On is More Than Shoes – Checking out their Apparel Collection

When most of think about On in the running sphere, our minds likely go to their unique (and frankly beautiful) footwear. On has made, to this reviewer at least, a resurgence in their running line and have recently produced some solid running shoes along the way (I still love the Cloudmonster). But On also has apparel made for a runner as well, and we have been obsessed lately.

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I can’t even get through the first sentence of the second paragraph of this review to mention how in love I am with the On Running Pants. Like, I haven’t been able to stop wearing them the last few weeks. They have turned from running pants into an almost-everyday pants (leisure AND running) in the blink of an eye. At first glance, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like these.

Pulling them out of the box, there are some clear and unique visual items that may not be everyone’s cup of tee. While our review pair was muted (Glacier and Rock – i.e. greys), the contrasting light and dark between the upper and lower, as well as the back and front, is unlike anything we’ve seen. (They do have an all-black version with a more straightforward look, for what its worth).

On top of that, there is a strategic “split” between the upper and lower leg – with MESH in between. So basically, when you bend your knee, the main fabric in the pants “separate” allowing for a huge increase in flexibility at that point. It’s a simple concept with a “why hasn’t this been done before?” construction.

This leads to a (probably unsurprising) lack of restriction that often come with pants that are connected with one material all the way down. I didn’t know I would love this feature – and now I absolutely do. I don’t love wearing running tights – generally because of this constriction – but these Running Pants have proved that they are perfect for people like me. If there was ever a pant designed for racing – this may be it.

Even beyond these unique design components, there are quality materials as well. The outer is a PA-ripstop, four-way stretch fabric, and a really comfy waistbands that doesn’t necessitate a super tight tie down. There are also zipped pockets, as well as the ability to secure at the ankles depending on how you like it. Seriously, I can’t get enough of these pants. They are designed for cooler temperatures, but I feel will still work quite well for most Oregon running seasons.

On’s Performance T comes in a baker’s dozen of cool colors – from the simple to the bold – and has the technology to back up the look. It is made of 100% polyester, but it’s clear that this is not your “complimentary race shirt” sort of construction.

The multi-colored design is not just for looks, but the front and the back have unique qualities associated with them. The front is described as tear-proof and aims to “shield, dry and protect”. The back construction focuses on breathability and moisture-wicking.

On has blended high-quality fabrics with taped (not stitched) seams to provide comfort and reduce weight. At just barely over 3 ounces in weight, it’s a beautiful lightweight option that feels like its in it for the long haul.


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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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