As the winter months approach, it’s time to put your knees away.
Trade your running shorts for their longer, warmer counterpart, men's black leggings.
What do Sundried Leggings offer?
Good question, here’s a breakdown of why our tights should hug your legs:
Because they give you superpowers:
Well not quite, but with our reflective cuffs, you’ll be able to see in the dark and that’s halfway there.
Because they do a whole load of fancy stuff:
Like wick sweat, stretch to flatter your form and protect your skin from wind chill, whilst also having a useful back pocket.
Because Sundried leggings make you look like a superhero:
What do Batman, Superman and Captain America have in common? They are all men wearing leggings. It could be you. Wear your Sundried tights on your next run and don’t be surprised if people assume you're a superhero, easy confusion to make.
Because we donate to charity:
You’ll have more than just runner's high to make you feel good after buying with Sundried. Every Sundried purchase has a unique donate code to charity Water for Kids on it. Meaning you can feel twice as good about your run, as it’s helped to supply a child with water for the first time. Well done you.
Because it may be the only hugs you get:
It's freezing outside and you are cold. Do not expect your other half to willingly give you a hug. You are too cold. Take a hug from your leggings instead, they’ll never kick you out the bed.
Because they’ll protect you where you need it most:
We all like to show off a bit of leg in shorts, but when it comes to the winter months, flashing your pins on a run can mean risking freezing cold air shooting up your shorts into sensitive areas - which just don’t need that. Especially when it’s already cold. Keep your sensitive areas protected from the wind with fitted running leggings.
Because it’s getting chilly:
Stating the obvious, but, Sundried men’s leggings are designed using technical fabrics which help to regulate your body temperature, keeping you warm when you’re cold and cooler when you are warmer. As we approach the winter the Sundried leggings will help keep you warm, so all you need to worry about is putting one foot in front of the other.
Now all you need to do to keep up your winter training is own a pair of Roteck leggings.
Don't worry ladies, we have women's black leggings too.
Layers aren’t just important in British Bake off. When it comes to winter gym clothes, it’s time to layer up.
When the sun is shining and the birds are tweeting and you can throw on some trainers in a matter of minutes, it’s easy to be motivated to go for a nice run. When it’s blowing a gail, chucking it down with rain and all the birds have done the sensible thing and flown South for winter, it’s a lot harder to rustle up the motivation to get outside and pound the payments.
However, with the right gym clothes, your run doesn’t need to be half as painful as you're imagining.
Research has shown in just two weeks off training your running fitness can drop by up to 50%. So keep up your training to ensure you don’t halt your progress.
Layering up winter gym clothes is an essential way to keep your body temperature warm and comfortable.
A baselayer is great to help keep you keep warm and acts like an extra layer of skin, helping to keep you warm or cool when needed.
Heat is trapped between layers and so to add further warmth on cold runs and training sessions, add extra layers.
Base Layers are designed to fulfill four main functions:
- Wicking - Does the fabric wick away moisture and keep you dry? Being wet in the winter will keep you cold for longer.
- Fit - Does the fabric sit comfortably against your skin, without being too tight nor so loose that air can travel in?
- Odour - Does the fabric retain odour? No-one wants smelly gym clothes.
- Durability - How long does the fabric last when it is worn daily?
Thick Running Tights
Winter running requires insulation from the cold, however as your legs do the majority of the work when running, they tend to warm up quickly, meaning you're less likely to need so many layers. A good pair of thicker running tights such as Sundried Roteck Leggings will keep your legs warm whilst you are cold and then wick sweat to maintain your body temperature as you heat up. Often thermal running tights are paired with shorts for extra protection of sensitive areas and to help prevent wind chill.
Wearing Summer Gym Clothes During Winter
Just because winter has arrived, it doesn't mean you have to pack away all your summer training gear as a lot of the technical properties can cross over into your activewear for the winter season. For example, a technical tank works perfectly as a base layer for extra warmth, and your supportive sports bra is needed year round whether it’s worn as a stand alone garment in the heat, or under several layers during cold winter runs. The colder the weather, the more layers you will need, so it’s worth hanging on to all your summer kit for when you’ll need the extra layering.
When choosing clothing for a winter run, step outside, assess the temperature and layer up accordingly. Look for fabrics which insulate heat and protect you from the wind and remember it’s only cold at the very start of the run, you’ll soon warm up.
As a health and fitness brand, obviously we want you to wear fitness clothing as much as possible, but the hints in the name. However, recent trends have made it acceptable to be wearing fitness clothing when what you’re doing is not so ‘fitness’. So when is it okay to wear your fitness clothing and when is it a complete wardrobe malfunction?
