Janji Runterra Short Sleeve - Women's Review
Cons: Looks like a basic cotton tee, slower drying speed
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Janji Runterra Short Sleeve - Women's
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|Pros||Classic look, soft fabric, sleeves fit well||Super comfortable, breathable, quick drying, versatile||Ultralight, super breathable, packs small, smooth and stretchy fabric||Very breathable, quick-drying, flattering fit, raglan sleeves||Lightweight, breathable, packs small|
|Cons||Looks like a basic cotton tee, slower drying speed||Heavier than some, only one small reflective decal||Delicate fabric, not as versatile||High cut underarms, fabric can snag||Snaggable fabric|
|Bottom Line||An easy-to-wear tee that transitions from running to daily life with ease||An all-around lightweight winner with high performance that can withstand endless miles||Unbelievably light and breathable, this is the shirt for hot summer days||This highly breathable and comfortable tee can handle running in any weather||This airy running shirt will keep you cool in the heat of summer|
|Rating Categories||Janji Runterra Shor...||Salomon XA Tee - Wo...||Patagonia Capilene...||Oiselle Flyout Shor...||Outdoor Research Ec...|
|Drying Speed (20%)|
|Features & Versatility (20%)|
|Specs||Janji Runterra Shor...||Salomon XA Tee - Wo...||Patagonia Capilene...||Oiselle Flyout Shor...||Outdoor Research Ec...|
|Weight||3.03 (size S)||2.93 oz (size S)||1.69 oz (size XS)||2.86 oz (size 4)||1.9 oz (size XS)|
|Material||70% cotton/30% polyester||89% polyester, 11% elastane||Polyester double knit||65% polyester/32% TENCEL/3% spandex||100% polyester|
|Reflective Areas?||Yes, logo on back hem||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|UPF?||No||No||No||Yes, 15||Yes, 15|
|Odor Control?||Yes, "volcanic particles embedded within the fabric"||Polygiene||Polygiene||No||AirVent|
|Zip Neck Option?||No||No||No||No||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Runterra tee hits the mark as a combo of a classic cotton tee and an unfussy running top.
Made of a blend of Supima cotton — particularly soft and durable — and tech polyester for high output performance, the Runterra is a breeze to wear. We particularly love the fit with its high crew neck for sun coverage and slightly longer sleeves to protect our upper arms. The top shoulder seams sit slightly back from the top of your shoulders, making it more comfortable underneath a pack. The length also feels perfect — not too long or too short — and the fabric has a slight stretch.
The polyester tech fabric that makes up about a third of the fabric blend of the Runterra utilizes microscopic volcanic ash that naturally thermoregulates. This may sound a bit out there, but it's actually a technology called 37.5 (referring to your body's natural temperature in centigrade) and is used by a number of other leading outdoor brands — so we're on board! This shirt is definitely more breathable than a traditional or thicker cotton shirt, but during testing, we noticed that this one got a bit sweatier under a running vest than some of the other non-cotton shirts.
As a mid-pack performer when looking at drying speed, this shirt is great for moderate temperatures. Since it is primarily cotton, we wouldn't want to be wearing it in cold weather. Cotton doesn't insulate when it's wet and absorbs more water than synthetic fabric. So if it rains or you sweat on a cold day, you're more likely to get really cold really fast. However, if your running conditions trend more toward hot, dry, and sunny, cotton can actually be a good choice since it will stay wetter and cool you down a bit as that moisture evaporates.
Features & Versatility
With a straightforward, no-frills style, the Runterra actually gains some versatility because it's easy to use for just about anything. It's long enough to wear under a climbing harness, stretchy enough for a good post-run foam roll session, and since it's not made of shiny polyester, you're likely to find yourself wanting to wear it casually, as well. Although we wish it had a reflective decal somewhere, we like the integrated hang tab, and we think this would be a great travel shirt.
If you're viewing the Runterra as just a normal t-shirt, its price point may feel a bit steep. But if you consider that it can be both a shirt to run in as well as a shirt to run around town in, then its value definitely increases in our eyes. With overall high-quality construction, we'll certainly get a lot of wear out of this shirt.
If you're looking for something comfy, classic, and relaxed, you'll be a fan of Janji's take on the running shirt. Breathable and easy to wear, we think you'll be using this one for both a lot of miles and a lot of recovery time on the couch.
— Paige Klugherz