Sunday, May 06, 2018

ON Running Men's Apparel Review: Top Notch, Swiss Engineered Run Threads!

Article by Jeff Valliere and Sam Winebaum


ON Running Apparel
ON is well known for its Swiss Engineered running shoes. Of particular note are the shoes always spectacular uppers. So it is no surprise that ON has incredible run clothing. ON Running Pants (RTR review) have been a winter goto for the last two years for their light weight, wind resistance, and wide conditions and temperature range. On Running apparel is of the highest quality and comfort, is beautifully designed with excellent materials and features specific to running.  We think is worth its premium pricing.  We take a look at their 2018 men's apparel line with a review of the women's offerings also coming soon to RoadTrailRun.


ON Men's Performance T ($80)
Available at Running Warehouse here
PC: ON Running Performance T
Jeff: The ON Performance T is super light and very well ventilated.  Initially I was a bit surprised by the very unique feel, impossibly thin and making me wonder if it were made with recycled plastic.
Everything about this shirt is minimal, with a nearly non existent collar, arm hems and hemline, welded seams for comfort and a mesh back panel and laser perforations for ventilation. Comfort is as good or better than any shirt I have ever worn, venting in unrivaled, it is fast drying (almost instant) and to top it all off, the ON Performance T, in my opinion, is about the most stylish shirt in my overflowing drawer. Weight is nearly nothing and when running, it never crosses my mind that I am even wearing a shirt.

ON Men's Lightweight Shorts ($80)
Available at Running Warehouse here
PC: ON Running Lightweight Shorts
Jeff: Extremely light, minimal/breathable technical stretch polyamide and elastane blend materials with welded seams and a soft inner liner.  The waistband is wide and lays flat, with an easy to access tie-able cinch lace around the waist. The Lightweight Shorts are another piece of clothing that I don't even think about when running, feeling well ventilated and nearly non existent, allowing freedom of movement, great venting and quick drying.  The length is perfect for me, draping about mid thigh. There is one rear pocket, only big enough for a gel or two or car keys and if I could come up with one are for improvement, a pocket to fit an average size smartphone in case would be a welcome touch. Also one of the best looking shorts I own.


ON Men's Weather Jacket ($240)
Available at Running Warehouse here
PC: ON Running Weather Jacket
Incredibly lightweight, this jacket fits and feels more like a windshirt than a jacket.  The DWR material is adequate for intermittent weather or protection in moderate conditions.  
Venting and breathability are superb do to the vents around the chest and back, while still allowing for good wind protection in windy conditions.  
Fit is a great balance between being athletic (not baggy), while allowing for good freedom of movement and the ability to layer underneath.  
The cuffs are comfortable, well crafted and have a small elastic section on the underside to more easily stretch over large GPS watches (easily stretches over and never conflicts with my Garmin Fenix 5x).  
The hood fits well and securely cinches in place with a cinch cord even in windy conditions and has a semi rigid molded visor for added protection, as well as an inner hem to help keep the hood in place over your forehead. There is one chest pocket that securely holds a phone or other small essentials, as well as doubles as a stuff sack complete with strap for holding in hand while stuffed.  
The ON Weather Jacket has become a staple in my running vest for those runs in the foothills of Boulder, where hard to predict, typical Spring weather often means that it could be windy, rainy, snowy, cold, warm, sunny, cloudy and back again all in the span of an hour.

ON Hybrid Shorts ($100) 
Available at Running Warehouse here.
PC: ON Running Hybrid Shorts
Features
  • highly technical four-way-stretch polyamide/elastane woven fabric for freedom of movement
  • lightweight, protective, tear-proof and fast-drying comfortable
  • elastic Italian fabric for short tights and waistband
  • 5" inseam, 9" out seam
  • Outer short: 2 drop in front pockets, zip rear pocket, fake half fly, front drawstring, reflective highlights. Inner removable short tight: 1 phone sized thigh pocket, 1 smaller pocket on other thigh
Sam: Don't be fooled by the casual beach lifestyle look. The Hybrid is a highly functional run short. 
By making the provided inner lightly compressive liner with its two side of thigh pockets removable via two buttons, you can mix and match other kinds of run underwear or compression shorts. As ON says on the hang tag go for a post run swim in the modest enough inner short which can be run solo as a short tight and then carry on with the rest of your day and activities with the outer shell.

The outer shell short is very soft and light but has enough length and includes  handy features such as drop in pockets, the outer drawstring, and fake half fly to go anywhere other more casual shorts can. It dries very quickly.

The inner short tight is lightly compressive, fairly substantial, chafe free so far and has two pockets on the outside of the thighs. The larger one can swallow and totally secure any size phone. The other pocket is good for gels and small items.

ON Running Tank T ($70)
Available at Running Warehouse here
PC: ON Running Performance Tank T
The ON tank with its subtle conservative colors in my sample, maybe a bit on the dark side for sunny days coordinates well with the shorts. The tank looks like it is a solid fabric but is actually very fine mesh in two weights with the black back ever so slightly more open. 
It is very soft and light with adequate coverage and has reflective highlights. The fit is true to size and relaxed, neither to long and baggy or overly fitted and snug, so it feels incredibly comfortable as the heat and sweat builds up, sitting lightly and without sticking to the skin. 
The 5 pockets, light barely there feeling and chafe free comfort make the Hybrid a great long run, ultra, and race day short and a great option for all activities and travel as well. 

Stay tuned for our full review of the entire women's ON Running Apparel line.

Reviewer Bios
Jeff Valliere is a former pro cyclist who now runs and climbs the mountains of Colorado. He has been top 5 Masters, top 25 overall, at the Pike's Peak Marathon several times, finishing 2d Masters in 2015. Jeff loves vertical accumulating more than 500,000 vertical feet per year, has climbed all the Colorado 14's and 200 of the 13's and has held FKT on several. 
Sam Winebaum is the Editor and Founder of RoadTrailRun. He has been running trails and roads and run shoe and tech geeking for 45 years. As he turned 60 in 2017 he was thrilled to clock a 1:35.24 half as well as 2 days after his 61st birthday a 3:40 marathon.  He runs his roads and trails in coastal New Hampshire and Park City, UT.

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The Hybrid Short was a personal purchase. The other pieces were provided at no cost. The opinions herein are entirely the authors'.
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4 comments:

Bryan Fisher said...

I like the hybrid shorts. They do look like they could be worn for the beach or for sports. The t-shirt also looks like something I would invest in. Ventilation is top on my list when choosing clothes for outdoor activities; there is nothing worse than sweating constantly and not being able to cool off.

Jeff Valliere said...

The venting/breathability of the shirt is the best out there and dries nearly instantaneously. In the hot sun, I typically go for white shirts, but even in blue/dark grey, the ON shirt is as cool or cooler than my best white shirts.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I have never seen an $80 running shirt. I live in Arizona, and I would have a hard time justifying that. It seems to me when running, anything you wear would be about the same.

ABHISHEK JASWAL said...

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