When one of my favourite companies told me they were going to send me a pair of running tights to review, I was thrilled! I have been a big fan of INKnBURN for years and own a number of tanks, but no tights. These new tights were sure to be the pièce de résistance in my running wardrobe.
I was informed I would be receiving the Women’s Steampunk tights so I immediately looked up the design online. INKnBURN is a small company based in Southern California and they design, print, cut, and sew everything in-house. Not many companies do this anymore. As a result, their clothes are created in small runs of limited edition designs. So I knew I was getting something special.
Admittedly, the Steampunk design, with its machinery-inspired print, was even a bit outside my comfort zone! Don’t get me wrong, I love a bold print. I have shoes and clothes in every colour and my fair share of neon but these are definitely not something I would have independently selected. That said, when they arrived, I instantly fell in love. Online, the tights are described as having “a powerful, industrial strength design with a bit of retro charm, sure to help you through your toughest workout.”
They didn’t disappoint. As soon as I put them on, I felt tough. I mean, it made my legs look mechanical! And machinery doesn’t get tired, right? According to their website, the Steampunk art style is inspired by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery. The “punk” in Steampunk comes from going against convention. This isn’t just a colour. This design has meaning!
I decided to show off the new tights at a Park Run. Admittedly, my mechanical legs felt a bit rusty on Saturday morning. After a really intense weight class on Thursday and a spinning class on Friday morning, I was feeling pretty worn out. However, I always maintain that great running gear makes you run faster, so I decided to go for it.
These tights are made of Dry I.C.E technical fabric, a type of material with advanced moisture wicking technology that helps keep you dry when you sweat. It is extremely breathable and engineered for vibrant, lasting colours. The tights are also flat-seamed for chafe resistance and have a handy pocket on the thigh, perfect for your iPhone, energy gels or keys, or in my case, my Park Run barcode! What’s more, these tights are 100-mile ultra tested. Surely they would be adequate for a little 5K run in the park!
With their crazy design and colour palette, I had a hard time figuring out what to wear with these new tights, but I managed to put together a great outfit, complete with matching shoes and headband that complemented the yellow in the design.
I finished the 5K right on 26:00. Not my best 5K of the year, but still a respectable time. I was a little disappointed that my mechanical legs couldn’t power me to another PB this year, but there’s always next week.
For more information about the amazing running gear from INKnBURN, check out their website: http://inknburn.com/ Also, since their designs are limited, make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you can stay informed on new products, designs and special offers. You can subscribe at the bottom of their website by entering your name and email address.
*InkNBurn gave me the Women’s Steampunk tights free of charge. The opinions in this post are completely my own based on my experience.