A while back, I added some race reviews to one of my favorite race websites, Racevine. I actually prefer this site to some of the others out there for reviewing races as it just looks sharper and more organized.
They also do giveaways! I was excited to win some new running gear during their winter giveaway.
I won a Charlotte Running Tank from ellasport, a company I had never heard of before this point. I got it quite a while ago, but I wanted to run in it a few times before I gave it a review.
It's definitely cute, and I love that it is so lightweight. The fit is perfect, something that I really find to be a challenge in picking out running tops... especially tank tops.
I picked out the blue, and I love the color. When I wore it, I hardly ever noticed it being on me... it didn't feel heavy or stick to me like some tops do.
At the same time, I didn't really like it that it didn't have a built-in sports bra. If I'm going to pay $49 for a running tank top (which I'm not, but that's a whole different point), I expect it to have a built-in sports bra. Since it was free, I didn't really care that much and found it to be plenty comfortable with a regular sports bra on under it.
I've worn and washed it a couple of times, and I noticed when I last put it away that there were two places where the material had snagged on the front. I don't know if I caught it on something twice or if this happened in the wash... but as soon as I saw it, I was disappointed. Once again, this tank top retails for $49. I would expect it to hold up better than that.
In summary, I like the top and think it's pretty good for my purposes. However, I'm glad I got it for free through the giveaway and didn't pay for it. I don't think it's better made than some of the stuff I buy at Target for under $20. It would seem to me that the company should either lower the price or find a way to make it a bit better quality. Honestly, I've never paid more than $25 for some of the tank tops I have (some are even Sugoi) that are much nicer and hold up better.
I think this company could have a bright future among us runners; if the other options are like this tank top, it's good stuff. It's just not quite enough to merit the higher prices, especially in the times we live in financially.
Happy running everyone!