This past weekend, yours truly ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon. Of course, 13.1 miles is a long time to be moving – all the more reason to dress comfortably.
For one hour and 39 minutes, I wear-tested the New Balance Minimus Capri ($65) and Tonic Top ($44). Now, I realize most of you will not likely run for that long (at least not yet). However, both of these items are worth the mention, as they’re great picks for summer training.
What I liked about the Minimus Capri was its form fit. I’m one of those runners who goes for that aerodynamic feel, and if you’re the same way, you’ll like this capri, which conforms to the body, but doesn’t feel too tight.
I appreciated that the welded no-sew waistband didn’t rub against my skin – this feature is key during heavy-sweat sessions, as it’s designed to minimize chafing potential.
And after all that sweating, I was surprised that I didn’t permeate a “stay-away-from-me” smell. You know what I’m talking about. The fabric is charged with polygiene silver-ion technology, which is designed to help block odor.
As for the Tonic Top, the racerback design contributed to feeling unrestricted when driving my arms back and forth as I ran. The polyester and spandex combo felt lightweight, and the semi-fitted cut didn’t distract during movement. I didn’t have to worry about the material bunching up either, as the tank was looser toward the bottom and hit just below the hips.
The tank is tighter around the chest and built with an internal bra, though you’ll likely still want to wear a sports bra for additional support.