As September gets close to ending, we are soon to be finding ourselves in many Oregonian’s favorite seasons. Fall in the PNW is often only rivaled by the Northeast in terms of beauty and prime running weather.
The Tracksmith Fall Collection for 2023, aptly named “The Harvest,” is a testament to the brand’s deep-rooted commitment to the spirit of running and the embrace of autumnal elements. This collection embodies a philosophy that marries form and function seamlessly, appealing to the modern athlete who seeks both style and substance in their activewear.
Drawing inspiration from the landscapes of New England, the pieces in this collection feature a rich palette of earthy tones, reflecting the vibrant foliage and rustic charm of the region.We recently got our hands on a few of their items from this collection.
Bill Rodgers’ iconic painter’s gloves, now recreated as Tracksmith’s Harrier Gloves, pay homage to his legendary racing style. Inspired by the gloves he wore during his historic 1975 and 1979 Boston Marathon wins, these thermoregulating 100% Merino wool gloves offer both warmth and a nod to running history. They became Rodgers’ cherished good luck charm, symbolizing the fateful last-minute addition that led to his American record-setting victory in the 1975.
The combination of materials used ensures both warmth and breathability, which is crucial when you’re on the move. The fit is snug without being constricting and the really are unlike 99% of running gloves out there. They come in 4 colors.
The Tracksmith Brighton Arm Warmers are a must-have accessory for any runner, especially during chilly fall mornings. Utilizing the same Merino wool mesh found in their Brighton Base Layers, these arm warmers offer a soft, breathable fabric (47% Merino / 28% Nylon / 25% Polyester) that’s crafted with added elastane for a more secure fit.
The material is soft and feels comfortable against the skin, and the benefits of Merino wool shine through in these sleeves, as they wick moisture and regulate temperature. Thanks to a partnership with a cutting-edge seamless factory in Europe, these have been designed to cut out any potential points of irritation or chafing – an issue that I have personally experienced when wearing sleeves.
They are also designed to maintain their shape, even when drenched in sweat, thanks to the inclusion of knit rib stitches at the cuffs. Seriously, this may be one of the more well thought out and constructed arm sleeves ever.
If there is one item of clothing that is linked to Oregon and Portland most, it is probably Flannel. It may get a bad rap from outsiders, but there is just something welcoming about a putting on a nice option here in the Fall months.
Drawing inspiration from the indomitable spirit of New England, Tracksmith introduces a versatile layer in the form of the New England Flannel. This 100% cotton flannel provides a breathable and comfortable garment ideal for pre and post-run activities during the transitional seasons. Designed with the rugged landscapes of New England in mind (though we may say that the PNW sensibilities also shine through), the pattern (Scotch Plaid) has roots tracing back to Scottish farmers in the 16th century. Flannel may have evolved over time, but the look, style, and functionality still exist hundreds of years later.
This top really is a great choice for runners on both ends of their journey. The fit like a cozy hug from your favorite aunt on a crisp fall day (though, as with most Tracksmith gear, we recommend sizing up).
Thefit is not too baggy but not too tight, making it super comfy whether you’re warming up for a run or just lounging around. It’s the kind of shirt that feels like it was made just for you. It’s perfect for those chilly pre-run moments and doesn’t leave you sweating buckets after your workout. This will for sure be worn before and after races.
It’s also a great option to wear out and about casually as well.
The Tracksmith Harvest Fall Collection for 2023 embodies a perfect blend of performance and style, catering to the needs of both casual wearers and dedicated athletes. The collection has unsurprisingly impressed me with the construction, fit, and functionality. While on the pricier side, the quality and attention to detail make Tracksmith pieces well worth the investment for any outdoor enthusiast or active individual.