Brooks Dash 1/2 Zip running top review - Women's Running

Brooks Dash 1/2 Zip running top review

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  September 27, 2021

Esther tests out this super-soft running top from Brooks


BROOKS Dash 1/2 Zip running top | 50 | Tester: Esther Newman

This cosy and lightweight running top is perfect for chillier weather

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I love this top. I’ve had an older version for years now, which I’ve worn on pretty much all my important autumn/winter training runs and races, so I see it as my lucky top. I even picked it up at the last minute for a marathon last year, when all I’d trained in up to that point was short sleeved tops. On a rainy autumn day, it’s a no brainer for me. The older version I’ve been running in is incredibly soft – something I thought was the product of hundreds of washes, but more on that later – and the collar does a fantastic job of protecting my neck from chafing from my hydration pack on those longer runs.

This new one, to my honest shock, is even softer – and on day one too: the fabric is so skin-soft and snuggly, that I’m happy to wear this all day – it doesn’t feel like your average wicking tee, it’s not sharp or shiny, just super super soft. The fact that it’s recycled polyester is almost by-the-by: it’s already a superb top, the green creds are a nice additional merit mark for Brooks. The fabric is quite brilliantly in-betweeny too: perfect for layering over or under, and great for spring/autumn running, as I’ve discovered. The arm length is nice and long, too, speaking as someone with longer arms, and you’re rewarded with those all-important thumbholes, and get this, one of the wrists even includes a drop-in pocket that’s perfect for a cash card. Very thoughtful – something I’ve come to expect from apparel design from Brooks. Mine is in a pinky coral, but they are also available in a lovely range of juicy block colours. My only small reservation is that this is now a little shorter in the body, which I’m sure is a design decision to avoid the top from riding up, but I personally prefer a little extra length in the body – because that’s what I have.

Available in sizes XS-XXL

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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