Is it really possible to improve a product that is already good to begin with? Tim Soar does not run out of approaches for this. ;)
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At first sight, the difference to the previous version does not seem to be big. The Mid-Temperature Top is a longsleeve for the colder season, which can be worn alone or with another shirt underneath.
Besides the zipper on the collar, there is also one on the side back where Soar has added a small pocket (mobile phone size).
The material consists of three different yarns to create a soft surface on the inside, to guarantee the necessary durability on the outside and to keep the whole top slightly elastic.
As small as the difference between version 2 and version 3 seems to be on paper, in practice, for me they’re two different tops. The new material is slightly thinner and also more elastic. When you put it on over a first layer, you have to coordinate the two layers on the sleeves a bit. At the same time, the elasticity is of course an advantage for freedom of movement – although this was certainly not a problem with the predecessor.
But at first I was a little worried that the thinner fabric would not keep me warm. I should have known better, because I made the mistake a few times with Soar and paid for it with my sweat ;) In direct comparison I have to admit that the winter usability has not changed at all. The Soar Mid-Temperature Top is simply a very good, universal long-sleeved top for the cold season.
It’s hard to believe that the Three Season Shorts are now going into their fourth season (little pun). For me, Version 3 of the shorts were already perfect, but Tim actually found room for improvement.
Fortunately, however, they only changed things where there was room for improvement. The very comfortable hip band was therefore allowed to stay as it was.
Also the zipper pocket in the back needed no revision. It offers (just about) enough space for a modern mobile phone and of course it also holds keys, gels or anything else.
The real improvement is only slightly visible in the image: the inner liner differs clearly from the previous one and has become much more comfortable. Hard to believe, but true. ;) The Italian material fits tightly around the thigh and is even a bit longer than usual.
All in all, the good functionality of the 2-in-1 shorts has remained the same. Thankfully. ;) The outer material offers good protection against cold or light rain, so you can really wear the shorts almost all year round. The new inner liner is definitely a comfort update – but for me it makes the Three Season Shorts more like a version 3.5. ;)
Socks are the latest addition to the product range at Soar. They are well made and offer everything you expect from running socks: a cushioning at the toes and heel, some compression in the right places and (if possible) long durability.
So far the Soar Crew Socks have not shown any weakness in this respect. They are certainly not necessarily meant for use in winter, but that didn’t make them less fun to run in. ;) I definitely like the independent, colorful design.
But Soar wouldn’t be Soar if it wasn’t for innovation in socks too. :) The All Weather Socks have two characteristics that distinguish them from the Crew Socks (and other running socks): they insulate (better) against cold and are water-repellent. Especially the second point is relatively easy to try out when you go running in “winter”.
But water repellent does not mean that you won’t get your feet wet anymore. If you stand in a deep puddle with your Soar socks, you will see what you get out of it ;) But the DWR treatment makes a difference if you start running again afterwards: the water just runs off again and leaves (halfway) dry feet – as far as your shoes allow it.
Soar All Weather Jacket 2.0
Just arrived has also an update of the ingenious All Weather Jacket. I have been running with the predecessor for two years now and I cannot praise this jacket highly enough. I know of no comparable product on the market.
The winter running jacket is wind- and (almost) waterproof without the need for a membrane. This of course also makes it very breathable and you never have the feeling of wearing a jacket. The new version has been improved in detail and is now available in black and orange. It is the most expensive product in the Soar range, but in a way it is also the most outstanding.
As always: very convincing
The reviewed products have convinced me once again that Soar stands for above-average function, innovation and quality. Of course, all this has its price, but it is justified in comparison with the performance offered. In any case, I am already very excited to see which new products Soar will be launching this summer.
This is where Thomas Pier writes about running and (much more than just the necessary) equipment. I don't run particularly fast or far. But I like to share my experiences as an ambitious recreational runner, curious early-adopter and as my own trainer.
I am happy about every digital contacting - but even more so about every kilometer run together.