Sundried is a British active sports apparel brand who sells premium activewear at an affordable price. We answer all your questions from "What is active sports apparel?" to how to wash activewear.
What is active sports apparel?
At Sundried, we want to encourage as many people as possible to get active. Whether that's walking or cycling to work instead of driving, trying a new sport such as triathlon, or going to the gym for the first time and making it a habit. Sundried's activewear is designed to be comfortable all day so that you can wear it for your commute or for walking around town when you're running errands or even just for socialising. If you're comfortable in your gym clothing, you'll be more likely to stay active.
We think that adventure is what you make of it and every day brings a new possibility. Setting huge goals which seem scary and unrealistic at first can be a great thing. If you never learnt to swim, you can still complete a triathlon. If you are very unfit, you can still climb Mount Kilimanjaro. All it takes is determination, consistency, and a strong mindset.
Our brand is inspired by the dreamers and those who set out to do the impossible. For you, the impossible might be running 2 miles without stopping. It might be learning to ride a bike for the first time or having the courage to swim in open water. We want to encourage as many people as possible to achieve their goals and realise dreams they never knew were possible. Our fitness clothing is designed for every type of athlete from the runner to the cyclist to the yogi to the weight lifter and beyond.
Our apparel is at the core of our brand. We are constantly designing new sports clothing and improving our collections. We have activewear made from 100% recycled materials such as plastic bottles and coffee grounds which promote a circular economy and reduction of waste.
All of our active sports apparel is designed by athletes who know what it means to comfortable while training and how to enhance performance when racing.
Our advanced technical features include sweat-wicking, multi-way stretch, odour-blocking, and UV protection.
How to wear activewear every day
Even if you work in an office or somewhere with a strict dress code, you could benefit from wearing activewear every day. How to wear activewear every day is a question you might find yourself asking if you're uncomfortable in your clothes, suffering from unsightly sweat patches, or feeling restricted by tight materials.
Wearing activewear on your commute and getting changed when you get to work is a great way to guarantee that you'll be comfortable no matter how you get there, whether it's walking, cycling, or taking public transport. How many times have you had to do a little jog for the train or to the bus stop? Just this small amount of activity can break you out in a sweat and cause you to be left feeling clammy and uncomfortable all day. By wearing active sports apparel to work, you can benefit from the sweat wicking and anti-odour technology which will leave you feeling fresh and ready to face the day.
Another great and easy way to wear activewear every day is by dressing it up into fashion gym wear by layering and using colour. These days, sportswear is as stylish and fashionable as casual clothing but it's so much more comfortable. A simple pair of black leggings and a gym t shirt could pass as a great casual outfit which you could wear from the gym to lunch with friends.
Where to buy active sports apparel
You can buy Sundried's active sports apparel exclusively online. We sell activewear for men and women with a specialism in triathlon. We have collections for running, cycling, outdoor, gym, yoga, and more.
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It can be tough to find good new men's running clothes brands when you're on the hunt for new running clothes. Our handy guide will help you know what to look for in mens running clothes.
Working from the bottom up, a good pair of running trainers is crucial for a good run. The way you train and your running goals are important to consider when looking for a new pair of running trainers. Do you want more of a barefoot style or do you need sturdy trail running shoes? Look at your running style and location first before you start searching for a new pair of men's running trainers. It's also important to consider your goals; a very lightweight pair of running trainers like the Topo Men's Speed Trainer will help you to achieve the goal of a speedy new 5k PB, but a more robust pair with waterproof features will help you during a longer, more demanding run.
The next thing to consider in our run down of men's running clothes is running shorts. The Sundried Furgler Shorts are designed with you in mind. These relaxed jogger shorts are super comfortable and won't inhibit your running style. They are very much like gym shorts in that they feature a longer length for enhanced coverage and zip pockets to keep your valuables safe while you run. You want your sports shorts to complement your training, and you can always wear running tights underneath for extra protection during the colder months.
You want your running tights to keep up with you while you train hard and get results. The worst things are when your leggings slip down or ride up while you're trying to run. Look for running pants with a personalised, adjustable waistband like the Sundried Roteck Leggings which have a double drawstring so that you can tie them as tightly or as loosely as you find comfortable. You also want to decide if you just want your leggings to run in on their own, or to act as a base layer under a pair of shorts. The Sundried Roteck 2.0 Tights are compression-style and are perfect for adding coverage and protection in winter.
