URBAN RUN 2in1 Shorts 11″
Trend-setter. A little longer baggy running shorts for the urban fitness runner. Cool look, lightweight and stretchy, they set a trend designed with extremely lightweight and stretchy inner tights. Inseam length 28 cm (11 inches). â€“
- 2 front pockets
- Inseam length 28 cm / 11 inches
- Reflective print on side
- Stretch material for more freedom of movement
- Partial mesh inserts for better ventilation
- Adjustable elastic waistband with flat cord
- Fixed inner tights
- Zip pocket on back
See more atÂ http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/URBAN-RUN-2in1-Shorts
URBAN RUN Shirt long
Mainstream is out of fashion. Long sleeve running shirt with merino wool for the urban fitness runner. A cool look, soft touch, and the reduced weight sets a standard in cool conditions
- Side zip pocket
- Reflective tape at hem
- Ventilation holes under the armpits
- Media pocket with cable outlet
- Bonding tapes
- Reflective print on back
- Reflective print on back
- Sleeve hem with thumbhole
- Reflective logo on back
See more atÂ http://www.goreapparel.co.uk/URBAN-RUN-Shirt-long
We Say – I’ve been wearing this shirt and short combination for the last 5 months. Â It’s an outfit aimed at the city-based runner, perhaps somebody who runs to and from work, but I decided on the long short and long sleeved shirt style as I was due to be travelling to several countries, some of which had conservative rules about dress and covering knees and arms, and I wanted to keep my running training up everywhere I went without causing unnecessary offence.
Since I always travel as light as possible, I also wanted to be able to use the kit for general sightseeing so that I didn’t have to take too many clothes. That meant it had to look good as well as being modest enough to allow me into religious complexes.
The countries I travelled to were Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, England and Italy.
In Italy I was in Rome, where it was hot but you had to cover up below the knees if you want to visit any of the churches. So this outfit worked in that situation, as the shorts are just long enough to reach below the knee if you don’t wear them high on the waist. I also had to keep my training up there for the autumn marathon season so what better wayÂ to do it than a few laps of the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman stadium just below Palatine Hill and south of the mighty ColosseumÂ (ok, the Roman’s favored chariot races over athletics but it was a cool place to run all the same!).
I gave the outfit a rinse after each run and it was ready to wear as travel daywear if needed, which it was when I had no clean clothes left in the wardrobe. It does look a little creased if you just rinse it and leave it over the wardrobe to dry, but I guess if you’re that bothered about that you could always find one of the hotel staff to iron it for you. Personally, I’m not bothered by that sort of thing.
In Morocco you’re expected to cover up arms and knees. They have a strong athletics culture there so they’re used to seeing people in shorts and vests but still, much of my running was in a village situation and people are still very traditional in some places. The temperatures were usually up around the 35 degree mark but I found the clothes dealt well with it; obviously I sweated lots but I didn’t chaff at all.
I also wanted to be as inconspicuous as possible at times and staying covered up was one way of doing that. It’s not that I’m ultra politically correct and want to please the locals all the time, it’s just that for over a weekÂ we were in drug growing areas and the people who live here don’t want westerners nosing around their marijuana plantations, even if they’re just running through on a training jog. The stares they often gave me as I passed were, quite frankly, near-murderous and they would probably have been worse had I been half dressed. If you look at the photo above, the light green field between me and the forested mountain is a marijuana plantation. It was growing all around our hotel for miles, even if you went for an innocent stroll you couldn’t avoid it.
The shirt deals well with hiking situations, as you can see above, and below. It kept me protected from the sun and relatively cool. In Morocco the temperature was, as I’ve said, around 35 degrees, whilst in Sri Lanka, below, it was only 30 most of the time but felt more like 40. Here I am after a 4 hour steamy jungle hike, I’m looking spritely half because the clothes kept me cool and half because I’d just gorged myself on fresh mango (you can still see some of it smeared around my mouth)
Sri Lanka isn’t nearly as severe in it’s religion as Morocco but still, if your run takes in a church or mosque as well as a beach, it’s good to be respectful.
So finally, my use of the clothes in England has been mostly road running, and it’s been great for that. I never chaff until I get to the 20 mile mark – and even that can be fended off by using Vaseline – I’m comfortable throughout and if at some point I’m in a busy area – which often I am as I live close to a town centre – I feel more happy to be wearing these clothes than if I were in tight running lycra. I have also used the shorts for swimming as I find they keep things modest looking, they hang like well tailored shorts so there are no unsightly bulges; here I am having just swum across the Medway Estuary in Kent.
So, I think I’ve given this Gore Running Urban Wear a good test out and my opinion is that it’s quality, multi-purpose running/general tourism wear that’s going to last, and stay looking good, for years. It’s not cheap kit,Â Gore don’t try to compete with anybody on price, they produce innovative, top quality gearand very few other companies do that so when you see the price tag of their clothes (the shorts currently retail for around Â£85) and wince, you’ve got to remember that you’re buying the best and something unique that’s been engineered to last. Mine still look and feel greatÂ even after all this use and I’m expecting to be wearing them for urban running and general tourism wear for years to come. They’ve got the quality to last and also the look (black never goes out of fashion, neither does the simple cut that the style embraces).
I’ve just got some more Gore Running Wear to serve me in the autumn marathon and trail running season, it’s my favourite brand at the moment and I thoroughly recommend it.