Do you love pink running kit?

Why is so much kit pink?

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24/02/2014 at 17:41

I just wondered if it's only me who thinks there's a lack of variety in women's running kit and finds they are looking enviously at the nicer, bright colours available in the men's section. Surely most girls grow out of shades like 'diva pink' (New Balance) before they leave primary school, so I don't see why manufacturers assume that's what adult women mainly want to wear for running. And as far as high-viz goes, surely orange shows up better? 

seren nos yn canu    pirate
24/02/2014 at 17:44

have never ever bought pink...i usually just have the mens tops  and jackets etc,.......black shorts

24/02/2014 at 17:54

I think I have just one pink top.

The rest of my kit is mostly black running shorts or tights, and tops in various colours - black, orange, green, read, blue, fluro yellow... All from women's ranges, so I've never felt constrained to pink.

Maybe it depends what ranges you buy from; mine tend to be Nike or Adidas but, as it happens, my one pink top is New Balance.

Edited: 24/02/2014 at 17:56
24/02/2014 at 17:59

I don't buy pink running gear.  I don't buy 'pretty' running tops, either.  It's probably an excessive kneejerk reaction on my part, but the pink running gear/frilly bits on tops, etc., just strikes me as part of a daft philosophy that women have to be suitably feminine whilst running.  My main concern is does the kit fit and is it comfy, not what I look like! 

24/02/2014 at 20:17

I have a pair of capris with a pink trim but that's about it. I do have a habit of using my OHs tops though so perhaps I don't notice it as much.

24/02/2014 at 20:24

I have a pink jacket, but that's it for pink gear.  It does irritate me that there is so much pink stuff, and not many alternatives.

24/02/2014 at 20:32

It irritates me too. But I do love my hot pink NB shorts. They're so pink they're almost like a parody of women's sportswear.

24/02/2014 at 20:39
I've got a pair of bright pink brooks shoes for faster runs. Just happened to be the most comfy shoe when I bought them. Generally I buy what is comfy and practical and don't worry too much about colour.
24/02/2014 at 20:43

I'm doing the Bristol 10K in May and I'm raising money for CLIC Sargent. They sent me a lovely pink vest if that counts?!

Oh, and I'm a 39 year old male. Lol!

24/02/2014 at 23:03

I think charity vests can be excused, Scott. Hope you enjoy wearing it! Also, pink shoes – I had some very nice Adizero Tempos, but they were more of a dark pink. To be fair to NB, they have done some really good colours recently.

25/02/2014 at 13:00

All my running tops are blue, black shorts and no pink in sight!  I don't see why there has to be so much pink and why all the tops need to be tight and body hugging and just that little bit too short to keep your midrift covered...  I just want to be comfortable.  Oh and I want shorts above the knee but but not hotpants please!  Capris annoy me in the summer and hot pants can just cause chafing and can be far too short to be decent!  Just because I run doesn't mean I don't have areas I want to cover up...

seren nos yn canu    pirate
25/02/2014 at 13:40

I run in my ronhill shorts all year around....they are mid thigh length and i find them really comfortable....and they are all black with various colour trimmings...but never pink

25/02/2014 at 13:42

I have to confess I do prefer tight tops and short shorts (none of them pink, though, except that one pair) - more freedom of movement, no overheating, and nothing flapping around to irritate me.

25/02/2014 at 13:48

It took me a fair few years to be comfortable wearing little shorts and a crop top when racing, even though I overheat very easily so it's often the best option for me.  I've now reached the stage where I really don't give a stuff whether anyone watching thinks I shouldn't be wearing that sort of gear, but it did used to bother me, even though I knew that, logically, it shouldn't.  And once you start doing track you actually have to wear that to fit in - it's just road running where it's less common!

25/02/2014 at 14:01

Agreed, Caz. I'm not averse to a bit of pink but I'm always on the look out for other colours. Most of my bottoms are black or navy but I've got loads of different coloured tops -  the brighter better, I say!!

And another bug bear of mine - I live on an island where everybody on the running scene knows everybody else. Some people wear the same thing day in, day out (and I'm not talking club vests).  I wonder if it ever gets washed!!

25/02/2014 at 15:43

I'd never wear anything pink... oh.... errr.... looks at my pic *hangs head in shame*... it is just about the only pink thing I have, oh, apart from some cheap karrimor gloves, i have a black, a yellow, and a pink pair.  But I like bright coloured stuff, the only black things i have are leggings.

25/02/2014 at 16:24
Shazmo wrote (see)

Agreed, Caz. I'm not averse to a bit of pink but I'm always on the look out for other colours. Most of my bottoms are black or navy but I've got loads of different coloured tops -  the brighter better, I say!!

And another bug bear of mine - I live on an island where everybody on the running scene knows everybody else. Some people wear the same thing day in, day out (and I'm not talking club vests).  I wonder if it ever gets washed!!

When I find something I like that fits well, I buy several of it.  I have three pairs of shorts all identical, plus another two pairs that are very similar, and two sets of three tops.

I guess people think that I wear the same clothes all the time, but they would be mistaken 

25/02/2014 at 18:19

Joolska, I agree. Before I took up running I would never gone out in the sort of skimpy clothes I now run in on a hot day. Because they are functional, though, rather than for show, it somehow seems okay. Also, I think that running gives you body confidence.

Something else I can't find is a pair of plain, black shorts, loose rather then skin-tight, with (most essential) a zip pocket in the back. I have an old pair by Ronhill which I've worn to death, but nobody seems to sell anything similar now without a coloured trim, usually in the ubiquitous pink. 

 

25/02/2014 at 18:58

In my experience of the outdoor industry, pink gear tends to be designed by men for women.  Women’s skis for example tend to be pink and not very technical. 

Elan set up a women only design bureau a few years back to design their women’s ski range.  The designs that this bureau came out with were completely unlike the women’s skis that anybody had seen before.  They were in understated colours such as black, and a lot more thought had been given to the design. 

25/02/2014 at 20:06
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