Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brooks Running Winter Gear Product Review Part II

Just in time for the cold weather rolling into the Midwest (literally freezing this morning), Brooks Running sent me a goodie box with some winter weight gear to try out - the all new Infiniti Hybrid Wind Shirt, the Silver Bullet Wind Pant, and Silver Bullet Jacket. All three are some of the softest running gear I've ever tried, really cozy in the fall and wintry air. Nice addition to the Brooks Running Winter gear I reviewed back in March.


Men's Infiniti Hybrid Wind Shirt ($80.00 )

Designed to keep you warm on even the windiest days, this shirt’s wind-resistant woven fabric combined with stretch knit panels deflects and protects, so the elements won't slow you down.

• Fit: Semi-fitted
• Hybrid wind resistant woven/stretch knit panels
• Articulated sleeves with thumbholes
• ¾ front zipper for extra breathability
• Hidden back zip pocket
• 360° of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity

This is a versatile piece in that can be worn by itself, over a baselayer for added warmth, and as a mid-layer under a jacket. One thing that Brooks is starting to do more often is to add thumb loops to their long sleeve gear, which is something I wholeheartedly endorse. The only negatives regarding this shirt is that the 1/4 length zip is not enough for such a hot runner like myself, but does spill some heat for relief, and the lack of a chest or arm pocket. The lone zippered pocket is found in the lower back, which I don't like to use, as the hem then sways while running. Still a great addition to the fall and winter wardrobe.


Silver Bullet Wind Pant ($120.00)

Great winter pant combines Silver Bullet fabric for protection against water, wind and cold; with a soft brushed thermal knit fabric paired with wind and water blocking protection.

• Fit: Semi-fitted
• 28" Inseam (medium)
• Aluminum membrane creates more warmth with minimal weight
• Stretch knit panels and articulated knees for maximum movement
• Windproof and water-resistant
• 360° of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
• 9" offset ankle zippers with reflectivity

These are both comfortable and bizarrely designed pants. I really appreciate the fleecy softness on the inside paired with the windblocking outside, but for some reason (not one I can figure out myself), the protective layer is left open just below the knees, creating a pocket, as it were. Haven't figured out a benefit yet. Laima received the Women's Silver Bullet Tights for review over at Women's Endurance Gear, and they had the same feature (?). Excepting that oddity, these pants do their intended job and more - I've run in wet circumstances down to 40 degrees, and they are still too warm. These will be awesome once truly cold weather arrives!


Men's Silver Bullet Jacket ($150.00)

Proving that less really is more, this super-lightweight run jacket packs a big punch with a high tech aluminum membrane so you can stay warm without adding extra layers.

• Fit: Semi-fitted
• Aluminum membrane creates more warmth with minimal weight
• Windproof and water-resistant
• 360° of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
• Cozy cuffs with thumbholes and flip-mitt
• Venting at back arm holes
• Moisture-proof media pocket

This is a really amazing garment to me - so incredibly lightweight, it doesn't seem possible that it could keep one warm down to 40 degrees. However, I ran with it in below 40 degree weather, in the rain, and was both dry and too warm with just a thin long sleeve baselayer underneath. Great performance! Incredibly soft inside, I think I wear this as much for casual outings as I do for running - the thumb loops are a great addition, but I'm not sold on the flip-mitts. While they are a great idea, they seem too small to be comfortable. Perhaps my hands are just larger for the intended audience.

As always, you get the Brooks True Blue Guarantee -- All products come with a no-questions-asked, 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Check out Brooks Running on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Sources:
http://www.brooksrunning.com/

(Disclaimer: I was sent these products for free to review on my blog - courtesy of Brooks Running, via Maloney + Fox. I did not pay for the items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. Brooks always seems to do well with the winter warmer garments.

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  2. I have to agree with the hot runner:)

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  3. I'm in pretty dire need of winter gear (as a newbie living in the midwest - below freezing this morning). I appreciate the reviews, but the price points of so much of the gear I need is killing me. Good to know they are fine below 40° as above 40 I can still wear a lot less gear.

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  4. Nice write ups Kovas. I'm looking to run outside as long as it's above 0 Fahrenheit this year and I'll keep this Brooks gear in mind when I start shopping. It was only 26F here this morning so I'm already starting to bundle up.

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