NEW BAL­ANCE SPEED RUN

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE - new­bal­ance.co.uk

Vis­ually, the Speed Run looks more like a base layer than a wa­ter­proof light­weight. But dur­ing our test runs, any rain ran off eas­ily and it felt breath­able and light­weight through­out, thanks to the mesh run­ning along the un­der­side of the arms down to the mid­dle of the body. The stretch in the ma­te­rial also gave us great free­dom of move­ment and the dipped hem at the back cov­ers the bum nicely and gives ex­tra pro­tec­tion. The mid-rise col­lar is com­fort­able, but with no hood you need to be pre­pared to face the el­e­ments head on. We tested the lime­light-steal­ing ‘Vivid Tan­ger­ine’ colour op­tion, but it’s also avail­able in a just-as-lively mint green or indigo. If the colour wasn’t enough to get you seen on dark out­ings, the re­flec­tive de­tails on the arms, back and front of the jacket pro­vide plenty of vis­i­bil­ity. Over­all, a strong per­former at an af­ford­able price.

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