I am luck enough to receive the New Balance Weekly email. This email tells me of new products and ranges New Balance have released and is sent out by Lizzie at Gungho. Yes I knew about the fresh foam trainers before my local Sweatshop, who looked perplexed when I mentioned them, oh its fab being ahead of the game!
Anyway each email contains the sentence ‘If you would like any further information, high-res imagery, or to enquire about sample availability, we’d love to hear from you – simply get in touch at TeamNB@gunghoco.com and we’ll be happy to help.’ Having been raised on ‘you ask you don’t get’ I have not contacted them since 2013 although with products such as these
it has been hard not to contact them EVERY week! But having fallen in love with the jacket I bit the bullet and asked if there was anything available and offered to pick up at The VLM Expo as I knew New Balance would have a very big stand there.
Lizzie got back to me right away asking for sizes, which I sent back. Sadly no trainers or the jacket of beauty was available although they did have a top and leggings if I was interested. I was raised on ‘don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’ so said ‘yes please!’ The next day these arrived
My initial reaction on opening the package was ‘I must let Lizzie know I am a 51-year-old woman this is kit for a youngster’ (this was proven when madam wore the top for tunning before I did!) The top is so darn cute and I have never worn patterned leggings before! They were on my old carcass in 30 seconds! I was struck with how comfy they were, how nice they felt and what good quality they were.
I have since worn both several times and here are my thoughts……………
As a Ron Hill Capri fan it has come as a complete shock to me that I love these, who knew there are other brands out there! They are very comfy and have great streeeeeeeetch, in fact I am sure I could gain 2 stone and they would still fit. I have worn them for running and for Metafitting, happy to report no chaffing, no falling down, no riding up. However although there is a pocket, it is one without a zip, that’s the only drawback I would say with these leggings. This means I can’t really wear them for parkrun as no safe place for my car key or barcode. This slight issue would not stop me buying another pair, the fit, stretch, feel and quality more than compensate for this
Would I ever buy myself something like this for running? Nope! But I love it also. It has an in-built boulder holder which means no sports bra required. I was concerned about the ‘bounce’ but what little I have left does not seem to move too much, well least it didn’t whilst I jumped up and down in my bedroom in front of the mirror. The bottom of it is light, scalloped, flowing and full of holes
this means that despite its colour it is cool to wear. The colour however would stop me from wearing it on the Devon lanes, so I will keep it for off-road runs and Metafit.
I would never have purchased myself these items, but certainly will try to think out of the box in future and would not hesitate in buying New Balance clothing and would recommend them as a brand, if you are in need of new kit.
Disclaimer:- I was sent these items to test and review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
I would like to dedicate this post to my legs who have carried me over 38 miles this weekend and over 60 for the second week in a row, thanks legs! X