• What Are The Best Leggings For Running?

    Finding the best leggings for running can be a tough task if you don't know what to look for or where to look. Buying running leggings online can be frustrating so we take the guess work out of it. We take a look at the best leggings and how to find them.

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    Which waistband?

    When it comes to running, you need leggings that aren't going to fall down with every stride and leave you hitching them up every 2 minutes and interfering with your run. A comfortable, well-fitted waistband is paramount for a good run and so it's important to decide which type you're going to go for.

    The safest option if you don't want your leggings falling down is to go for a classic drawstring waist. Sometimes the drawstrings are on the inside of the waistband like the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's running leggings and sometimes they're on the outside, but either way they will provide the comfort and security you need to complete your run without having to keep pulling on your leggings. 

    A drawstring waist will allow you to personalise the fit so that you can decide how tight or loose you want them. Another bonus is that if you are feeling particularly bloated one day, you can loosen them off without feeling uncomfortable. Everyone's weight and physiology fluctuates on a daily basis so this option can be a game changer. 

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    Pockets or no pockets?

    Many people like to be able to take their phone out on a run with them and even if you don't take your phone, you might still need storage for keys and other valuables. Many types of running leggings don't feature any pockets at all because they can be clumsy and uncomfortable, but now that a clear demand has arisen more companies are designing running leggings with sizeable pockets that can accommodate a smart phone. 

    Most of the time this pocket will be to the side of the leggings so that you can easily reach for your phone if you need it. This is especially useful if you listen to music while you run so you can skip to the next tune easily. This feature is present on the Sundried Ruinette 3.0 women's leggings as well as the men's leggings Roteck 3.0. 

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    If you don't take your phone with you when you run but do take keys and other small items, you might be better off with a small zipper pocket to the side or back of the leggings. A large phone pocket can be annoying and even pull the leggings down if the phone is heavy (although this won't happen with the Sundried leggings thanks to the drawstring waist!)

    In that case, many running leggings have small zip pockets to the back or side which you can use to store keys, a spare hair tie, or an energy gel. To zip gives peace of mind so you know your valuables won't jump out of the pocket as you run and it keeps your hands free and unladen so you can perform better.

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    Full length or cropped?

    Typically, you would choose to wear full length running leggings in winter and cropped leggings in summer, however this may not always be best for you. For example, if you are particularly short, you may find that some brands of activewear don't have full length leggings that fit you properly – you might find they're always too long. In this case, you might find that cropped or Capri leggings are better for you whether it's summer or winter.

    On the other hand, some people simply don't like wearing cropped leggings and will prefer to wear full length running leggings all year. Really, this one is down to personal preference and shouldn't make too much of a difference to you. Some cropped leggings finish at the knee while others are slightly longer and finish mid-calf. 

    High waisted or not?

    Some people prefer to wear high waisted leggings because they are less likely to fall down as you run and cover over any lumps and bumps you may have. They also have a tendency to make you feel more secure and 'locked in' which is another reason some people prefer them to regular fit leggings.

    High waisted leggings are far less likely to feature a drawstring, however they shouldn't really need one as their tightness around the waist should keep them firmly in place as you run. 

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    So what are the best leggings?

    As always, what works best for you might be different for someone else. As a general rule, look for running leggings that aren't going to fall down as you run thanks to a secure high waist or drawstring waist. If you like to take things with you when you run, look for running leggings with pockets and storage but be wary of their placement so that the pockets don't impede your performance.

    The best running leggings will be supremely comfortable, won't chafe as you move, and will allow you to forget you're even wearing them!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • How It's Made: Recycled Water Bottles To Clothes

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    In the UK, we throw away billions of plastic bottles every year. Here are some facts about plastic that may shock you:

    • 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
    • Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
    • The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing by about 4% each year.
    • Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.

    At Sundried, our Eco Core range of activewear is made from 100% recycled plastic. But how is it made?

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    Stage 1: Recycled bottles are taken to a recycling centre where they are shredded so that any liquid is removed. They are then boxed up to be shipped to stage 2.