Finally, we come to running tops. There are plenty of styles to choose from such as sleeveless, t-shirt, tank etc. Think about which style you find the most comfortable and go for that. A long-sleeve top can be perfect for colder weather and provide compression to your workout.
Who said comfort has to be casual? Joggers have become smarter, more fashionable and more versatile than ever. Jogging bottoms for men are traditionally a very casual and relaxed item of clothing. But what if they could be dressed up to be a little more formal while still being super comfortable and practical?
That's where athleisure comes in. Mens gym clothing has started crossing over into our casual wardrobes and blurring the lines between fashion and activewear, and it's not exclusive to women. Gone are the days of baggy sweatpants and grey joggers, this trend has seen jogger pants and even tracksuits becoming part of a man's everyday wardrobe, both for the gym and social events.
Why wear men's jogging bottoms
Men’s joggers are a versatile fashion accessory and due to their increasing popularity they are no longer exclusive to the gym or days spent on the sofa. In fact, these men's trousers have become a staple in the modern man’s wardrobe and can be worn dressed up or down.
Easy to style
Men’s sweatpants and joggers are easy to style for a relaxed look, or can be dressed up with a smart t-shirt and jacket.
The main reason for wearing joggers is their functionality. These bottoms are made to move with you; the skinny joggers style allows for you to train without tripping on loose ends or baggy loose material. Large, secure pockets allow you to easily store your smart phone, wallet, and keys without causing a reduction in movement or comfort.
The Sundried Ortler 2.0 slim fit joggers take the comfort of jogging bottoms and combine this with smart style and technical function. All the comfort and flexibility of joggers, but with the added luxury of a smarter, tapered structure allowing you to wear your joggers for more than just your workout.
Whether you’re training in the gym, out socialising or having a chilled out day on the sofa, men’s joggers provide the ultimate comfort - rivalled perhaps only by your pyjamas. Soft materials, a loose fit and elasticated waistband make these a brilliant style choice when comfort is key.
As we now enter the colder, darker months, men's sweatpants and jogging bottoms are the perfect winter warmer to see you through the cooler temperatures.
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!
When buying new sportswear, you are making an investment. That's why it's important to know what to look out for in quality gear. Sundried is here to fill you in on the best qualities your women's fitness wear should feature, and what to look for to make sure you're getting the most for your money.
Being comfortable is paramount when it comes to training and getting active. If your clothes are chafing, that will be all you can focus on and you won't be able to get the most out of your workout. Anti-chafe materials should be soft and seamless for maximum comfort, while recycled materials are even better. The Sundried Grivola 2.0 T-Shirt is made from recycled coffee grounds making for a super soft fabric which won't chafe and will feel amazing against your skin. The Sundried Grand Combin Long Sleeve is seamless and is made from premium Merino wool which means no itching and no chafing. Look out for the fabric your activewear is made from and feel it against your skin to see if it might chafe when you move in it.
We all sweat when we exercise, it's just a part of life, but you don't have to have bad odour as a result. Fabrics that are too heavy and not sweat-wicking like polyester or cotton will be heavy against your skin as you get sweaty and will cling to your underarms, leading to a higher risk of having bad odour. Light, recycled fabrics like the ones used in the Sundried Olperer T-Shirt have natural anti-odour qualities and wick sweat away from the body meaning you will stay drier and cleaner throughout your workout, leaving you feeling more fresh afterwards.
One of the worst feelings when putting on new clothes is feeling the seams split as they stretch over your body. As you exercise, you will be putting not only your body under immense strain but your clothes, too. Most sportswear is made with 2-way stretch material which means it stretches in 2 directions. High quality activewear will be made with 4-way stretch materials which will lead to less wear and tear, longer lasting quality, and better freedom of movement as you train. The Sundried Bristen Sports Bra is made with 4-way stretch material so that you can jump and sprint to your heart's desire without your clothing holding you back.
You will really feel the difference between premium activewear and cheaper garments when the weather starts to turn. There's nothing worse than feeling freezing cold before a race or training session but then heating up as you move and becoming a sweat box trapped in your heavy jumper. That's why you need to make sure your outerwear is properly thermal and sweat-wicking so that you are nice and warm before you start and can stay comfortable throughout. A good thermal outer layer will be thin and light enough to train in but still keep you super warm. The Sundried Grand Tournalin Hoody is made with insulating premium fabric Merino wool but is thin enough to workout in. It will keep you warm while you wait to start and then will wick away sweat as you start to move so you don't feel like ripping it off.