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Janji Runterra Short Sleeve - Women's Review

An easy-to-wear tee that transitions from running to daily life with ease
Janji Runterra Short Sleeve - Women's
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Price:  $48 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Classic look, soft fabric, sleeves fit well
Cons:  Looks like a basic cotton tee, slower drying speed
Manufacturer:   Janji
By Paige Klugherz ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 21, 2021
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  • Comfort - 30% 8
  • Breathability - 30% 6
  • Drying Speed - 20% 6
  • Features & Versatility - 20% 7

Our Verdict

Known for their commitment to sustainability and supporting access to clean water around the world, Janji's Runterra Short Sleeve is a responsible take on the classic cotton tee. With super soft fabric and a great fit, it's easy to throw on for both running and day-to-day life. Although not the lightest of tech tees and not our pick for the hottest days of summer, it's still a comfy option for those runners who miss the days when cotton race tees reigned supreme in running style.

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Pros Classic look, soft fabric, sleeves fit wellSuper comfortable, breathable, quick drying, versatileUltralight, super breathable, packs small, smooth and stretchy fabricVery breathable, quick-drying, flattering fit, raglan sleevesLightweight, breathable, packs small
Cons Looks like a basic cotton tee, slower drying speedHeavier than some, only one small reflective decalDelicate fabric, not as versatileHigh cut underarms, fabric can snagSnaggable fabric
Bottom Line An easy-to-wear tee that transitions from running to daily life with easeAn all-around lightweight winner with high performance that can withstand endless milesUnbelievably light and breathable, this is the shirt for hot summer daysThis highly breathable and comfortable tee can handle running in any weatherThis 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...
Comfort (30%)
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9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Breathability (30%)
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8.0
9.0
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8.0
Drying Speed (20%)
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Features & Versatility (20%)
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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
Seam Type Overlock Flatlock Flatlock Flatlock Flatlock
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.

Performance Comparison


This mid-weight tee is comfy in moderate temps and still does well...
This mid-weight tee is comfy in moderate temps and still does well when it's warm.
Photo: Paige Klugherz

Comfort


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 Runterra has a relaxed but still fairly slim fit. Look closely...
The Runterra has a relaxed but still fairly slim fit. Look closely, and you can see the sweat mark where our running vest had been resting. It didn't take too long to dry, but we did sweat more in this one than in some of the truly ultralight tees.
Photo: Paige Klugherz

Breathability


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.

We took it along some hot, exposed ridgelines to test its...
We took it along some hot, exposed ridgelines to test its breathability.
Photo: Paige Klugherz

Drying Speed


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.

Middle of the pack when it comes to weight, this is a good option...
Middle of the pack when it comes to weight, this is a good option for moderate temps.
Photo: Paige Klugherz

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.

An integrated hang tab with a bit of motivation!
An integrated hang tab with a bit of motivation!
Photo: Paige Klugherz

Value


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.

Conclusion


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.

Easy to wear around all day and then head straight to the trails!
Easy to wear around all day and then head straight to the trails!
Photo: Paige Klugherz

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