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.
The Winter 2022 Run Within collection currently has added a few items in it:
- Shirts, Tanks & Crops
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.
It is definitely sweater weather, and this top is heavy enough to keep me comfortable, yet not too heavy to worry about overheating. I feel it’s an amazing sweatshirt that would do the job before AND after a race. The design is unique without being gaudy and the inside is ridiculously soft. I found the sleeves to be long enough as well, something that I continually struggle with in sweatshirts.
There are two small zipped pockets near the bottom hem for easy storage. The Crew is also made with 88% recycled materials, which is pretty great. Overall, we really appreciate this top. It may not be a full-on running piece, and would work great as a layering option in casual settings, but can absolutely work on some running and outdoor excursions as well.
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.
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. The split at the 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.