What Run Oregon is Wearing: Saucony Spring tops

  Company: Saucony Most runners are familiar with Saucony. 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.

Jessica’s Products:

Impressions (Women’s Endorphin Singlet):

Specs (from website):

  • Layer: Base
  • Fit: Slim
  • Hits at: Below hip
  • Waterproof: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Windproof: No
  • Care Instructions: Machine washable, hang to dry
  • Fabric Breakdown: Hydralite Reneu

I’m quickly becoming a fan of racer back style singlets/tanks. The Women’s Endorphin Singlet is a gorgeous racer back that offers exceptional movement while running. Have you ever experienced a running shirt that poked, chafed, or otherwise bunched in your shoulder area, causing restricted movement or – the dreaded – chafing? I have … too many times to count. The Endorphin Singlet did not cause any issues – hooray! This is huge for me. The price point is spot-on, too.

The fabric is ultra light, with a fiery, fast feeling print on the front. The back is solid colored (no print). I received the “ViZiPRO Pink” colored, which is “loud” in all the right ways. It’s a gorgeous coloration. Two additional color choices are available, in the more subtle “Hawaiian Sky” or “Hibiscus Blend”. Reflective accents are included on both front and back (also a huge plus!). As the nature of this singlet is to be ultra light weight, the material is slightly see-through, so double up (see my review of the Dash Seamless Tank next!) your tops if you are self conscious (like me).

This is an exceptional singlet, and I look forward to sporting it at spring and summer racing events this year!

Impressions (Women’s Dash Seamless Tank):

Specs (from website):

  • Layer: Base
  • Fit: Slim
  • Hits at: Below hip
  • Waterproof: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Windproof: No
  • Care Instructions: Machine washable, hang to dry
  • Fabric Breakdown: Women’s Seamless Knit (50% Nylon, 43% Polyester, 7% Spandex)

Ohhhhh, I just love the fabric on the Women’s Dash Seamless Tank! Literally, I have found myself putting on this tank every day for one reason or another, regardless of if it involves running or not. It’s that comfortable.

Featuring minimal seams, the racer back style Dash tank has also proved to be a powerhouse for me when running. As described above, I do not like tanks or singlets (or any running top for that matter) bunching, gouging or otherwise making itself known to be in the upper arm area when I am swinging my arms. The Dash tank do not bother me at all! Score for Saucony – two for two running tops that I adore!

Available in three colors, I received the stunning “periwinkle heather”. Also available are the “Hawaiian sky heather” and “peace sorbet heather”. All of the choices are gorgeous, and I am going to get all three for my running collection (we can’t have too many running clothes, right?!).

I have found that I enjoy putting this tank under the Endorphin Singlet when I am running outside for modesty purposes. The Dash top is not as thin as the Endorphin, so I can either wear the Dash by itself, or under the Endorphin for 100% comfort. I think it’s awesome because it is two great looks, that feel amazing and perform exceptional.

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Matt’s Products:

Impressions (Evolution Sportop):

Specs (from website):

  • Fit: Slim
  • Hits at: Below hip
  • Number of Pockets: 1
  • Fabric Breakdown:
    • Transition Knit

It is always hard to predict what Spring weather will look like here in the Pacific Northwest. When I first started running, I would wear UnderArmour cold weather compression gear, but there were always times that I became uncomfortable if the weather changed. Nowadays, I always prefer to have a few pieces of apparel in my running closet that fit that middle ground of being heavy enough to keep me warm, but not so heavy that I’m overheated and hate life. From the first couple of wears this Spring, the Evolution Sportop seems to be a welcome addition in that middle ground.

This top is extremely soft and well constructed. I have worn it both running, and just around town in mild temperatures, as it can fit in both realms quite well. The fit is perfect for me – a slim cut that sits below the hip so is not at risk of riding up. Both the end of the arms and the waist area have an orange elastic, but is not constricting. There are even hidden elastic thumb loops that can be used to keep sleeves down and hands warmer.

This is a great addition to those with style and function in mind.

Impressions (Dash Seamless Short Sleeve):

Specs (from website):

  • Temperature Range: 50F+
  • Fit: Slim
  • Hits at: Below hip
  • Fabric Breakdown:
    • Men’s Seamless Knit (51% Nylon, 44% Polyester, 5% Spandex)

At the risk of sounding like a biased reviewer, I also love this top. In fact, I am not sure I have tried something from Saucony (shoes or apparel) that I haven’t really enjoyed. The Dash has a really soft and comfortable feel to it and is constructed the way that this 6’2, 185 pound runner likes his tops – slim (though not overly compressing) and long. If you are looking for something bulkier and shorter, you may want to look elsewhere. It also looks pretty sleek and comes in 3 colors (basically grey, blue, and green). The construction is also great as it was designed to have minimal seams in an effort to cut back on chafage. The price is a bit on the high side, but with Saucony I always feel comfortable knowing you I will have stuff to last for a long time.

 

Thank you to Saucony for 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.

About Matt Rasmussen (1569 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.
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