I usually run about five to six times each week, and on at least two to three of those runs, I need pockets. There’s only one problem with that–many manufacturers of running clothing neglect to put pockets in their pieces.
Pockets, as far as I’m concerned, are a necessity to running. On long runs, I need to stash gels. On runs where I drive to meet friends, I need to stash keys. Sometimes I need both. I know that almost all running shorts contain pockets, but these are woefully small, especially if I am trying to stash two gels and a key. Some tights provide pockets, although I’ve found those to be few and far between. And running shirts? Forget about it–very few include pockets in their design.
For me, that means I pull out the same key pieces over and over again. I have a pair of Nike capri tights that I really love, because they have a great rear pocket that can fit a good deal of stuff. Another favorite is this great shebeest jacket, not only because the sleeves zip off, but because it has a nice handy pocket. And this Addidas singlet is a go-to piece in the warmer months, again because of its handy rear pocket (although I think this pocket is really for an ipod).
Cycling clothing always has a nice set of pockets in back. I guess the manufacturers figure most cyclists are out there for the long haul, so they give cyclists lots of great places to stash stuff. But I’m here to tell the running clothing manufacturers that runners would like some pockets too! Athletic clothing should be functional in addition to fashionable.
What about you–do you long for pockets like I do? Have you found any great pieces that deliver?