|The Women's Cape Elizabeth Performance Racer, more below.|
When they reached out to me with an opportunity to test some of their apparel, I couldn't wait to see how apparel inspired by the laid back Ozark outdoor lifestyle fit in with mine. I opted to try the Cape Elizabeth Performance Racer and Women's Momentum Shorts, both of which looked to be great options for hiking, trail running, even CrossFit. I took them out on hikes, on quick runs, and wore the shorts around on days at camp and on the beach.
Cape Elizabeth Performance Racer (left and above) is a performance weight racer back tank top with a mid-support shelf bra and flowmesh yoke to provide ventilation. The gray and muted yellow color combination made the tank look unlike any others I've tried. The materials used make the tank unique too; 40% of the body and 35% of the shelf bra are constructed using viscose bamboo. (Side note: seems the jury's still out on how environmentally friendly viscose bamboo is.) I noticed how soft the tank was as soon as I tried it on, but I ordered my typical medium and found it a bit too tight for my comfort level. It also shrank in the wash, which I expected given the fact that 55% of the body is made from organic cotton.
I generally don't like wearing sports tanks with shelf bras because they're never supportive enough and I end up wearing a sports bra anyway, which was the case with the Cape Elizabeth Performance Racer. The shelf bra is so long on me that it comes halfway down between my bust line and bellybutton, which makes it uncomfortable. Though Fayettechill does have other racerback tanks in their collection, they don't currently have what I'd call a true athletic tank without a shelf bra. Overall, I'd recommend it to those who don't mind dealing with shelf bras, but consider going a size up unless you like your outdoor apparel skintight.
Women's Momentum Shorts (above) pair a lightweight polyester body with a bamboo/cotton inner liner to create a comfortable, nearly weightless running short. The inner brief is soft and comfortable and the body of the shorts is incredibly light. The brushed elastic waistband fit well and didn't cause discomfort like some other elastic waistbands. The side mesh ventilation kept me cool and the key pocket made it easy to stash itty bitty essentials. The medium fit me well overall, though they're an inch or two longer than the shorts I normally wear for running.
The Momentum Shorts I tried are a beautiful muted yellow color, but the problem with taking light colored apparel out on the trail is the challenge of keeping it even remotely clean. The yellow Momentum Shorts are so light colored that they're basically dirty as soon as I put them on. I certainly don't mind being dirty when I'm out adventuring, but would recommend getting them in black if you're worried about stains. The light color also means the liner is visible when I'm moving. And if you also pass the "butt test," you might find the liner a bit too tight. Overall, I recommend them for running and general wear, and am considering getting a pair in black.
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