Brooks 3″ Chaser Shorts and Distance Tank Review #RunHappy

Summer is almost here and with that starts the summer running season. It seems like just yesterday that I was bundling up for my long runs with a hat, multiple layers and a pair of gloves on. The lead up to the Ottawa Half Marathon reminded me that summer running can be hard, especially in Ontario where we tend to get a decent amount of humidity. Summer running clothes is all about staying cool and comfortable. For me, I tend to wear loose, comfortable clothing that is able to wick away moisture.

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Brooks kindly sent me a few items from the spring collection to test and review. Two items that I have been wearing frequently are the Chaser 3″ shorts and the Distance tank. I actually wore the Chaser shorts during the Ottawa Half Marathon in full effort to wear as little clothing as possible.

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The Chaser shorts feature the wide waistband that I really like and are also semi-fitted. I worn the shorts during a half marathon and although they are a shorter inseam, I didn’t experience any chafing. The shorts also feature a sweat resistant pocket in the waistband that apparently fits a phone, but in my case, I fit two gels in the pocket. I barely felt the gels while running! The fabric is very light weight and it does feel like you are barely wearing anything. Other features include a mesh brief liner and side petal hems on the side. Definitely try the shorts on – they are shorter than most shorts and if you are self-concious about your behind, these shorts might not be for you.

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The Distance tank is the tank-top version of the Distance long sleeve that I have. I really like the Distance long sleeve (it is my go-to long sleeve) and I decided to give the tank top a try. The Distance tank is semi-fitted, just like the long sleeve version. I have a bit of a tummy, so I appreciate nice looking tanks that are not super tight. I ordered a small, but should have ordered an extra small. Although it fits great at the waist/hips, it is a little loose at the arms. I have since purchased a Ghost tank in an XS and it fits perfectly.

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The fabric is DriLayer Burst which wicks moisture and resists odour. I’ve worn the tank a number of times and it is decent for warm weather runs. I find that it does show sweat though – which isn’t a terrible thing. We all get sweaty while running! I do prefer the Ghost tank for hot weather runs though, however the Ghost tank is a little see through, so if I’m running around with students, the distance tank wins.

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The Chaser shorts and Distance tank are now in my summer running clothes rotation. As with most running companies, the items are not super cheap ($38 for the tank, $48 for the shorts), but they do last. I’ve worn my other Brooks shorts each week since I got them and they are still like new. So now that summer is here, it is time to break out the shorts and tanks, grab a water and get ready to sweat and Run Happy!

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Disclosure: I was given the shorts and tanks in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. 

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