I’m just going to say it – Brooks makes some dang good running gear. We have been reviewing their line for years and often find it difficult to say a bad word about them. Their new Fremont Running Shorts are no exception – a great combination between simplicity and functionality. While I have grown (slightly more) comfortable in shorter running shorts, my wheelhouse is still those longer pairs. The Fremonts, measuring in with a 7″ inseam, are right in my wheel house.
They have the running shorts functionality (86% polyester/14% spandex, Drilayer fabric to wick away moisture, flat waistband for added comfort, reflective sides and front) all while still offering a casual running shorts vibe. It has one of my favorite features (though admittedly not everyone’s) – pockets. Aside from the standard hand pockets, I am a big fan of the third smaller security pocket on the right side – zipped and angled backwards, making it the perfect size for a cellphone without the annoying bounce that comes with keeping a phone in a normal pocket. The one and only (and super minor) drawback is I’ve never been too keen on the waist ties on Brooks shorts. I can’t explain it much except for I always have issues with tying it to the perfect tightness on the first try. Pretty sure it’s just a me problem.
Of their three color options, I definitely recommend the horizontal striped navy/black scheme. It’s a fun addition to a running wardrobe without going crazy.
I prefer to run in short sleeves (as I’m sure most of us do), but with long-sleeved tops like the Dash 1/2 Zip, I could really get accustomed to these warmer options. I have been wearing more sleeves than normal this past winter and the Dash is one that has recently bolted up my list. It is probably not made for the chilliest of temperatures (less than 40), but it is a great middle ground for those chilly runs (which happen more often than not here). The material is ridiculously soft and supremely lighter than I anticipated – which makes it appealing to wear as a running top or as just a warming layer prior to the race.
It has thumb holes and the sleeves are a perfect length for us long-armed folk. When the holes are utilized the sleeves cover down to my fingers. There is also the addition of a small pocket on the lower back of the right side, a perfect holder for a key, credit card, cash, or an energy gel. There are also some great color schemes – from a heather grey (that I tried out) to a grey/yellow combo that just looks awesome.
It’s not the easiest thing to review “underwear”, but the All-in-one Training Boxer does what it is expected to and feels good while working out. Can you ask for much more than that?
I have a few pairs of shorts without liners that necessitate the need for some sort of compression short underneath. These boxers have the samy DriLayer as the other Brooks products, making them moisture-wicking and odor-resistant. It also has flatlock seams to keep you from chafing – a definite plus. I found the to provide a good amount of compression without being constricting.
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