Merrell aren't well known for running clothes but the latest from the outdoor specialists shows a lot of promise. After a road test of their newest pieces to hit the market we were impressed. Ladies, if you're after flattering and stylish gear with all the performance features you'd expect, these tanks are worth an investment.
First up is the Ellsworth tank. It's ultra feminine and creates an exaggerated hourglass silhouette; with a wide waistband to hug the hips, a halter neckstrap and gathered bust. The thicker neck straps give the impression of balance and are also complimentary on broader shoulders. That's the aesthetics covered,how about the performance features.
The fabric blend is softer than the lycra we're accustomed to and stretches comfortably against skin. An extra benefit of the top is a built-in bra which provides decent support for the smaller chested, however if you need more structured support, it can also be worn with a sports bra underneath. This top is ideal for gym, yoga or fair weather running.
The second item in the range is the Thelon Tank. This one is slightly lighter, looser and more breathable for warmer weather or gym classes. It also offers a built-in bra, however this isn't hugely supportive or structured so perhaps inadequate for the impact that comes with running. The blousy outer layer of this top is well suited to the more self-conscious or for anyone who doesn't want anything too clingy against their body. Again on an aesthetic level Merrell are spot on with something a bit different to flatter the figure and add a splash of style to your kit wardrobe.
Overall Merrell have delivered great quality and attractive kit that is slightly different from anything else on the market. We are looking forward to seeing what's next as the running range is currently fairly limited.
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