New Balance Boylston Long Sleeve Review
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Now that fall has arrived, all runners have the unpleasant task of deciding what clothes will provide for the most comfortable outing. Fortunately, I have recently added the Men’s New Balance Boylston Long Sleeve to my collection of long sleeve running tees. This shirt is part of a new apparel line recently introduced by New Balance called the “Boylston Collection” which is a reference to the famous final stretch of the Boston Marathon. The apparel line “uses adaptive technology to move with a runner’s body.”
The Boylston Long Sleeve did just that, and almost disappeared during my long runs. The 100% polyester fabric has a cool, barely there feel, while still keeping me warm during moderate intensity runs with temperatures in the high 40s. The shirt also has thumbholes for added warmth to your hands on colder days.
Boylston Long Sleeve Fit
The shirt falls into New Balance’s “Semi-Fitted” category, which essentially means it stays comfortably snug in the shoulders and chest, while allowing for easy movement everywhere else. I was a fan of the fit, as the sleeves did not run up my forearm into the elbow nor did the waistline rub against my skin, as some other semi-fitted shirts have a tendency to do. Because of this fit, there is also enough room to wear a light layer underneath. I tested a size medium, which fit perfectly on my 5’11” 170 pound frame. The shirt is also tagless and boasts a seamless front neckline to prevent chafing.
I have the obnoxiously bright “Green Gecko” color, which is perfect as I do much of my running after dark (the shirt is also available in black or gray). The shirt, as with many these days, has reflective print on the front, back, and arms.
Polygiene ® Technology
As a true runner, I regularly wear clothes multiple times before washing. The Boylston got my typical treatment, and not just because it includes Polygiene ® technology. Various companies have recently been applying Polygiene ® to their textile products, which uses low concentrations of natural silver salt to inhibit the growth of microorganisms. This keeps odor-causing bacteria and fungi from settling within the fabric of the shirt. It’s almost as if they are asking us to stop doing laundry. Now if only my wife understood.
Overall, the New Balance Boylston Long Sleeve stayed comfortable during long runs and did a good job of wicking away moisture. It will now be added to my rotation of cool-weather running gear.