Kit review: Kalenji summer kit

I’ve been after some pattered running tights forever, but I have two fundamental problems with the brand that make the majority of them: they are bloody expensive, and they sponsor and support numerous drug cheats in athletics, something I am deeply opposed to.

I’ve run in Kalenji (from Decathlon) shoes and bits of clothing before, and really liked them, so when they brought out their new collection of summer running clothing and shoes, I was the first to want to get my hands on some, knowing that their kit is generally well priced and good value.

Their Elioplay tights instantly caught my eye, with a pattern that’s vibrant and eye catching, but not nauseating, and I was impressed when they arrived and I took them for a run; they’re comfortable, surprisingly flattering, and have a good pocket in the side of the leg, intended for an iPod, but also well sized for a phone, keys or a gel.

Elioplay tightsThey have a wide, flat waistband that stops the muffin top that thin drawstring waists can cause, and if they had a back zip pocket, I have to say they’d be just about perfect, and are even comfy enough for yoga (where I was complimented a lot on them!). One note though: I think they run slightly small, as I am a UK size 8, and the M size of these is about right.

I also road-tested their new Elioprime shoes, marketed for women weighing 60-90kg, running for up to 90 minutes, 3 times a week- and I have to say, I think they’ve got it pretty spot on. The shoes are light, and fit true to size, but more supportive than I’d have expected, as well as looking great. Okay, I probably wouldn’t marathon train in them, but that’s not what they’re for- I’ve run up to 10 miles in complete comfort in them, as well as wearing them around with skinny jeans. In terms of gait, I slightly overpronate, and found that the Bipron technology Kalenji claim will reduce overpronation to be pretty good- I didn’t come back with any of the knee pain I sometimes suffer.

Kalenji Elioprime shoes

For the end of the market that they occupy, I really do think Decathlon are doing really well here, for producing well thought-out kit that performs like it’s from a higher price point, especially now the design is on a par with more expensive brands.

I was sent the leggings and shoes from Decathlon’s latest kit range to test and review, but all opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post.

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