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Path Projects Review: Crafting the Perfect Running Clothes
A Doctors of Running Team Editorial

Path Projects is a premium apparel company that aims to provide quality running clothing for any terrain. The clothing is made with runners in mind, placing an emphasis making clothing that is light, moisture-wicking, durable, and protective. Their fabrics feature a lot of stretch for comfort, without overstretching the material, which goes back to the durability and long term use. We tested several of their line to learn more about the brand and offer some of our thoughts on the growing apparel brand.


Path Projects Items Tested in this Review
Path Logo Short Sleeve Shirt
Graves PX Running Shorts
Killiam PX Pant
Pyrenees T19 Hooded Long Sleeve
Zion Cap
Rainer Cap
Muir Cap

Note: Path Projects currently focuses on Men's apparel.


Path Logo Short Sleeve Shirt
Price: $41
Material: 74% polyester / 19% tencel / 7% Spandex single jersey

David Salas, Senior Contributor
: The material is very soft on skin and is comfortable for active and lifestyle wear. The fit and dimensions are good throughout and works well for movement. The casual fit dimensions are sound and should work for a good variety of individuals not being too slim or too spacious.

Though comfortable, the material does run on the warmer end. For slightly cooler temps in the 50's or 60's the shirt works well for easy days and could work for workouts and hard efforts as long as it doesn't heat up too much. Being on the Central Coast in California, a lot of the runs are in the 70's and I feel like that's right where this gets a little too warm for those harder efforts. Otherwise a solid option for easy day morning runs. 

Positives: Soft and well-fitting
Negatives: Runs warm for summer temperatures



Graves PX Running Shorts
Price: $49
Material: 100% polyester

Bach Pham, Content Manager: The Graves PX is Path Project's most traditional running short, with two zippered pockets, a rear zip pocket, and a zippered key pocket. I found this to be a great easy day, long run short. The material in this pair is a fairly structured throughout rather than loose and freeing like some shorts can be. It can definitely take a beating and is top-notch for those looking for a durable pair to handle trails. The material feels very sturdy and confident. It being structured and keeping form also helps with navigating bushy areas, whereas a looser pair of shorts may get pulled and twisted. Path shorts are somewhat unique in that it is unlined, providing a lot of inherent breathability. Path sells base liners for those who need it, but I found the shorts to feel good as is. Comfort-wise, they are not as soft as a Vuori, but they fit extremely well and you can feel the quality of the technical material through the run. They've held up well to several long runs for me, providing no chafing issues of any kind. The material also does a nice job of wicking on the run and keeping dry.

I found the fit to be true-to-size. It does run a touch slim down the leg. If you have a broader thigh, unless you are looking for a tighter fit, you may want to consider a size up.

The pockets are generously sized. The rear pocket fits my iPhone 12 perfectly and is relatively light on bounce, but a little wiggly for faster workouts. It can hold a bigger phone, but the weight seems like it would be a little much for the integrity of the pants. The pockets all have YKK zippers which feel very satisfying to zip and good durability. There is plenty of room for gels and are easy to access on the move.

Positives: Well-fitting, sturdy, and durable pants perfect for almost any condition. Great rear phone pocket, and sturdy side pockets
Negatives: Not for those looking for minimal or completely free range of movement



Killam PX Pant
Price: $82
Material: 100% Polyester

Nathan Brown, Senior Contributor: The Killam PX Running pants have become my favorite pants to run in this fall. They are very lightweight and have a very even fit throughout. There is a nice taper to the legs, preventing excess movement of the pant while running. There is just enough stretch in the material so the pants do not feel restricted. The material is a cross between sweatpants and wind pants. This means they give mild wind resistance but are still breathable. It's currently in the 30s (F) and they've been a great option for those mornings and I could see them working well in the 20s as well. Once it drops below that, I would like an additional layer given the breathability. Stylistically, they are more sporty in nature than some of the other athleisure clothing options (like Vuori). 

The storage in the pants is also fantastic. These pants, though I'm using them for road running, have enough pockets available for longer trail runs. There are 5 zipped pockets: two in the front, one in the center in back, and then two lateral back pockets. The center back pocket is big enough to fit an iPhone 12 (what I have) and holds it relatively steady. The rest of the pockets are wonderful for stuffing in some fuel. I've been very impressed and these are my favorite piece that I was sent from Path. For reference, I am 5'10" and 160# and got a size small. The end of the pants sit just below my ankle bones (malleoli) which is perfect for running. Finally, there are zippers at the ankles for easy on/off.

