Saucony Ridge Runner Sportop – Active Gear Review
Initial Thoughts and Introduction
The Saucony Ridge Runner Sportop is probably one of the warmest running tops you’ll be able to find as it combines wool and synthetic fabrics. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this was a nice casual wool sweater. The insulation, sweat wicking capabilities, and breathability are phenomenal. I received this mid-layer top in September when it was technically still summer. I did not foresee any opportunities in the near future to truly test the Ridge Runner. An early season cold front actually brought temperatures in the thirties with a trace of snow. Not to excited about that kind of weather this early, but made the most of it by taking the Saucony Ridge Runner out for numerous runs.
Key Features of the Saucony Ridge Runner
This is a very simple and classic looking mid-layer running top. I actually really like the look: active, classic, warm, and form fitting. What’s not to like, but to each his own. It’s the added somewhat hidden and technical features that make this a win-win winter running top. From the extended sleeves and back bottom to the technical warmth and breathability features that will have you running in comfort.
The sleeves are extra long with hidden thumb locks. Something I actually hadn’t noticed the first time I wore the top, but came in quite handy. This feature allows for the back of your hands to be covered and warmer. Your digits will still require some gloves during chillier runs. A “hidden” small storage pocket on the left forearm is big enough for a key, cash, or energy gel.
The above photo shows the Saucony Ridge Runner in its full glory. The “half zip” aids in ventilation, and the extended bottom helps keep your lower back warm as it helps to prevent the sweater from riding up.
The fabric make-up is its star quality. The sweater consists of 40% Polyester, 40% Wool, 18% Nylon, 2% Other (whatever Other may be?). The outer wool layer and the soft inner shell with those tiny holes allows for the warmth and breathability that I’ve been talking about throughout this review.
Saucony Ridge Runner Sportop Performance
As the weather has turned to Autumn, the Saucony Ridge Runner has become a staple for my running endeavors. It is versatile and provides great warmth. As you ease into your workout simply unzip the desired amount to allow for airflow and cooling. I have worn this as an outer shell. It does get a bit tricky to figure out the right layering system depending on the weather. As you start to warm up and sweat the top provides great warmth, but the wind did filter through a little to chill my sweaty body. This is the nature of the sweater, and isn’t necessarily something that can or needs to be fixed. Therefore, this top is definitely made for winter! You can wear a base layer, this sweater, and a wind / water resistant jacket for the ultimate get up.
The Saucony Ridge Runner Sportop is truly a wonderful addition to the all-weather arsenal I have assembled. And, as a nice bonus the form fitting and basic design makes it one of the more stylish running tops. The subtleness of the logo and reflective seam adds a stylish flair. The extra back length feature is provided to keep your lower back warm, but I also feel it adds to that casual look. I initially balked a little at the $95 price tag, but have quickly come to realize that this sweater is a lot of bang for the buck! Combine this with the Saucony Razor Jacket which will stop any water or wind to penetrate, and the Iditarod Trail Race might even be an option for the adventurous soul. Just kidding, but a sub zero temperature run will be in my future to push this apparel line (and myself) to the limit. The Saucony Ridge Runner will see some serious action this coming winter in the rain, snow, and sleet. And if I do find an excuse to avoid going out in the cold, I will stil look great in front of the fireplace with a beer in hand. Cheers.
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