Hylete Insignia Racer Top Review

Hylete Insignia Racer Top
3.6 Overall
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I came across the Hylete Insignia Racer Top when I was browsing the website for products to review. This was the first shirt I picked out. I wish I could say there was some gimmicking or fancy feature that drew me to the shirt, but it was the simplicity of the shirt that first caught my eye. The cut was attractive, and the material appeared to be a light and wicking. Sometimes less is more, and this top proves that point to be valid.

 

Hylete Insignia Racer Top Product Features   

It’s already an oven in Atlanta, and this shirt has consistently wicked away my sweat no matter what workout I’ve done. The material is light weight and breathable. The style is practical and simple, but also flattering. Not only does the narrow t-shape cut in the back allow full range of motion in the arms, it also shows off your shoulder and back muscles. I’ve had no issues with under arm chaffing while running distance or having the iatrogenic back boob effect secondary to the shirt cutting into my lats/ traps.

Hylete -Insignia- Racer- Top- and -Serenium -Zip -ShortsThe other notable style feature is the V shape front. The V shape prevents the shirt from rolling up at the bottom. The rolling effect is a big pet peeve of mine and 100% avoidable with the Hylete Insignia Racer Top. On formal measurement, the front length is about 2 inches longer than the sides. I was surprised that the difference was that large, but its not really visibly noticeable. There is also a mesh dart on the left side. This dart helps keep the slimming shape by avoiding the “Is she pregnant or just bloated?” look.

The cut of the shirt allows for a full range of motion in the arms and didn’t cause arm chaffing when running. Not only is the cut functional, its also flattering. The narrow t- shape in the back shows off your shoulders and back muscles.  You might as well look good while working out right?

Finally, the shirt is tagless. Tags are annoying. End of story. The shirt comes in sizes x-small to x-large, and it is also available  in four colors- mint, coral, black, and gray. I picked the coral because it works well with my skin tone. It makes me look sorta tan. We all know that tan fat= muscle. Duh.

 

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Hylete Insignia Racer Top Product Usage

The Hylete website has the models wearing this top while doing  inverted rows on rings, stretching to go for a run, and standing around looking all intense and hot. The close up pics show that the material is meant to be wicking and light weight. When I picked out this shirt, I envisioned myself using the shirt for HIIT classes, running, riding my bike trainer inside, or doing yoga. ( and of course standing around looking all intense and hot). I’ve used this shirt at least three times a week for the last month. Some of the high use is a reflection of me avoiding putting away laundry. Seriously, I  will keep wearing the same things straight from the dryer over and over and over again.  Mostly, the high utility is because this shirt seems to be the appropriate choice for most activities I’m doing. The only thing I didn’t wear this shirt for was soccer (only because we have jerseys) and riding my bike outside. There are no pockets for my gels and keys. Disclaimer, I have ridden this shirt while riding my bike on my wahoo kickr and in computrainer classes. I don’t needs pockets for gels or keys to train inside.  So, I basically used this shirt for everything.

Sizing

The shirt is meant to be a little flowing in the abdomen. I ordered a small to avoid it being tight in the belly. I was initially nervous that it may be a little large , but I’m happy with my small. My chest is a 31.5 and my waist is 25 -26 depending on the amount of Mexican food I ate the night before, so I tend to be in between x-smalls and smalls in tops. I wanted this shirt to be loose in the belly, and fitted enough in the shoulders to avoid excess material in the armpits that leads to chaffing on long runs. Their size chart does not even make sense if you look at chest width. I would just look at the women’s sizes to the far right to determine your size. I normally wear a 2, and its listed as the xsmall and small. Also, I didn’t want the shirt rolling up on me at the bottom, so I thought the extra ½ inch in length in the small would be helpful. On the small, from the lowest portion of the neck line to the lowest portion of the shirt is actually only 17 inches. So, basically, use your brain instead of their sizing guide.

 

Front Length Chest Width Women’s Sizes
X-Small 19½ 27½ 0-2
Small 20 29½ 2-4
Medium 20½ 31½ 4-6
Large 21 33½ 8-10
X-Large 21½ 35½ 10-12
measurements are in inches
Front Length – Measured from strap point
Chest Width – Measured 1″ below arm hole

              

Hylete Insignia Racer Top Durability

The material 85% Polyester  and 15% Spandex. I’ve been using this shirt pretty consistently for the last month. I’ve already noticed two areas of pilling/ fraying on the front. I even have a front load washer and dryer, so I can’t really blame it on the washing technique. You can barely see them, and I honestly wouldn’t have even noticed if I wasn’t going over everything meticulously for the review.

 

Pilling-on -Hylete- Insignia- Racer- Top

 

Hylete Insignia Racer Top Pros and Cons

     PROS

  • Simple, Flattering Design
  • Breathable and lightweight material
  • Cut that allows free range of motion in the arms
  • No back boob problems or chaffing
  • Tagless
  • Universal Design applicable to most activities
  • Hylete offers direct pricing without a middle man
  • The more you buy the more you save

  CONS

  • Already pilling after a month
  • No pockets
  • Use of brain required for sizing

 

Hylete Insignia Racer Top Conclusion

I love the Hylete Insignia Racer Top. I like it enough to get the other colors to add to my collection of athletic wear. The material is breathable. The cut is flattering and accommodating for all athletic endeavors. It looks good with shorts, long pants, or ¾ pants On the other hand, if it continues to pill up, Im gonna be super annoyed. I’ll update the review if it continues to happen.

