Women’s Spring Running Essentials
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Salomon Endurance ¾ Tight
Multiple testers agreed the Salomon Endurance 3/4 Tights were incredibly comfortable for everything from a 5K to a Nike training workout led by an iPhone app. “The waistband and the bottom cuffs stayed in place,” one tester reported, also noting their level of compression added just the right amount of support.
On a 40-degree day, they lent just the right amount of coverage and when the mercury rose, they dumped heat equally well, never causing testers to overheat. The length and fabric make them ideal for long trail runs (“They didn’t rub,” was one remark) and for misty running in wetter climes, like Seattle.
Our only gripe? The back pocket annoyed one tester because she kept getting scratched by it every time she put her phone away—although she praised the fact that it was perfectly sized to hold her iPhone without any bounce.
Helly Hansen Long-Sleeve W Pace ½ Zip
Helly Hansen’s base layers have been incredibly popular among skiers and snowboarders looking for moisture management and breathability in one. The company takes their baselayer technology and applies it to the Long-Sleeve W Pace ½ Zip, creating a shirt that’s breathable enough for long runs but also offers warmth when it’s needed.
As one tester put it, “It was comfortable for cold mornings that quickly heated up.” That’s thanks to mesh panels on the back and sides of the shirt, which allowed us to dump heat once we picked up the pace or the sun crested the mountains washing warmth over our running path. The synthetic fabric pulled moisture away from the skin is designed to keep you dry and comfortable.
Moving Comfort Endurance Dress
At first look, the Moving Comfort Endurance Dress was really cute for a running dress. And, with a built-in bra, we figured it would offer action-ready support.
What it did do: breathed really well. The keyhole on the back and open shoulders helped it remain as airy as a dress should.
Its downfalls: Unfortunately, testers found the fabric was too heavy to run in, making the skirt bounce around as we moved. And, it ran big making for a frumpy appearance. That said, it did offer the support we expected—just make sure you size down.
Arc’teryx Senna Tank
“Freaking love!” were the first words on a tester’s report card after she tested the Arc’teryx Senna Tank. Her main praises were for the soft polyester-spandex fabric, its moisture management while running and during mat training workouts, and the built-in bra’s support (up to a b-cup).
The multiple straps aided in the tank’s comfort but definitely eliminate it as a backpacking top because the tank rode up when worn with a pack. The one downside: the fabric is a little thin to wear without a bra underneath if we’re talking modesty. And if you have to wear a bra underneath, why have a built-in bra at all?
Skirt Sports Redemption Run Shorts
Kudos to Skirt Sports—makers of running skorts—for making a pair of shorts. While skorts can be incredibly comfortable for running, they aren’t for everyone. The Redemption Run Shorts are attractive not only because of the wide selection of colors, but in their design, with its wide yoga-like waistband and simplistic short cut.
The fabric is thin and airy—as running short fabric should be—with UPF 50 protection and quick-dry, wicking capabilities.
Bummer: some of our testers felt that the built-in full-cheek coverage undies felt weird while running—enough to make them waddle back home.