|Base Runner Pants (store photo, not me)|
I got to try on the new Base Runner pants today. They were super soft and maybe a bit thicker than last year's version. I also thought they were longer and the waistband seemed more relaxed. This year's release pooled at my ankles and last year's stopped at my ankles (I'm 5'5"). This year's does not have any ribbing on them. Here are some comparison photos between the two releases.
|Waistband - 2014 Base Runner - no ribbing.|
|Waistband - 2013 Base Runner - ribbed inner band.|
Top photo - waistband on the new Black Base Runner Pants. Bottom photo is last year's pair (and yes, I have the dreaded rolling).
|2014 Base Runner - plain side panel and pocket trim.|
|2013 Base Runner - ribbed side panel|
|2013 Base Runner - ribbed pocket detail|
The top photo is the side panel running down the leg on the new Base Runners. The second and third photos show the ribbed panel and pocket detail on last year's Base Runners.
|2104 Base Runner - ankle detail and reflective strip|
|2013 Base Runner - no reflective strip|
The 2014 Base Runners have a horizontal reflective strip on the calf. The bottom cuff looks identical, though it looks like the leg on the 2013 tapers more than the new ones.
|Inside of the 2014 Base Runner Pants - super soft.|
|Inside of the 2013 Base Runner Pants|
Comparison of the backside of the black rulu (i.e., the inside of the pant). This year's seem softer and thicker than last year's.
Even though I fully intended on exchanging my Turn Around Tights for a new pair of Base Runners I ended up leaving them at the store. The longer length made them look too sloppy on me and I felt I already have enough sloppy looking cozy sweat pants at home, especially at the pricey $108 point. I may change my mind later. They are wonderfully cozy but I think I can live without them, especially since I already have a pair.
(PS - If anyone has both versions of the Base Runners, can you comment in as to whether there has been a change in the length? Also, whether the waistband seems more relaxed. I might need to drag my old pair to the store for a closer comparison but if anyone knows right now I am dying of curiosity as to whether I imagined the differences. Thanks!)
There is a new neon reddish-pink short sleeve Swiftly in the stores. The color code is HMNJ but it looks identical to the above Swiftly which is called Space Dye Heathered Atomic Red on the Australian website. Some people think it resembles Flash.
Instead of Base Runner pants I ended up getting these Black Grape/Berry Yum Manifesto Camo Go the Distance Shorts. I kind of forgot about this new style until I was looking through the shorts cubbies in the stores for new colors. I think these might be my most favorite short style yet. I did a big comparison of run short styles back in May but I'll make an update this week to add these in. I haven't worn them around yet so can't tell if they have any annoying flaws. I have soured a bit on Tracker IIs because of the pokey elastic waistband issue. The Run Times have a better waistband but are too narrow in the thigh for me. These are not lined and a couple of the online reviews mentioned that people like to layer these over spandex shorts or crops. We're supposed to have warm weather this week so I'll be able to try them out. I think if you have larger thighs these are a nice choice. They have a 5" inseam and 28" leg opening, so are very roomy. I also like the way the back hangs. The Tracker IIs tend to give everyone diaper butt, whether you fill them out or not. Anyone have these?
PS - Oh yes, I also tried on the Coco Pique/Black Race Your Pace Half Zip and found the arm seams just as scratchier as other versions of this top. I didn't really love the blocking on this either. The winner for coco pique is the Race Your Pace LS.