If a brand is called the Swedish “Tracksmith”, my interest is aroused. Especially since I have only had the best experiences with Scandinavian manufacturers so far.
Sponsored Post: YMR Track Club provided me with the products for this review at my request. This had no influence on the content of my post. The article is written indipendently and reflects exclusively my personal experiences.
YMR Track Club
The still young label was only founded in 2017. Peter Häggström Lindecrantz wanted to revive the style of his club IK Ymer from the 70s. Actually, it was probably only meant to celebrate the 100th birthday of the club, but it quickly became more than that – which was probably not entirely unconnected to an article in the Vogue. ;)
Peter produces his clothes only locally, using the long textile tradition of the Sjuhärad region in Västergötland where he lives. To him, recycling is a big priority and so the collection Norr Mälarstrand is made from the polyester of recycled PET bottles. Of course, the fabrics are certified Eko-Tex Class1 and his factory probably also adheres to high environmental standards.
If you click through the offer on the YMR Track Club website, you will quickly notice that the colours of the pieces are simply really good. The Norr Mälarstrand Tight is not only available in this beautiful wine red, but also in blue and green. You can see the 70s style – especially when it comes to the cuffs and the closure cord. Yes, this is an old-school cord. Not made of hemp, but similarly unyielding. ;)
But old-school doesn’t mean unfashionable. Of course, it was also thought of a smartphone pocket in the back. And that really can be transported there comfortably.
The material, designed for cold winter temperatures, has also been provided with small reflective applications. The leg end is secured by a rubber, but has no zipper. I really liked the fit overall – even though the tight is not as tight on top as I am used to from other models. So it makes sense to use the drawstring as well. ;)
You won’t find quite as classic elements in the Norr Mälarstrand Longsleeve. I think it is rather very modern. And not only because of the recycled material!
It has a very pleasant cut: not too wide, not too tight. Just the way I like to wear it. What struck me most, apart from the beautiful colour, is the structure of the fabric. It has a waffle-like surface and is also pleasantly soft – almost luxurious. ;)
The details have not been forgotten by YMR Track Club either. So there is a very practical thumb hole, which is so well “hidden” that I had overlooked it at first.
On top of it (little play on words) I also got a cap for testing. And “warm cap” really means warm in Sweden!
But no matter how vintage the design may be: the Beanie is of course not made of wool, but of modern (and much easier to clean) synthetic fibres. As usual it is only available in one size, but in several beautiful colours.
Other interesting products
YMR Track Club did not only catch my attention because they deliver “running classics” in a particularly beautiful design. While browsing through the products I also found very unique pieces.
This wine-red plush sweatshirt for example, is really great. Maybe it’s not really something for running training, but it would definitely make it on my wish list.
I just as much like the singlets and shorts – especially because of the colors.
What can I say: I just love beautiful design. :) But of course only if the stuff also fulfills its function at the same time. And that is definitely the case with YMR. Fit, comfort and material are very good for both the tight and the longsleeve. Although the tight is not “lined” or roughened from the inside, it can be worn very well even in winter. The back pocket is really wonderfully large, so that my mobile phone had really enough space inside. I will certainly be able to wear the longsleeve from autumn to spring.
YMR Track Club is an exciting new discovery. I don’t just like design and function: Eco-Tex certification and Recycling are just as good arguments to take a closer look at this young Swedish brand.
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.