Thursday, September 22, 2011


Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Celebrating  a 30th -Gramicci and 25th anniversary- MPG---two eye-catching performance wear lines -each respectively showed terrific functional separates that are everyday wearable...without a bit of compromising the techy activewear elements we expect from any brand we see at Outdoor Retailer.

La Jolla  Crew 100% cotton yarn dye stripe-lightweight, breathable -G-Life Classic Comfort

Our top pick-this Raven Jacket-puckered seams add flair to this  lightweight multi-purpose jacket with flat seam construction=chafe free wearing  

Gramicci "reinvigorates" part of its offerings with the "G-Movement" line of apparel that are versatile athletic wear...and we thought rather fashiony conscious too.

Merrion Short made from Oriana Performance Knit-4 way stretch, built-in moisture wicking, pre-shrunk, UPF 30+

Coco Top made from SENNA-a blend of Hemp and certified organic cotton-that's naturally antimicrobial, moisture wicking and durable-with a double traverse knitted stitch for high performance ventilation

AND---  G-Life everyday casual wear including fab 4 way stretch, pre-shrunk loop back French terry cloth knit (with 5% spandex for shape retention)- pieces that we could live in 24/7.

Oren Legging body contouring performance wear-with high stretch and support

Yuka and Mariko Tanks-made of Oriana Performance knit material-built in bras and a lot of style

Daryann hoodie-made of Renata French Terry---

Puckered seam makes this "sweatpants" rather chic---could almost wear with strappy heels, not running shoes,
WHAT ELSE: G-Legacy including the authentic, original G Pant for climbers and these great William Cathcart Natural Art tees of 100% certified organic cotton fabric--- low impact pigment dyed, softened via Gramicci's natural age molecular protein wash...a percentage of tee sales' proceeds donated to OUTDOOR OUTREACH.

We also like how committed to the eco way of things this company is---seriously---with what it calls its Natural Performance Technology™---a commitment to using organic/ sustainable/re-cycled materials and production methods that require low resources.

MPG® aka Mondetta performance Wear (Monde=world in French...etta=Latin suffix for small)----has global selling points but hails from Canada...and is inspired by the elegant activewear needs of dancers---who serve as models for the company catalogue.

We thought the designs well made out of top performing fabrics- accentuated with fashion and functional details like reflective elements and built in supportive bras..

Feminine lines, decorative stitching, scalloped edge elastic trims and lace---are just some of the special lifestyle details for the women's activewear. Not just for runners...IMHO...many of these pieces belong to the aptly named Glam Rock Capsule Collection and Color Block Capsule Collection.
Stardust-High gloss performance jersey -with Coolmax® bra liner active sports bra-

Reflective dot heat press at back yoke

We'd wear this anywhere-figure flattering T back performance tank -Built-in Coolmax® bra liner

Helix-Skort-with a compression liner- is flattering with a wide foldover waistband----

Regimen---Melange jersey trimmed sports bra with color block strap details

with  Coolmax® bra liner-removable bra cups... 

Sprint-color block tank-with back keyhole feature with flat stretch reflective tape

Love colors of this Rhapsody racer back performance tank

Ruched sleeves

With a built in thumbhole feature,, two back zipped pockets, pony tai, slot in the hood-this hooded 1/4 Zip pullover-made of brushed performance jersey-very stylish=Raleigh

Demure-performance jersey with built in gusset- active color block printed short
draped neckline in a t back tank---flatters many body types

Studio Collection made of rayon French terry...easy wearing casual shorts...that are street savvy as well as yoga class ready.

Swing-workout skort-with inner short with key pocket-very cute


Functional (thumbhole, ponytail hole in hood, back storage pocket) and weather resistant -the contrast lining and two way coil zipper make this workhorse performance jacket special----

Slouched capri with ribbed leg banding and French Terry sweatshirt (Bolero) -for those Holiday weekends when restrictive clothing just won't fit.

Our top pic---Infinite-the ruched nylon weather resistant jacket with contrast lining 

For guys, color blocking details and contrast color stitching on classically styled tops and bottoms---in shades men will want to wear.

We thought these performance jersey tops-spot-on----with four way stretch, moisture wicking, quick drying-side venting panels... and smart, smart, smart-grippy gel print inside hems with 360 degree night reflectivity---nice.

Workout jersey shorts with athletic fit-Ceres

Aspen-fleece lined stretch woven performance jacket

seam sealed cargo chest pocket

Zoned-a high performance water repellent jacket with sonic welded storage pockets , shaped cuffs, reverse coil front zip with inside fly and chin protector-ideal running jacket

Impressively priced----about $32-$100 for jackets. 


MPG introduced a line of yoga lifestyle toner garments that strengthen the core and slims the profile. How great is that---in black of course. Made of nylon/spandex moisture wicking materials and special knit compression panels ---there are eight styles: the racerback tank $55, sleeveless tank $55 (pictured), boxer short $35, capri $58, tights-sport $62 and pants....the high waisted one topping out the range at $80, long-$66.
Available in sizes xs-2xL!!!