Janji: Sustainable running gear for a great cause

This is being re-posted, because the Janji Collective is growing and open to new members! Click here to sign up. The original post published on November 15, 2018. Read on to find out why I recommend the Janji Collective:


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 originally 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.

Update: When I joined the Janji collective I selected a size M Runpaca shirt and it’s exactly the perfect right size for someone of about my measurements. The sleeves are still long enough, the torso is still long enough, and it’s slimmer but not tight around the tummy. This is super-vain of me to admit but I think I look pretty darn good in it. I still wear the size L frequently as a top layer (or, last night when it was 28 degrees, as a middle layer) because I love the way it fits.

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 an amazing running shirt plus lifelong discounts on any future purchases.

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