 

 


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Melissa Smith

I'm a surgeon turned psychiatrist, a dog lover, and an over-extender. Soccer and triathlon are my main activities; however, I do a lot of cross training too. I'm originally from Selma, Alabama, but I'm proud to call Atlanta my current home.

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Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Review

Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts
2.8 Overall
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Hylete aims to provide functional, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing workout clothes. Their unique design allows gear to transition between multiple sports smoothly while maintaining a flattering cut. Hylete targets crossfitters/ cross trainers with their marketing pictures on their website. I picked the only pair of shorts that didn’t qualify as what my mom would call “booty shorts” to review. The Serenium short appeared to have a nice cut and enough spandex to allow comfort, but not so much spandex that felt like I was wearing “biker shorts” or “sliders”.   The Serenium shorts also seemed short enough to comfortably run in, but long enough to maintain my dignity while bending over for straight leg dead lifts.

Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Features

Side Pockets – The pocket location on the bilateral sides is a nice feature for cross training use. It helps to avoid any nasty zipper chaffing issues caused by traditional posterior zipper pocket locations. (There are times that I want to take my car key with me while I’m running. I don’t trust hiding my key on a car tire or tying the key to my shoes strings. You know in Atlanta that my car would be gone when I returned or my shoelaces would come untied somehow. I just feel safer with my key zipped up in a pocket.) All of my other running shorts only have zipper pockets in the middle of the back. While this posterior location works great for running, it does not work so much for lying on a floor. I have an amazing scar on my tailbone from the constant skin vs. zipper war while doing my ab exercises. With the Hylete Serenium shorts, I haven’t had any of those issues due to the zipper being placed laterally. Now, I have shorts I can run in, put a key in the side zip pocket, go straight to a HIIT class, and not have to worry about chaffing during AB mat abs from a pocket zipper.

Scalloped Leg Opening – The scalloped leg opening is flattering. No matter how many leg days I do or how many sports I play, I will always have a slight saddle bag on my outer thigh thanks to my genetics and love of queso. The scalloped cut did a perfect job of hiding this area. The shorts are fitted enough through the hips and butt due to the spandex, but slightly flared and scalloped at the leg opening to allow the leg to move freely. This also helps to avoid the short bottom cutting into your leg and causing a faux fat roll/accentuating any real fat roll or cellulite. Hylete hit the nail on the head with the aesthetics when it came to the leg opening.

 

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Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Usage

When I was browsing the Hylete website, the chicks were using these shorts while they were pushing tires and lifting weights. It seemed like they were good for cross training, so I wore the shorts for lifting weights, high intensity interval group training as well as shorter runs and some longer runs for my 70.3 training. I wanted these to be my new favorite shorts. I was really sold on the whole side pocket allowing for running and training thing.

However there was a down side – I’ll probably end up retiring them to the lounge shorts drawer for a couple of different reasons. First, there is no built in underwear or liner. Second, the material wasn’t thick enough. Let me explain. I’m just the type of person who isn’t going to wear underwear and then shorts on top to work out. My ass has a tendency to eat whatever the first layer is no matter what. My thought process is the following: there might as well be a hidden first layer for my butt to munch on while the outer layer is deceptively in place. Plus, the built in underwear seems to ride up less overall compared to regular underwear. Also, if I’m stretching/ on the floor doing some move, I don’t want to worry about flashing any goods. The built in underwear would prevent the potential flashing issues; furthermore, there is no built in liner in the crotch like you would see in running capris or running shorts. Guys probably don’t have the same issues as women, but for people who have had kids or just have a weak pelvic floor in general, that extra liner portion is nice. No one wants to see your pee drops in the crotch from either sneezing or having 100 double unders that day. Lastly, there isn’t enough structure to the shorts. Yes, its nice to have light and breathable material, but there simply isn’t enough weight in the material to keep them from riding up. So, you have no inner underwear layer AND the material is so light is rides up. This just doesn’t work out for a lady with Hungry Butt Syndrome. When I was running, I definitely had a wedgie that I had to keep picking out.

Additional Note –

The website said, “This style runs large. It is recommended to order one size down”. When I ordered a small, Hylete automatically sent me an XS instead of a small. I’m not sure if this was an error or them accounting for the size running large. In the end, I actually needed a small ( what I originally ordered). So, I had to call and email to get the size adjusted. Maybe sending me the extra small was just an error? I would hope a company respects any adult’s decision making capacity and autonomy enough to send them the size they ordered instead of being paternalistic and adjusting the order without discussing it first

Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Durability

Due to an initial sizing issue, I’ve only had the correct size for about two weeks, so it’s hard to comment on the durability yet. They aren’t overtly flimsy and poorly made, but I also haven’t put them through the ringer. The material is a blend of 89% polyester and 11% spandex. I’ll keep an eye on whether they stretch out or hold up. I will update the review after more uses.

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Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Side Pockets help to avoid chaffing while cross training
  • Flattering Scalloped leg opening
  • More discounts with more items purchased
  • Direct selling helps reduce overall cost of product

Cons

  • No built in underwear or liner
  • Not enough structure to the material
  • Contraindicated for women with HBS (aka Hungry Butt Syndrome)

Hylete Serenium Zip Pocket Shorts Conclusion

Overall, I wasn’t that impressed with these shorts. If I had gone into a store to try them on, I would not have purchased them. Playing devil’s advocate, these statements probably have a lot more to do with my personal preference on liners and the fact that I’m a “betweener” in sizes. The Hylete Selenium Zip shorts should be tried out around the house before taking off the tags, maybe you will have better luck.

 


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