Thursday, 27 March 2014

Test: Anton Tank Top & Shorts by Buff

Some words about the all-new “Anton Krupickas Signature Collection by Buff” from my pal Fabse who ran the kit during the recent Rome Marathon. Thanks for the guest post!

I gratefully got my hands on a set of singlet and shorts of the recently released Anton Krupicka signature series. The Spanish Headwear specialists from Buff teamed up with the Nebraska-born trailing powerhorse and the result was an apparel series, which also includes the usual headbands, hats and neckwarmers.

The eye-catcher of the set is the top with its bright green-yellowish batik-style color - apart from the fact that the set includes a top at all. The chest-print shows a sketch of Toni’s treasured Flatirons mountain range including a view of the bearded himself, which is the unique feature of the signature series and designed by Anton himself. Apart from the flashy colors, the garment is very minimalistic - just as you would expect from an ultra-lightweight focused nerd like Mr. Krupicka. The tank top is made from 100% polyester 4-way stretch with very low-profile seams. The shorts are classic running shorts (100% Polyester) with integrated inner pants, elastic waistband (14% Elastane), but no pockets.

I wore the set for the first time in a race, which I usually would not do or recommend. But after I tried it for a few minutes the day before at my warm-up run, I was sure it would not be a hassle.

The top:
The very lightweight material makes for a very comfortable feel. Especially for warm conditions, this piece would be the weapon of choice. For me the biggest Plus was the soft material. Even though I tend to get sore skin quite quickly in singlets, this one was a positive surprise: no chafing at all. Muy bien amigos.

The shorts:
Same thing for the chafing. The very soft material is also found in the inner pants as well as the outer shorts. Thumbs up! Apart from that, not much to say here. Pretty solid running shorts with a comfy feel. I personally would appreciate at least a little pocket as I prefer to have my hands free. But I guess the minimalistic approach has no room for that.

Overall a great outcome of the Spanish-American cuadrilla. The colours are a matter of taste but the facts speak for themselves.

Vamos a correr.



Tune of the day: DJ Trace - After Hours 

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