Thursday, May 29, 2014

Try On Report: Run a Marathon Crop, Dart and Dash Short, Runner Up Tank and SS, Varsity Short, Fast and Free Jacket, and More

I went to the store today to return the Wamo Camo Water Bound Singlet I ordered and try on the latest items. I wasn't expecting to come home with the Dart and Dash short since I didn't like them much the last time they were out in 2012 but they've raised the rise a bit (see link and below) so decided to give these a try for summer running. I bought the solid black.

The Dart and Dash are described as low rise on the website but the tag says they are medium. Funnily enough, this is the opposite problem the 2012 Dart and Dashes had - the website called them medium rise but they were low rise.

Dart and Dash Block It Pocket (2014):
Front Rise: 9"
Rear Rise: 10.5"

2012 Dart and Dash:
Front Rise: 7"
Rear Rise: 9.5"

I'm planning to wear them for my run tomorrow morning so I should have some feedback for you then.

I also tried on three of the four Runner Up Tanks in black, Cool Breeze, and Aquamarine. This tank is very similar to the old Energy SL tank which I loved so much I owned four of them. I only sold them because they got too big for me. I ended up getting the black one today, even though it has words on it. The black on black is a very subtle look and I didn't care for the other colors it comes in. I'd say the fit on these tanks is a roomy TTS. They are fantastic run tanks - so light it's like you are wearing nothing. The only drawback I'd say is that the lighter colors like the Medium Gray and Cool Breeze will dampen noticeably with sweat. 

I also tried on the Runner Up SS in the Aquamarine and the Medium Gray. This top fits a lot snugger than the tank, particularly in the sleeves - the sleeves look snug on the woman in the above photo and if you go back through previous photos you'll see the sleeves are snug in a lot of the photos. I think maybe the armholes are kind of small, too. I'd say this top is a snuggish TTS.

I tried on two colors in the Run a Marathon crops, solid Black and the Pretty Palm print ones. I don't think the website is quite correct on the fabrics used in these. The black have a full on luxtreme back panel only and the Pretty Palm prints ones are all full on luxtreme.

I liked the solid black crops with the regular luxtreme front thigh since they felt noticeably cooler than the Pretty Palm crops. I really like the coverage the full on luon gives on the backside and thighs. I wasn't a fan of the print in the Run a Marathon crop since the back of the leg has a lot of black mesh and it seems to break the leg up oddly. I can't remember now why I didn't like the Run A Marathons last time they were out but the black ones seemed fine to me. I don't need more black run crops right now but I'd probably get a pair if I saw them on the markdown rack. I know people have been commenting that they don't care for the low rise too much but it seemed fine to me. The fit was TTS.

My store had a lone pair of Wamo Camo Inspire crops. These crops are solid full on luon and felt just like my Secret Garden Inspires. I thought they fit TTS. 

I tried on the Fast and Free jacket and was underwhelmed by it. It's a nice lightweight wind breaker but I'd prefer to see pockets that zip up and a way to secure or store the hood. The Aquamarine (and I think all the jackets) had the cheesy shiny plastic zipper that I don't care for. If a jacket is designated as a run jacket, I really like to see a zipper pocket in the middle of the back to store my phone. The jacket ran a roomy TTS.

Another surprise of the trip was how much I liked the Varsity shorts. I think they give you total long and flat mom-butt since they are so high waisted and plain the back but you can negate that by pulling your shirt over the shorts. I was surprised to find they ran large because in most of the photos they look snug and the pockets are gaping on people. However, an ed told me most people are sizing down in them. If they came in more compelling colors I probably would have bought a pair on the spot since they seemed so comfy but for right now they are staying in the store.

I know a lot of people love the Stuff Your Bra but I am not one of them. I find the support not as great as in the Energy bra and this bra gives me armpit fat since it doesn't come up that high in the armpit and/or the weight of my breasts is pulling the bra down.

I just want to add a performance report for the Water Bound bra. I've run (!) in this bra twice now and couldn't love it more. Running in a shelf bra is a new experience for me because (as a natural 36DD) I have a low tolerance for jiggle. I have only run in Ta Ta Tamers up until now. However, the burlap print Water Bound bra has stiff enough straps that it gives me very good support. I found the Wamo Camo Water Bound to have be not quite as supportive as the Burlap but it is still very good and the shorter straps of the design makes the girls sit up nice and high on the chest. The Blue Tropics is the stretchiest and most comfortable of the Water Bround bras. I won't lie, I was very aware of the strap configuration on my back when I first put on the Water Bound bra. I've grown used to it now but it might take some getting used to when you first wear the Burlap or Wamo Camo bra.

