New Nike running apparel: pass up or play

This is Part II from the Nike media preview this spring, complement to my footwear review here.

Apparel

Nike Tech Women’s Running Capris

Nike Tech Women’s Running Capris

Via nuoiyen.edu.vn

$55

What: Running tights are hard to get right, and this item is where the higher price point is worth it. I have another pair of lower-end running tights that force me to wear underwear with them lest I make my lady parts angry. These running capris don’t. They’re made of polyester and spandex, which wick away sweat like it’s not even happening, and the seams are nice and flat. The separate, flat crotch area is breathable. The pair I received is technically a size too big, but it still somehow fits like a dream. The zippered pocket at the back waist is big enough for a key, lip balm and small pepper spray, yet it’s flush and flat (without those things, I mean). Airy mesh covers the back of the knees. The elastic waist is comfortable; the specs say there’s an interior drawcord, but mine doesn’t, for some reason. I’ve put this through the wash several times already. The two reflective strips on the sides of the knees are showing a little wear, but the rest of the capri looks and functions like new.

Pass up or play: PLAY

Nike Pro Women’s Training Bra

Nike Pro Women's Training Bra$28

What: I was excited at the preview to see bras constructed to hold even the most ornery breasts in place. That was the Nike Swift U-Back Bra. What did I get in my test bag? This standard-issue pull-over in size gigantic. Not only does this pliant, ubiquitous style of sports bra not help a cup size over the perkiest of Bs, the size ensured that I wouldn’t even be able to test the thing without getting two black eyes.

I politely asked a Nike media rep if they had a bra with more support for me to test, and one in the size I requested. I got the same bra, but one size smaller (size mega instead). At least it was in the more attractive “carbon heather” gray. I’m at least able to wear this one. To lift weights. Very slowly.

Pass up or play: Tiny boobies = PLAY; all others = PASS UP

Nike fall shoe and apparel lines in Boston

This girl loves shoes [the kind that RUNNN!], so I’m excited about heading to Boston this Saturday through Monday to check out a bunch. Nike’s fall shoe and apparel preview for media types is happening Boston Marathon weekend, so I’m also hoping to soak up some sweet, prime runner rays to fuel up my easily-depleted training tank. I’ll take motivation in any form I can get it, and where better than at one of the most high-tone marathons of ever?

I’ll be blogging (or blerging, as my husband calls it), picture-taking and generally acting as if I’ve just been let out of the basement and deposited directly into a world of hydration belts, Vaseline’d feet, high-end sports bras and GPS-enabled heart rate monitor watches. Should be fun.

*Disclaimer: Nike is paying for this trip, not me. It is
not affiliated with The Dallas Morning News. Readers of this blog shouldn’t be surprised if I end up liking some of Nike’s new products, and Nike shouldn’t be surprised if I end up panning some of their products. This blog is a “call-it-as-I-see-it” zone.