At the risk of losing any male audience I may have, I am posting today about running fashion–specifically, a product I recently got to try for a run. This isn’t your ordinary running top, that’s for sure!
Not long ago, a local runner, Gloria Jacobovitz, and her friend/designer Federica Alemanno joined forces to form Red Pinstripe, a high performance clothing line designed to move from the board room to the running trail. Like I said, this line is unique; the pieces are stylish enough to wear at work or out and about, yet made of wicking fabrics that move with you when running. They’re like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
Gloria gave me a sample of their shawl-type top to try out. It’s really designed to wear over top of a singlet, so with it still winter out, I had to carefully choose my day to wear it. I’d guess this top would work best on chilly mornings in spring or fall when the temperature is going to rise quickly. Since I tend to be fairly warm when I run, however, I tried it out on an early morning when the temperature was in the upper 30s and we had some drizzle coming down.
The top features a hood with two different ponytail holes in back, along with sleeves that convert into gloves. When I started my run I had both the hood and gloves on. Because I was running tempo with my friends, however, I quickly warmed up and removed both. I liked this feature of the top–no having to stash gloves or hats. I also liked the material, and for me, the fit was true to size.
Things I didn’t like–the high neckline. While stylish, it was a bit too high for me because it led to overheating. I also found that, while the piece didn’t ride up as you might think, it did allow for a bit of a drafty feeling at the beginning of the run, which chilled me.
Overall, if you’re looking for something different that will set you apart on the roads (or in the office) check out Red Pinstripe’s fall catalog on their web site Red Pinstripe. If you’re in the DC/Baltimore area, you can also find their products at local running stores including Feet First in Columbia, Fleet Feet Annapolis, Falls Road Running Store in Baltimore, and Georgetown Running Company in Chevy Chase.
On another fashion note–for those of you who like to wear running skirts (I know I do!) check out the Endurance Isn’t Physical blog.
She’s hosting a giveaway for Running Skirts this week. Don’t miss your chance!
What do you think of the Red Pinstripe line?