Nobody puts the "Runsie" in a corner. After Lululemon's running onesie hit the internets it was quickly dismissed as the ugliest running outfit of all time, but Mark Remy of Runner's World is here to herald the runsie as an act of disruptive innovation.
Together with associate editor Hannah McGoldrick, Remy walks us through the many features of the paradigm-shattering runsie, demonstrating a high level of comfort during his first time in the suit, sauntering into frame like an old hand on the precipice of running history. Where, in the past, a pair of shorts and a running singlet would come from opposite ends and make an uneasy truce around the middle of the torso, the runsie is uniform in its mission to shield the wearer's body:
"It fit me like a glove as you can see, first time, out of the box."
Remy is pleased by the utility of the adjustable straps, but hasn't needed to adjust them. Someone less well-suited to the runsie could obviously avail themselves of that feature.
The pockets are "a little small for man-sized hands, but, OK."
Nobody runs with their hands in their pockets anyway. Remy has nice-looking hands, overall, that appear to be full-fistedly seizing the future.
The runsie achieves its out-of-the-box fit through the torsion of diagonal straps that criss-cross over the shoulder blades to connect lateral singlet panels at back; like Remy, the runsie is inherently open-minded.
"It is totally open in the back, which makes for a cool, loose running experience, which I always enjoy."
We, too, enjoy cool, loose running experiences.
Remi reports on the engineering:
"It does not have a built-in bra, in case you are wondering... It does have, in case you were wondering, a liner under here, which is nice."
Above, he splays the lining, demonstrating a near-seamless form against his upper, upper thigh, where leg hairs thin and core muscles stretch down over the pelvis, anchoring the open-minded runner's gait.
"It's not seamless, which is a shame, but you know what is seamless? Your transition from run to coffee house - this thing looks just as good at Starbucks as it does on the trail."
Putting the runsie to the test in a jog around Pennsylvania at a cool 8:10 pace, McGoldrick and Remy look graceful and loose as they run toward the singularity that awaits humanity, should it continue to embrace dangerous, innovative ideas.
"It's a hot day here in Emmaus, and the runsie is even hotter. Not literally though; it's cool. [The runsie is] hot and cool, which is great."
Remy ends his evaluation of the runsie with a comment that suggests we have reached a tipping point; a watershed moment:
"When I wear a singlet or shorts, its always, 'Do I tuck in the singlet or leave it out?' and the Runsie takes out the guesswork, which is great."
He just looks so comfy.