How do you feel about race shirts? Do you tend to wear your race shirts or do you throw them in a pile to donate?
Personally, I love a great race shirt. The problem is, they can be hard to come by! What qualities make for an unsuccessful race shirt?
The Unisex Shirt
First and foremost, there is no such thing as a unisex shirt. Those are men’s shirts and are just not flattering for women. These shirts might look great on your spouse, but on you? Not so much. A well cut women’s specific shirt is the first step to building the perfect race shirt.
Who wore it better? 🙂
The Too Much Logo Shirt
Logo quality on the shirt is important! When I first spotted the 2015 Calgary Marathon race shirt I really liked the graphic. Unfortunately the really large logo is thick and plastic-like. It makes the front of the shirt feel heavy and not very performance wicking.
The See Through Shirt
The shirt from the 2014 BMO Vancouver Half Marathon showed so much promise! The women’s specific cut is nice and flattering. The logo is small and unobtrusive. As soon as you hold the shirt up to the light the flaw shines through though. You can see right through it! To the donation pile.
The Who Picked This Colour Shirt?
I know that white shirts tend to get a lot of flack but even worse are the blah and weirdly coloured race shirts. Given how expensive the registration fee is for an Ironman ($600 CDN for the 2010 edition of the race) it was really disappointing to get this blah, beige cotton shirt at the finish line of Ironman Canada 2010.
My Perfect Race Shirt
I love the bright orange shirt we got at the finish line of Great White North in 2014.
The colour is fun, the fit is great and I love the logo!
RunDisney‘s new women’s specific race shirts are also great. I wear these shirts on runs or on holiday all the time.
The finisher’s shirt from the 2015 Calgary 70.3 is another favourite. I love the logo, and again, the women’s fit is spot on.
My other piece of advice for race directors is to make sure that finishers get the size of shirt they registered for. There is nothing more disappointing than to be told that they’ve run out of shirts in your size by the time you finish your race.
Do you wear your race shirts at all?