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!!
- 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