Developed in collaboration with Rich Roll, the FAR Short is an eco-friendly, featherweight, and breathable run short inspired by the principles of Free Association Running. Designed for runners who run to free the mind, expand the soul, and reach a state of enlightenment, we carefully created the FAR Short to ensure it’s distraction-free so your mind can start to wander the second you lace up.
THE FAR SHORT
A hero in the ultra-running community, Rich Roll is an ultra-endurance athlete, wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, and notable author and podcaster. As an extreme endurance competitor, Rich has competed in some of the country’s most grueling challenges. Among numerous other feats, he’s one of the first to endure the EPIC5 CHALLENGE — five full-Ironman distance triathlons in five days on the five islands of Hawaii. He also is a two-time top finisher at the Ultraman triathlon world championships — a grueling, three-day / 320 mile double-ironman distance race that consists of a 6.2 mile swim, 260 miles of cycling and a 52 mile run through the lava fields of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
With his experience competing in some of the world’s most grueling fitness challenges and his plant-powered lifestyle that has inspired countless individuals around the world to rethink their diet, exercise and overall way of life, we wanted to work with Rich to build a collection that embodied all the facets of who he is and what he’s done.
Building the FAR Collection was an exercise in careful study and close collaboration. After over a year in development, countless prototypes, and thousands of miles of testing, we’re proud to bring you a thoughtfully sustainable and high-performance run kit built for every athlete who runs not only to benefit the body, but to care for the mind.
As an elite endurance athlete, Rich Roll understands the role that the right gear can play in driving performance. At the same time, as an environmental champion, Rich is also uniquely attuned to his ecological footprint. Rich had never found gear that married these two passions — so we set out to build it with him. That’s why the FAR Collection was built from the ground up to have as small of a footprint as possible and meet the demands of serious training. We weren't only focused on using recycled fabrics and sustainable materials, but we also leaned into Rich’s less is more mentality. This means creating a product that is not only better for the environment, but also making a product that is long lasting and won’t need to be replaced each season.
“I saw this collaboration as an opportunity to fill a gap in the market and develop gear that meets my high standards of both performance and sustainability.”
Creating a product that doesn’t yet exist in the market is challenging — but it also gave us the chance to build something truly differentiated. With Rich’s hyper-focus on sustainability and ecological footprint, we knew we couldn’t waste a single inch of fabric. We had to build a short with everything that Rich — and other elite runners needed — and nothing they didn't. To do that, we spent countless brainstorming sessions together envisioning Rich’s ideal product. We created tons of prototypes. And we committed to putting them out in the real world and seeing how they performed for ourselves.
“I’ve tried what feels like every running short under the sun. This design process allowed me to incorporate each of my favorite features, without sacrificing sustainability or quality.”
Rich knows that to get a feel for his gear, he needs to put it to the test. Rich had ideas of what he thought he would like, but he approached the testing process with an open mind. That’s why we committed to a ruthless testing process for each iteration. These tests uncovered truths Rich hadn’t considered — including the inclusion of a brief liner instead of a trunk liner — and ensured that our finished product stood up to real-world wear.
“Every comment, call out, and complaint I had was heard during the testing process. The attention to detail that the Ten Thousand team showed was unparalleled.”
After a year of testing, and iterating, the run short, shirt, and beanie that make up the FAR Collection are not what Rich imagined when the process first began. The fabrics and features evolved as Rich put prototypes to the test; however, the principles in which the collection were first founded on remained the same. Now, we bring you a premium, sustainable run kit built to last for miles on end.
“I couldn’t be more excited to share this capsule with you all. It’s the result of hours of collaborative work, all done with meaning and purpose throughout. I’m really proud of what we’ve built, and hope it takes you places on your next run.”
The development of the FAR Short was driven by a singular goal: to build a high-performance run short that exceeded the demands of an endurance luminary while creating a small ecological footprint. To do this, we relied on two core principles: building a product that relied on a less is more mentality, and focusing on the details runners need. Every element of the FAR Short — from the recycled fabrics to the no-bounce center back phone pocket — was designed to be eco-friendly without sacrificing comfort, quality, and performance.
LESS IS MORE
From day one of the product development process, Rich emphasized the “fewer and better” mentality he lives by. Rather than buying a ton of low-quality gear and replacing it every season, Rich looks for shorts that are made to last — with premium, sustainable, and vegan materials. Built from fabrics made of recycled materials that still stand up to the wear and tear of training or competition, the FAR Short embodies Rich’s mentality.
- Lightweight and breathable performance fabrics made from Bluesign and GRS certified recycled materials
- 100% recycled paper hang tags, zipper tape and cord with 100% bio based TPU tip
- Eco-friendly Polygiene Biostatic permanent anti-odor treatment
DETAILS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
As an ultra-endurance athlete, Rich has spent his fair share of time in performance gear. Whether he’s in Hawaii competing in Ironman races or in LA training in the hills, there are a few things that he can’t stand about every pair he’s tried. From pocket positioning to brief hems, even the smallest of details were thoughtfully designed to create Rich’s perfect short.
- Secure no bounce center back pocket with an innovative wrap around design which allows the phone to sit higher on the body, reducing bounce and improving comfort
- Ultra-comfortable waistband with superior wicking properties to prevent sweat from building up
- Built in perfect fit, no chafe brief liner provides support while remaining minimal and staying out of your way
- Perforated back panel and side slit for weight reduction and breathability
NEW FROM OLD
We believe in the less is more view of sustainable gear. From our fabrics to our packaging, we’ve worked to source some of the most sustainable options out there without sacrificing performance. Will this kit check every box and solve the big issues we face? No, but we do know it’s pushing in the right direction and part of our journey to become better than yesterday.