I'm anal retentive about mine. Making sure it's pinned on straight, that the safety pins aren't going to rip holes in my shirts and shorts, trying to avoid stabbing myself...
Ya know, the usual.
So when I found out about XRACEWEAR's line of shorts, tanks, and tees designed to help me avoid all that I was pretty excited. Their whole motto is #nosafetypins.
Plus, once I got into running Obstacle Course Races (OCR) I kept coming across people who had lost their bibs in the mud, crawling through obstacles. I mean, bonus for me, because those lost bibs had drink tickets attached to them... (Word to the wise, ALWAYS grab extra bibs. Seriously. Free drinks guys. GENIUS.) But that definitely had to suck for the person who lost their bib. Not only did they lose out on their free beer, but also the opportunity for pictures, since most races tag photos based on your bib number.
Not to mention all those lost safety pins in the mud, stabbing you as you try to army crawl under thousands of feet of barbed wire. OUCH!
Ladies, you know what I'm saying.
The waist band is elasticized and fit pretty well, although a little loose for me. Mostly because my ass-to-waist ratio is way off. I blame genetics for that one. But a quick fold of the waistband and they fit s snug as I wanted. Just tight enough to not worry about them falling down, not tight enough to cause muffin top.
It's super soft and fights just perfect. Little bit of a flare at the waist, so it doesn't bunch up.
I'm definitely a fan.
And as you can see in the photo from my Ragnar Relay, the bib numbers still show up great! A lot of people think that because it's zipped into a mesh pocket, you're not going to be able to read the number. But there it is, 17, clear as a bell.
*Note: You can't read the bib number on the shorts in the shot above, I know! But that is through no fault of the shorts. Seriously. So much the mud. This wasn't even the worst of it, but I had just finished swimming through a pool of it to get to the rope climb.
Anyways, if you, like me, lack the dexterity to operate a safety pin, or just want to avoid losing your bib in a sea of mud as you army crawl through your next OCR, you should totally check out XRACEWEAR. They've been awesome and the customer support is the best. They're a new startup company who has a great product. And while I only own black items, so far, I've definitely got my eye on adding some pink or purple to my collection soon...
OH! And they totally have stuff for dudes, too. I just didn't think I could review any of that. Since I haven't worn any of it. Because you know... I'm not a dude and all.