Company: Pettet Endurance Project
We are Pettet Endurance Project. Purveyors of sweat, disciples of the gut wrenching, soul squeezing power of a marathon finish, and makers of merino wool running apparel.
Pettet Endurance Project is a company born in the Pacific Northwest. Launching in 2014, this group of runners set out to change the world of running apparel under the following principles: Protect the needs of endurance athletes, Believe in the power of local, Give back to the environment we use, and Great gear doesn’t require huge cost.
Product: The Bristow
The Bristow women’s running t-shirt is made from 86% Australian Merino Wool. The top is cute, but didn’t initially strike me as a running top. It seemed more like a nicer t-shirt to wear with a pair of jeans. It has seaming across the front that, while flattering on an every day t-shirt, doesn’t seem to be the best choice for running. I prefer to avoid seams as much as possible on my running wear. The extra seams were flat, but they made the shirt more snug around the middle which made me notice the shirt too much. The Bristow also features pleated cap sleeves, which are adorable, but again – not ideal for running. The cap style made the bottom of the sleeve more fitted, which was slightly restricting. I also decided that I’m not a fan of wool for running. While it wasn’t super itchy, as some wool products can be, it was less comfortable for me. I noticed that fabric much more than I wanted to while I was wearing it.
I found that I appreciated this shirt as a base layer on a cool rainy day of outdoor activity. I felt drier than I expected to, and the Merino wool kept the chill off. While I like the look of The Bristow, it doesn’t have the function that I look for in a running shirt. Instead, I’m sure you’ll often find me wearing it with a pair of jeans on a cooler Fall day.
Product: The Canby
Price: $55, Currently on sale for $41.25
I really like this shirt. I wore it out for a run the very day I received it. The top is soft, breathable, easy to move in and stays pretty stationary during movement (meaning it doesn’t bunch or ride up anywhere). I’ve worn it running numerous times and to teach fitness classes and it does well for both. It’s cute and the angle of the stripes is aesthetically pleasing (and slimming! A win-win!) The only downside is that because it’s mostly wool, it gets a little bit itchy when sweated in. Overall, I really like the product and would recommend it to athletes and comfy clothes-seekers alike!
Product: The Gaston
Colors: Black, red, royal blue
As a pure function guy, the first thing I think about when trying new gear is how it works. Having weight and warmth on a sleeveless top means it is great for cooler races and training, but obviously not good when it gets warmer. It was very comfortable to wear in a workout but the longer cut was a bit awkward seeing as I run in actual running shorts and the hemline was weirdly close to that of my shorts. I don’t think that my thighs and shirt should have any relation to each other. The material is definitely comfortable and didn’t pull or tug in an odd fashion. Movement was unrestricted in cross training and heat build up was not an issue. I think this would be great fit for the casual runner or cross trainer looking for a tank top to work out in.
Product: The Shevlin
Sizes: Small to XL
Colors: Green, blue, heather gray, or heather gray with other colors
Tung’s impression: I received the longsleeve version of the running shirt; it is made of the same merino wool fabric that the Bristow is (although apparently the Shevlin is 100%, not 86%).
To start with, here are a couple of quick observations about the shirt: (1) the sleeves are long enough that you can pull them partly over your hands, which is why there are handy dandy thumb holes so that you can anchor your thumbs at the end; and (2) the neckline is pretty high, so high that when I first tried the shirt on, I had trouble telling which side was the front. In fact, I got it backwards. Later on, I figured out that there’s a reflective PEP logo on the front (as depicted in the picture of the shirt).
I only have one other merino wool running shirt (by Patagonia), so I don’t have a whole lot of experience to compare the feel, but I didn’t find the PEP shirt to be itchy at all. I tested it three times, once just as a shirt to wear on a mild fall day in Seaside, once during an easy run of laps around a soccer field on a cool, drizzly day, and once on a cloudy, cool morning during an easy run in the neighborhood. Because of the mild to cool temperatures (50s), I didn’t feel overly warm, and it was hard to observe the moisture wicking capacity. However, I got drizzled on a fair amount during the soccer field run, and I felt nearly dry before even getting home, so I suspect it does a good job on the wicking front.
I think this shirt makes for a good top during cool fall days or as a baselayer in the winter.