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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Brooks Spring line – Men’s gear

Company: Brooks Most runners are familiar with Brooks. From their running shoes, to their running apparel line-up, they are a true staple in the community. Run Oregon has received a few products from their Spring 2016 Apparel line to review, and here are our thoughts. Products:

Impressions (Streaker Tee):

Specs (from website):

  • 60% Nylon, 32% Polyester, 8% Spandex
  • DriLayer® Steady fabrication provides efficient moisture management, wicking moisture away from the body
  • Colors
    • Black/Grey
    • White/Grey
    • Blue

The Streaker Tee is different from some of my most recent spring shirts I have tried out. It’s DriLayer Steady fabric is indeed very soft against the skin, but the fit is a lot tighter than I anticipated of a warm weather shirt. I guess I should have realized from description of it being “the ultimate in second skin comfort”. Here is a little definition of the shirt:

These running shirts for men[…]almost feel like they’re not there. Great on its own or worn as a baselayer, our[…]fabric wicks away moisture and keeps you at a happy temperature with thermoregulating technology, while chafe-free seamless construction makes for a second-skin feel.

I will definitely agree that the shirt is comfortable. It is lighter weight than I anticipated (though thicker than those typical warm weather tees), and despite its “compression-like” qualities, it is designed to keep runners pretty cool and moisture managed appropriately. And unlike those lighter summer shirts, I feel this tee could be part of your year-round running wardrobe.

It is very well constructed and I think that it looks really sleek with its varied patterns coming together in the same general color scheme. But (as described), it is pretty tight. Given your preference on fit and style, this may or may not be for you.

Rush shorts

Impressions (Rush Shorts – 9″):

Specs (from website):

  • Inseam: 7″-10″
  • Drawstring
  • 2 front pockets and 1 back-zip pocket
  • No liner
  • Colors
    • Grey
    • Black
    • Brown
    • Blue

This is the second such pair of shorts I have reviewed this Spring that has a little more casual flare to it than what many would consider a “typical” running shorts look. The Rush Shorts are long enough and low-key enough to be able to wear in settings outside of the running arena. Add in an elastic waistband and a fake fly area and, at a sideways glance, most people would think you have a pair of trunks on.

I personally think that is great. As someone who is slowly transitioning over to the running short world, after years of running in basketball shorts, something a little more subdued and casual is very welcome in my book. They were lightweight and didn’t have any restriction that actual board shorts have. There was also no liner inside, allowing people to wear whatever is comfortable for them underneath. I am slowly getting used to liners, but it’s definitely a process and I appreciated having a pair of running shorts that I can still toss on some compression shorts and feel super comfortable in. And it has actual pockets in front! For some reason, this was a comfort to me (but others may not be so keen on the idea).

I wasn’t crazy about the pattern, but ultimately I don’t really run to look perfect all the time. There are also 3 other colors that are solid without the pattern. Ultimately, I appreciated the versatility that these shorts offer.

Kelly will be reviewing some items from the women’s line shortly, so stay on the lookout for that!

Thank you to Brooksfor providing Run Oregon with some of their Spring line to test, and for entrusting and allowing us to submit reviews freely and in our own words – regardless of stance.

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About Matt Rasmussen (980 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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