What Run Oregon is Wearing: Cat Pants

Cat Pants

Kelly Barten modeling the cat pants with her friends Bret and Gail Henry, volunteer race directors of the 2017 ORRC Autumn Leaves 50k/50-miler.

A few months ago, I found myself at work with no lunch, so I placed a to-go order from La Sen (delicious) and then headed over to their store at 7628 SW Nyberg Street in Tualatin to pick it up. I parked in front of the Bridge City Fight Shop, thinking to myself, “What a niche store!” After picking up and paying for my food, I headed back to my car and was all buckled in when something in the window of Bridge City Fight Shop caught my eye. It was a mannequin wearing … Cat Pants.

Undeterred by the mountain of work piling up in my production queue at the office, I rushed into Bridge City Fight Shop and tried on these Cat Pants right away. Their real name is “Newaza Cat Spats,” and they fit perfectly, are well-suited for running, and, most importantly, are covered in cats. If the whole “covered in cats” thing is throwing you, and you aren’t even interested in wearing them ironically, you may be interested to at least learn why they are great for running and that the brand, Newaza, carries a variety of tights in other prints, so read on. (For example, they currently offer a pair with the Top Gun pattern, a cool black-and-white graphic pattern, and a number of pairs with dragons on them.)

They are technically jujitsu training “spats,” but they are made out of a dry-fit type material that is actually smoother than most tights I own. They’re durable, but not too thick, and they stand up well to rubbing where you might have some inner-thigh rub or stretching over muscular calves. They feel great on – very smooth fabric with no outer seams. They are sized by waist circumference, so I went with a size 30 (I wear size 8 jeans), and they fit very snugly without any sliding down or riding up. There is a drawstring that I can tie or leave untied; it doesn’t change the wear of the spats at all. The only drawback is that there is no key pocket; but I wear my Nathan Hipster running belt to solve that minor problem.

Back to the cats. The photo on the Bridge City Fight Shop’s store doesn’t do the print justice, so take a look at the photo of me wearing them shown above. I have worn these for nearly every long run since I purchased them in October, and on nearly every long run I get questions about where they could be purchased and how much they cost. (Bridge City Fight Shop’s store at 7614 SW Nyberg Street, just off the I-5 on the southwest side of the Nyberg Street exit, or online through their website, $65.) In other words, these “spats” make people smile. They’re a great conversation starter, but more importantly, they’re purr-ific and meow-tastic for running.


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We started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. We also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support local race organizers.

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