Why are running tops so gopping?

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Given the huge range of colours available, why are tops invariably Pure White, Pure Black, Pure Blue, Pure Red, or some hideous combinations of one with an insert of the other?
Is there a good reason for designers limiting themselves to the 3 felt tip pens that you had at junior school when the rest of the world has realised that there's a wealth of subtle hues to be found between the retina burning primary colours.
Is there some unwritten law that the designer must have graduated from the Fisher Price school of colour selection before being allowed near running clothes? It doesn't seem so prevalent in other outdoor sports, so why are running hues so uniquely stuck in the 70's?
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And does anyone make running tops in something more pleasant?

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  • Shorts only come in black or navy, it's a Gwok thing!!
  • Given that I just sweat all over them, then throw them in the wash, I don't really care what colour my running tops are.

    At least, as a bloke, you don't get a choice of pink, pink, pink and, well, pink in everything.

  • What colour(s) did you have in mind, Ian?  I have tops in white, black, red, blue, blue with red and white sections, yellow, yellow and black, orange and purple.
  • I quite like vibrant running tops, I really like my lime green running tops and rocket red (its really a posh name for orange) its nice to wear a bright colour that I could not get away with in my everyday life.. I think its the same reason why I like wearing my lyrcra skin shorts.
    Just realised how camp that sounds.. perhaps there is a closet for me to come out of at some point .. lol 

  • LOL! Top ranting Ian!

    I quite like my bright green t-shirt (6€ from Decathlon). Fecking hideous but at least cars can see you.

  • What colour(s) did you have in mind, Ian?
    Something a bit more earthy, browns, burnt oranges etc.
    Something a bit more in tune with the countryside that I'm running though rather than the colours of the discarded crisp packet wafting across the trail by a carpark.
    I do appreciate i'm sounding a bit gok, and anyone knows more normal state of attire would find it even more laughable image
  • 'Gok' and 'gopping' are new words for me.

    <scribbles in notebook for future use>

  • I read the title as gapping not goppingimage

    was just going to say shut up moaning and put some weight on........................but now i have learnt a new wordimage

  • Ian M wrote (see)
     Something a bit more earthy, browns, burnt oranges etc. Something a bit more in tune with the countryside that I'm running though rather than the colours of the discarded crisp packet wafting across the trail by a carpark.

    Are you trying to sneak up on the wildlife Ian?  image

    Actually quite a lot of manufacturers use browns, greens, burnt orange etc. - have you tried outdoor manufacturers like north face rather than a dedicated running brand?  They use the same fabrics.....

  • Are you trying to sneak up on the wildlife Ian? image

    Well it is the start of the rutting season in the dogging spots of rural Hertfordshire, so it seems a shame to startle them image
    Yeah, at the moment I tend to wear TNF, Patagonia and similar. It just seems surprising that marketing departments for runners seem a bit limited in their outlook.

  • Canterbury do a nice image pink for the lads.

    Tigerlily wrote (see)
    Ian M wrote (see)
     Something a bit more earthy, browns, burnt oranges etc. Something a bit more in tune with the countryside that I'm running though rather than the colours of the discarded crisp packet wafting across the trail by a carpark.

    Are you trying to sneak up on the wildlife Ian?  image

    If you can afford it icebreaker do some good earth tones, though for sheep you still want white.

  • Urban Dictionary has an alternative definition for the word 'gopping'.

    I've got tops in pink, orange, maroon, earthy brown - maybe girls get more choice?

  • I can see the appeal of duller colours for running off-road but if I'm running along roads I like to be very visible to reduce the chance of getting run over.  I suspect that's why bright colours are more popular.

  • I don't get me wrong, I like bright colours - this is what I wear on my bike this time of year-


    and I wish they did a similar one for on foot.

    It's just the shit primary ones I can't stand image
  • This may seem a stupid question, but why can't you just wear that one for running as well as cycling??  I'm sure the wildlife won't look at you and snort at your fashion faux pas.
  • My kit's all black with lime green - latest Nike range, and I love it..
  • I think if the colour of your running gear is troubling you, you haven't really much to worry about.

    The big things are too depressing to think about image

    This may seem a stupid question, but why can't you just wear that one for running as well as cycling??

    Too hot for running.
  • Devoted2Distance wrote (see)

    I think if the colour of your running gear is troubling you, you haven't really much to worry about.

    Count yourself lucky. 


    LOL!

    How dare someone start such a trivial thread.

    Bigger things to worry about include:

     http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?UTN=164999&URN=1&dt=4&srchdte=0&cp=1&v=6&sp=

  • Think that's an own goal D2D image

    What about Foska? http://www.foska.com/running-vests/?sef_rewrite=1

    ooh - even get free pasta when you buy a running top.


  • http://www.foska.com/images/detailed_images/Spam-Road-back.jpg

    Wahey!  Straight from the Chinese warehouse!  image

  • beware of Foska running vests - for fellas they are nipple shredders par excellence....
  • ... and their choice for females is limited.
  • During the working week I have to wear very sober business suits and sensible ties. When running I like to dress up like a superhero in lycra and day-glo primary colours and run about in public.

    I had never realised just how odd this is until now.

  • I like black running kit, especially at this time of year, but wish it came with some decent patterns on. Skulls, bats or stars would be nice.
  • Kicked-It wrote (see)

    During the working week I have to wear very sober business suits and sensible ties. When running I like to dress up like a superhero in lycra and day-glo primary colours and run about in public.

    I had never realised just how odd this is until now.
    Nothing odd about it at all. Worked for Peter Parker and Clark Kent image
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