Over the last few weeks, I’ve been testing out some new gear by Tracksmith, a New England running brand. I was mostly interested in their shorts, but I decided to try their Brighton tank as well. I couldn’t decide between navy and teal, so…I got both! Here’s a review of the tank.
And yes, I know, I owe you guys a review of the Van Cortlandt shorts as well, but I have an idea for photos that I haven’t been able to make happen yet, so I’ll have to keep you waiting a little longer. :)
The Brighton tank is a lightweight, seamless tank made of a merino/nylon/poly blend. After a lot of bad experiences with wool, I’m slowly warming up to merino. The wool is such a fine gauge that you wouldn’t know it’s wool, aside from the fact it has a very slightly fuzzy feel to it. The advantage of merino is that it’s naturally temperature regulating, wicking, and anti-stink, not to mention very soft. The fabric has a slight perforated texture that doesn’t come through well in photos, but helps with breathability.
The weight of the fabric is similar to lululemon’s swiftly tanks. But, Tracksmith’s tank feels at least as high quality and is not quite as expensive either. I have trouble with swiftlies riding up on me, but no such issues with my Tracksmith tank.
In terms of sizing, the tank does fit slightly large. I’m wearing the XS, and I have plenty of room to spare through the midsection. If you prefer a more fitted look, size down. It fits a little bit shorter than my lululemon tanks, which is not a bad thing for me since I’m not exactly the tallest lady around. It’s a comfortable hip length with just a little bit to spare. There’s also a nice scoop neck that isn’t too low in front and a comfortable racerback in the back.
On each product page, click “size guide” and you’ll find the actual measurements for each size of each of their styles, which is really helpful for assessing what size will be best for you.
The Brighton tank is currently my favorite tank top to wear for runs. It’s so lightweight and feels amazing. If you live in a hot climate, this tank will feel almost as good as no tank. Out of the two races I’ve run so far, this is the tank I chose to wear for both–I think that says something about how much I like to run in it.
I have a slight preference for my navy tank since for some reason it seems to fit a tad bit better. The teal version is slightly looser at the neckline for whatever reason. Also, I’m a little partial to this particular shade of navy. It looks good with just about everything.
I was expecting the seamless fabric to be delicate and prone to pilling, but so far that hasn’t been the case. I wore it hiking and carried a backpack for about 6 miles. Backpacks are probably the fastest way to pill the back of your tops, but somehow it escaped completely unscathed. It also has not snagged at all. Considering the delicate feel of the fabric, so far I’m impressed with its durability. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Since I like my Brighton tanks so much, I have another Tracksmith order on the way. I’ve got their session shorts, Harrier tank, and Van Cortlandt singlet en route. If they fit, you’ll most likely be seeing those around here soon!
Overall, I would highly recommend the Brighton tank for anyone looking for a high quality, lightweight run tank. On top of that, the tank just got put on sale!! I think it was well worth full price, but the discounted price is even more of a no-brainer!