Athleta Winter Running Shirt Review
As it has become clear from the other posts on this blog, this group of gals really likes to talk about running clothes. And from that, I recently discovered Athleta, including skorts, capris, knickers, and tanks. And I’ve been happy with my purchases from Athleta – especially the unstinkable items. I do not sweat a lot when I exercise, so I am able to wear these items two or more times before throwing them in the washer. What a bonus – less laundry at the end of the week!
Now that I’ve put away summer and fall running gear, it’s time to add winter running shirts to my collection. Since I’m not close to an Athleta store, all my shopping is done online and I rely in great part on the reviews before making a purchase. I have a smaller build (5’ 4” and, depending on the day, weigh approximately 115 pounds) and tried all of the items in size small. We could not try all of the tops. So, based on customer reviews and online descriptions from Athleta, I tried three tops, the Taped Chi, the Fast Track, and the Embodiment. MB also tried the taped Chi. Here’s what I thought!Taped Chi Top
The Taped Chi top comes in great, bright colors: macaw blue, fire red, electric yellow and tried the blue. I am all about getting rid of my boring black running clothes! This top does have the unstinkable feature and thumbholes are an added bonus that will keep the sleeves in place and help keep hands warm. I also liked the material, and it should work for running outdoors, but I did not get that far. The top was too low cut for me. If you want your chest covered when working out, this shirt will not work for you, and I could not get past that. (MB may disagree — look for her review for her thoughts!)
Fast Track TopI ordered the much and highly reviewed Fast Track in another fun color – Cosmic Orange Heather! I really liked the styling a features on this one, from the way it was gathered at the waist to the thumbholes and silicone dots on the hem that should keep the shirt from riding up. Note that this shirt is described as next to skin fit, and that’s what I got with a size small. So if you want a looser fit, size up! Like the Chi, this top did not make it out on a run. I thought the material was quite “see through.” And while many of my summer running shirts are very thin, this is not what I wanted in a winter running shirt. Also note that there is no reflectivity.
Embodiment TopThe Embodiment top is new, so there were no reviews, and it is offered only in white, black, and red.While there are fewer fun colors, there is decorative stitching on the body of the shirt and sleeves. Like the Fast Track, this top has great features. It is unstinkable, has thumbholes and a stay put gripper at the hem. Also like the Fast Track, this is a next to skin fit shirt, so size up if you don’t like that. But that’s where the similarities end. The material on this top is heavy enough for winter runs — reminding me of long johns. I’ve worn this shirt three times now. The first run was a ten-mile run in 45 degrees, then a 5K race in 29 degrees, and finally 10 miles in 37 degrees. I wore a running jacket over the shirt on each of the runs. The grippers kept the shirt in place, the thumbholes helped keep my hands warm when I took off my gloves, and I stayed warm on each of the runs. What more could you want (other than more fun colors)! This shirt is a keeper!
Check out our summary chart by clicking here and let us know what your go to tops for winter are!