I also wore my black Water Bound Singlet for a run at the gym the other day. The tank is nice and light but I didn't care for how it stuck to me once it got wet with sweat. However, it did dry quickly and is a comfortable lightweight tank. I'd like to give this tank another try on an outside run where I suspect the air movement will keep the tank from getting too wet and sticky.


Anonymous said...

I loved the Dart and Dash short...until I saw my rear end in them. Made my size 0 butt look HUGE., who wants that. It was not an attractive look at all! Bummer - I would love a pair of run compression shorts for a change from speeds.

I didn't like the Run A Marathon Crop in the Palm Print either. The pattern went white when it was put on and like you said the blocking in the back made it look completely odd. I'll stick with the Mod Moves Crops. Much better crops IMO.

Good fit reports!

Anonymous said...

I'm so relieved to hear that you found the black marathon crops to be okay! I've only seen negative fit reviews and only for the pretty palm print and have been sweating getting my cadet blue order in since I live far from stores. I find I have to go down a size in running tights at lulu or I have to pull the waist up the whole time... fingers crossed that these work out for me :/

I picked up only the blue tropics water bound bra, contemplated the burlap too. Now burlap is sold out in my size! Glad I got the one though after hearing such great things from you!

Love the fit reviews, they are so so helpful!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, LLA, you did a great fit report! Thank you so much! I cannot wait to get home from vaca so I can run out to my store!

Anonymous said...

You rock! This is all great information. Thanks!!

Yes, the cadet groovy stripe inspires are in a store outside of Philadelphia. They have a full on luxtreme back panel. It looks like they are starting to do that on a lot of their crops which is great. Unfortunately the solid black ones didn't have it or else I would have snatched them up.

Anonymous said...

The run a marathon crops went down to $49 last time around and I think it was because of the seam around leg opening. It dug right in behind my knee and was extremely uncomfortable for running.

LFrich said...

Oh I don't care for those Run a Marathon crops. I bought them in a 6 and 8 because for running crops I am a 6 and WUs a 8.

I could not even get the 6s up my legs and the 8s were very tight as well. I got the palm print and it just didn't look good.

I will stick with the Inspires

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your report on the waterbound singlet. I tried it on and took it home loving it at that moment. Now I am having second thoughts... Thanks for your insight! I need to make a decision!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fit reviews LLA.

It's interesting about the low rise on the Run A Marathon crop - I love a low rise. The prior version actually has a higher rise. I'm OK with it but it's interesting that they changed it; I prefer it. I'm a (consistent) size 4 and my run a marathon crops do not dig in or bother behind my knees at all - these are absolutely comfortable crops for me in every way. Prior version I have no trouble getting them over my well developed calves either. I would definitely check out the current version, but would only buy the black...or maybe if they come out with another version, black with a different waistband (like the i's). Don't care for the palm print and cadet blue will show sweat.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the great fit reviews. Yeah, the black mesh on the pretty palm RAM crops is what bothered me. I ordered them just to see, but I'm already certain they'll be going back. I also ordered cadet blue so I'll how the fit is. I don't like low rise. I was very interested in the runner up tank in cool breeze, so you helped me decided to order in my TTS. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Awesome reviews. Thanks! LLA do you have a coastal tank? Wondering how the water bound singlet compares. My coastal tanks are my favorite thing to run in. Are the singlets essentially the same thing?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great blog!!!

I received my Run a Marathon Crops today along with the Dart and Dash shorts - both in black. The side pockets to hold my phone while trail running is why I wanted to check them out. I really like them both.

The Marathon crops are lightweight (love) and I, too, didn't find the rise all that low. I have a 33 inch inseam and worried about the knee length being too short but they hit me perfectly at the knee. I'm a big Inspires crop fan but these Marathon crops are pretty awesome - shorter and cooler for the summer, so stretchy they're not uncomfortable around the knee, and the pockets are just what I need.

I also like the Dart and Dash shorts. If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick the Marathon crops but on hotter days, the shorted length of the shorts is going to be really appealing. Both of these bottoms are luxtreme but the crops feel lighter and stretchier to me.