Merrell Longmont Review
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When trail running it can be hard to keep your temperature regulated: you heat up on the uphill climb and get chilly on the descent due to decreased energy expenditure, increased speed, and sweaty clothing. The Longmont by Merrell eliminates this trail running quandary by providing a matching moisture wicking tank and shrug. We thought shrugs were designed for fancy dresses and a night out on the town. Fortunately, Merrell utilized a lightweight UPF 50 fabric and added thumb loops into the their shrug, making it a comfy performance piece that offers a little protection from the chill at the beginning or downhill portion of your run.
We wore the shrug, with the matching tank top, on road and trail runs when temps were in the 40’s-60’s. The shrug stayed on in lower temps and we found the shrug matched up with the tank in the back, keeping you fully covered. Our tester had broad shoulders and reported full arm range of motion and only a small gap, where skin was exposed, between the shrug and tank in the armpit area. We really didn’t mind this at all when temps were on the higher end, better circulation and cooling just before removing the shrug. The shrug can be easily tied around your waist and is less bulky than an entire long sleeve. The Longmont tank is a great piece by itself: a shelf bra, jacquard panels for added flare and moisture management in high heat areas, and a small zippered pocket in the rear rounds out the list of features. We also liked the tanks’ flat seams and stretch that made the tank comfortable in areas prone to chaffing. The Longmont retails for $79 and may replace your arm warmers and tank combo during uphill races, such as the Pikes Peak Marathon. For more information on the Longmont and other Merrell products, please visit www.merrell.com or www.amazon.com/merrell.