Originally posted on womensrunninguk.co.uk
In the fitness world, we’re forever being presented with new fitness clothing brands claiming to be “quality but affordable”. For once, I think I may have found a clothing brand that does, in fact, offer both. Hence why bellum active will be kitting out our pacers at the WR10K Race Series this year.
Bellum active was founded in 2013 by fitness fanatic Jodi Kerschl. A seasoned runner and triathlete, Jodi has competed in countless events from marathons to Iornmans. Striving to build a clothing brand that offers comfort and style when training and competing, Jodi established bellum – an “affordable range of stylish workout gear to suit the needs of all women”.
I tried out three pieces from bellum active while running, cycling and working out at the gym. Here’s what I thought…
Marbel Seamless Sports Tank (£31)
While a tank top isn’t my usual choice of cycling apparel, a humid but rainy Sunday afternoon left my winter cycling jersey redundant. I wore the Sports Tank under a lightweight, waterproof jacket and, in terms of temperature control, it was the perfect choice. The breathable mesh panels allowed ventilation in the typical “sweat areas”, keeping me nice and cool, and the technical fabric was sufficiently breathable. Although the ribbed panels looked pretty swish, they did cause the top to ride up a little when cycling. However, for gym activity, I don’t think you could go far wrong – particularly at only £31!
Chelsea Tank (£31)
My favourite piece of apparel from bellum active this season, the Chelsea Tank not only looks super fresh for summer in this gorgeous coral colour way but is extremely comfortable. Offering an “over-sized” fit that in no way clings, it allows you to move freely and is perfect for running and working out at the gym. If you like a lightweight material that isn’t too tight, the Chelsea Tank is perfect. The loose flowing cut actually makes this top look much like a fashion piece that could definitely be worn outside of your workouts. Be warned, though – the sizes come up very small, so always go up a size up!
Selena 3/4 Capri Tights (£36)
Usually, I’m either a shorts or full-length tights girl. The Capri length has always rattled me somehow – they’re too cold to run in in the winter and too hot for the summer, and are often missing a zip pocket in which to store your key. Nonetheless, I thought I’d give the bellum Selena Capri Tights a whirl on a late evening run this week and found that, actually, they were neither too hot nor too cold! The fabric was thick enough to keep me warm, despite the cool breeze to my calves, and offered a flattering, figure-hugging fit thanks to the elasticity of the fabric. I was also impressed by the quality; these tights hold their shape very well – even after several test washes. My only criticism is that they don’t have an internal draw cord, and while they don’t fall down, I think this would give a better fit and add an extra element of comfort. You’ll be pleased to know, though, they do have a zip pocket to store your keys – hurrah!