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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Janji Running Apparel

Company: Janji  Janji was founded in 2012 by Dave Spandorfer & Mike Burnstein who were inspired to sell running clothes that turned more than a profit—to give to a cause they believe in; that every human has the right to access clean drinking water.  Their goal is to create an evolution of a mission to fight the global water crisis. The designs and patterns on each piece of apparel are inspired by the many countries and organizations they partner with. 1 in 10 people world-wide lack access to clean drinking water. Janji running apparel gives back! For each item purchased, 10% of the sale goes to fund clean water projects around the world. Janji means "promise" in Malay and both Dave and Mike have promised to fund clean water projects world-wide with each sale from their clothing line. Each season, Janji chooses a different partner to support. This season they are supporting Kenya with their partner Evidence in Action. Product(s): Women's Asana Zona Running Capri $68 & Women's Nyali Tank $44

Women's Asana Zona Running Capri

Women’s Asana Zona Running Capri

Description(s): 

The Nyali Tank has the following features:

• Open flow cross back design
• Body: 96% polyester, 4% elastane
• Breathable, quick-drying WaterFall performance fabric
• Back reflective logo for added visibility

The Asana Zona Capri has the following features:

• 88% polyester / 12% spandex
• Half calf length
• All over print inspired by Zona Cuatro
• Zippered back pocket for convenient storage
• Signature Janji logo elastic waistband interior (the signature motto is ‘Run for Another’)

Impressions of the Asana Zona Capri: First off, the fact that each piece featured in this article gives a year (or more, depending on what you purchase) of clean water to an individual in Kenya makes me fall in love with it before even putting it on. However, if you are going to spend some money on moderately priced running apparel, you expect a level of function and performance which Janji delivered.

I’m a HUGE fan of capri pants for running (you will rarely find me running in shorts) and I own several pairs from the top athletic brands. The ideal capri has to be thick enough to offer some amount of compression, breathable so that I don’t feel like I’m running in a sauna suit and moisture wicking so that I stay dry and don’t chafe. I’ve worn the Asana Zona Capri on a few week-day runs and my most recent 10K race. The capris stayed in place and didn’t stretch out (which can happen to even the most expensive brands). The elastic waist band is thick and can be rolled over to reveal the company’s motto. There is a small zippered pocket directly below the waistband on the back where I could comfortably stash my car key in and still have room for a GU—perfect! I received so many compliments on these capris due to the unique and colorful design. The only drawback I found, was the fact that the Asana Zona only comes in one color/design. Hopefully Janji will be adding more offerings in terms of leggings and capris. For the record, I am a size medium when it comes to running bottoms. The medium in the Asana Zona fit perfectly. Note: Janji does sell running shorts for women. Visit the short shop for options.

The Nyali Tank has a cute and functional open flow design on the back.

The Nyali Tank has a cute and functional open flow design on the back.

Impressions of the Nyali Tank: I’m 5’9″. Most tops fit me well as I wear a size small with the exception of the occasional medium, depending on the brand. However, when I tried on the Nyali Tank, I was a little sad to find it to be a bit tighter than what I’m comfortable with. The pattern and fabric on this tank is super cute and the cut is really flattering (read: no arm pit fat around the sports bra line). The fact that the tank is fairly long made up for the sizing and I found the busy pattern to be quite distracting from the midsection. With the encouragement from my husband and friend who thought it looked great, I wore it after all. The open-flow design of the back was pretty and functional and kept me cool. If you like to wear your tanks a bit looser, I’d go up a size.

Overall, I was impressed with the pieces I tried. The price is comparable to other brands I own and have worn. The quality is great and the pieces will last. Janji makes men’s clothing and has  hats and beanies for sale on their website, which may be my next purchase as the seasons start to change. They also offer some long-sleeved t-shirts and light-weight wind breakers which are perfect for the Oregon climate. You can’t beat an apparel company that was founded by runners for runners and gives back at the same time.

 

Thank you to Janji for sending us some sample items for testing. Our opinions are always independent and unbiased reviews of the products we receive.
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About Abby Meek (63 Articles)
Abby was raised in Tigard, Oregon and moved to Denver, Colorado in 2007. While in Colorado she ran her first 5K, which led to a 10K, which led to a half-marathon. Abby moved back to her native Oregon in mid- 2015 and has since completed more 5K's, 10K's and more half-marathons. Abby's favorite distances are the 10K and the half marathon.

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