Fit 6: Runner Sheena Jibson Tells Us All About Her New Running BFF, The Be Free Knicker


Sheena is wearing the Dobby Be Free Knicker in Peridot Green

Meet Athleta Fit 6 Guest Blogger Sheena Jibson, a busy mom, blogger and runner based in Utah. Sheena tells us how her new favorite running pants feel like a second skin, which is just how she likes them. Check out more blogger stories about our Fit 6 pants collection right here.


It’s hard to beat Fall in Utah—the chill in the air, the crunch of leaves on the trail, and the bright colors of the season. Fall also brings some pretty temperamental weather. My family and I will wake to frost on the ground, and we’ll be sweating by the afternoon! As an avid trail runner, I need pants that will help me transition into Fall running—not too hot, not too cold,  but “just right.” The Be Free Knicker is the perfect running pant for the changing weather.

I’m a busy mom and also currently in nursing school, so I have to sneak in my runs whenever I have a bit of extra time. Sometimes it’s early morning or right before the sun goes down—when the air is chilly and the wind is whipping. Most often, it’s a run through the mid-afternoon heat while my kiddos are in school.

The Ultimate Comfort Pants


Considering I probably shouldn’t run in the buff, and the weather is a little too cool for shorts, my Dobby Be Free Knicker was perfect. The seams are in all the right places—they are flattering and look great, but don’t rub even after hours on the trail. Too often, running tights fit perfect until they hit right below the knee—and after an hour or so the elastic starts to dig in, and I can’t think about anything except getting out of my running clothes. The best part about the Dobby Be Free Knicker is that they have this magic compression fabric that really hugs me in all the right places.

I was so impressed with how these pants performed in real-world conditions. I’ve been trail running for over four years now, and I am constantly on the hunt for the best gear. If it were up to me, you’d probably find me out on the trail in my birthday suit! I hate when I can feel the clothes on me—it’s the worst when they rub and don’t move with my body.

The waistband is wide and doesn’t dig in, and the internal drawstring ensures the perfect fit. These pants are ideal for storage—two side pockets that are the right size for any extra calories I may need to take along, a back zipper pocket to fit my phone, and an internal pocket that my car key will perfectly fit in since I usually drive to the trailhead.


Sheena is wearing the Spliced Fire Be Free Knicker in Navy and the Fastest Track Top in Coralade Heather

Ready for Any Temperature


The Dobby Be Free Knicker is ideal for a warm afternoon run. They are wonderfully thin—I really forget they are there (woohoo!), and they breathe so I won’t overheat. They’re also a little more lightweight than regular Be Free Knicker, so that has become my go-to for warmer days. I like to pair them with a Chi Tank so I can still soak up some vitamin D. But when I’m looking for a little extra protection from the sun, I’ll wear my Be Free Knicker that’s got UPF 50+ protection.

When the weather gets chilly, they are still my go-to choice for runs. I can throw on my Fastest Track Top and a beanie—I’m good to go. These will pull the sweat away from my skin and then dry quickly, so I don’t end up cold from my own sweat.

Stylish Enough to Wear from Trail to Town


Sheena is wearing the Dobby Be Free Knicker in Black and Varsity Sweater in Dove. Chacos and hat are her own. 

After a few hours on the trail, it’s always fun to head into Park City for a burger or a treat. These pants are so comfortable there’s never a need to change—I just slip some cash into the side pocket, throw on the Varsity Sweater, my Chacos, a favorite hat—and I’m ready to hit the town. Fitwise, the bottom of the Be Free Knicker is tight enough to provide a flattering cut and keep them in place, but loose enough that I can literally wear these pants all day long and never need to take them off.

And runner or not, they really work well for any adventure—I find myself pulling them on several times throughout my week. Hiking, yoga, rock climbing, running errands and heading to class. I may never take them off.


What’s your favorite from the Fit 6 collection of pants? Don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes below for a chance to snag the entire collection for yourself and a pair for up to six of your friends!


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1 Comment

October 08, 2015 at 12:12 am

Love it! She’s adorable. Great pics.

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