Saturday, November 19, 2022

Tracksmith Autumn 2022 Women's Running Apparel Reviews: Downeaster Pant and Fells Henley

Article by Renee Krusemark

Tracksmith Autumn 2022 Women's Apparel


Downeaster Pant ($148)

The Downeaster pants are super comfortable. They are made from is made of a double knit blend of 60% Mulesing-Free Merino wool and 40% polypropylene. Tracksmith says that the natural properties of Merino offer warmth, breathability and odor-resistance, while polypropylene improves wicking and insulation. Polypropylene has the lowest thermal conductivity of any fiber, which means it holds onto heat the longest, it’s also hydrophobic, quickly pulling moisture (i.e. sweat) to the surface where it can evaporate, rather than be absorbed into the Merino.

They walk the line between a lounge pant and a running pant. Like the men’s version, the women’s version has a relaxed fit, with plenty of length and volume. These are not a running tights or a running-specific fit. They don’t bunch, and I found them comfortable for easy running. 

The Downeaster works well as warm-up pants before shedding to a pair of shorts. The deep front pockets mean that a cell phone won’t fall out when you plop down on the couch. For running, the pockets aren’t tight enough for heavier items, but fine to hold small items, like knit gloves. 

I don’t like heavy items in deep pockets, so unlike Sam, as in his men's Downeaster review, I won’t run with my phone in any of the pockets. I wore a women’s size small, my typical size. I think I could wear a size x-extra small if I wanted a tight fit, but for comfort I suggest true-to-size. If you like a tight fit and don’t have extra long legs, you could try a size down. 

Tracksmith Fells Henley ($118)

Renee: The Fells Henley is made “from a wicking and breathable Merino wool” blend, 65% Merino wool and 35% polyester. The fabric is very comfortable and exactly what you would expect from Merino wool and anything from Tracksmith. The shirt has a very lightweight feel and maintains temperature and repels odor just like any other Merino wool product. The shirt is made for running and casual use. For sizing, I wore a women’s size small.
I’m normally between a Tracksmith small and medium because some of their shirts are a bit too short in length for me. The Fells Henley has a longer front and back length. I suggest true to size. If wearing as a layer with something underneath, you could size up.

Tracksmith's Autumn 2022 Women's Collection is available HERE

Renee is a former U. S. Marine journalist, which is when her enjoyment of running and writing started. She isn’t that awesome of a runner, but she tries really hard. Most of her weekly 50-60 miles take place on rural country roads in Nebraska, meaning mud, gravel, dirt, hills, and the occasional field. She has PR’s of 1:30:59 for the half marathon and 3:26:45 for the marathon.

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