Arc’teryx Cita 3/4 Running Tight
Rowena Bell-Scott, August 3, 2011
After reviewing the Cita Bra earlier this month, I headed out with another recent addition to Arc’teryx’s trail running line, the Cita 3/4 tight. This legging product extends the Endorphin range and further strengthens the Vancouver-based brand’s grip on the cardio, high intensity fitness market. With breathability and flexibility in mind I looked at the product’s general ability in handling a warm and heated environment – conditions that are set at a distance from Arc’teryx’s alpine heritage. Of course comfort would come into play as I assessed the material’s limits in the summer season.
Although a simple layer, the Cita 3/4 tight has a couple of talking points. Key features include its mesh paneling and gusseted crotch, as well as a slanted zippered pocket that’s matches a stretchy material blend of materials. In addition, Arc’teryx’s trademarked Scotchlite reflective trim on the thighs enhances visibility while a power mesh on the lower calf aids circulation when you’re been on the trail for a while.
After attacking the hills and challenging descents near my home I felt that they succeeded in terms of providing a fluidity of movement in the legs. However the mesh paneling placed at the small of the back and behind the knee did not vent perspiration enough, instead aiding the development of a rather noticeable and embarrassing sweat patch in the crotch and bottom area. Moreover, I found that the material gathered at the back of my knee when in motion reduced comfort and performance.
Due to their breathability weak spot I would prefer to use the Cita 3/4 tight only in cooler climates. The flexible yarn and wide degree of movement would be ideal for yoga classes also.