Justin’s guide to long sleeved shirts
It may not feel quite like October just yet here in Richmond, but cooler days are coming and it’s time to start thinking about what you will be wearing as the temperature continues to drop. I am going to review a handful of the apparel pieces that we carry here at RoadRunner. Before we take a look at the apparel I would also like to remind you of a few good general rules when considering how much to wear. Throughout my running career, I’ve always found that it is beneficial to dress as if it is 15 degrees warmer outside than it really is. Keep in mind that this will undoubtedly vary from person to person, but generally you will be warmed up after a couple miles and you certainly don’t want to overheat. Dressing in layers can also be helpful as you can take away or add clothing depending on how you feel. But, if you are like me and really don’t want to overheat in this transitional weather phase, I highly suggest wearing either a singlet or short sleeve shirt with the addition of arm warmers. This provides some separation and allows a lot of venting to keep you cool after you have warmed up. And, worst case scenario, you can just simply roll down the arm warmers. Now, on to the apparel.
Nike Printed Miler Long Sleeve $50
Like all of our Nike apparel, this piece is made with Nike’s Dri-FIT (100% polyester) fabric to wick the moisture away and help keep you cooler, drier, and more comfortable. The shirt features a crew neck with interior taping as well as flat-seam construction throughout to increase comfort and minimize chafing. It has some reflective elements, though not as much as some of the other pieces we carry. The fit of this shirt is slightly looser than its Knit counterpart. It is topped off with Nike’s stylish screen print, available in two colors here at the store. With its lightweight feel and exceptional breathability, I would recommend this piece coupled with shorts for one of the earlier chilly nights we’ll be seeing here soon.
Nike Dri-Fit Knit Long Sleeve $80
The Knit long sleeve shirt is composed of 56% Dri-FIT polyester and 44% nylon. It offers a seamless construction for an added comfortable fit and less irritation from chafing. The tri-blend construction provides an ultra-soft feel that moves with you on your runs. The Knit is also engineered to enhance the overall breathability of a running top. It has open mesh texture on the sides, under the arms, and over the forearms to keep the air flowing and keep you cool as your run progresses. Additional reflective elements provide for extra visibility and safety in low light situations. It has a cord management loop on the center back of the neck to make phone or music cords less distracting. The Knit feels a bit more substantial than the Miler above, and with the more fitted construction and ultra-soft feel, this piece would be my pick from Nike for those colder, longer runs.
Adidas Supernova Long Sleeve $45
This piece from Adidas allows you to avoid overheating with its ventilated Climacool fabric. Climacool combines performance fabrics including open mesh and ventilation channels to help keep cool air flowing in and heat and sweat flowing out. The Formotion construction is three-dimensionally engineered to follow the natural movement of your body, providing an enhanced fit and much greater comfort in motion. This shirt features a crewneck with interior tape for added comfort and minimal chafing. Contrast stripes on the front add some pop to this piece, and it also has sizeable reflective elements on the side to help keep you of harm’s way. The shirt is composed of 95% polyester and 5% elastane. The fit of this piece is excellent, however, I would definitely suggest trying it on as it does fit a little long.
The North Face Impulse Active Long Sleeve $60
These North Face tops utilize a multi-fabric construction. The body of the shirt contains 100% polyester knit material and the panels of the shirt are 100% polyester knit including the FlashDry technology. FlashDry fabric features a microporous particle additive that accelerates the removal of moisture from the skin and also speeds up evaporative drying. So this material enables the athlete to stay drier, more comfortable, and outside performing longer in a wider range of weather climate conditions and environments. FlashDry adds no excess weight or extra bulk and it is permanently embedded within the yarn and will not wash out. This piece is slightly more fitted throughout the shoulders and features a more breathable panel along the back of the shirt as well as reflective logos and thumbholes.
The North Face Isotherm Long Sleeve $90
The Isotherm’s story is similar to the Impulse shirt, with comfort and breathability staying the main theme. Here, we have a construction of 56% merino wool, 37% polyolefin, and 7% polyester knit on the body of the shirt, with 100% polyester knit with FlashDry on the panels. The merino wool blend will help you prepare for colder runs by keeping you warm and regulating your core temperature at the same time. The shirt’s body-mapped construction provides a lightweight level of warmth without compromising its breathability. Breathable knit panels wrap around the neck, down the center of the back, along the sides, and under the arms for excellent moisture control and management.