The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Asics PR Running Tights

running tights I’ve been using the same pair of Under Armour Frosty running tights for the past five winters, and feel I’ve gotten my money’s worth from this product. I could still use them if I really needed to, but I’ve dropped some weight since I initially bought them, and they’re a bit too loose to do much good as compression pants, so I decided to buy a new pair.

However, instead of sticking with the Under Armour brand that I know well, I decided to try Asics. The Sports Authority had these Asics PR running tights on sale for about $20 less than the UA Frosty tights, which was enough of a difference to make me change.

After using the PR tights daily for the past month and a half, I can safely say that I have mixed feelings about them. On the one hand, they fit well all the way from the top of my thighs to my ankles. the length is just right and they feel nice and tight without being constricting. They also keep me warm when worn under another pair of wind pants on cold days.

The biggest issue I have with these tights is the inseam. The inseam is uncomfortable as hell. It always feels that I can’t pull them up high enough without causing myself a massive wedgie. I didn’t notice this when trying them on in the store because I was more concerned with the leg fit and length, but man it’s a struggle to get them on and make them feel comfortable first thing. Once I actually go outside and start running, I don’t notice the tights, but when I’m walking around the house as I’m getting ready to go or if I have to (god forbid) use the bathroom after I have them on, they’re all kinds of bothersome.

As I said — mixed feelings about the product. I’m happy 90% of the time and think I got a good deal on the price. But that 10% is such a hassle that I don’t think I’ll be holding on to these for five years like I did my UA tights.

Mizuno Wave Rider 18

Wave Rider 18 I had to buy new running shoes over the weekend, which is always a chore. More than with other products, I find it difficult to wade through various reviews to determine which shoes would be best for me. There are always people that love a certain shoe, and just as many people that hate the same model. The only thing left is to dive in and give one a try for myself.

This time, I went with the Mizuno Wave Rider 18. This is the second pair of Mizuno shoes I have purchased for daily running. My other pair was a minimalist type that I really liked. This one has more cushioning than I’m used to, in the hopes of relieving some pain I’ve been having in my hips and shins.

Anyway, I’ve been running with my new Wave Riders for only a week now. Once I get more mileage on them, I’ll come back with a full review.