In part, the special sauce is in how thoughtful design makes the clothes work better for you. "Functionality is always at the forefront of how we design at New Balance," says Jeff Garabedian, General Manager Global Running Apparel at New Balance. "A great example are our Q Speed tops. They are comprised of a fabric that is an engineered knit which utilizes mesh patterns...to provide added breathability which can assist in helping the runner stay drier and more comfortable during their runs and workouts."
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This top, which Garabedian noted above is meant to provide airflow through a unique mesh detailing. When I tested it on runs, I found that I was better able to maintain a steady core heat, so I didn’t sweat out and look like I was “Brian who spends all his time at the gym.”
In daylight, this jacket simply looks like a black zip-up windbreaker, but it’s meant to be used in a dual capacity at night-time where it turns into this iridescent reflective material. “The allover iridescent reflective woven fabric is pliable and provides a stealthy view of visibility while doubling to provide protection with NB Wind Defy,” says Garabedian. “The Lucent Touch pocketing technology features a transparent protective film that acts as a touch screen for a pocket window that allows you to engage your phone through the screen to reduce the fuss and distraction of having to take it out.”
On November 7, runners will compete in the 50th New York City marathon, which New Balance is sponsoring. To celebrate the occasion, this windbreaker utilizes a gold and black color scheme that looks sharp year-round. “The number 50 is generally celebrated with gold, and the jet black main body is sleek and cool, with gold trims,” says Garabedian.
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