New Balance Shirred Waist Block Capri
I love when a product does what it says it can do. I know that seems like a simple concept. But I’ve found that so many products promise so much and don’t deliver. That is not the case with these New Balance running capris.
I have been a runner, off and on, for most of my life. I would say that in the last 3-4 years, I have become seriously dedicated to running. And for those 3-4 years, I have sworn by lightweight running shorts that do not have an ounce of spandex in them. My anti-spandex and anti-capri style/long pants attitude stems from the fact that I live in Florida and it is HOT here! Because of the heat, I didn’t like the idea of long pants. Because of the memory of bad ’80s hair bands, I didn’t like the idea of spandex. In the winter, I have to admit that I have tried running in plain long black cotton spandex, but I am not a fan of the fit. So, with that said, I’ve always opted for free flowing running shorts. That is, until this weekend. I decided to buy a pair of the New Balance shirred waist block capri style running pants. I was beyond skeptical. However, my transformation began in the fitting room. I slid them on and immediately felt a difference. They fit like a glove and they were surprisingly comfortable. Of course, there is only so much I could tell from a few minutes in the fitting room. The real test was obviously to run in them.
I got up the next morning excited to wear my new running gear. The tag on the capris described them as having “Lightning Dry” fabric that “wicks away sweat so that you remain cool”. To me, this is a tall order. After each run, I come home with clothes that stick to my body, with sweat being the adhesive. To my surprise, the capris did not stick to my body in that way. I mean, they are spandex, so they are tight fitting. I’m not sure how the technology of the capris works, but as I was running (in the Florida heat), my legs actually felt cool for the entire run (I ran 5K that morning). Another bonus was that the capris stayed put for the entire run. As you can imagine, this is a pleasant change from plain black cotton stretch pants which have issues like sagging at the ankle and riding down at the waist. These capris come in a variety of bright colors like Diva Pink or Orange Pop. Most of the color is on the top band with traces of color on the leg seams. I paid $20 for my Diva Pink pair.
Overall, I would definitely give these a 10 out of 10 (if there were an official ratings system). Though I really love the lightness of my old running shorts, I believe I have converted into a capri wearing runner, or more specifically, a New Balance capri wearing runner. Happy running everyone!