It was in the 1970s when track stars like revered middle- and long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine, who once held U.S. records in seven events, inspired the birth of America’s running culture.
Today, “Pre” (for whom the Prefontaine Classic was named), along with other historic runners—four-minute-mile breaker Roger Bannister (1950s), 1,500-meter Olympic silver medalist Jim Ryun (1960s)—are still celebrated. But those thigh-high shorts, fitted tanks, and mesh tees they ran in? Left back in the cinders.
Until now. A handful of companies have taken that iconic gear and reimagined it for today, blending new performance tech with the cool, classic styling of running’s golden ages.
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