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What Run Oregon is Wearing: Grand AC apparel

Marcelo Tank

Brian: I’m not going to lie, the first aspect of the shirt that drew my attention was the camo pattern of the Marcelo Tank. Even though the only camouflage item in my wardrobe is a pair of shorts, I’m a fan of the pattern, and not in the faux hunter way. It may be hard to believe during this elongated, dreary spring but it is coming time for the yearly temperature rise and wardrobe adaptations that must precede it. It was great timing to get a light and comfortable tank top. I think my favorite part about this top is it’s comfort. It’s soft and smooth, with no rough or awkward edges. I played with my kids at the park and enjoyed a couple games of soccer in it, the feel and function was without fault. As with the shorts, quality and durability seem top notch, this item will likely last for a while.

Club Shorts

Years of running have finally removed the mild unease when donning shorts to get some miles in that are literally nearly a foot shorter than my daily wear. It is hard to match the breathability and freedom of true running shorts. In a nod comfort and modesty, when running with my daughters or someone much slower than I, habit calls for a longer pair of shorts. I’ve tried several pairs through the years and they have managed to do the job. In spite of their length, the Club Shorts seem to do a great job of mimicking the comfort of a much smaller pair of shorts. They felt great in warmer temperatures, both as active wear while running or playing sports, but also just as casual wear. With a efficient waistband and pockets, I was able to transport my phone and wallet with no issues, then empty the pockets and go straight into playing soccer with the kids. I also liked the simple black color with subtle gray camouflage pattern along the outer edge. Quality seems top notch, I don’t see any durability issues in the future with them. It’s definitely a great all around pair of shorts for any weather.

Joe: When Matt asked if I would be interested in trying out a shirt and shorts from Grand AC, he warned me “It’s pretty hip.” Then he quickly added, “Not that you couldn’t pull it off.” Nice catch! With that vote of confidence, how could I resist? I told him “Yo dawg, hook me up!”, and soon I was the proud owner of an Apollo Short Sleeve shirt in navy, and a pair of Reggie Shorts in crimson. In addition to the phat styles, both garments proved to be surprisingly practical on the run.

Apollo Short Sleeve

The Apollo Short Sleeve seemed to be an odd choice for a running shirt at first, with its heavy and thick cuffs and peculiar, er, “hip” contrasting mesh tail. But I picked it because of the unique look (blue with corresponding camouflage panels at the shoulders and sides), and the other stylin’ features worked well while running. The large cuffs kept the shirt from flapping, while not weighing my arms down or feeling obtrusive. I’m still not sure of the purpose of the white mesh extension at the bottom back of the Apollo Short Sleeve, but it didn’t get in the way, or cause any of the confused comments or questions that I had expected from my fellow runners. For all I know, I looked especially fly! On a more basic level, the shirt fit well, and the material was comfortable, soft, and breathable.

Reggie Shorts

The Reggie Shorts are also slightly unconventional when it comes to running. Like the Vuori shorts I reviewed last year, the Reggie reminded me more of swim trunks or board shorts, with their wide waistband, large, long, and loose cut, and the thick drawstring that emerges from the front. I also picked these based on the color: bright red, with a black waistband. Though much bigger than most of my running shorts, these actually felt great on the run, with the fabric light and breathable, and the fit airy but still snug enough to stay in place. While the legs are long and extend to near the knees, the soft and light material is comfortable even on a warm day. The heavy duty drawstring somehow doesn’t feel obtrusive either, whether worn under a shirt or exposed with a shirt tucked in. Practical features include three zippered pockets: one horizontal opening at the right rear and a vertical one on each side.

 


Company: Grand AC (Facebook)
Products:

    • Club Shorts ($22.50-$30)
      • GAC patch on bottom left corner
      • Two front side pockets
      • Elastic waistband
      • Contrast camo design
      • 100% polyester mesh
      • Special fabrication to allow for efficient breathability
      • Quick-drying material to wick away sweat and moisture
    • Marcelo Tank ($20)
      • Constructed from stretch polyester for flex, comfort and range of motion
      • Wearproof material making it durable, resilient and last longer
      • Quick-drying material to wick away sweat and moisture
      • Curved hem
      • Non-reflective logo on bottom right corner
      • Ribbed neck and arm holes
      • 90% polyester, 10% spandex
    • Apollo Short Sleeve ($22.50-$30)
      • Constructed from stretch polyester for flex, comfort and range of motion
      • Quick-drying material to wick away sweat and moisture
      • Short reflective stripe on back for visibility
      • Mesh underlayer with an extended back hem
      • Camo design along chest and side
      • Ribbed stretch cuff
      • 100% polyester
    • Reggie Shorts ($26)
      • Constructed from stretch polyester for flex, comfort and range of motion
      • Water resistant coating to guarantee protection and dryness in wet weather
      • Two front pockets with zipper enclosures
      • Hidden back pocket on the right side with zipper enclosure
      • Ribbed waistband with external drawstrings
      • Lightweight fabric to allow ease of movement/li>
      • 95% polyester, 5% elastane

Grand AC is currently running a few bundle deals as well:

      • Buy 1 Short Sleeve Shirt + 1 Long Sleeve Shirt + 1 Pair of Shorts = Get 20% Off
      • Buy 1 Top + 1 Bottom + 1 Outerwear = Get 20% Off

More about Grand AC:

Grand AC is a high street inspired activewear brand based in Los Angeles. We want to look fly while we work out. Whether you’re spinning, running, hiking, or lifting we’ve got you covered. It’s about being Grand and feeling Grand.

Thank you to Grand AC  for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Joe Dudman (231 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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