As the percentage of cooler and wetter fall days increases, I begin to work my long-sleeved tech running shirts back into the rotation. I recently got the chance to try out a new offering from the Canadian athletic apparel company Strongbody. The Runner’s Choice Long Sleeve shirt quickly earned a prime spot in my collection.
While admittedly not a vital feature, the first thing I liked about the shirt was the color. The photo I saw before I received the shirt was of the slightly dull “Asphalt Grey” version (not that there’s anything wrong with it), but I was pleasantly surprised to unwrap a shiny new Heather Blue one instead. Still not blindingly bright, yet a little more interesting. But enough about superficial aesthetics. There are several more substantial features of this shirt that won me over.
First of all, the fit is excellent: snug without being tight or binding, and still providing plenty of freedom of motion on the run. The sleeve length is just right, and the shoulders are also very comfortable. The tailoring is unique, with panels that create a combination of standard and raglan sleeves, the raglan stitching appearing only on the back of the shoulders. This results in a gently form-fitting feel, keeping you warm, without excessive flapping or looseness.
The stitching itself is high-quality, sturdy, yet flat, soft, and unobtrusive. The four-way stretch fabric has a satisfying “give” and elasticity to it, and is nicely breathable and wicks moisture efficiently. The collar and waist hems are wide and comfortable. And the extra long cuffs, while unconventional for a running shirt, are a great feature, keeping the sleeves from riding up and preventing cold drafts from traveling up your arms on a chilly run.
Though not especially flashy (especially in Asphalt Grey) 😉 the Runner’s Choice shirt is one of the best-fitting and most comfortable long-sleeved tech shirts in my wardrobe.
Product: Runner’s Choice Long Sleeve ($108)
“If the call of your shoes speeding down streets and sidewalks is a siren call you can’t ignore, then say hello to our Runner’s Choice Long Sleeve. The top choice for elite urban runners, this shirt features our performance technology, and a space-age spandex blend for ideal fit and comfort. Available in heather grey and heather blue.”
More about Strongbody:
“We make better clothing that performs to the standards our customer-athletes demand. We practice better business that benefits our local community and beyond.
This is the guiding principle of Strongbody Apparel and influences everything we do — from ethically manufacturing our high-quality, cutting-edge garments in our hometown of Vancouver to launching our ‘Buy One, Feed One’ program which feeds a child in need for every Strongbody product sold.
You run. Lift. Practice yoga. Train in CrossFit. You expect more from your body. Shouldn’t you expect more from the clothes you wear on your body?”
Thank you to Strongbody for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.