A good pair of men’s workout trousers are essential for a successful training session. Imagine squatting and your trousers split, right exercise, wrong trousers. There’s a wide variety of gym trousers out there and it's essential to partner the right pair of workout trousers with the right workout.
Types of Men’s Gym Trousers
These are probably the most popular choice of gym trouser for men lifting, comfortable, warm and with a relaxed fit. Most people have at least one pair of sweatpants and they’ve been embedded into our workout wardrobes since school P.E lessons. Sweatpants have earned their popularity through superior comfort, made with cotton which is highly breathable and doesn’t chafe. It does however absorb moisture and can take ages to dry, so it's not ideal for sweaty sessions.
Running tights are most commonly made with a synthetic blend of materials, to protect against wind chill, provide warmth, wick sweat and prevent chafing and rashes. These technical tights often offer performance enhancing properties such as reflective strips and mesh panelling.
Compression trousers support your muscles with a tight fit, however the jury's out on the multitude of other benefits compression clothing claims. Compression clothing has been linked to reduced swelling, reduced DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) , the ability to squeeze blood back to the heart to prevent fatigue, reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and even stabilise the knees to reduce the risk of injury. Although there is some evidence supporting these claims, the research is not that wide which often leads to debate around the area.
Cargo trousers were originally designed for use by the military, so they have a very versatile style, with lots of storage space. Cargo trousers make great transitional trousers from work to the gym, or for the ‘all day active’ types because of their functionality. Designed with a snug waist and relaxed fit. These trousers are usually made with weather and tear resistant materials due to their use in difficult military training conditions.
How to Fit Men's Gym Trousers for Big Legs
Those who don’t skip leg day, cycle a lot or are blessed with muscular legs will know that finding gym trousers which fit around their thighs can be difficult. Trousers which are meant to have a relaxed fit can end up looking like compression tights, or worse, not even make it above your calves. Follow these tips when fitting your trousers to ensure the perfect fit.
- Don’t buy trousers based on your waist measurement. Whilst those who have the bodytype for a regular fit may get away with it, if your legs are broader opt for a few sizes up to ensure that your legs have space in the length.
- Opt for a personalised waistband. A personalised waistband will either be elasticated, have a drawstring, or both. This way you can ensure that even though you’ve bought a larger waist, you can still tighten up your trousers so they don’t slouch when you squat, or worse still fall down.
- Do a sit test. Sit down in your trousers and make sure they don’t pull and strain, if they do, go up a size, whilst you can adjust a larger waist, you can’t add more material to the legs.
Men’s Regular Fit Trouser Measurements
As well as having the right fit around the waist, you should always make sure your mens gym trousers are the right length, whilst a little extra material won’t matter too much in your weekend wardrobe, when you’re getting active you can trip or fall on a trouser leg that’s too long.
Size Waist (inches) Hip (inches) Inseam (inches) Small 29-32 35-37.5 32.25 Medium 32-35 37.5-41 32.5 Large 35-38 41-44 32.75 Extra Large 38-43 44-47 33
From Sundried featuring above is the Ortler Trousers. An all day active pair of gym trousers you can wear pre, during and post training.
The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago.
Our planet can’t keep up with our obsession with 'fast fashion'. This is the trend of always having to keep up with the latest fashion and not daring to be seen in last season's outfits. With fast fashion speeding up trends and constantly pushing us into the next season, your clothing is most likely to be wardrobe waste before it’s even reached its first birthday.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) conducted research on the clothing industry in the UK and found that we waste £30 billion in the UK each year in unused clothes.
New research from WRAP has found that:
- The annual footprints of a household’s new and existing clothing are equivalent to the weight of over 100 pairs of jeans, the water needed to fill over 1,000 bathtubs, and the carbon emissions from driving an average modern car for 6,000 miles.
- The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits.
- Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints
- Two-thirds of UK consumers buy or receive pre-owned (or second-hand) clothes, and there is a willingness to wear more, especially if a better range were available; and an estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.
- The carbon emissions generated by the clothing of the average household is equivalent to driving an average modern car 6,000 miles.
- Overall, clothing contributes around: 5% of the global carbon footprint of UK goods and services; and 6-8% of the global water footprint of UK products and household use.
