Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Performance Review: Pace Rival Run Crops

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I took my new Pace Rival run crops on a couple of training runs last week to test them out. One was a three mile indoor run at my gym and the other was an outdoor six mile run at the beach. For the three mile, the temp was about 86 degrees outside. The beach day started out in the high sixties and finished in the low seventies. For both runs, I paired the crops with a Mesh What the Sport SS top. I couldn't be more pleased with the crops - the waistband is very comfy, they didn't slip at all, the mesh at the back of the knees let in some welcome cooling, and there are five pockets. I put my phone and ipod in the hip pockets and both were very secure, particularly the heavier phone which didn't move around at all. For the beach run, I had my large car key remote in the back zipper pocket along with ID and cash and some gel blocks in the front pocket.

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As you can see I bought the Wee Space version of the Pace Rival crops. Currently, these are only in US stores. This material is regular luxtreme and like most Wee Space luxtremes tends to feel lighter than regular luxtreme and a lot lighter than full on luxtreme. The Wee Space is opaque and gives good camouflage to leg imperfections. It also buttery soft but a bit less compressive than other luxtremes. I like to use my Wee Space run crops in the summer because of the lighter material. The Pace Rivals were decently cool, given how long they are. The circle mesh on the back of the leg gives some nice cooling. I did find myself becoming a little warmer once I turned inland and lost the ocean breeze but if you like to run in crops these are a good choice for warmer weather running. All in all, the Pace Rivals are a very nice successor to the Inspires though I do find the styling at the leg opening a bit generic, unlike the Inspire's easily identifiable arc. 

PS - On a related note, the Mesh What the Sport Tees have become my favorite run top - great wicking, breathability, and they don't ride up.  You can wear a Ta Ta Tamer without it showing. The lighter colors are a bit see-through, though. I've already bought all three colors and would love to get more.



8 comments:

Melissa said...

How is the rise? I know you said they didn't slip and it says Medium but compared to, say, Wunder Under Medium, is it higher? My one gripe with Inspires was they always fell down on me :( Curious to try these ...

LuluAddict said...

It's a little bit higher. I measured the rise in the front and back - in another post - and they're both longer than the Inspires. http://www.luluaddict.com/2015/06/pace-rival-crops-try-on-report-and.html

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the spectacular review! I like my inspires, but somehow got the non-mesh variety, so I've been meaning to get new ones. This review sold me on the pace rival! I like that they're a bit higher rise because they also slide down off of my waist -I think because I'm more hour glass shaped?

Lisa Houle said...

I just received my Pace Rivals in the mail today!! I love them! They are the perfect replacement for the wee space Run for Fun crops I sold and later regretted. The waist is higher, but I just fold it down.

Luli Designs said...

Great review, thank you. As for the mesh What the Sport Tee, what are the three colors that it comes in as Canada has only got the grapefruit so far.

LuluAddict said...

@Luli- Black and Blush Quartz. The BW is a bit see-through.

Luli Designs said...

Thanks!

Hannah Birge said...

Have you tried moving comfort's Fiona bra yet? I was a tats tamer fan until I discovered the Fiona for running -it's seriously so so good. Thanks for this review. I getting closer to being sold on these; I just want to see more photos online before I bite the bullet!