Finding the right running vest can be the difference between your best run ever and a terrible one. There are lots of things to consider when choosing a new running vest, especially if you know you'll be spending a lot of time wearing it. Being comfortable during long runs is paramount, as worrying about chafing and overheating can distract you from your performance. We look at the features you should consider when shopping for a new running vest.
Especially as the winter nights start to draw in, having reflective strips on your running vest can enhance your visibility and improve your safety. The Sundried La Singla Vest features stylish block colour strips which will cinch your waist and keep you visible in low light.
For ladies, one of the features we look at most closely is whether a running top is fashionable and looks good. If your running gear is stylish enough, you'll be able to wear it for more than just running and it'll translate to meals out and social settings too.
The Sundried Tour Noir Tank features a stylish cut out at the back which acts as ventilation on runs in warmer weather, but also looks great and will flatter and enhance your figure. It comes in black and white and the subtle branding and colour palette lends itself to being paired with the Sundried Breithorn Bra peeking out from underneath.
LightweightWhen it comes to running clothes for women, we want them to be lightweight and breathable. This is important as there is a good chance you'll be sweating heavily while running so you need technical sweat-wicking materials and premium fabrics to keep you comfortable. This jogging vest by Sundried is made from 100% recycled materials which give superior performance qualities. The fabric dries twice as fast as cotton meaning you will stay dry and comfortable throughout your run and you won't get unsightly sweat marks. It is super soft to the touch and will stay true to size even after several washes.
Finally, it's important that you look your best no matter what. If you look good, you'll feel good! A smart running vest will make you stand out from the crowd and will make you feel like the real deal. A well fitting, tapered athletic running vest like the Sundried Les Rouies Vest features a beautiful tapered fit which will flatter your figure without sticking to you. It sits well around the hips and will make you look like a real athlete.
From tank tops to men's gym leggings, there are a lot of elements of mens gym clothing. We guide you on what to look for when buying new gym clothing and which items you need most.
Mens Gym Leggings
Whether you're wearing your gym leggings under shorts or on their own, you need to be comfortable in them. There are different types of men's leggings out there depending on your needs, your goals, and the type of training you do. There are compression leggings which are said to improve circulation and even benefit your training. There are seamless leggings which are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for added protection and coverage. Seamless men's leggings are also great for the transition between home and the gym, especially in winter. They double up for street style and can be worn as a casual outfit as well as to the gym or for outdoor training.
Personal trainer Shea wears his Sundried Roteck 2.0 Leggings in grey under a pair of shorts for effortless style and comfort.
You can also wear your gym leggings on their own. In this instance, you want to make sure they are sufficiently thick that they cover you properly and you feel confident wearing them. You need them to stay opaque as you squat, jump, and lift while at the gym but they also need to be light enough to allow for complete freedom of movement.
Triathlete Matt wears his Sundried Roteck 2.0 leggings in black on their own to enjoy the complete freedom of movement as he warms up.
Mens Gym T Shirts
When it comes to men's gym t-shirts, comfort is paramount. There's nothing worse than being put off your workout due to a chafing t shirt or being overly aware of your sweat patches. Most people would avoid wearing grey to the gym for fear of this happening, however the Sundried Olperer T Shirt is made from 100% recycled materials and these natural fabrics lend themselves to superior sweat-wicking and fast-drying meaning that sweat patches are a thing of the past. The material is also super soft so you'll feel amazing while you train as well as being naturally odour-blocking for extra peace of mind.
CrossFitter Tom doesn't need to worry about sweat patches in his Sundried Olperer T Shirt made from 100% recycled coffee grounds!
Mens Gym Trousers
If shorts or leggings are not for you, then you'll be wearing trousers or joggers to the gym. Your average pair of heavy cotton jogging bottoms probably aren't ideal for wearing at the gym as they will be bulky and won't wick away sweat, meaning you may get sweat rash which will be very uncomfortable and is not advisable. You need a pair of dedicated gym trousers which are specifically designed to be worn during a workout and still maintain all the performance technical qualities you'd expect from a pair of gym shorts or gym leggings.
Arthur shows off his impressive stretching skills which he can achieve thanks to the flexibility of his Sundried Ortler Trousers.
