Have you ever seen someone at a group run or race wearing a shirt that is so cool you have to ask where they got it? Or maybe you have a shirt that always gets comments from others? Usually these shirts have funny quote on them, show off a cool design, or is from a really obscure race that only a handful of other runners can truly connect with.
Well, how about a shirt that looks like your average running shirt until you start sweating, when a hidden message is revealed? That’s what sets ViewSPORT gear apart: as you sweat, words appear – mantras like the word “Stronger” or “Sweat More Bitch Less.” (That one is a little sassy, but I have frequently told myself to stop complaining during a track workout, and it works.)
The shirt that I got is the “Faster, Better, Stronger” short sleeve, comes in a plain olive color with black shoulder patches. I’m about 5′ 8″ and 145 lb, and ordered a size L – what I typically wear -as I don’t like my gear too tight – and I think a size M would have been a better fit. I wore it under a light jacket for a 3-mile tempo run on a recent rainy night, and when I returned the back of my shirt was showing off the secret message for which the top is named. I have to admit, the “cool” factor of it was pretty neat.
On me, and probably on most women, the sweat-revealed pattern is much more apparent on the front unless you are absolutely soaked. My sports bra always soaks up sweat, so that on most runs, the front of my shirt stays fairly dry where my bra is. The material is not a super-technical material like some of the more high performance gear I’ve tested, but it is a synthetic tech blend that is silky-smooth to the touch and doesn’t get heavy or sticky while running.
I picked this style because it isn’t just a boring t-shirt style; the back of the shirt is open on both sides, where the fabric folds under a flare that hangs long enough to keep everything covered even when the elastic in your capri tights is giving up the ghost. This flared/open design, on both sides of the back still offers full side coverage as well, but keeps things a little more breezy than a regular shirt. In other words, it’s a little cuter than your average running shirt design. I also really like their “I Run” short-sleeve shirt and their tanks. Most of their tops are priced at $26.99, a pretty good deal for what is sure to be a conversation starter and a shirt that will earn a spot in your weekly rotation.
Matt: I receive a lot of test gear here at Run Oregon and when the men’s version of the “Faster, Better, Stronger” arrived, I couldn’t for the life of me remember where this shirt came from. It came out of the package looking like a pretty standard blue running shirt. Looking back through my emails and on the the ViewSPORT website reminded me that this was the sweat-activated technology – and I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical. It just looked like there was no way that it was going to work as advertised. Yet, it worked like magic!
I wore this for my run portion of the inaugural Salem River2Ridge relay and I crossed the finish line with words emblazoned across my chest that got my teammates and finish line observers talking. Much like Kelly, I felt the the fit was fine – a Large still left plenty of room on my 6’2, 190 lb frame. However, if you are looking for a slimmer style, you may want to size down. It looks like some of their other styles have a slimmer construction to them.
These is an awesome concept that won’t break the bank and brings a little flair to your running wardrobe. I really like the “Do It” shirt (that transforms into “Don’t Quit”) and their “I Run” racing singlet. Definitely check it out.
Thank you to ViewSPORT for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.