Here is three-time Olympic medalist Tori Bowie wearing the new hoodie.
Whether you’re crossing the starting line on race day, adding a few weight plates to the barbell before a deadlift, or tackling new choreography during a dance cardio class, getting in the right frame of mind is essential if you want to bring your A game.
Athletes use everything from motivational mantras (such as gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s pre-competition “I got this” whisper) to a mood-setting pre-race playlist to create a distraction-free zone. To help you get in a champion mindset, Adidas just launched a new line of apparel called Athletics, a collection that features their new Z.N.E. Hoodie. (Z.N.E. is an acronym for zero negative energy.) The concept behind the outerwear is that it will help athletes—including you—find focus before tackling a workout. The hoodie ($ 100, adidas.com), just launched this week and I had a chance to try it out after attending the launch event in NYC.
Ultimately, it’s what you’d expect a fitness hoodie to be. The mostly cotton fabric is heavy enough to transition to cooler temperatures. The full-zip is great (not enough hoodies use this IMO), and there’s ample space in the front zippered pockets for all of my goodies. Again, zippers are key—this means I won’t constantly be checking to see if my items have fallen out. I’ve been burned in the past.
Here I am, giving my best, don’t interrupt me while I’m in the editing zone look, along with a much nicer looking product shot from Adidas.
Here’s where it differs a bit: the high neck and hood depth. Once winter weather hits, this high neck (I’m talking nostril-level) is going to come in handy when it comes to protecting my neck and face against the cold, windy elements. And the hood accommodates everything: top knot—check, over-the-ear headphones—check, both of these things together—check. I tested it with a few different over-the-ear headphones and all fit. And while a jacket hood is great for eliminating distractions (small chat included), a deep hood that stays in place is also really great at protecting my curly hair from the rain when I’m wearing it straight. Win-win.
One thing I think is missing though, is a tiny slit or hole near the neck or chest to slip my headphone wire through—I like having options. But I guess we’ll all be transitioning to wireless headphones soon enough (thanks Apple).
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