Born from the love of fashion and sport, three-time Ironman finisher, Melissa ‘Moo’ Harkins is the name behind the MooMotion label. With her watchful eye on each design of this new company, Harkins has pointed her label to real women striving for that delicate balance between work and play.
We enlisted the help of two testers (one newbie, and one seasoned athlete) to put the Hudson Tri Jersey and the Revolution Short through the ringer; everything from pool swims to long runs. “Being new in the sport, I’ve been terrified of squeezing myself into those tiny, tight, tri tops in the store. I was absolutely thrilled the first time I put on the Hudson Tri Jersey!” our tester gushed, “The longer length on the tri top and flattering design were great- I loved the understated look.”
The Hudson Tri Jersey, $87, comes in two colors and sizes XS to XL. Compared to other brands, the fit is more forgiving, so if you prefer your tri tops to be form hugging, you may want to size down. With a built-in, mesh bra and classic racerback fit, the top is comfortable regardless of the activity, and features reflective accents. Our seasoned athlete took her test to the pool first: “I usually prefer shorter tops, so they don’t flap around while I’m swimming without a wetsuit, but the Hudson Jersey had ‘give’ in the right places without filling with water or feeling billowy when in motion. In fact, the overall range of motion was great, and the top stayed put through each workout. “
In addition, our athletes reported that the silky smooth fabric is comfortable against the skin, and combined with the mesh scoop neck and side panels, it dries quickly after exiting the water.
The Revolution Short, $85, has a 7 inch inseam, comes in three colors and sizes XS to XL. The big feature for our testers was the wide waistband: “I’ve been doing tri’s for so long, I think I’ve just gotten used to the band of my shorts digging into my waist. The wider waistband on the Revolution Short is wonderful.”
Our newbie added with a laugh, “Is it OK for me to mention that it helps me hide that stomach ‘pooch’ I’m still working on? And the wide leg bands are fabulous also- no sausage legs!”
MooMotion carried the same moisture wicking fabric into the Revolution Short and made sure to add mesh panels for breathability as well as a large pocket on each side for nutrition; it also features a women specific chamois.
Overall, our testers were pleased with the results from the pieces. Our seasoned tester concluded, “Both the top and the short were great overall. For racing, I’m really picky, so I would probably wear something with more technical fabric. Unfortunately, more technical pieces aren’t very durable, so I have to save them for race day. That caveat aside, I would absolutely buy Moo Motion for all my training needs. The pieces felt durable and comfy- it’s a great brand.”
Our newbie had a different take: “For me, there’s no question. I cannot concentrate on the race if I’m worried about what I’m wearing; how I look, how it feels… it’s just not fun anymore. Being new in the sport, there are a lot of expenses and I want something that I can use in training and on race day. The Revolution Short was a flattering length and didn’t ride up at all, and the Hudson Tri Jersey made me feel comfortable and confident. I’m sold on MooMotion, as long as they don’t put the word “Moo” in big letters across my backside- that would be my one and only hesitation. I’ve already been looking for more shorts on their website!”