Under Armour Running Gear Review
Recently Under Armour sent us a large shipment of their winter running gear. With the weather being unseasonably warm it took us a little longer to try everything out. We picked some of our favorite items to highlight. Let’s start with the women’s pieces.
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The Cozy Crew is one of my favorite shirts ever. It’s fitted but not super tight. As UA says, next-to-skin without the squeeze. I wore this for several runs in the high 30s, low 40s. It’s perfect on it’s own, but also works well under a jacket for the colder days. The sleeves are designed with thumbholes (which I love) that help keep heat in. UA’s Moisture Transport System does a nice job of wicking away sweat and staying dry. I will definitely be wearing this shirt as a base layer in Baltimore this winter.
The Fly Fast ½ zip fits similarly to the Cozy Crew. It’s fitted. I typically wear it on its own, but you could wear a light tank or tee underneath. The fabric is super soft and stretches nicely. What’s unique about the Luminous ½ zip is the outer print that catches light — intended for better visibility. It’s a nice added feature for the early morning runs. This is a good option for the cooler days, but you’ll probably want something extra for any temps under 35 degrees.
The Fly Fast tights are full-length fitted tights with allover luminous print (lots of tiny reflective dots). At first I didn’t think I was going to like these tights, but that changed once I put them on. They fit really well and they’re amazingly comfortable. Most full length tights are way too long on me (yay for being 5’4″), but these worked. They’re a mix of polyester and elastane (spandex) with a 4-way stretch construction that stretches without losing compression. One thing to note about these tights is that they’re not meant for the real cold days. I’d wear them for weather in the high 30’s/low 40’s.
The Great Escape II shorts are a staple. They’re lightweight, breathable and comfortable. They’re designed with a wide, open leg design and a 3” inseam. I don’t like shorts that hug your thighs. These don’t hug your thighs. You have all the freedom in the world. The waistband sits low on the hips and comes with a drawstring so you can get a snug fit. There’s also a small pocket in the back, perfect for a key or GU. There’s no reason not to have a pair, in my opinion.
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The UA Storm WINDSTOPPER® 1/4 Zip is a tighter fit but not skin tight. The cut is flattering. The fit contributed to making this one of my favorite items UA sent. There is a lot of stretch in the fabric too. The WINDSTOPPER® panels in the 1/4 zip pull-over help to keep you comfortable during the run by doing what the name implies. The top has ample reflective details. The brushed interior of the shirt make it comfortable and help to keep you dry. The best part is this top layer is on sale now.
I am a big fan of the ColdGear® UA tights. They work well and last a long time. The Storm WINDSTOPPER® tights are a beefed up version of UA’s regular tights. The addition of the WINDSTOPPER® panels and reflective diamonds on the calves turn these tights into a must have for the coldest winter runs.
This jacket is tailored to an athletic fit, slim but not too tight. The quilted/insulated front paneling works well to block the wind and keep your core warm. The lighter panels on your arms, sides, and back help your skin breath and keep you from overheating. You can warm your hands in the zippered pockets or use them to store your running gear. With reflective elements, you will be safer on the road. The jacket looks good enough that you will be tempted to wear it even when you are not running.
Tights seem to last a long time. I am not sure if it is because I typically only wear them when the temps are under 45º F or because I have enough of them to rotate usage. A good pair of tights is worth the investment and essential for winter training. The Coldgear Infrared tights are around $70, and will most likely last longer than you will want to wear them. I have one pair of ColdGear tights that are 7 years old.
Thanks to the Under Armour team for the gear. We are going to love training in it over the winter. Under Armour also sent socks, gloves, and shirts. Everything performed well. The men’s loose fit shirts are a little big for Thomas’ preference, he would recommend trying a size down.
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