I did it you guys…I bought a running onesie. A “runsie” according to Lululemon. Mine’s from Brooks, so they are calling it a “jumper.” A running jumper.
Pretty ridiculous right? Or genius?
I actually really like it! I have worn it for a few runs so far and it felt great.
I did get a few strange looks…I think the whole romper idea is a bit new to Minneapolis!
The lululemon version got quite a lot of press when it first hit the market. This article from Bustle refers to the runsie as “the workout gear you never wished for.” Huffington Post had a funny post, “Lululemon Makes a Romper for Runners, Gives us a Wedgie Just Thinking About it.” And I LOVE this article from HuffPost with “9 Things We’d Rather Do in a Running Romper than Run in it!”
And the best one? Mark Remy from Runner’s World tested it out in this video. Hilarious!
With all this bad press, why did I buy it? For you guys! I mean, aren’t you dying to know if it’s the RIGHT FIT? Or a failed fit?
You might not believe me, but I think it’s the right fit…..
What are the “pros” of the running romper?
– You don’t have to pick out a top and a bottom. Just one piece! And you’ll always match.
-You only have to remember one item for your run gym bag (well..plus a sports bra. And socks. And shoes. But still! One less item!)
– You don’t have to worry about a loose tank blowing up in the breeze and showing off your muffin top (maybe you don’t worry about that…but I do!)
– It’s light.
– It doesn’t chafe.
– It’s super breathable
– It’s FUN.
Well, I understand that a running romper inherently seems kind of silly. Definitely not “old-school” runner. And if you have to go to the bathroom mid-run, you have to basically take off the whole thing; probably not ideal when there’s an emergency bathroom situation!
And yes, there is the potential for a wedgie, (though that wasn’t an issue for me)
I bought my romper in a size medium. I go between a small and a medium in Brooks apparel, but I think the medium was a good choice as its supposed to fit a bit looser. I think the romper would work well even if you have a longer torso, as there is a bit of extra material at the waist, to create that “tucked-in” look. The shorts sit a bit lower than your natural waist.
According to Brooks, “the women’s PureProject running jumper “adds playful style to your run. The four-way stretch-woven main body keeps you cool and comfortable while the fitted knit shoulders and back panel make for a secure fit. The stretch mesh liner and bonded seams feel good for the long haul. Two drop-in back pockets help you run hands-free.”
* Fit: relaxed
* Relaxed stretch-woven main body
* Stretch mesh liner adds cool comfort
* 360-degree tonal reflectivity
* Main body: 90% polyester, 10% Spandex
* Upper body: 75% nylon, 25% Spandex
* Liner: 88% nylon, 12% Spandex
Neither the lululemon version or the Brooks version are cheap, but you have to remember, its two pieces in one, so think of it as a nice pair of shorts and a top!
Let me know if you have tried a running romper…or would you try it? Failed fit or the right fit- what do you think?
I have a few thoughts… Firstly, it looks completely awesome on you. So that’s a right fit right there. You could genuinely wear it as casual wear. Furthermore: – Could totally be worn as a normal outfit, as a kind of ‘sports-luxe’ look. – Love the idea of no creeping up tee. BUT: – I worry I would get a wedgie. – Rompers worn as fashion are a blooming nightmare to pee in. That one seems like it may be the same. TMI Q: Are the shorts loose enough to just pull over the way you might a swimsuit to… Read more »
All good points Scallywag, thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I like the idea of just rocking it as casual wear…I’m definitely going to do that!
It does have built-in underwear or a “gusset” as Sweaty Betty calls it, but they are loose enough that I could still pull to the side to pee. 🙂
You are right- who cares what some people think? I have run in it and think its the right fit, so I’ll be wearing it anyways!
I just saw this on the Brooks website a few days ago! Looks super, super cute on you! And, sounds like it is comfortable and functional for running, too. If rompers haven’t hit Minneapolis yet, they DEFINITELY haven’t hit rural Montana! I would get some very strange looks if I wore that to a race… however, most of my running is done around home and literally no one sees me run. But on the other hand, what’s the fun in wearing a super cute running outfit if no one will see it? You are definitely rocking it!
Aww, thank you so much Katie! You are too kind 🙂
I have not seen a romper at any race..maybe I need to wear it to my next one just to see if anyone asks about it!
I totally know what you mean about what’s the point if no one sees you…i.e. if I run really early in the morning, I rarely take time to see if anything matches; whatever is accessible and quick to throw on is what I wear- though the romper would meet those criteria, ha!
I see that Dustin managed to make himself unavailable for comment on this one! 🙂
You are certainly making it work, but I just can’t cosign the running romper!
hahahah, Eric, this is SO TRUE. He can’t cosign the romper. I asked him for his opinion and…. he. just. couldn’t.
The romper does NOT get trail runner Dustin’s approval 🙂
I have the lulu runsie and love it… just not for running 🙂 The Brooks one is super cute and looks great on you!
Thanks Erin! I remember you saying you had the Runsie…I hope I see you out and about in it this summer, I’m sure it looks great on you 🙂
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New note: Gap is now also doing an activewear onesie, but are marketing it as a ‘studio tennis and training’ item ?! So basically don’t want to confirm what sport its for 😛
Hilarious! Thanks for the tip Scallywag!
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