It's also important that your men's gym trousers are super flexible so that you are not held back during your workout. The Sundried men's trousers are specifically designed with you in mind so that you can jump, squat, and lunge in the gym without your gym trousers holding you back. They are also stylish and smart enough that you can wear them for everyday wear as well as at the gym and they make the perfect all-day active bottom.
Gym Vest For Men
For workouts in the summer when the temperature is climbing, a gym vest is vital for a comfortable workout. There are different types of men's gym vest from tank top to muscle vest and it's important to find one that suits you best.The Sundried Les Diablons muscle tank features a subtle design to the chest which will accentuate your physique and improve your confidence in the gym. It is made from premium Italian seamless materials so it is super comfortable and won't chafe as you move. It is also made with 4-way stretch materials so it won't lose its shape after a few wears.
A sleeveless t-shirt, vest, or muscle tank should be a staple of your workout wardrobe. We look at why you should go sleeveless, types of sleeveless tops for men, and sleeveless t shirt dos and don'ts.
Why go sleeveless?
The lack of sleeves allows your skin to breathe where it needs it most, exposing your armpits and also reducing the risk of sweat patches. If you are a man who sweats a lot when working out, a sleeveless t shirt is perfect for you to keep you comfortable, especially one with sweat-wicking properties which will keep your skin dry and prevent chafing.
Freedom of movement
A sleeveless t shirt for men allows for complete freedom of movement around the shoulder joint as there are no tight seems or sleeves to restrict you. Your shoulder offers the greatest range of motion out of all the joints so it can be really beneficial to not have any restrictions caused by material.
Due to having less material than a men's gym t-shirt or long sleeved training top, sleeveless t-shirts provide the most lightweight protection for your sport. When it comes to training for speed and agility, you want a lightweight gym top that is going to give freedom of movement and not feel heavy or hold you down. Not only this, during the hot summer months when humidity can make training extra tough, you want to feel comfortable in a lightweight top that is going to sit on your skin and not feel heavy and uncomfortable.
Sleeveless t-shirts flatter an athletic physique and show off the body for which you've worked hard. If you hit the gym regularly and follow a strict diet, you'll want to be able to show off your toned physique and shapely muscles. If you are an athlete, you will also want to show off your athletic stature.
Whilst these are great reasons to ditch your sleeves, this doesn’t mean you should be rushing off to cut all the sleeves off your t-shirts. The raw seams could fray and lead to chafing, whereas sleeveless t shirts are crafted to not rub the sensitive skin under your armpits and have a relaxed fit around the armpit to allow your skin to breathe where it needs it most.
Types of Sleeveless Shirt
Typically, sleeveless tops come in two types: compression tight tops or muscle fit vests, each with their own purpose.
Compression shirts are tight spandex clothing generally worn as a base layer under outer athletic apparel. There are lots of benefits to compression wear, as these types of shirts offer support while keeping the muscles warm, making them less become susceptible to cramps and strains. Compression sports apparel also helps to prevent chafing by providing a slick layer near the underarms. Although not necessary for a workout, compression shirts can increase comfort throughout exercise and are even thought to improve athletic performance.
V-tapered workout shirts are designed with the bodybuilder, weightlifter, and professional athlete in mind. These shirts offer a deep v-tapered cut and are made of cotton with a mix of other synthetic blends. The shirt offers sections of porous, jersey-like weaves that allows increased airflow in areas with high perspiration, such as the underarms. This workout apparel is constructed to maximise a man's physique by highlighting his back and shoulder muscles, while minimising the waistline.
Sleeveless Dos and Don’ts
Don’t: Do sleeveless and mesh. It may be cooling, but you will look ridiculous.
Do: Wear sleeveless compression shirts under your men's gym wear. This can help with thermo-regulation, keeping you cool in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Do: Balance a sleeveless top with the right bottoms. Longer shorts or tights balance out the extra flash of flesh up top.
Don’t: Do a sleeveless shirt and bling, unless you are a famous rapper, in which case we'll let you off.
Men's Sleeveless Workout Shirt Sizing
When buying workout shirts, it is important to consider size. Men's activewear shirts should be in a comfortable fit and when it comes to sleeveless, you need to make sure you’re buying the right size to flatter your physique. Men can use the chart below to determine the correct size for their body type.
Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large Chest 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47" 47-50" Waist 28.75-31.25" 31.25-33.75" 33.75-36.25" 36.25-38.75" 38.75-41.25" Hips 35.75-38.25" 38.25-40.75" 40.75-43.25" 43.25-45.75" 45.75-48.25" Height 5'7"-5'9" 5'9"-5'11" 5'11"-6'1" 6'1"-6'3" 6'3"-6'5"
Sleeveless Gym T shirt Materials
Fabric Features Cotton Whilst cotton may survive well during low to moderate intensity exercise, once you crank up the intensity, cotton no longer becomes soft on the skin but soggy and can leave an athlete soaked after a heavy workout. Polyester Polyester is the most popular choice because it is breathable, lightweight and dries quickly. It can, however, become frustratingly static, especially if your gym has a carpet flooring. Nylon Nylon has similar features to polyester. It is both lightweight and strong. Nylon does not absorb much moisture, it is also fast-drying and easy to maintain. Spandex Spandex has the ability to stretch up to 500 percent of its original size and then recover its original shape. This material is also lightweight, making it ideal for fitness wear. One common form of spandex that is often seen in fitness wear is Lycra, which is a synthetic elastic fabric. Lycra is comfortable and breathable as well as quick-drying and resistant to bacteria, ultraviolet rays, and chlorine. This fabric also eliminates static cling and pilling.
Remember to always find gymwear that makes you feel as well as look good, if you feel good, you’ll get more from your workouts.
In this digital age, more and more people are turning to online retailers for their shopping needs. However, this does not come without its problems and there are lots of things to look out for when buying online. We guide you through the tricky process of buying activewear online.
One of the most important things to be careful of when buying women’s activewear online instead of from a sportswear store is sizing. You want your workout clothes to fit well and look good, which can be tough when you can’t try it on before you buy. Check that the retailer you’re looking to buy from has an activewear size guide, as gym wear from different brands can come up in different sizes; a size large for one brand might be completely different from a size large from another.
Not only is it important to check their activewear size guide, it’s also very useful to check a brand’s customer reviews. No one will be more honest than someone who has already purchased athletic wear from this particular retailer. See if there are any answered questions and comments about sizing, this will help you hugely when choosing your ladies gym wear.
There are so many different fabrics and materials available these days, so it’s useful to do your research first before making an investment in expensive gym clothes. With ethics and sustainable fashion being on the rise, there are lots of brands offering sportswear for women made from recycled materials. These responsibly-sourced and sustainable fabrics feature superior technology and are perfect for fitness clothing as they feature sweat-wicking, four-way stretch materials, and other benefits.
Here at Sundried, we live by the motto that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Nowadays, fast fashion is prevalent and if the activewear you're looking to buy is very cheap, it's likely that the people in the supply chain are being treated unfairly. On the other end of the spectrum, just because the activewear brand you're looking at is very expensive that doesn't mean you're getting what you pay for. It's good to find a middle ground, whereby the price is a little higher but you know you're getting exceptional quality.
Training throughout the summer can be tough, especially when battling a heatwave. We give you a run down of all your summer workout essentials and what to look for in summer activewear so you can sweat it out with no worries.
Best Leggings For Women In The Summer
Undoubtedly, the best leggings for women in the summer are Capri leggings. Named after the stunning isle of Capri in Italy, these leggings are cropped in length and present in a 3/4 length, meaning they finish just below the knee or mid-calf. If you don't feel comfortable working out in gym shorts but are getting too hot in your running leggings, cropped leggings are the answer.
There are lots of types of cropped women's workout leggings to choose from as they can vary in length. Some will finish right at the knee while some may be a little longer and finish mid-calf. Choosing the right length for you will depend on how much movement you require and how much coverage and protection you need. If you do a lot of trail running, you will benefit from a slightly longer pair of leggings, while someone who practises a sport like tennis or running may enjoy the freedom of movement and temperature control from a short pair of leggings.
Mens Activewear Tops
There are lots of different types of activewear tops for men to choose from, and plenty that are suitable for summer. Avoid the compression gear and base layers and opt for an ultra cool t-shirt or vest instead.
