A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail from YMX asking if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their products and hosting a giveaway on my blog. Of course, my answer was YES!
YMX has some of the coolest and most unique workout apparel I’ve ever seen. I tend to pick out boring, monochrome running clothes for myself, but I think YMX has spoiled me. Now, I want to wear some fun gear. They sent me the Maori Dragon Sleeveless Cycling Jersey and the Maori Stripe Bolero. My first thought when they arrived was, “I need to try these on now!” So I modeled the set in my living room like any normal person would do.
Then that evening I decided I needed to test it out on a bike ride with my favorite passenger. I don’t currently own any cycling tops so I was so excited to add one to my workout wardrobe. Bonus about the shirt: my passenger has this bad habit of always trying to lift my loose fitting running tops up in the back when we ride together; with the fitted cycling top, he couldn’t do that! These are the kind of issues we have )
I loved the top! It was so comfortable and lightweight. The MadKool fabric is super lightweight and also, very silky. It did a great job of wicking away the moisture I was producing chugging along with my heavy passenger. I also love the Bolero because it’s perfect if you’re starting out your run or bike ride when it’s a little cool outside. Then once you warm up, you can take it off and it folds up super tiny. The ample pocket space on the back of the shirt is a perfect place to store it. Both pieces also have UV Protection – a must!
If you aren’t familiar with the YMX brand, here is a little about them from their website:
YMX (acronym for YellowMan Expression) was launched in 2009 as an extension of the original, high-end tattoo clothing brand, YellowMan (founded in 2004). Built on an extensive library of original tattoo artwork collected around the globe, YellowMan offers collectible, limited wearable art prints. YMX was created to offer an alternative to YellowMan in a broader, commercial market, while still preserving the authenticity of its origins.
YMX offers multifunctional garments that bridge the gap between athletic and fashion garments. Featuring high-comfort, lightweight MadKool fabrics and detailed, original prints, YMX garments can be worn for athletic use, or for casual wear. As a matter of fact, because of the moisture-wicking properties of the fabric, many people wear YMX in both active and leisure activities without having to change!
The thing that struck me most about YMX was their celebration of cultures around the world in their apparel. Something you may not know about me is that I have my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in International Relations with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Communication. I love studying different cultures. YMX uses tattoo art from around the globe on their apparel:
Understanding the value of tattoo art as a vehicle to represent cross-cultural attitudes, Peter Mui pursued the concept of creating wearable tattoo art. For over a decade he has traveled the world, personally knocking on doors of the world’s greatest and hard-to-reach tattoo masters to build up an impressive art collection representing the finest in every tattoo style, spanning Japanese Irezumi, Maori Tribal, American Traditional, New School, Biomechanical, and even rare work from a remote Buddhist monk in Thailand. These mastepieces are not only significant in their own right, but they also carry with them volumes of symbolic elements that are rich with cultural history.
Isn’t that amazing? When you wear something made by YMX, you’re not just wearing another running or cycling shirt. You’re wearing a work of art from an artist somewhere in the world. You’re celebrating a different culture. That’s incredible!
3. Visit YMX’s website and leave me a comment here telling me what gear you like or what you like best about their products. Be sure to include that you liked us both on Facebook and/or followed us on Twitter. (If you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, you get 2 entries, just be sure to leave 2 separate comments saying that you did so.)
4. If you’re on Twitter, tweet the following: “I just entered @thismomruns blog giveaway for a sweet shirt by @WearYMX, enter here – http://wp.me/p1sBbl-a0″
This giveaway will run until Friday, September 2, 2011 at 12pm EST. The winner will be chosen with random.org. I will announce the winner here so be sure to check back!
Disclaimer: The Federal Trade Commission mandates that I tell you that YMX by Yellowman provided me with this product free of charge; however, the opinions expressed are those solely of my own.