Times when it’s probably okay to wear fitness clothing:
When you need the extra motivation to actually go to the gym.
If you wake up early before work and really don’t feel like training, kitting out in your gym wear can be the deciding factor into whether you go or not. Think “ I’ve got the gear on, I’ve got to workout now”. It’s a great way of bullying yourself into a workout. Like it or not.
When you are all day active.
If you’re the kind of person that just might run on their lunch break, or cycles home from work, or dashes off for a quick coffee break, then smart activewear is for you. There are designs out there which can take you from office to active, so that you can jump at any opportunity to be healthy and active. Literally.
When you’re doing something physically active outside the gym.
Physically active can pretty much be anything more than walking, unless of course that’s a power walk. Why wouldn’t you wear clothing that’s designed to move with your body AND be comfortable. As long as you’re doing something active, then your fitness clothing is fit for purpose.
And of course when you’re actually training at, or heading to and from the gym.
Times when it’s probably not okay to wear fitness clothing:
Stood outside the gym smoking.
This one is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen at the gym. A man dressed head to toe in quality fitness gear, from the tights to the compression shirt and Fitbit, smoking a cigarette. Let’s save the full on rant and settle for, isn’t this a complete conflict of interests? Madness.
When you just want people to think you’ve been in the gym but really you’ve been curled up on the sofa.
Sly. This one's probably not okay, whilst it may be comfortable to wear your activewear to chill, so is staying in your PJ’s. Fair enough joggers but a crop top and leggings is pushing your luck really, isn’t it?
When your going to grab a kebab/ Maccy D’s or (insert fast food chain name here).
Whilst activewear fabrics do stretch to allow for freedom of movement whilst your training, it’s not meant to be for extra stretch for over eating!
What do you think?
For now, at least it seems, fitness clothing is the new black.
Triathlon’s don’t just challenge your body, they challenge your clothing.
Experienced triathletes will know, your kit is the glue that hold everything together and before any race triathletes gear has been worn in, trialled and tested in any and every way possible to provide the easiest race possible.
Sundried’s founder is a triathlete and created activewear brand Sundried with the triathlete in mind.
The pilot collection of Sundried activewear was trialled by leading triathletes throughout their training regime to ensure it supports your sport and fits seamlessly with an active lifestyle.
The Dom Tee and Tri Suit
Many triathletes opt for a shirt over their tri suit, or a half suit and t shirt, after their wetsuit swim. The Dom T shirt is designed with this in mind. Available in both a T shirt and sleeveless fit the shirt is quick drying, made with comfortable Italian fabrics and flatlock seams to eliminate chafing. A two piece tri suit and t shirt are often preferred as they make lavatory stops that little bit easier.
Sundried’s first pilot collection of activewear is a capsule of fitness essentials, with our second range featuring a triathlon specific suit and accessories.
Founder Daniel Puddick has reviewed his choice of wetsuit here. Huub Archimedes II Review
You can see our Sundried triathletes wearing their kit when training.
Are you a triathlete? Would you like to join Sundried and try our activewear?
Sundried are reviewing the UK’s triathlons and need your help, if you’ve taken part tell us what you thought of your race and you could receive free Sundried kit.
The sportswear brand you chose to wear may be well-known, but is the way it’s made? They say fashion is an extension of your personality, so how do you identify yourself?
The fashion industry is said to be the second most damaging industry on the earth, behind the oil industry
The 2015 film The True Cost revealed we buy nearly 400% more clothes now than we did just two decades ago, that’s 80 billion new clothes produced every year. It takes 2,700 litres of water just to make one t shirt. With 80 billion x 2,700 litres, we cannot hide from our clothing's impact.
- By 2030 demand for water will exceed the supply by 40%.
- Cotton is responsible for 2.6% of the global water we use.
- 17 to 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing.
- About 60 million1 to 75 million people are employed in the textile, clothing and footwear sector worldwide (2014).
- 36 million people are living in modern slavery today, many of whom are working in the supply chains of Western brands.
- In the UK, roughly two million tonnes of clothing and textiles are thrown away every year and only 16% of that waste is ever reused. That’s roughly £140 million worth of waste.
Out of sight, out of mind
The problem with fast fashion is that we just don’t think about the supply chain. It’s two little words that rarely creep into view, when immediate sales and next day delivery are the focus of one-click shopping, we forget that the supply chain does far more than the two little words imply. Out of sight, out of mind we do not focus on the farmers growing crops, the weaving, dyeing, cutting, sewing, folding, ironing and packaging that is required of our “supply chain”. It’s not necessarily our fault though, it’s just unfortunately we live in a world where until something bad happens, we don’t hear about what goes on behind the scenes.
The Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 saw the poor working conditions of garment factories being thrust into the spotlight after a death toll of 1,130 workers and 2,500 injured people buried alive. Rana Plaza forced us to take a harsh look at where our clothing is coming from and the damage it’s doing not only to the planet, but to people.
Lucy Siegle, British journalist, hit the nail on the head when she said “brands, retailers and consumers have all become fantastically adept at divorcing fashion from the very fact that it is has been made by an army of living, breathing, human beings with resources which are depleting the environment”.
Every action creates a reaction
The cost of fashion shouldn’t be someone’s life. A 2014 KPMG survey found that 40% of consumers would switch their loyalty to another company if their favourite brand didn’t pay a living wage. We need to create transparency and traceability and take responsibility for our actions.
Activewear can be ethical
Modern fashion has become more than just the way you cover your body, it’s an outward extension of your personality. What you wear should say something about you, your beliefs, values and creative expression. Your activewear probably has a stronger presence in your life than you may realise, you’re wearing gym clothes everyday, sometimes more than once if you train twice and because of the nature of what you’re doing in it, gym clothes need more washing, which in turn can create more impact.
Textile choice is paramount to athletic performance and fabrics which are technically savvy often reflect the largest impact on the planet. Whilst Sundried respect our sport to know we need to use materials which wick sweat, stretch and work with our bodies, we also want our fabrics to work towards a better impact on the environment and do this by producing our fabrics in Portugal with the mitigation of harmful substances, pollution and other environmental hazards associated with raw material extraction.
Sundried have partnered with The Low Carbon Innovation Fund and produce our activewear with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
Our packaging is reusable, you’re not meant to throw it away. Instead, our Sundried sleeves can be used to store wet training gear, protect your change of clothes from getting wet or dirty or even be used as a laminated sleeve to store your workout plan in the gym, which you can wipe clean and sweat free. 80% of textile waste going to landfills can actually be reused (WRAP, 2015).
Sundried are inspired by the great outdoors. We regularly post in our blog about training outside and encourage our customers to spend more time experiencing nature. This also helps to reduce our carbon footprint, encouraging more time outdoors and less inside using gas and electricity.
It’s not just about your running mileage, it’s about your fashion mileage
How long can you make your clothing last, if it’s been poorly constructed? Slow down. Sundried want you to get to know our activewear, we want you to know where your clothing was made and how to look after it so you form a quality relationship with your activewear that lasts.
We’ve used high quality materials which break the quickly made, quickly thrown, pattern of the fast fashion industry. We want you to have more than a fling with fashion and instead invest in activewear you can treasure. From how it's made to our after care recommendations we’re doing what we can to ensure that our clothing lasts to minimise its environmental impact. Our style is purposely elegantly timeless, so we will always be fashionable, though to us being ethical is always on trend.
80% of the environmental impact of clothing, is made after purchase. Sundried continue our ethical ethos through you, our customers, by trusting you to support our activewear by minimising its environmental impact. We have done this by producing our products with fabrics which should be “washed cool and sun dried”, eliminating the need for wasted energy on hot washes and ironing.
One of the biggest obstacles for those wanting to purchase ethically is cost. Despite the fact that cheap clothing could cost lives, cheaper clothing is all that can be afforded. What if we told you wearing ethical activewear was actually more cost effective? Sundried activewear is ethically produced and made from high quality, enduring materials that are sure to outlast their fast fashion counterparts, making the eco conscious choice will pay off in the long run.
Choosing ethical activewear impacts positively on everyone: people, animals and the planet.
Everyday we follow 2 simple, universal actions. We eat and we get dressed.
We need aesthetics to meet ethics in order to future proof the planet for generations to come. You are mindful to not cause harm to others in your everyday life from the people you meet to foods you eat; so why choose clothes that harm people?
Ethically produced activewear can benefit the people who live in the local communities, where the clothing is manufactured. Rest assured Sundried respect our workers, your clothes were manufactured by workers of legal age, who worked in safe, humane conditions, earning a satisfactory salary.
Technology means our voices can be heard
A purchase through Sundried could provide a child with clean drinking water for the very first time. Each item in our collection is coded with a unique pledge donation to charity Water for Kids. We wanted to share our success and extend our ethos to this worthy cause, with Water for Kids being a charity led by volunteers in disadvantaged countries such as Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya.
We encourage you to share your donations across social media because the more people we can educate, the more people we can change. We can make a difference, but not alone.
Let’s show fast fashion it’s time to slow down.