I recently tried the clothes service called Mercury Mile. If you’ve ever heard of StitchFix, this is essentially the runner’s version of that.
If you don’t know what StitchFix is, it is a clothing subscription where you can sign up to receive boxes (monthly or whenever you want) with 4-5 clothes pieces that are picked out just for you. You create a profile, write about what you like, and input specific clothing requests. Then, a stylist works their magic and sends you a box.
In both cases, you get a box of several items with an invoice, breaking down the price of each item. When your box is assembled, you pay a $20 styling fee that goes towards any item you purchase. If you buy everything in your box, you get an extra discount! Anything you don’t want, you pop in the return bag and send back.
I thought I would break down my first Mercury Mile box and let you know what I kept and what I sent back.
1 – Brooks Distance Tank $30, Size Medium
I was hesitant about this tank because it has bright colors on it, but it actually fit really well and felt good. However, I have SO many tanks that I really needed to be blown away to keep it and it’s something I could live without.
2 – Body Glove Ostro Tank $53.60, size Small
This item was described as something I could wear to and from the gym, layered over another top or by itself. It is definitely an interesting top with the hood and no sleeves. Plus, the back drapes and is kind of cool. It fit well, but it’s not something I actually see myself wearing.
3 – Asics Performance Brief Woven Short $45, Size Medium
I own 5 or 6 pairs of Nike running shorts and I adore them. These shorts felt a little small and a little short for my tastes. But, they were super lightweight and if they were a bit longer, could have been really nice for summer runs.
4 – Brooks Ghost Racerback Tank $40, Size Medium
This tank has a very similar pattern as the other Brooks tank, but is sheer and lightweight. It fits incredibly well and I can just tell it is going to be great for summer running. I love how it flows and fits.
5 – 3/4 Tights $45, Size medium
When I saw tights in my box, I was like “I’m good on tights, I am definitely not keeping these.” But, I tried them on since I figured I should at least try everything in this box on before making a decision. As soon as I slipped these on, it was game over. These are the lightest tights I have ever worn. It really felt like I was wearing nothing.
I know these will be great for running as it gets warmer and I can wear them to CrossFit too.
Just like with StitchFix, this was a fun experience. I tried on a few things that I never would have picked out for myself, but overall I think it is a little too pricey for me to do regularly. I may schedule a box every now and then when I am in need of a running gear update.