Tracksmith recently released their 2023 Fall Collection and we are here for it – yet again. It is a collection that just screams Autumn – a concoction of muted colors and warm items to keep things vibrant and warm. Their main items are geared for those cooler temperatures, with mostly a variety of baselayers, pants, and long-sleeved tops to keep you putting in the miles even when the weather outside is trying to keep you away.
Packing away my short sleeves is a minor downside, but the silver lining lies when their stellar options – like the new Autumn offerings from Tracksmith.
The Fells Waffle Layer is made from 100% Merino Wool – a fabric most of us runners know and love for it’s quick-drying, anti-microbial, and odor-resistant qualities. The look is so fancy it looks like it could (and often did – in our case) double as a day-to-day casual option. I have never really thought of a ribbed/waffle sweater as a running option, but it really does the trick. I can attest that the construction has kept my body much warmer by capturing the excess and holding it against me.
That’s not to say it isn’t breathable though, as the Merino and waffle patter allow for that. It’s probably not ideal for running in the rain, but I feel much better tackling those cold dry runs with this on my body that most of what I have available to me right now. Such a nice layer for the Fall.
In New England, “Downeast” is defined, casually, as the “never-never land always east of where you are.” They are apparently referencing a region that stretches from Maine into the NE Canadian provinces that no one can remember. A Run Oregon Road Trip may be in order as I have heard that some amazing trails grace this area.
However, even without ever being there, just thinking about the farrrrrrr NE US states has me remembering that winters there are…not comfortable. So, I would imagine that if you are there in the offseason, you need some serious layering and cold-weather gear. That’s just what the Downeaster Crew aims to do – combine the running-positive qualities of Merino wool with a functional and attractive body (the shirt’s body – not mine!).
A lot of thought went into the construction of the top. I learned this from the previously unknown “polypropylene”.
Not only does polypropylene have the lowest thermal conductivity of any fiber, which means it holds onto heat the longest, it’s also hydrophobic, quickly pulling moisture (i.e. sweat) to the surface where it can evaporate, rather than be absorbed into the Merino. The end result is a warm and comfortable pant that you’ll hate to take off.
Really cool stuff there. And I will be honest, this top is comfy. Like I just want to sit in front a fireplace with a glass of wine comfy. This fits and feels like a sweatshirt, but operates like a running shirt as it is lighter than it feels it should be. There are five colorways available and, as with most Tracksmith items, we recommend generally going a size up unless you are firmly entrenched in your size.
These are sure to be our new go-to for cozy comfort this fall. These pants are like a cozy extension of the Downeaster Crew, designed to be your all-day, everyday companion. Whether you’re gearing up for a race or just kicking back, these pants bring the best of Merino wool in a laid-back style. Sporting a relaxed fit, mid-rise, and tapered legs with snug cuffs, they’re super comfortable.
But let’s talk tech too, because these pants mean business. With a blend of 60% Merino wool and 40% polypropylene, they’re a dynamic duo. Merino brings the warmth, breathability, and odor-fighting skills, while polypropylene steps in with top-notch moisture-wicking and insulation.This combo means these pants hold onto heat like a champ and whisk away sweat in a flash. So, not only do they feel amazing, but they’re also primed to keep you comfy, no matter what the day throws your way.
Trust us, you won’t want to take them off!