New Balance Running Kit Review
This is a review of the New Balance Ice Short Sleeved Top and the New Balance Impact Capri Pants. I received both in purple to match the New Balance Vazee Rush Running Trainers which I also reviewed here.
First, the New Balance Ice Short Sleeved Top. The fabric is really impressive; I couldn't believe how soft it felt on my skin and how lightweight it was. The fabric is designed to give two-way air circulation and to be fast drying which is the sort of technology you want from a fabric designed for running.
The top has back vents which allow air in and out as you move and works really well at helping maintain a constant temperature. When it comes to visibility, and this is important as the nights draw in, the top has various reflective detailing to allow you to be seen in headlights.
As for fit, it has a flattering cut and round neck, which is perfect because it allows you to feel covered and not over exposed while still looking good. It is antibacterial too which is a big bonus if you are prone to sweating a lot.
Next, the New Balance Impact Capri Pants. These come in two colour combinations, of which I tested the black and purple which match the top and trainers.
The capris are perfect for autumn and spring running due to their shorter length and lightweight feel. The waistband is pretty near to perfect; made from a soft and comfortable elastic, it doesn't dig in at any point. They are easy to pull on, with a mid-rise waist and are a very good fit.
They feature New Balance Dry technology so they wick away sweat and keep you dry. I found this feature worked well for both the top and capris. I ran during September when it was still quite warm, so sweating to test them out wasn't a problem. A couple of miles in, I had built up a decent pace and I could feel sweat start to move down my back. The vent in the back of the top soon sorted that out, and to be honest, the capris never seemed to feel sweaty at all.
The capris have a reflective accent strip down the outside of each leg, making them very visible in darker conditions. The New Balance logo is on show, but discrete enough that you don't feel like a walking advert for the brand. There is a mesh behind the knees that offers a good airflow right through.
The capri pants also feature a small zip pocket that is perfect for storing energy gels, money, and other small valuables.
The price point of both of these items is very middle of the range, making them very affordable, comfortable, and practical.