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Janji: Sustainable running gear for a great cause

When you’ve run a lot of races, you start to realize that maybe you’re ready to find some running gear you love every time you put it on. Here at Run Oregon we really enjoy sharing these kinds of brands with our readers. We like supporting smaller companies that make amazing products, and when these companies also support important causes, it’s even better.

Janji is one such company that makes gear for men and women, outfitting runners and walkers from top to bottom. Their gear includes everything from hot weather tanks and shorts to puffy vests and jackets. And their cause is water: to expand access to water for the 1 in 10 people in the world who don’t currently have it. That’s why:

  • 5% of each sale funds clean water projects
  • They created the Janji Collective, a special membership program where, for a one-time donation, you’ll get lifetime discounts on Janji gear and travel and exclusive gear
  • They offer run/service vacations where you can log miles and volunteer with their clean water projects in person

If you love the sound of what this company is doing, join me as a Janji Collective member or shop their gear for yourself or a friend. And read on for my review of the Janji Runpaca long-sleeve shirt…

The back of the Janji Runpaca shirt has a contrasting stitch detail around the hem and up the center of the back. Shown here in Potosi (a sage green color) and worn with the Deviation Crop in Potosi blue.

One of my favorites is the Runpaca long sleeve top. This long-sleeve is made of pima cotton with alpaca fleece, adding very little bulk but offering a soft layer that will keep you warm. The sleeves have thumb holes, and are plenty long to use the thumb holes without stretching the shirt.

I ordered a women’s large and found it to run slightly larger than most women’s large running shirts, so if you want to wear it as a base layer you may want to try a size down. I’m 5′ 8″ and about 155 lb, to give you an idea of how it fits. The large wasn’t overly big; so if your usual size is L and you prefer a loose fit or something you can wear over the top of another shirt, you should be perfectly fine with the L. I’m especially self-conscious about my stomach (two kids will do that to you), so I liked the fit, and this top was really comfortable.

Not only is it great for running, it looks good with jeans, making it the perfect thing to pack for a vacation where you’ll be racing or just logging some training miles. I wore it first on a planned vacation to chilly Minnesota, where I wore it with jeans, then as an extra layer to go to a regatta and watch my college rowing team, and a third time for a run. I then packed it for an unplanned trip to frigid Iowa (my dad was unexpectedly hospitalized, hence the delay in this review) and again wore it multiple times. It was much colder in Iowa than in Oregon, so I needed to wear it every time I ran outside – I just hadn’t packed enough cold-weather gear and to layer up. The shirt is made with odor-minimizing materials, meant to be washed less often, to save water. You might be wondering how smelly it got – well, I wore it only after running in it on the first trip, and after running in it twice on the second trip, with no complaints.

Take a look in your closet and see what could use an update – or to be replaced with something you really love – and then head over to Janji to find your new favorite. If you hurry, you can join the Janji Collective with a $50 donation and you’ll receive a long-sleeve shirt plus lifelong discounts on any future purchases.

Runners in summer-weight Janji gear.

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About Kelly Barten (939 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.

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