Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RaceReady Product Reviews

RaceReady was founded in Los Angeles in 1993 by accomplished runners and strives to live up to the motto that “RaceReady stands for excellence in running apparel.” Their promise to runners is to use ultra-lightweight and lightweight materials, use advanced moisture-wicking fabric technologies, provide value-added features such as UPF protection, odor-control and reflection in our products, and to manufacture 100% of their products in the USA.

In my ongoing attempt to try out as much endurance gear as possible, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I got my hands on RaceReady products. For this test, I received a pair of LD Easy Shorts and a Running Singlet.

RaceReady LD Shorts

If you are training for a marathon or longer distance, these shorts should be on your list to try. A 3M reflective logo improves visibility and thus safety at night. They feature ultra-lightweight MicroMove wicking fabric and a breathable, non-chafing CoolMax Liner. The 4" inseam means less fabric to chafe the thighs. 5 patented rear mesh pockets and 2 front pockets (actually on the sides) offer a variety of options to carry phones, iPods, and nutrition.

The shorts were really comfortable -- the inseam seemed longer than 4" to me, though it was never bothersome. My Blackberry fit comfortably in the velcroed pockets and felt comfortable on my hip -- I could feel it was still there, but it never bounced or bothered me in any way. Laima's iPhone was a much tighter fit, but she has a protective case, so she'd have to take it off for this to work.The mesh pockets in the back fir all sorts of things, even room for sunflower seeds I picked on a run (always looking for fun plants to grow!).

RaceReady LD Shorts + Running Singlet

Ultra-lightweight, moisture-wicking, odor control – that’s as basic as a singlet gets. Made of Readytech Aries Fabric, this shirt hangs comfortably and does not lose shape as it gets soaked. I felt the only negative was that my Large fit well in all ways except for length, I would have liked it to be a bit longer – a minor problem, and not really too short, just not to my preferred length. Otherwise a good addition to the running wardrobe.

I used my RaceReady gear in all sorts of weather, from hot summer days to cool and wet fall mornings, and it responded well on its own or as a layer under other gear. RaceReady makes simple, functional gear, and are a good option for everyone to try!

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(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of RaceReady. 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 websites, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. LOL - my first thought with those loaded down pockets was that I hoped you had the drawstring tied tightly or they might shimmy down as you ran. But serious - people who make running clothes should take note because there are never enough pockets and the few that are there are never big enough. I don't know anyone who doesn't need to carry something at least most of the time.

  2. THis definitely brings back memories for me. Did my first marathon in 1998 and back then, Race Ready was the only game in town if you wanted to stash stuff on long runs. I don't think I even realized they were still around!

  3. I love RaceReady shorts. Not only are they so useful with all of those pockets but they last a long time too. I think I bought my first pair around 1994 at a marathon expo and they lasted for years.


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