Gear Review – Saucony Transition Sportop II

One of the things I enjoy most about other blogs I read is the “Gear Review” section.  It’s great to read a description of a product on the internet or even a short review a user will be kind enough to fill out, but a lot of times, you don’t get all the information you are looking for.  However, most [if not all] of my questions pertaining to fit, sizing, and performance are usually answered when I read the lengthy and informative reviews by fellow runner bloggers.

I purchased the Saucony Transition Sportop II about two weeks ago and was itching to receive it in the mail.  I am slowly building my winter wardrobe since I will be logging many more miles outside in the winter months this year (I do not have easy access to a gym).

I was looking for a long-sleeved running shirt that could be worn several ways:
– Alone (temps in the 40s)
– Over a base layer (temps in the mid 30s)
– Under a jacket or warm outer layer  (temps below 30)

The Saucony Transition Sportop II does all of these!!

Features:
– Semi-fitted: Plenty of room to wear a shirt (or two) underneath but fitted enough to be a layer under a jacket
Thumb-holes: Perfect for cold weather to prevent your wrists and arms from getting cold
– Color: I purchased the Sportop in Pink Lemonade (shown above) – also available in 3 other colors (red, ViZiPRO orange, and light blue)
High-Neck: Great to keep your neck warm on cooler days
– Length:  Slightly longer in the back then the front; Covers my hips and backside (which I prefer during cold weather)
– Zipper: Great for longer runs (see photo below). I unzipped mine after I warmed up during the 25k Trail Race on Saturday. 
Patterned Lightweight Mesh: Wicks away moisture
Zippered Pocket: [Although I’m  not a fan of running with things in my pockets,] there is a small one located at the back right – great for ID, gel, or small bills.

One of the best parts about the Saucony Transition Sportop II was the price tag – originally $50 but on sale for $38.  And if you use coupon code “Mileposts” (coupon expires 12/31/11) you will save an additional 15% (ends up being around $33.30).  *Coupon code courtesy of Mile-Posts

If you have any questions about this product, please let me know!!

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    2. I have a very similar version (maybe different year?) of this top. It is hands down my go-to top in winter. Love the thumbholes and love that it has a back zipper pocket. I think I like your color better, though!

    3. My biggest problem can be the high neck which is hard for a lot of running winter gear. It just really bothers my neck :( Never know what to do about this. I am so troublesome lol. But otherwise looks great!