    Stage 2: The bottles are sorted into clear and coloured plastic, stickers, and bottle lids. They are put in a bath where the lids float to the top and can be cleared. Next, it's bath number two in chemicals which help to remove the stickers.

    Stage 3: After two chemical baths, the plastic bottles have now become a pile of soggy, clear plastic shreds. So it’s time to dry it off. The plastic spends around 10 hours in what is effectively a slow cooker, rotating until it's dry and ready for the next step in its journey to become activewear.

    Stage 4: Next, the mixture is sent through a rotating screw where it is heated to 270 degrees Celsius which melts the plastic, and it is then dropped into large strings which are collected into a container below.

    Stage 5: There are now large strings of thread, but it’s not strong enough for activewear just yet. It is reheated and stretched to create stronger, binding fibres.

    Stage 6: So what is done with these new stronger fibres? They are torn apart again. Once they are torn apart, you’re left with a fluffy raw substance.

    Stage 7: The fluff is sent off to another factory to be made into cloth. A machine lays the fibres into a rough cloth. This rough cloth is then spun into fibre and collected on giant bobbins.

    Stage 8: The thread is now ready to be transformed into activewear.

    So, what was once rubbish is now sweat-wicking, functional, and stylish activewear! It helps to conserve and protect the planet and contributes to combating climate change.
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  • How It's Made: Coffee To Clothing

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    Ethical clothing is sweeping the nation and there is an ever-growing demand for more sustainable ways to produce fabric. With a rise in ‘fast fashion’ over the last few years, the mounting production of cheap clothing has meant that important values have been lost and not only does the environment suffer, but so too do the workers.

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    Sundried are proud to support ethical, sustainable activewear production with our range of apparel made from coffee. You’ve probably heard of fabric made from recycled water bottles, but coffee is the latest development in responsible sourcing.

    First developed by a Taiwanese company in 2008, the use of coffee grounds to make clothes has been on the rise ever since. The fabric produced has a number of benefits, especially for activewear and gym clothing. It is fast-drying, sweat-wicking, and de-odorising, all benefits which are hugely important for performance clothing. Not only that, it does not require the high-temperature treatment that other materials require which reduces CO2 emissions leading to a greener planet.

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    How do recycled coffee grounds become clothing?

    The fabric is made from the waste product that is created when making coffee. The used coffee grounds usually just end up in a landfill, so this recycling process is truly ethical and responsible. The coffee grounds are processed in a low-temperature, high-pressured environment to make them into yarn which is then woven into naturally high-tech fabric.

    The clothing that is produced from used coffee grounds has fantastic benefits, including odour control, sweat-wicking, and it dries over 200 times faster than cotton. It is also naturally anti-bacterial.

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    Sustainable Fashion

    Responsibly-sourced materials are the future and ethical brands like Sundried are leading the way to a brighter time ahead for our planet. Did you know that most polyester blends are made from the chemical reaction that occurs between coal and petroleum? Hardly what you'd want to be wearing to the gym when you think about it! The manufacture of fitness clothing from recycled materials has a significantly lower CO2 emission and therefore is kinder to the environment. 

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  • Mens Leggings

    Wear your mens leggings with confidence. Whether you're a runner, cyclist, or gym goer – mens leggings are for you. This buying guide will give you all the information you need to buy the right mens leggings for you. Buy men's leggings to enhance your performance and improve your training.

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    Mens Leggings

    If you were to ask one hundred guys what they think about wearing leggings to the gym, over half of them would probably say it's a no-go. However, it has recently become a rising trend and as the activewear market grows, so does the popularity of wearing men's leggings and tights to the gym.

    Compression wear and compression leggings are gaining increasing popularity in our workout wardrobes, and this is because the technology has advanced and wearing compression tights can enhance your training.

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    What to look for from your men's leggings. The benefits of wearing men's leggings and tights for running and to the gym, including features and functionality.

    Wind Chill

    Wrapping up in leggings can prevent wind chill whereas loose clothing allows wind to get trapped between the garment and your skin. Mens leggings provide a streamlined shield between your skin and the wind. Tight leggings also reduce drag in the wind.

