Holiday Wish List: New Balance Merino Half-Zip: A Lightweight Top That Stores Everything a Runner Needs

What difference does a generously-sized yet sleekly designed pocket make on a running top? A big one (no pun intended).

The large-yet-subtle chest pocket of the New Balance Merino Half-Zip

It'll store your phone. Accommodates your wallet too. Keys? No problem. Our tester here at STACK (me) easily stored all three items in the Performance Merino Half-Zip and still had room to spare for a GU. Sure, it started to look a little bulky at that point, but that's more my fault than it is the top's.

Woman runner wearing the New Balance Merino Half-Zip.

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