It wasn’t so long ago that “women’s workout attireâ€ was almost exclusively Jazzercise-friendly leotards, ill-fitting gym shorts and nothing but cotton. We’ve come a long way since then ladies, but I can honestly say that in the past few years the emphasis on function and comfort in workout attire has also been (mercifully) merged with a focus on fashion. I’m resolutely against the entire “pink it and shrink itâ€ philosophy of many brands, and so when I spot a new company doing interesting things to up the women’s workout clothing game—I’m all in. It might be somewhat selfish: I do not look good in a leotard.
Melissa Moo, founder of MooMotion, is no fashion (or triathlon) newbie. Moo is both a Parsons School of Design graduate and three-time Ironman finisher. The continued inspiration for her New York City-based line of women’s race and training attire is simple: to challenge what “triathlon attireâ€ should look like while making sure every stitch, pocket and fabric choice is 100-percent comfortable and functional.
There are four styles within the MooMotion line, but I went with the Serenity, which features both a jersey and pair of cycling shorts. The jersey’s most striking feature is the keyhole cross back design, which shows slightly more skin than your average racing top. I found the cuts in the top to be incredibly flattering, and I especially appreciated the drop at the back hem so the top extends down over the shorts just the right amount. There’s nothing I hate more than feeling like I’m constantly having to adjust the back and/or front of my top while running or riding, and with this top that didn’t happen once. The color tones aren’t too flashy and definitely not too girlie. The rear pockets are decently sized, and there’s even a cleavage pocket for that extra little bit of cash or chapstick.
When going for the keyhole back, it’s important to consider your own support needs. I’m not a big girl up there (see above comment on not looking good in leotards), but if I was racing I would probably prefer either a size smaller (I tested the small and I am a 34B) or I would have worn it with a sports bra, which would have undone a lot of the top’s fashionable qualities. But for a quick run or summertime bike ride, you really can’t go wrong—it’s a great top to show off those delts you’ve been spending so many hours developing.
The Serenity shorts are like butter. The no-gripper design on the thighs is always a gamble because a lot of time they ride up, but I trained more than once in these and they stayed put completely. Far and away my favorite detail on the shorts was the chamois. I could write a thesis on the importance of a good chamois (and if you’ve ever discovered you’re riding with a bad chamois you feel my pain), but this one was one of the better ones I’ve ever tested. It’s on the thicker side for one found in a race kit, but at the same time it seems proportionally smaller than the fuller coverage chamois found in strictly cycling shorts. I’ve always felt that too many companies simply slap the same-shaped chamois in both their men’s and women’s cycling attire, and it always makes me want to scream: “Have you never learned anatomy?â€ The MooMotion chamois is most definitely designed for the female form, and it does make a difference.
I like side-stash pockets, but some people don’t. If you aren’t a fan, just don’t put anything in them. The extra-wide waistband is one of those figure-flattering must haves these days, and while it’s more commonly seen in yoga and Pilates attire, it works perfectly well for endurance sports. Again, the cut is really a big player in these shorts. Not too boxy, not too tight, and just enough give and take in all the right places. Let’s be honest: it’s rare that you can put on a racing kit and not really mind the way it makes your butt look. I felt the shorts fit more true to size than the top, but if you’re in between sizes I still would suggest going a size down. Both the top and the bottom have UPF 50+ sun protection built in, as well as reflective piping for low-light visibility.
Overall, the MooMotion line is another example of women’s workout clothing continuing to make big strides in the right direction.