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I'll start by saying that I don't run any great distance. Cardio for me means cross-trainer, bike or rowing machine. Anything that's not high impact. I have an old injury in my back that even medium distance running will trigger. The reason for this backstory is to explain why I have a singlet designed for running. It was a present. Simple as.
Even though I don't run, I get sweaty enough in my cardio and weights session. And this is where this Hermes top really does start to shine. The fabric appears to separate sweat from my skin. It does this really well. So well, it's almost like sorcery. Removing the top post-workout is a doddle, and I don't feel like I am stretching the material beyond its design or risking a tear. Even better, the top doesn't need washing after every workout. After it has dried, it seems as fresh as when it first came out of the packet. This freshness does fade exponentially with further visits to the gym, though.
I have the black on black version, which you can't see in this picture. Nicely understated, I think it looks far better than white and far less garish than orange. There is, apparently a "Carribean" colour, which I've not seen but will leave to your imagination. It certainly doesn't show the sweat anywhere as badly. It also hides the mesh inserts which look rather pretentious. All that stands out is the reflective logo, front and back.
The material will stretch and nicely shows off my shoulders and arms. Unfortunately, I still have a little Christmas belly, but it manages to hide as best as it can. It boasts UV protection, which I can't really understand. Either my skin is covered, or it is not. A bit of ill thought out marketing fluff, perhaps.
If you thought this top was made by Hermes, the Paris based high fashion house, you would be wrong. It is named after the Greek god fella with the winged sandals. The manufacturer is ASICS, a Japanese company with a turnover in excess of two hundred billion dollars that I have never, ever heard of before. If you are wondering what the acronym stands for, it is the Latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano" A healthy soul in a healthy body. Yeah, me too.
In summary, this is a great top that makes me look good. It provides me with the incentive I need to keep plugging away, and several gym buddies have already asked where I got it from. I didn't buy it, but it was bought through Amazon. A quick search there shows it currently listed for £12.50.
Asics Hermes Singlet SS12. Run - Singlets. Asics Hermes Running Singlet SS12 This performance singlet is made of the quick-drying, textured mesh of Cationic polyester to wick away moisture, as well as set in sleeves for speed. Asics Hermes Singlet Features: Texturized mesh provides ....