Thursday, December 16, 2010

Try it Tues: Sugoi Compression Top / GoLite Tights

Yep, it seems that with a new baby, I am perpetually 15 minutes late and my blog posts are a full day late.  Try it....ummm Wednesday THURSDAY!  Bummer, two days late.

About two months ago, Scott from Outside PR contacted me (mostly out of pity) and sent me a few winter weather items to try out.  While he knew that I was in Phoenix, he did hear that I was woefully unprepared for any temperatures below.....65F. (You, know horribly, bitter cold) So, he sent over a Sugoi Piston 140 Long Sleeve shirt and a pair of GoLite Cross Timbers Zonal Tight Tights. 

I have had these for a while but only in the last 3 or 4 weeks has it been cool enough to actually wear them..and I've wore them LOTS since then.  If you remember, I wore the Sugoi compression shirt during my 39 minute 10K at the Turkey Trot a few weeks back.  I'm pretty sure that it was mostly the shirt that enabled me to pull that time out of my arse.

The Sugoi top has all of the cool features that you would expect a high quality shirt to have:  Offset seams to avoid chaffing, mesh vents to provide cooling, and compression that provides muscle definition stability, improved circulation and improved recovery

The GoLite tights were essentially what I expected.  They were a bit heavier weight than others that I've seen which provided a lot of warmth.  The website says that they are made with a "dual-fabric design provides winter runners warmth where needed most".  Translated to something my little brain can handle: "this is going to keep your baby makers warm - isn't that the most important thing?".  Makes sense to me!

This is what I would look like BEFORE I received some quality winter weather running gear.  Note the horribly disappointed look on my face.  Any time the weather was cold enough to make my nipples stand at attention like Twizzlers Nibs I would have to wear the following:

  • Cotton **GASP** long sleeve shirt, 
  • Short sleeve tech shirt
  • Pajama pants (looking back, why didn't I buy any wind pants???)
  • My wife's mittens



However, after some sweet Sugoi and GoLite gear, this is what I looked like at the same temperatures.  I found that with the compression top and the tights I didn't need gloves anymore.  See how happy I look!?  It is like I found a dollar strapped to a Victoria's Secret / Calvin Klein model.  That should be Sugoi/GoLite's new slogan: "Like finding a dollar strapped to a model".  I'd buy it.



As you remember, I posted two weeks back asking the female opinion about guys wearing tights.  The overwhelming opinion was that they were OK, but the jury was out on shorts over them to hide the man bits.  I actually think that shorts over them look very dumb but are necessary. That is the price you pay for modesty.  And I think everyone knows that I am all about modesty.  For purely representative purposes, here I am without shorts on.  My disapproving look is because I know you're trying to see my junk.


As you can see in this completely anatomically correct  picture, no one wants to see the man bits - keep the shorts on.  Modesty.
(Be honest, you would have tried to look anyway)


Both the tights and the compression tops had really cool features.  The tights had zips along the bottom to let air in or to lock them tight around your socks and the Sugoi shirt had a mesh patch right below my neck that let LOTS of cool air in but not so much mesh that I belonged in a gay bar.

Pros:

  • Sugoi Compression Tops make you look RIPPED! (Even scrawny runners like me)
  • The compression top is surprisingly light weight but still keeps you very warm
  • The GoLite tights are VERY warm.  I was breaking a sweat during the short 10 minute photo shoot

Cons:

  • At $80 for the shirt and $85 for the tights, they are not cheap
  • Sugoi does not offer a compression top for women.  However, they don't offer skirts for men.....so maybe even
  • If you have abnormally large pecks/boobs or abnormally large junk/cameltoe it is going to show.... guaranteed


Overall, I really liked both of these.  While expensive, they really provide a lot of warmth and performance - both of which I expect when I throw down a marathon's entry fee for each.  But, I suppose in the true test - I recently purchased another long sleeve shirt and I made sure that I picked up another Sugoi.  Talk is cheap, and my purse strings are VERY tight, so that should speak volumes.

So, BOTH the Sugoi compression top and the GoLite tights get my Seal of approval!


FCC Crap: I got this for free, blah blah, didn't get paid for my review, blah blah, why are you reading this?  Shouldn't you have entered my Virtual 5K race by now?

28 comments:

Emz said...

guilty.
I. totally. looked.

C2Iowa said...

The older he gets -- the later you will become. Caution. Just learn to accept it and move forward.

Cotton is bad? Missed that email.

Anything that makes scrawny runners (like me) look better must be worth the price.

gene said...

what junk? up here in the north it is so cold now that my junk sticks out the back, like a lion's tail. ok, maybe a Doberman's. anyway....
maybe i could borrow your flannel pants?

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Is that a FUD in your tights?

PS Shaq wants his shorts back.

One Crazy Penguin said...

Anatomically correct? Uh huh....Suuuure. :p

Are the tights wind proof?

James Staten said...

Nice post, dude. Scary photos. Looks like cotton and photo #3 could kill. :)
I jumped to your blog 'cause I just bought GoLite trail running shoes to try out in my 2011 season. I'll let you know what I think.

Jamoosh said...

Could your shorts BE any bigger...

Jill said...

LOOKED!

Andrew Opala said...

now the little sister comment makes sense ... I see

RunningLaur said...

so, the 'compression tights on a dude are ok' rule only applies when you're not in a compression shirt (read: STILL WEAR A SHIRT, just not a tight fitting one) as well.

RunningLaur said...

oh, and this also reminds me of the cameltoe over on SNL. i hope you saw that.

Vincent said...

Yup, definitely need to get smaller shorts. those look Ridiculous.

Luke said...

A real test is seeing if it makes a fat kid like me looked ripped...

Morgan said...

I don't know who had the more disturbing pic up this week, Jamoosh's perv pose or your package pose...

Nick said...
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Nick said...

Is the flash suppost to make it look smaller?

Detroit Runner said...

Great post! Haha!

LB said...

um, yeah.....i looked too.....twice, sorry!

Shawn said...

Good to see you put the potato in the front this time!!!! Lose the shorts dude, not cool at all

Angie Bee said...

yep. looked.

seriously you didn't need gloves. My hands get so cold no matter how warm the rest of me is....maybe its because I don't have Golite and Sugoi...

Adrienne said...

ADAM!!! I was reading this post and my MOTHER was sitting right next to me and I had to speed scroll through a certain part of it! She gave me the "What are looking at on the internet look"
Good stuff though :) The post I mean.

Chris K said...

"Shaq wants his shorts back". OMG, hilarious comment by Kovas. Dude, I was in the Nike store and they have killer running high tec "sweats" that are way better than tights. You can even wear them in public. I swear.

Alma said...

Thanks for the laugh :)

Julie said...

Sigh, Oh Adam! I really didn't intend to look...just sort of happened. Love the pictures!

You are so freaking funny:)

Laura said...

I'm in the "no shorts" camp - they look silly.

Chad said...

Your boner pic reminds me (brett favre) a prank I talk about a lot. We should spike the first aid station at a marathon with boner pills. Then every man would finish with a woody. My wife reminds me that they would also probably have heart attacks. Bah!

kilax said...

This is my favorite post. EVER.

My gf emailed me when you posted this and said "you have to look at the boring runner's post today, it's so funny!" I cannot beleive it has taken me THIS LONG to comment!

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