I'm pretty unpicky when it comes to gear. I mean, I just I want it to flatter me as I'm in motion and when I'm standing around, post-run, chatting (oh, I mean stretching); wick away my sweat; not chafe; not ride up or fall down; match but not look too matchy-matchy; not retain that gross post-sweat smell after I've washed it; and have a slice of style.
O.k., maybe I'm a little picky.
My biggest beef, though, are drawstrings--or lack thereof. A few years ago, I realized how vital they were when I ordered a pair of tights from Athleta, which are no longer on the site. They were cute, with a little reflective flower on the leg, and came in long (huge bonus: no more floods for me in 25 degree temps). Anticipating that I'm-running-in-new-gear-so-I-love-running feeling, I took off, not realizing they didn't have a drawstring--or even very substantial elastic, as most yoga pants do. The pattern of that run: take five steps, feel pants creeping down to mid-bun, hike them up to rib cage, repeat.
I didn't love running that day.
I am in love with my Lululemon Empower Crop II capris. (Who doesn't appreciate LLL, whose booty-licious design flatter every figure?) But I had a similar plumber-ish experience with them at the Austin Half-Marathon. Their drawstring is uncut, requiring an ultra-tight, loopy knot that's tricky to tie and hard to undo when you need to drop your capris asap. Before the race, I hadn't tied the knot tightly enough--or ever run in them, to be honest--and had to hike those suckers about 1,000 times over 13.1.
At the Denver LLL store post-race, I asked for a recommendation to get them tight but still quickly un-tie-able, and Carley, who was helping me, mentioned many people cut the string. Oh. Such a simple solution, but it makes me wonder: why didn't they cut it in the first place?
I know you want to me to wax on about drawstrings, so I'll oblige. My award for best drawstring ever goes to these New Balance Capris, which sport a drawstring that has a thin coating of rubber on one side. So even if they come untied, the rubber keeps the drawstring where you tied it. No slippage. Brilliant.
O.k., my rant about drawstrings is now over. But I can't be the only picky one out there. For today's Hump Day Giveaway, we want to know, what are your biggest beefs about running gear: apparel, gadgets or shoes? (Feel free to be specific; as much as it sounds like complaining, manufacturers really like honest, helpful feedback.)
Fill us in, and you'll win gear that (hopefully) is free of any complaints: a RLAM tee and RLAM visor. (Although we didn't manufacture them, we'll happily field any issues.)
So, what's your drawstring?