    Warmth

    Leggings will help to keep you warm and are a better option than sweatpants. They offer extra warmth for your legs, without the extra weight of joggers or the dreaded cold draft from the wind.

    Sweat Wicking

    Sweat wicking materials keep your body cool and comfortable because of their ability to lift moisture from the skin's surface. Wearing wicking leggings in the summer can provide a drying effect and stop you overheating as well as providing exceptional temperature control. In the cold winter months, wearing moisture-wicking leggings can be effective for both controlling moisture and providing an additional layer of insulation.

    Prevents Chafing and Rashes

    Chafing is painful and once the rash sets in, it’s difficult to treat because there’s no convenient way to keep your thighs from touching for an entire week. A combination of sweat wicking fabrics and compression gear is the perfect defence and helps to prevent painful rashes as well.

    Enhanced Recovery

    Research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that wearing compression gear has a moderate effect following workouts that typically lead to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). That is, it helps to lessen the severity and/or duration of DOMS.

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    Tips for Fitting Men's Leggings

    To reap the rewards from all the benefits of mens leggings, you need to fit the tight right.

    1.Total coverage is key

    If you’re tall, you could end up with cold ankles. What’s worse than cold ankles? Cold ankles and see through leggings. Try your leggings on under different lights to make sure they stay opaque, especially if going commando underneath!

    1. Make sure they stay up

    Just because your leggings are made of spandex, it doesn’t mean they are going to hold up, simply because every body is built differently so it can be hard to compensate with a one size fits all. Opt for leggings with extra support such as the Roteck Legging which have a drawstring waist to offer a personalised fit. Having to keep pulling up your leggings can really interfere with an otherwise good training session.

    1. There is such a thing as too tight

    Wearing tights that are too tight will prevent you benefiting from the compression and can cut off circulation and chafe. When leggings are too tight they don't lay right. Seams on running tights are often designed to follow the lines of your muscles, providing support to the major muscles like your hamstrings and quads, a seam in the wrong place can be detrimental to your performance.

    1. Have a place for you valuables

    A good pair of leggings will find space for your valuables even when they're super tight. Running with an extra bag for your valuables defeats the point of light weight, streamlined bottoms. It’s also worth testing that your valuables won’t pull your leggings down before you go out on a long run.

    1. Quality Materials

    If the materials used aren't up to scratch, it’s only a matter of time before they loose their integrity and become either see-through, saggy, or both. Opt for leggings which use high quality materials that are durable and long-lasting.

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    When it comes to leggings for fashion, it is something that has definitely not caught on as much as the women's leggings for daywear. Mens fashion leggings will typically be designed as a functional piece of training clothing. Leggings typically are a highly technical garment worn for running or int he gym. The Sundried leggings are black and understated in design. Our mens black leggings are developed with gym and running in mind. The sweat wicking material acts as heat control meaning as you work harder and warm up your legs can perspire naturally. With the right leggings you may want to wear them all day. Get the choice of leggings wrong and you will be hot one minute, cold the next and you will be striping them off at the first opportunity. 

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    Pros:

    • Streamlined performance
    • Flexible range of motion
    • Shows off the body you’ve earned
    • Lightweight support
    • Comfort

    Cons:

    • It can be cold without shorts
    • Wearing shorts over the top can improve your confidence

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    Mens Leggings – Your Questions Answered

    Mens leggings still cause a fair bit of debate and you may find you've got some questions. Here are some of the most popular questions people are asking about mens leggings.

    What are seamless leggings?

    Seamless clothing means that the clothing is made without stitching. This gives a super comfortable feel without the possibility of chafing or itching and improves the freedom of movement, perfect for sports clothing. All of Sundried's activewear is made with multi-way stretch materials so that you can bend, stretch, and jump to your full potential without being held back by your fitness clothing.

    Seamless leggings are made without a seam and are made from one piece of material. This is a fairly new innovation and is becoming hugely popular due to being very form-flattering and comfortable. For mens leggings, seamless means you can comfortably wear under shorts for running and outdoor training to keep you warm as a subtle base layer.