- Global footprint Global footprint Household footprint of UK consumption per household equivalent to of clothing Carbon 38 million tonnes 1.5 tonnes of CO2e Driving a car CO2e emissions each year 6,000 miles Water 6,300 million m3 More than 200,000 Filling over 1,000 of water litres each year bathtubs to capacity Waste 1.8 million 70 kg each year Weight of over 100 tonnes of material pairs of jeans
Global footprint of UK consumption of clothing
Global Footprint per household
Household footprint equivalent to:
38 million tonnes CO2e
1.5 tonnes CO2e emissions each year
Driving a car 6,000 miles
63 million m3 of water
More than 200,000 litres each year
Filling over 1,000 bathtubs to capacity
1.8 million tonnes of material
70kg each year
Weight of over 1000 pairs of jeans
So what can we do to fix this vicious cycle?
Turning fast fashion into fair fashion
The research from WRAP indicates that a credible set of modest changes across the clothing life-cycle could reduce each of the carbon, water and waste footprints by as much as 10-20%. More ambitious changes could help reduce the cost of resources used to clothe the UK population by one-third, with greater savings still in the carbon and water footprints.
What makes ethical fashion sustainable?
In production: Reducing the carbon footprint of the production process by just 5% through cutting waste in production, dyeing and finishing could reduce our carbon footprint by 4%, our water usage by 8% and waste by 3%.
In quality: Creating quality garments which have an extended life expectancy could reduce carbon emissions by 7%, water by 10% and overall waste by 9%.
In the aftercare: Changing the way we launder our clothes, by washing on a cool heat and avoiding tumble drying could reduce our carbon footprint by 6%.
Once we’re finished with our clothes: Reusing and recycling by an extra 5% could reduce our carbon footprint by 3% and a 1% reduction in waste.
What makes Sundried ethical?
Sundried are audited by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund to ensure our products come to market with as ethical production as possible. This involves carefully selecting the materials we use, the factories we work with and the way we transport our goods.
All of our products use blends of premium fabrics to extend the life expectancy of our clothing.
Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months of active use would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each and cut resource costs by around 20% (£5 billion); this is the single most significant intervention according to WRAPS research.
Through our aftercare:
Laundry creates around one-quarter of the carbon footprint of clothing or 3 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of clothing as a result of energy use. Throughout all our products, marketing, and aftercare labels we encourage you to ‘wash cool’ ensuring that our products are cleaned at low temperatures meaning we can minimise our footprint, furthered by our recommendation to ‘sun dry’, eliminating the extra waste from a tumble dryer.
Sundried offer a recycling programme for all our old garments.
Around half of clothing is reused at present and over two-thirds of this goes overseas. Increasing the reuse rate in the UK and for export would reduce the total waste each year. There is significant willingness to buy or receive pre-owned clothes – more than two-thirds of adults have done so in the past year. Some 30% of clothing has not been worn for the last year and four in five people own at least some clothes that have not been worn because they no longer fit or need altering. This indicates there may be a substantial volume of good quality clothing suitable for reuse.
When you think of ethical activewear, we want you to think Sundried.
With activewear becoming part of our daily wardrobes, there is an increasing importance in knowing how and where your clothes were made.
There are over 7 billion people on the planet, if 7 billion people only owned 1 top, 1 pair of trousers and 1 jacket, that would equate to 21 billion items of clothing.
The average woman owns 30 complete outfits but “nothing to wear” and men can own anywhere from 50-150 t shirts, and that’s just the black and white ones… so you can see how the numbers rack up!
The clothes you are wearing have an effect on the environment
Everything you're currently wearing has had some form of effect on the environment, from the materials, to the manufacture and after care, even just one item can have a huge knock on effect.
Lucy Segal in her book ‘To die for’ reveals some shocking statistics:
- You now demand roughly four times the number of clothes you would have in 1980.
- You will spend at least £625 a year on clothes – and that’s just the average!
- In one year you'll accumulate in the region of 28 kg of clothing – adding up to an estimated 1.72m tonnes of brand-new fashion being consumed on an annual basis in the UK and with the life expectancy of fast fashion being so short, that translates to a whole tone of waste.
Sundried’s carbon footprint
Human activities emit gases like methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. We refer to these as greenhouse gases which contribute to climatic changes like global warming which have a long-term impact on the planet. Your carbon footprint, is your own contribution, the impact of the activity that you as an individual do.