Men's Ultra Cool Gym Top
When the weather really heats up, an ultra cool gym top can be your saviour. There's nothing worse than sweating it out in a stuffy gym, so being comfortable in your men's gym top is paramount if you're going to have a good session. Look out for tops that feature superior sweat-wicking so that you don't experience chafing and super soft materials that are kind to your skin.
If you find you're constantly getting too hot during your workouts but you don't feel comfortable in a vest, then an ultra cool t-shirt is the perfect solution. The short capped sleeves will give added protection and activewear made from recycled materials can dry 200 times faster than cotton, meaning you won't be constantly drenched in sweat and suffering under a heavy t-shirt.
Gym Vest For Men
The ultimate top for working out the summer has to be a great gym vest. For men, you want your tank top to give adequate coverage and protection while still keeping you cool and allowing freedom of movement. Look out for sleeveless t-shirts which present flattering designs and motifs that accentuate your best features.
There are different types of gym vest for men from tank tops to sleeveless tees and racerback stringers. Depending on the type of training you do will help you to decide which style is best for you. Bodybuilders tend to opt for stringers as they can show off your hard-earned physique better, while a sportsman might need more protection and coverage from the fabric and so will go for a sleeveless t-shirt which is more structured. In any case, you want a gym top made with four-way stretch materials so that you can move as much as you need without being restricted.
Mens Gym T-Shirt
The most classic of all styles is the gym t-shirt. Choose from more tight fitting designs which are great for running and cycling as they are more streamlined to a looser fit which is good for yoga or bodybuilding as you have more freedom of movement.
In any case, you want a t-shirt that fits well, is flexible, and wicks sweat. Add to this smart designs and stylish lines and you have the ideal combination. Look for fitness clothing that is light in colour as this will reflect the sunlight and stop your clothing from absorbing too much heat. Also look out for premium materials such as recycled polyester as these dry very quickly and provide additional technology such as UV protection and anti-odour capabilities. This will mean your activewear is working with you to keep you comfortable under tough conditions.
Yoga Clothes For Women
Yoga is something that is often done in high temperatures anyway - hot yoga anyone? - and so yoga clothing is often designed to be comfortable and withstand lots of sweating when it matters. As such, yoga clothes can be the perfect choice in the summer when you need something comfortable for your workouts.
Loose flowing yoga top
If you don't need to be aerodynamic for your workout, a loose flowing yoga top will be perfect. The loose design will mean you have lots of freedom of movement and won't suffer from sweat-soaked fabric clinging to your body. It will also mean you can enjoy better air flow while you move and you are more likely to feel comfortable.
Sports bra crop top
Yoga is a very low impact activity and as such you won't need an industrial-strength sports bra to keep you in place. This can be a huge benefit if you want to wear a very loose-fitting top as you can layer under it a crop top-style sports bra. Choosing a sports bra in a crop top style gives you more coverage and will mean it looks stylish and attractive on its own so you don't have to wear anything over it.
2-in-1 yoga shorts are the perfect choice as the compression-style under-short will give you protection and coverage no matter how much you contort your body, while the looser over-short will add style and features a subtle zip pocket for your valuables.
One of the worst things about training in the summer is suffering from itchy and chafing sportswear. If this affects you, then seamless activewear is the answer. This style of sportswear is a design innovation and means that itchy, chafing seams are a thing of the past. It's fully breathable and made with 4-way stretch materials so you can move as much as you need without being held back. The super soft materials are kind to your skin and will allow you to have a great workout without worrying about your activewear.
If you're working out in the summer, one of the most important things to have with you is a water bottle. These days, single-use plastic bottles are very much being scrutinised and rightly so. At Sundried, we believe in ethics and sustainability, which is why we developed our best-selling reusable water bottle so that you can help tackle the global plastic pollution problem and end the waste of single-use plastic.
Choosing a reusable water bottle can be good for your health, too. Our water bottle is BPA free meaning your health won't be compromised by prolonged exposure to the chemicals used to make certain plastics. Not only this, it is shatter-proof and leak-proof so you can throw it into your gym bag or even drop it off your bike and it won't flinch. Stay hydrated the right way!