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What Run Oregon is Wearing: rabbit running apparel ready for warm temps


It’s no secret that ‘true’ Oregonians look askance at Californians. As Brian is a California born runner, he found it amusing to be given a chance to wear some gear from rabbit, a company based in that state. He hopes he has redeemed himself as an acceptable Oregonian and can use that status to share some info about this awesome gear.

Brian’s Review:

I was able to try the ‘Best in show’ shorts as well as the ‘welcome to the gun show’ tank. Before breaking it down into each piece, keep in mind these products were designed in an urban desert. Light weight and breathable are the key design elements. In a happy twist of fate, a few days after receiving the gear I was planning on leaving the 50 degree Oregon March for temperatures 20 degrees warmer with humidity in Louisiana. I was able to get in about 20 miles of training and a 5K race while in New Orleans, putting the outfit through its paces. From a truly cosmetic point of view, I was thrilled that the set was in my favorite color scheme of charcoal grey and bright blue.

Best in Show shorts ($45)

  • Magical combination of 89% poly/ 11% spandex
  • Super lightweight materials to wick away moisture
  • Incredibly quick drying
  • Flat elastic waistband to reduce weight
  • rabbitMESH brief liner that is scratch and chafe-free
  • Front internal key pocket
  • Four way stretch woven fabric
  • 2″ inseam (all sizes)
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, don’t bleach, mmkay?

These shorts evoke memories of 70’s era runners with the short length and split sides. As I mentioned above, the electric blue and grey is one of my favorite color combos, so aesthetically, I was definitely pleased. Unlike most shorts that feature a string waistband, which can be annoying, these have an elastic waist. They rode comfortably on my hips and I did not find it necessary to adjust them at all. I ran in 70 degree weather, including at race pace and did not have any issue with heat dispersion or lack of wicking capability. The only negative aspect was at times the liner felt like it would bunch up at the edge.

Welcome to the Gun Show singlet ($42)

  • Quick n’ fit is made of a magical combination of 94% poly/ 6% spandex
  • Super lightweight & quick drying
  • Tailored fit (also known as not boxy or fussy)
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, don’t bleach, mmkay?

Running can honestly be considered one of the simplest sports in terms of gear, and the singlet could be the least detailed of all the accessories. However, when it comes to performance, a good top can help make or break a run. The elements in which an individual would wear a tank top would vary of course, but for me personally, they are to be used when it is dry or nearly so outside, with temps in the 50s. It would need to be warm enough to fight the initial chill, but breathable enough to avoid being stifling as you get up to operating temperature. Even with a perforated design, this tank did a great job. I was warm in slightly breezy temps in the low 50s and did not feel overburdened as it hit the 70s. The great fit meant it sat perfectly on the shoulders and did not need to be adjusted. Even without being tucked in, the tank did not bounce or chafe at any location. It will definitely be a favorite for training and races in the future.


Mindy’s Review

croptastic

Croptastic ($60)

Product description from the rabbit site:

  • Magical combination of 76% poly/24% spandex
  • Internal bra made of our rabbitMESH is made of 95% polyester/ 5% spandex
  • Super lightweight & quick drying
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, don’t bleach, mmkay?

Running clothing has become more and more trendy and stylish, but when it comes to support, function, and performance, not all brands are created equal. Especially, when wearing undergarments, such as sports bras and crop tops. The Croptastic crop top by rabbit far exceeds my expectations with a crop top. Not only was this piece extremely comfortable (no chaffing or rubbing), but the overall look and feel of the garment during a long run (12 miles) did an amazing job. The Croptastic has a built in bra, and wide straps for extra comfort. It also comes with removable cups for extra coverage, and provides moderate support. The fabric is so soft and features a dose of compression, keeping everything in place. This will definitely become my new go-to top.

winner

Winner shorts ($50)

  • Magical combination of 89% poly/ 11% spandex
  • Super lightweight materials to wick away moisture
  • Incredibly quick drying
  • Flat elastic waistband to reduce weight
  • rabbitMESH brief liner that is scratch and chafe-free
  • Two front internal pockets
  • Four way stretch woven fabric
  • 2″ inseam (all sizes)
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, don’t bleach, mmkay?

With a name of Winner, these shorts must be good! As with the Croptastic, these shorts also exceeded my expectations. They featured a split leg, and have a 2″ inseam. The shorts were very comfortable, with a barely there feeling. I have worn these several times during training runs, and have never had any issues. The comfort and fit, along with the design make these shorts, one of my favorites. One of the best features of these shorts are the pockets, located in the front. The pockets are perfect for stashing keys, and running fuel. The shorts also have a built in liner, made of mesh. Normally, I am not a fan of liners in shorts, but the liner in these are very comfortable and do not ride up.

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