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Brooks Takes a New Direction with the Run Within Apparel Collection

We tested Brooks' first non-running focused lineup to see just how effective the brand is at switching lanes.

brooks running clothing hanging
Ben Emminger

It's no secret that Brooks knows running. Offering top-of-the-line footwear — and trailwear, too — is sort of the brand's thing. But every now and then, it pays to take a new route.

That's exactly what the "Run Happy" brand did with the launch of its Run Within Collection. With gear that works on the run, at the gym and anywhere else your sweat sessions take you, this all-new lineup is Brooks' first step into cross-functional apparel.

But as with any new adventure, it should be approached with a little hesitation. Would this bold new step stay in-stride with other Brooks successes — or would it wind up being a cautionary tale, to stay in the known lane?

man wearing brooks run within long sleeve
Ben Emminger

To find out, we tested the full men's lineup of Run Within apparel, which included a linerless short, short sleeve top, sleeveless top and crewneck pullover. We wore these test subjects across a wide spectrum of fitness disciplines, as well as around the house during our normal routine. We lifted, stretched, sweat, relaxed and — of course — ran in this collection for a full-scale look at just how inclusive this multi-faceted lineup is.

Here's what we learned.

The new Brooks collection has simple tops for any workout

Run Within Short Sleeve
Brooks brooksrunning.com
$38.00

  • Moisture-wicking fabrics for a dry, comfortable workout
  • Antimicrobial finish to keep smells at bay

  • Only one colorway
  • Classic fit might be too loose for some

The two tops offered in the Run Within Collection are nearly identical in their makeup. Both feature Brooks’ DriLayer fabric that provides a quick-drying, moisture-wicking component to each silhouette. This was much appreciated during strenuous training sessions out in the sun, keeping us cool and focused on the tasks at hand. The lightweight, classic cut of both the Short Sleeve and Sleeveless tops is comfortable and roomy, too, but could be a little too much for those wanting a closer-to-skin fit.

Additionally, the Sleeveless seams did sit awkwardly in our armpits, but that could vary depending on your shoulder span. For our style preference, we leaned more toward the Short Sleeve, but there’s no wrong answer, really. Just good, simple tops that work well in any fitness activity.

Run Within Sleeveless
Brooks brooksrunning.com
$36.00

  • Sleeveless cut works great as an undershirt or main top
  • Four-way stretch for a full range of motion

  • Sleeveless seams can be uncomfortable in the armpits
  • Only one colorway

Run Within's crewneck is an immediate everyday option

Our favorite piece

Run Within Crew
Brooks brooksrunning.com
$75.00

  • Lightweight and extremely versatile
  • Semi-fitted design that's form-fitting in all the right areas

  • Thinner construction means this top is slightly see-through
  • Side pocket could be larger

This versatile crewneck pullover quickly became a daily pick, whether hitting the trails, hitting the weights or taking in a relaxing day at home.

The lightweight construction provided just enough coverage to keep us cozy, and the breathable fabric helped us stay cool once we started ramping up our workouts. And despite having tackled multiple sessions and activities, the antimicrobial finish kept things fresh and funk-free.

While we’d like to have had a larger side pocket for easier storage, this is one top that’s sure to stay in our rotation for quite some time.

These Brooks shorts stretch your training possibilities

Run Within 7-inch Linerless Short
Brooks brooksrunning.com
$48.00

  • Rear pocket comfortably holds keys and other essentials
  • 4-way stretch provides excellent range of motion

  • Inseam might sit higher on the thigh for some
  • Would like to see a lined option

If comfort is non-negotiable, the Run Within Linerless Shorts are sure to leave you pleased. While these bottoms were capable of any fitness endeavor, we especially welcomed the soft, stretchy fabric in our running and yoga sessions. The stay-put elastic waistband was comfortable and stayed secure throughout movement without that intrusive wear along the hips.

The convenient rear pocket was also an added perk, having plenty of space to hold our car keys or smartphone when out on a trail. And while we were initially nervous of how these light-as-air shorts would handle a wash cycle, they seemed to hold up respectfully; no rips or compromised seams.

Brooks Run Within: the Verdict

As a whole, the latest Brooks apparel collection seems to be as multi-faceted as it claims. While there certainly are more technical options out there, this lineup provides plenty of affordable comfort and versatility to those wanting to revamp their fitness wardrobe. From the road, to the gym and everywhere in-between, the Brooks Run Within Collection has you covered head-to-toe.

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