Positives: Lightweight yet a bit of wind resistance, storage versatility, fit
Negatives: Not for very cold weather (unless used as a layer), front pockets have a bit of a small opening


Pyreness T19 Hooded Long Sleeve
Price: $69
Material: 74% polyester / 19% tencel / 7% Spandex single jersey

Nathan Brown, Senior Contributor: Living in Wisconsin, the use of this hoodie will be best for early fall and then in the spring. Once it really cools down, it will probably get used as a layer if at all. The difficulty for use as a layer for me comes from some of the hood and sleeve construction (more on that soon). The hoodie is made of thin and soft material and has an overall relaxed fit. The hood has a turtle neck construction and is nice to prevent some cold air around the neck. However, I've found the hood works best when wearing a hat to prevent the front of the hood from coming down over the face. The left sleeve has an opening for continual access to the watch, and both sleeves have slots for your thumbs to add some warmth to the hands. The sleeves are overall on the longer side so that the thumb holes are easily used. This hoodie is very comfortable and also a great option for casual wear. 

Positives: Very comfortable material, crosses over as casual wear
Negatives: Slightly sloppy hood, bunchy sleeves if you don't use the thumb holes


Zion Cap
Price: $31
Material: 100% polyester

Bach, Content Manager
: The Zion Cap by Path is aimed to be their lightest model for summer runs. It features a very thin material nestles neatly over head with a medium brim. Breathability-wise, it sits somewhere between the Muir and Badlands cap, using its thinness as the method of breathing. The cap has a very soft touch which feels good even after a longer effort. The Zion, however, is also their smallest model. This model only has a head circumference of 57.8 while the Badlands goes up to 62.5. For me, I had to take it to the almost greatest width to fit over head, and just barely was able to keep the cap on. The velcro does do a good job of tightening and keeping the cap securely on though.

This will be best for anyone with a smaller head and likes a shallow cap fit.

Positives: Very lightweight, breathable cap that will carry you through many summer miles. Dries quickly.
Negatives: Fit is best for those with a smaller head circumference


Muir Cap
Price: $30
Material: 92% polyester/8% polyurethane fabric

Nathan Brown, Senior Contributor
: I utilize running hats for every run, so I was excited to try out another brand. I have been using Ciele and Fractel hats for a while, but this was my first time in Path. Overall the hat has a slightly larger fit (in overall circumference) than some of of the other Ciele and Fractel hats I've worn. This means that (for me and my small head) the cap does not fit flush with my head but has a bit of a bubble between my hair and the cap around the sides. In terms of depth, it fits very well and sits just above my ears without any pressure. Regardless of the slight bubble around the front, the material is very lightweight, comfortable, and stays secure on my head while running. This material also is a bit more synthetic feeling, which helps contribute to quick drying in warmer weather. The adjustment on the back is velcro, which works fine but is less seamless than a slat adjustment. There are small holes throughout the cap which also makes it breathable.

Positives: Appropriate depth of the cap, lightweight, moisture wicking/quick drying is effective
Negatives: Velcro adjustment on the back, slightly wide fit (for my head)



Badlands Cap

Price: $29
Material: 100% poly micro perforated front and visor

David Salas
, Senior Contributor: The Badlands cap is incredibly lightweight and breathes well. This is definitely a hot weather cap that doesn't hold a lot of moisture when you are sweating. Aesthetics are really nice and the ability to collapse the hat and fit it wherever you need it is a big plus. Flat bill fits nicely and does not feel to wide or narrow.  For me, I found no major negatives. It's become one of my favorite hats for easy days and even workouts sometimes. The only thing I'd note here is that the strap feels a little too long and flaps a little bit. If it was possible to tuck it or just shorten the strap a tad, that would streamline this hat even more so. The adjustability is really easy and convenient to use though. 

Positives: Light and breathable. Quick-drying
Negatives:
Extra strap for adjusting is a touch long and sits out depending on where you have it tightened to. Would be nice if it could be cleaner.


Interested in Trying Path Projects?
Visit their website at https://pathprojects.com/


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