    Are gym leggings the same as running leggings?

    Gym leggings and running leggings will vary slightly in both their design and their functionality. When running, you are likely to be outdoors and possibly at night, so running leggings will often feature reflective detailing - like that found on the Sundried Roteck 3.0 mens leggings - so that you can be seen and stay safe when running in the dark

    Running leggings are also more likely to feature pockets to store you valuables and a drawstring waist so that they stay put when you bounce and move. On the other hand, gym leggings will usually feature a more subtle design so that you can squat, jump, and lunge without restriction. 

    What are compression leggings?

    Compression technology is thought to aid circulation and improve recovery, however the proof is inconclusive. Some people find that wearing compression leggings improves their performance. Compression leggings will be much tighter than regular leggings in an attempt to support the muscles.

    Got more questions about mens leggings? Ask us using the form below and we'll answer!

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  • Activewear for Winter Running

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    Finding motivation in winter can be tough, but with the right winter running gear your training should be able to carry on through the cold season. Avoid getting into a winter rut with activewear for winter running.

    Insulating Socks

    Start with socks which are going to keep your feet dry and warm and prevent blisters. You want your socks to be thick without rubbing, so opt for ones with extra cushioning in key areas like the toes and heels like the Sundried running socks. These socks also feature superior sweat-wicking capabilities which prevent chafing and soggy feet. 

    Bottom Layers

    Sweatpants may be a great option while relaxing at home, but they are not really suitable for winter running. With the right womens running leggings and mens tights, you will be comfortable, warm, and unrestricted on your run. Women may opt for capri leggings in the summer as their cropped style allows is great for warmer temperatures, but you'll need a full length pair for winter.

    The Sundried Ruinette 2.0 womens running leggings are made with seamless materials which will stay comfortable after countless miles, and are made with luxury materials which will insulate you and keep you warm. For men, the Roteck 2.0 mens tights are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for extra protection.

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    Another issue with your bottom layer is visibility. Whilst in the summer, it’s easy to spot runners in the sunshine, during darker winter months visibility becomes more of an issue. Sundried running bottoms have reflective linings which help to emphasise your visibility and keep you safe during lower light conditions, however it’s essential to keep visible with multiple visibility enhancing garments from vests to head torches and wristbands. Safety is crucial.

    Winter months are also perfect for layering for that extra level of protection, try pairing shorts over tights to work as a windshield for more sensitive areas. 

    Top Layers

    Wearing multiple layers is the best way to stay protected and warm on a long winter run. You may well start your run feeling very chilly, but as your heart rate increases so does your basal body temperature and you'll soon start to feel pretty toasty and perhaps even break a sweat! However, if you need to stop or walk for a moment, you temperature will soon drop again and you'll start to feel cold again. This is why wearing layers is essential. Start with a running vest or training t-shirt as your base layer, and then wear a long sleeve training top or lightweight hoodie over the top. Then, additional to this, you could wear a more heavyweight hoodie or sweatshirt over that which you could take off and put back on as needed. 

    Some people may ask, "do you burn more fat wearing a sweatshirt?" This is a common thought because it makes you sweat more, but the most important thing is to stay warm and comfortable while training outdoors in winter, so dress smart.

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    Accessories

    In the summer months, it’s all about wearing as little as possible, but when winter hits you can afford an accessory or two, as long as it doesn't weigh you down too much.

    Although your hands and feet will warm up as you run, it's still an idea to invest in a pair of winter gloves for your colder training sessions. The Sundried bamboo gloves have silicone grippers to the palms so you won't drop your phone if it's wet or slippery, and they are touch screen sensitive so you can still use your smart phone while you're wearing them.

    A lightweight hat will keep your head warm at the start of your run without giving you a sweaty head when you start to heat up. Keeping your hat lightweight also means it can easily be removed and folded into a pocket if necessary.

    Make sure you're comfortable and warm no matter what so that the winter miles can roll by without any issue. Your womens fitness clothing needs to be winter-specific and make sure it has superior technical qualities. Your mens gym clothes should be stylish but also practical.

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