At Sundried, we want to help keep that carbon footprint as small as possible, which can be tough when it comes to sweaty activewear, which needs cleaning far more often.
The contribution to our carbon footprint that washing clothes has is significant. In his article ‘The Carbon Footprint of Everything” Mike Berners-Lee reveals the following statistics:
The carbon footprint of a load of laundry:
0.6 kg CO2e washed at 30°C, dried on the line
0.7 kg CO2e washed at 40°C, dried on the line
2.4 kg CO2e washed at 40°C, tumble-dried in a vented dryer
3.3 kg CO2e washed at 60°C, dried in a combined washer-dryer
Washing and drying a 5kg load of laundry every two days created almost 440 kg of carbon dioxide emissions in a year. As you can see, the most ethical way to wash your clothing would be to wash on a cool heat and let the clothing dry naturally, which can cut your emission by more than half. This is why all of Sundried products are encouraged to be washed cool, and sun dried. Washing your clothing in this way also helps to enhance their life expectancy.
Research by Energy Star (a washing machine company) states that the average front loading washing machine uses 6500 gallons of water a year and lasts for 11 years, that's enough water for 6 people for a lifetime.
Here we are using all this water to wash our clothes, whilst some people don’t have any to drink.
We have to wash our clothes and we know it has an impact, so we’ve decided to combat that negative with a positive, donating to Water for Kids with every purchase made through our site.
Water for Kids is a charity of volunteers who bring clean water sources to those in need. Their current projects are mainly in rural disadvantaged communities of Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. The projects start by sourcing safe drinking water for the first time; either by protecting a polluted village water source, rain water harvesting perhaps at a school or a new borehole for a large community.
The Low Carbon Innovation Fund
Sundried is partially funded by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund and we have strict policies and guidelines to ensure everything we do has the very smallest carbon footprint. Sundried minimise the carbon footprint throughout the full lifecycle (design, manufacture, distribution, use and disposal) of an item of Sundried apparel through:
- Local production in the UK and Europe (vs. the rest of the industry which is mainly produced in the Far East).
- Using materials that use little carbon in their manufacture, little energy in their maintenance and are recyclable.
- Carbon offsetting where a zero/low carbon choice isn’t currently viable.
Find out more about how we’re trying to make a sustainable statement.
Sundried activewear is designed to last, to help break this cycle. We have also been exploring how in years to come, we can recycle our products to protect the environment.
Mens Running Tights
When I'm buying leggings for running my primary concern is warmth. Leggings are something I start to consider once it gets about 10° and below, but I try and push it to 7° if I am feeling manly! So we've established a primary concern; that it's all about comfort, feeling great and of course, looking great.
What I like about running is it is so simple. It's a great one that you can do whilst on holiday, even if you have just got 30 minutes spare. Unlike cycling in the winter where there's at least 15 minutes of kerfuffle. With cycling I'm looking for my leggings and bib-shorts, can’t find my thick socks. Base layer, gloves, skull cap. My overshoes. Bike lights. Garmin computer. Drinks bottle. Helmet. What have I forgotten. Oh yer, a plastic food bag to put my phone in. Emergency £10... But with running it is so easy. Of course in the winter the running gear has a few extra layers but in the UK when it's above freezing I can get out the house within just a few minutes. To most people getting out the house in a few minutes is certainly a win win situation.
Sports Tights; Men’s Rules
Sundried ran a small Twitter survey to see if people prefer to wear shorts over their running tights or leggings (whatever you want to call them). In the UK it seems that wearing shorts over tights is the popular vote and the preferred set-up for myself. I'm certainly a shorts over tights runner.
Winter Running Pants
Running in winter I have my running tights, shorts, trainer socks and trainers. Typically I wear a base layer with a slightly thicker long sleeve top on. If it is really cold then I'm digging out a hoodie, then of course gloves and hat. If you're an early morning or evening runner you may find yourself reaching for a head torch at this time of year, but when it comes to running clothes, that’s about it. The main change really is the winter running tights. I sometimes find myself in June with base layers, but the leggings separate the season.
Running Tights - What are they really called?
Leggings, running pants, compression tights. Are they gym leggings, or running leggings? Are they base layer, or outer layer? Mostly they are all one and the same. For me, leggings for men are about being simple. Mens running tights need to be warm, which is most people's primary reason for wearing them. They need to be easy enough to get on and off. What they are labelled as depends on the brand, if the brand is from the UK or USA they may be tights or pants, but if they do the job that is all you need to worry about.
