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In the late 1980’s a now-defunct Wellesley company, Bislett Sports International, produced 300 pairs of the original Bislett pants. A quarter of a century and countless winter miles later, those originals have proved durable enough for the extremely long haul. So much so that in 2014 Tracksmith reintroduced them to our running rotation, mixing modern detailing with the unimprovable qualities of the originals.
"These water-repellent running pants combine details both retro (stirrups!) and modern (smartphone pocket!). Calf zips make for easy removal once you’re warmed up."
The biggest upgrade we made to the originals is in the fabric. Our Bislett Pants are constructed from an innovative Swiss-made, four-way stretch dryskin fabric. Back in the 1980's this material technology was the stuff of dreams. Now it’s a reality: moisture wicking, abrasion resistant, and ducks only wish water rolled off their backs so well. Critics agree we’ve hit on something magical here.
While stirrups may seem anachronistic, they serve an essential purpose: holding the pant legs in place for extra protection in nastier conditions.
There’s any number of reasons a runner needs to remove their pants without taking off their shoes. And yet too many pants have short zippers that just won’t allow it. Our Bisletts have high and long ankle zippers for this specific purpose.
As runners, we know how many ways a pocket can go wrong. That’s why we took such pains to make ours right. The minimal side-seam pocket on the Bislett was designed to fit your iPhone, keys or credit cards.
The roots of some of running’s highest performance fabrics date back to 1849 when a German named Rudolph Schoeller began manufacturing textiles in Silesia. In 1868 he moved to Switzerland to open the country's first worsted yarn spinning mill. As rapid industrial growth transformed manufacturing, Schoeller kept pace, embracing technological progress to speed production and automation.
Today, Schoeller Textil AG is known world-wide for producing the most innovative fabrics and technologies for peak athletic performance. They were also the first textile manufacturer to receive the bluesign® award for sustainable development.
'The first time I went running in the Bisletts, it was pouring rain. I'm one of those people that actually loves running in a storm. And the driving rain seemed to just roll off the Bisletts over the course of an hour-long shakeout run. Sure, they're great in the rain. But I like them because I can wear them running on crisp Saturday mornings and meet my girlfriend at the farmers market without getting stares from fellow shoppers for being That Guy In Spandex.'
- Bill Bradley, freelance writer and marathoner.