Running in Wool

12 Jun

I think I’ve run in just about every type of technical wear known to man, but would never have imagined wearing a wool blend to run in this brutal heat and humidity (it’s been in the 90’s in the D.C. area).

This all changed when I stopped by the Clarendon Eastern Mountain Sports (better known as EMS) over lunch yesterday.    After browsing the racks for a couple of minutes, one of the helpful sales reps convinced me to try the wool-poly blend tanks in the super-sale section.   Originally designed as hiking/travel tees, these shirts are built for performance.  Despite my initial doubts and  the odd sizing (I found the medium to be a bit roomy and long), I ended up grabbing two in size small. 

I did a quick 5k that evening (the first mile with the dog…it was too hot for her to run any further), and had a great experience with the tank.  Not only did the fabric not get sticky and clingy, it was very breathable…even as I drenched myself in sweat.

Here’s a post-workout shot (sorry for the self-taken closeup, my kids…who normally help take these types of photos…were all at the pool).

If you’re interested, these tanks are available (both at EMS stores and online here) at a significantly reduced price of  just under 18 bucks…that’s a 40% discount!  Stock up while you can!  

Happy Running!


6 Responses to “Running in Wool”

  1. 'ama_runs June 14, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I’ve heard running in wool is great, even in the heat (which seems completely counter-intuitive to me). Was considering wool arm sleeves, but maybe I’ll try a top instead. Thanks for the review!

    • katefsummers June 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      I was really surprised, too! Glad EMS talked me into it. I’ve had a couple great runs in my wool tanks already!

  2. Coco June 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    I ordered a top – and a skort to get free shipping. 🙂

    • katefsummers June 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Awesome! I think you’ll love the top. If not, you can always return locally (store is in Clarendon). Enjoy!

  3. Coco July 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I have to let you know that I LOVE the top! I got a sleeveless one on-line and then went to the store and got a short-sleeve version that is more work appropriate. 😉

    • katefsummers July 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Yes! Ran in my top yesterday in 100 degree weather. I actually went back to the store and bought the matching skirt. So cute!

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