What are Compression Tights?
Compression tights are a very big subject. Some people swear by compression tights for men. Others say they do nothing. Doctors say they help on a long haul flight! Many leggings that are sold as compression are not really a medical grade product. Mens compression tights need to be made from multiple fabrics, with different levels of support depending where on the leg they sit. It really is a specialist subject. You may find it is easier to buy leggings for warmth and get any required compression from your socks. Something that seems to be easier to get a really personalised fit off the shelf.
With your leggings another thing that may influence your purchase is how far you run. Mens leggings may be sold in a very lightweight fabric. Taking off the chill in a spring morning. For me when I reach for my leggings I want something with a bit more warmth and some serious comfort. Flatlock stitching will offer you the comfort you need on a longer run.
Reaching for your tights
You may find yourself wearing sports leggings for other purposes. Not just running. For example if you attend an athletics club your leggings will definitely need to be warm. Unlike running you may find yourself standing still for periods of time. Athletic leggings need to have optimum stretch and mobility. You may reach for your tights when you go to the gym. If you are training in a warehouse style muscle gym, the chances are heating is not something the gym overspends on. Mens tights for the gym may need to be thinner depending on how cold it really is but definitely look for a tight that offers sweat wicking. They will help keep you cool if you do start to warm up. Next time you are in the gym have a look out for men wearing leggings. If it is not cold, maybe they need to up their reps on their legs, or maybe they just have technical fabrics that draw the sweat away from the legs. A premium legging will offer heat control that should keep you just right. So your exercise tights will be working as hard as you are. Your workout tights need to be a considered purchase. Mens gym tights are not all the same!
Best running tights
The best running tights for men are the ones that keep you warm, but draw water away from your skin as you heat up. Running clothes for men tend to be less loud and shouty. The best running pants, as our US cousins would say, will keep you going run after run. Leggings for men AKA ‘Guy leggings’ need to offer the freedom of movement in case you want to wear them in the gym as well as running. My winter running tights are of course Sundried. As we developed them we considered a few extra features, our performance running tights as featured in Runners World have not only been made with leading Sweat Wicking Technology but are Quick Drying and Soft Touch. Thermal running tights do not always offer heat control technology like the Roteck Leggings. See what Triathlon 220 say this month. Maybe the pocket does need to be a bit bigger for gels, but we have taken note!
The Sundried leggings have 4-way stretch technology for freedom of movement and an excellent, snug fit. We love the elasticated drawstring waist, secured zip pocket and reflective ankles. The special fibres retain shape even after multiple washes & ensure comfort, whislt remaining friendly to the skin. Legs can perspire naturally because of our Moisture Management that maximises heat retention in winter without overheating. Handmade in Portugal, Italian fabrics, low in carbon & ethical production. If you didn’t know Sundried is a British brand, developed by athletes.
Who said comfort has to be casual? Can this gym staple be made smart?
A few years ago, the only people you would see wearing joggers outside of the gym were your local chavs, however nowadays men’s joggers have had a style upgrade and whilst they’ll never be as smart as your suit, joggers have certainly become smarter, more fashionable and more versatile than ever.
It’s all thanks to athleisure. The rise of gym wear crossing over into our casual wardrobes and blurring the lines between fashion and activewear, is not exclusive to women. The trend has seen joggers and gym clothes strut down the catwalk, off to our high streets and into our wardrobes.
Why wear joggers:
Men’s joggers are a versatile fashion accessory, due to their increasing popularity they are no-longer exclusive to the gym or sloppy chill days, in fact these have become a staple in the modern man’s wardrobe which can be worn dressed up or tailored down.
Easy to style
Men’s joggers are easy to style for a relaxed look, or dress up with a smart t shirt and jacket.
The main reason for wearing joggers - their functionality. These bottoms are made to move with you, the tapered legs allow for you to train without tripping on loose ends. Large pockets allow you to easily store mobile phones and wallets without causing a reduction in movement or comfort.
The Sundried 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 - rivaled perhaps only by your pajamas or your birthday suit. 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 jogger’s are the perfect winter warmer to see you through the icy temperatures.
Shop our men's joggers here.