Review- Bench Canada

As a blogger I’ve had a chance to try out some cool gear and products such as water bottles, protein bars, camping gear, apparel, fitness equipment, food, etc. But I finally felt like I had “made it” in the blogging world when I was approached to try out and review $200 worth of clothing from Bench Canada. Say what??

I have never shopped at Bench before. As you know, I do most of my shopping at Winners, Old Navy, and Value Village so a chance to go to a quality clothing store was really exciting. Even better was the fact that I went when they were having a crazy sale and I bought $300 worth of stuff for $200! It was one of the best days of my life. I don’t think I have ever spent $200 on myself clothes shopping at one time- ever!

Of course I needed clothes for working out and getting out; here is what I walked away with.

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Slinker II Fleece ($99) / Braddah Legging ($69) /Braddah C Legging ($69)/ ERRIN Beanie ($25)/ Grey Beanie (no link)/ Gloves (no link)

Isn’t that a haul? I was grinning from ear to ear on my way out of the store.

 Hiking 

The first outfit I wore was to go winter hiking in the mountains.

Fleece- I picked this hoodie because it was the softest fleece I had ever felt in my whole life. My awesome sales girl Angie told me how to wash it to maintain the softness for as long as possible. I really liked how the collar doubled as a scarf. It’s high and comfy enough that I was able to wear it under my winter coat when it was windy and it protected my neck and chest.

 Toque- The ERRIN beanie is windproof. Windproof people! For anyone living in Southern Alberta you know amazing that is. It didn’t matter that the wind was howling on the top of that mountain, my head was protected.

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Leggings- I was so happy to finally have a quality pair of black leggings! When I brought these home I threw out the ones that were too sheer, that slid off my butt and the ones with the hole in the crotch because I knew these would be all I needed.

I hiked up a heavy incline and up steep trail stairs with a pair of snow pants over these leggings and they did not even remotely slide down my butt which was so nice! They were comfy and felt tight but not restrictive.

Rocking my new legging with my mukluks!

Rocking my new legging with my mukluks!

Gloves-  Isn’t it funny how things work? I put smartphone gloves on my secret santa list at work and then I bought a pair at Bench! These are essential for cold weather bloggers. It is such a pain to pull off your glove to snap pictures and if it’s cold enough (like it was when we went) our hand gets numb really fast.

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Workout 

After my hike in the mountains, I still had a pair of leggings and a toque to test out so I took them up to a nearby lake for my final outdoor run because I am not hard core enough to run in the cold.

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Leggings-  Just like the black Braddah leggings, these cute patterned grey ones didn’t ride down my butt like every other pair of leggings I have purchased.  They were comfortable and it was nice not to worry about pulling them up as I ran. The wind was freezing though and my skin underneath the leggings got cold fast. I’ll be using these as a base layer as the temperatures drop. 

Love this pattern!

Love this pattern!

Toque– I don’t know why they don’t sell this toque online because it is so cute and comfy! I had been complaining to Ryan how I wanted a cute plain toque for wearing around, to and from work, etc. and here it is! It is fleece lined and though it’s not wind proof, it’s pretty warm.

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Now that I know about the quality of Benches clothing and that they have amazing sales on a regular basis I’m going to start walking by their store when I’m at the mall. I want to add some more of those hoodies to my wardrobe!

Last outdoor run of the season.

Last outdoor run of the season.

Frolicking by the creek

Frolicking by the creek

It was pretty windy at the top!

It was pretty windy at the top! I’ve got my fleece hoodie to keep me warm!

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IMG_2304Disclaimer- I was compensated by Bench Canada in the form of a gift certificate to purchase the clothing of my choice in exchange for a review. My thoughts are, as always, my own. 

 

6 Comments

  • Joanna @ LivingMintGreen November 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I love everything you picked out! Especially the leggings! I’m in the process of outfitting myself with winter layers. #mountaingirlprobs

    It’s so cool that Bench reached out to you – it’s not very often us Canadian bloggers get to review fun products.

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    • Betty LIVIN November 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Yeah those leggings and hoodie will save my life this winter!

      I was stoked when they contacted me, because you’re right, very few folks ask for Canadian Blogger reviews and we are experts on winter and winter fitness.

      P.S. We still need to try to go to Kinetic together when you’re down here for Christmas! 🙂

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  • briwifruit November 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Whoa, lucky you! I love Bench! Those leggings are amazing and perfect for a Canadian winter!

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    • Betty LIVIN November 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Yeah I’m a Bench convert now. I’ll have to step out of my box of discount shopping and invest once in awhile. 🙂

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  • Elle November 28, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Clothing looks awesome and your pictures are fabulous. Former Calgary girl here and looking at your prairie and mountain pics makes me a bit homesick!

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    • Betty LIVIN November 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Hi Elle- sorry to make you homesick! Where are you now?

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