PureLime is rather lovely Scandinavian sportswear. Danish, to be precise. They recently sent me a couple of running garments to review. Handily, I had a half-marathon race coming up, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I tested the PureLime Movement Racerback Tank and Speed Capris, both of which use Breathe-dri technical fabric.
According to the website, Breathe-dri does this cool stuff:
- It’s breathable, so your body can control its own temperature.
- It wicks sweat away from the body to the outer surface of the fabric to dry.
- It feels and looks like soft cotton.
- It dries very quickly, so you don’t get icky.
- It’s stretchy, but holds its shape and gives support.
So, does it live up to these claims? In a word: yes. I was really impressed.
The tank top is not only gorgeous-looking, it’s super-comfortable. It wicks sweat away better than anything else I’ve ever worn for running (and I sweat a LOT when it’s warm). I stayed comfortable for the whole 13.1 miles. No uncomfortable damp feeling, even when the little superstar with the super-soaker gave me a much-appreciated drenching halfway round.
The top didn’t rub or chafe anywhere, either. All the seams are in the right place.
It’s very flattering, too. It’s long-line with a scoop neck and although it’s described as a ‘racer back’, it’s less extreme than that in shape. The only complaint I’d have about the design is that it’s quite long, which would be fine – but there are two short slits on the sides, which makes the hem flip up at times. It also rides up a bit. But none of this is uncomfortable and it certainly wouldn’t put me off buying the top.
Now the capris: I liked these less, but not really for their performance. Although I ordered a small (I’m a size 8-10) I think they come up a little on the large side. I was a bit concerned about doing a long run in them because they move around more than my other running trews. The slight bagginess wasn’t terribly flattering either.
Having said that, they didn’t rub or chafe, so all was well. They did ride up and bunch around the knees, but to be honest I’ve never encountered a pair of running capris that didn’t do this. They stayed relatively comfy, so that wasn’t a problem.
There are reflective strips on the thigh for running in the dark, which is cool. And there’s a surprisingly generous pocket at the small of your back. Plenty big enough for some small change, a key, and a couple of gel packs. Not big enough for a phone though – and I think that would be uncomfortable anyway. The trews stay put well, too, with a drawstring at the waist.
At £34, they’re reasonably priced. I probably wouldn’t buy them myself, but I think that’s personal preference rather than anything being wrong with them. I wouldn’t mind trying a pair of shorts out in a smaller size, because I do like the fabric and I’d be interested to see if the shorts are as comfy. I much preferred the capris for yoga than running.
Incidentally, these two items of sportswear are also great for yoga and circus skills (trapeze, ropes and silk): there’s great freedom of movement, no chafing, and the fabric is strong enough to withstand a certain amount of pulling around.
Win all round!
Verdict on PureLime? Great stuff. Good quality, great fit, very comfortable indeed.
Price: Top £29.99 Capris £34.99