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Check out the new Run Within Collection from Brooks

Obviously, with a name like Run Oregon, we are focused on running. But, as most PNWers are, we aren’t defined solely by our running prowess. We feel we are in the prime location for active exploration – whether that be running on the road, hiking on any number of trails, cross training in our local gym (or garage), or just being out and about in our beautiful state. Brooks, also a running-centric entity, is taking this to heart as well with their new Brooks Run Within collection.

Run Within Short Sleeve & Linerless Shorts

The 2022 Run Within collection currently has a few items in it:

  • Tees
  • Tanks & Crops
  • LS Tops
  • Shorts

Here’s a little bit more about the collection:

Introducing the Run Within Collection — gear that works on the run, at the gym, and anywhere else your sweat sessions take you. Our new tops, bottoms, and layers are built for the run, while also meeting the demands of a broader exercise regimen. We paid special attention to the details, creating streamlined designs with minimal seaming, lightweight materials, and optimal breathability.

Plus, each piece features sweat- wicking DriLayer® fabric for comfort in any climate. So, you know this gear will keep up with your moves. From treadmill intervals to tricep extensions, logging miles with a friend to doing yoga with a friendly goat, we’ve got runners covered, head-to-toe.

We recently checked out a few items from this new collection. We don’t feel we need to go in depth into all the qualities, as Brooks obviously knows how to make items that are breathable, odor-resistant, and quick-drying. But read on for a few comments on each piece.

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Run Within Crew

While this collection is being released as we enter the summer, we elected to start our review with an item that seems more destined for milder temperatures. We did so, because we LOVE this top. It’s beautiful to look at (we reviewed the Honeydew/Indigo Rush version – swoon) and the internal feel against the body is buttery smooth.

As far as function goes, it’s definitely breathable enough for running in 9+ months of the year (outside of the sweltering heat of the summer) and can easily be coupled into indoor activities (or worn casually, in my opinion) as well. The construction is “semi-fitted” and definitely fits more snug than the Short Sleeve tee (see below). The cuffs fit a little tighter around the wrist, but not so much that you couldn’t roll the sleeves up near the elbow if you wish. Personally, I wish the sleeves were just a fraaaaction longer, but us long-armed people often face this struggle so its definitely not a dealbreaker.

There is a small zipped pocket near the bottom left hem for easy storage. The Crew is also made with recycled fabric equal to 31 plastic water bottles, which is awesome! Overall, we can’t get enough of this one.

Run Within Short Sleeve

I’m not sure we need to delve too far into the nitty-gritty of this short sleeve workout tee – it’s just a great top option all around. It has all the qualities one expects in a workout top, with enough stretch and mobility to be able to use in more active upper-body motion workouts. Sometimes I can’t / don’t use certain running tops while lifting weights because a more snug and secure fit – while great for running – can often not work as well for bench press and pushups. This tee fits true to size, but also a little looser and longer on the torso overall, allowing for maximum coverage – which I have loved.

Run Within Crop Top

I don’t generally run outdoors in crops all that much, but this top style has found me going to it more in other indoor fitness settings. As the temperatures go up, both outside and in my stuffy garage, having a lightweight and cool option is an absolute necessity. This crop top has all my required features – specifically stretch/support and comfort – combined in a visually simple and straightforward package.

It fits soft against the skin and I have yet to experience any bunching, riding, or chafing at the seams so far. It also fits a little longer on the torso, which I prefer. There are two small pockets on either side of the top underneath the arms- making the storage of an ID or key easy.

I have also worn this as a layering option underneath different tops when I have been out and about and it looks super cute as well!

Run Within 2-in-1 Shorts

brooks shorts 2in1I’m a girl with “power” thighs and I’m always looking for shorts that are comfortable to run in that won’t chafe. Generally, I’m stuck with biker-style shorts, but I’m always on the search for something flowier so I can mix it up. The 2-in-1 Shorts would appear to have the best of both worlds, with soft liner shorts under a stretchy outer short.

As you would expect from Brooks, the material feels luxurious and comfortable. The shorts have great stretchability and are also lightweight without sacrificing quality. The waistband is flat and has a lot of give to it. There are two small inner front pockets in the liner near your hips that are perfect for a key fob or a gel or two. The pockets are not big enough for a phone and I do wish there were side pockets on the outside, but I imagine that could be difficult due to the design of the cut on the outer shorts.

To my other thick thighed ladies, I will say this: These shorts DID ride up on me while I was running in them. However, if I’d worn a smaller size and had more compression in the liner shorts, perhaps this wouldn’t have been an issue. The shorts were instead a tiny bit larger than I needed them to be. I have them in a size large and I think a medium might have been better. You should also factor in, of course, your body type and what you need these shorts to do for you. The 2-in-1 shorts are cute and I will for sure wear them a lot this summer, but I don’t think I’ll risk running in them again.

Run Within Linerless Shorts

Not everyone agrees, but linerless shorts are underrated – especially so when you are using them for non-running activities. I have tried a number of non-running workouts (cycling, weightlifting, cardio) in lined running shorts and they are fine – but often not ideal for me. The Run Within Linerless shorts obviously fit in well in the theme of the collection for this very reason.

There is ample stretch to them and the 7″ inseam provides great coverage. There are pockets on both sides and there is also a foldover back pocket to accommodate some additional storage. They are very comfortable and I have really liked using these in my cross-training sessions. They also are visually simple enough to wear as a casual short out and about as well. There is only one color currently, but these would be great to snag regardless.


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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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