyle wool jersey top

  • Fabric: 70% polyester, 30% wool lightweight brushed back jersey, 170 gsm
  • Performance seam construction
  • Wide cuff and hem
  • Contrast necktape
  • Raised rubber logo on upper back
  • Classic fit

The one thing that drew me to this piece was the slight V in the neck. I typically don’t wear a v-neck anything, but this one seemed subtle enough for me to give it a try. I’m glad I did. It has the exact same feel as the “Propel,” which means it’s super comfy. The color is also classy and straightforward. I actually have worn this to work a couple of times with some slacks and have received several compliments. I’ve also worn this post run to keep me warm. Best of both worlds. It has a nice stitch pattern going down the back which adds some character to the design. It’s light, comfortable and the slight v in the neck doesn’t go down far enough to require you to wear an undershirt.

The last item I’m going to review today is a pair of workout shorts. I’m always on the lookout for new running shorts. I’ve mentioned it before that most men’s running shorts are a solid color, which can be very monotonous. Anytime I see something that is different from the normal, my interest is immediately piqued.


Soar by Mondetta Performance Gear

Soar (Heather Charcoal/Black)
Performance jersey workout short with color block panel detail.

  • Fabric: Performance Jersey –
88% polyester, 12% spandex, 295 gsm
  • Heathered jersey: Heavy Melange Jersey –
48% nylon, 40% polyester, 12% spandex, 270 gsm
  • Contrast side panel and drawcord detail
  • 2 side pockets
  • Classic fit, 8″ inseam

The first thing I noticed about these when I put them on was the length. I DO NOT wear short running shorts. You’ll never see me in 70’s jogging shorts. Not gonna happen. I also can’t run in long shorts or basketball shorts. These shorts were the perfect length. I actually wish all my running shorts were this same length. When I’m standing still they go to about the half-way point of the knee. That means when I am running, they are sitting above the knee, but not all the way up my thigh. No one wants to see that.

Wearing Soar (shorts) by Mondetta Performance Gear (click to enlarge)

The second thing I noticed was that they had some weight to them. They are not what I would call a “heavy” short, but they are definitely not a “light” short. They work out perfectly for runs in San Francisco where it can be chilly enough to consider pants, but sunny enough to be perfect for shorts. I’ve taken these on a few 6-7 mile runs and they have worked out great. I’d be interested to see how they do on some longer distances. The other thing I liked was that these had a second color added across the upper back and down the sides. It also had a sharp red draw string which really stands out. This was one of the key features (yes, I consider fashion to be a key feature) about the shorts. I don’t like solid color running shorts, so these were passing the “eyeball test.”

Mondetta Performance Gear was 3 for 3 on this review. I enjoyed the comfort, look and style of all three items. I’ve also received compliments on each of them on separate occasions. I guess I can pull of the “athlete look.”

Be sure to check out their complete line of men’s and women’s clothing. Styles include tops, bottoms, jackets and pullovers. They also have a weekly and monthly GET FIT GIVEAWAY that is free to enter. Throw your name in the mix and score some cool gear.

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I was not compensated for this review, but I was given the articles of clothing at no cost. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I’m sure if they were someone else’s opinions they would be better written or more humorous.


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